Compatibility


We expect compatibility to be very universal - as you test, please add any machines missing here. We’ve just released so reports are still coming in!

Macintosh

See the speed of your Macintosh’s bus here

Working

(not exhaustive, assume all work)

  • SE, SE/30, LC, LC II, LC III, LC 475, Classic, Classic II, Color Classic, IIci, IIsi, IIcx, Quadra 605, Quadra 610, Quadra 660av, Quadra 700, Performa 575, Performa 630

  • Power Macintosh 6100, 6300/160, 7300, 7600, 8100, 8500, 8600, 9600, G3

  • PowerBook 140/170, 180, 520/540

NuBus SCSI Cards

  • PLI QuickSCSI-F

Working with caveats

  • Macintosh Plus

    • Requires some special configuration. Go to https://ini.bluescsi.com and click Mac Plus to download a special .ini configuration file, place it in the root of your SD card.
    • The Plus does not have an internal 50 pin SCSI bus. DB25 only.
    • The Mac Plus does not provide term power. You will have to provide power via USB or do the diode mod.
    • SCSI upgrade cards for the Macintosh 128K and 512K, like the Dove MacSnap, use Macintosh Plus ROMs and will work with the appropriate Mac Plus .ini configuration file
  • Macintosh Portable

    • Requires some special configuration. Go to https://ini.bluescsi.com and click Mac Plus to download a special .ini configuration file, place it in the root of your SD card.
    • Requires a 34 pin adapter.

10 MB/sec Bus Macs

These macs have a Fast SCSI 10MB/sec bus and can take full advantage of BlueSCSI v2’s speed:

Among the Power Macintosh series, the 7300, 7500, 7600, 8100, 8500, 8600, 9500, and 9600 all have 5 MBps narrow SCSI-2 on their external bus and a second internal bus (with no external connector) that runs Fast SCSI at 10 MBps

Apple II

Working

Apple IIGS:

  • Apple Rev C SCSI Card
  • RAMFast Rev C SCSI Card
  • Apple Hi-Speed SCSI Card
  • CMS II SCSI Card
  • GG Labs SCSI Card

Silicon Graphics (SGI)

Working

  • O2
  • Fuel

HP / Agilent

Working

  • HP / Agilent 16702B

  • HP Apollo 9000/735 PA-RISC Workstation

DEC / Compaq

Working

  • DEC Alpha PWS a-series, later revision (MiataGL) with onboard QLogic 1040 controller (tested in SRM)

  • DEC AlphaServer 800, tested Windows NT 4 as well as OpenVMS 8.4

  • Compaq Alphaserver DS10 with OpenVMS 8.4, Tru64 UNIX, Windows NT4, Windows 2000 RC

Atari

Working

  • Atari TT via SCSI

  • Atari MegaSTE via internal SCSI/ASCI adapter

Note that with the MegaSTEs internal host adapter you cannot use the the DaynaPort emulation together with a bootable hard drive. The DaynaPort drivers for STiNG and MiNT require LUN 0, just like the bootable hard drive. This means that you cannot have both. Whether the authors of these drivers (both still active developers for the Atari) are going to improve this is not clear. Both are aware of this problem. Other software like ExtenDOS 4 might also be affected.
There is a potential makeshift, though.

Amiga

Working

  • Amiga 3000 - Motherboard SCSI
  • Set EnableSCSI2=0 in bluescsi.ini
  • If BlueSCSI is not your lowest ID drive, boot from another disk to HDToolBox and save config. After that the Amiga will find it on boot.
  • Download SCSI-Prefs and enable Synchronous Transfer. You need a clock battery to save settings.

  • Amiga A3000/A4000 CyberStorm Mk2 with SCSI module

  • Use RDBFlags on Aminet to set synchronous mode for a speed boost. Do not use the P5 tools as they do not understand large disks.
    Example: RDBFlags Device cybscsi.device UNIT 1 SYNC
  • Set your Mask in HDToolBox to 0xFFFFFFFE. This is not the default setting.

  • Commodore CDTV (Original or Matze clone SCSI card) - Same as 1&2 for Amiga 3000.

  • Amiga A2091

  • Amiga 500 GVP HD8

  • Amiga 500 A590 Rom V.7 Kickstart 1.3 & 3.2

[SCSI]
System="Generic"
EnableSCSI2=0 ; Off
PrefetchBytes=0
[SCSI0]
Vendor=Blue
Product=Bluedrive
Version=1.0
SectorsPerTrack=32
HeadsPerCylinder=1
  • Amiga 500 Boil 3 Kickstart 1.3 & 3.2
[SCSI]
System="Generic"
EnableSCSI2=0 ; Off
PrefetchBytes=0
[SCSI0]
Vendor=Blue
Product=Bluedrive
Version=1.0
SectorsPerTrack=32
HeadsPerCylinder=1

NeXT

Working

  • NeXTstation
  • 25MHz 68040 NeXTStation Color

The ROM Drive feature of the BlueSCSI can prevent the system from booting. Be sure to disable this functionality before using it on a NeXT system.

NeXTStep 3.3 required some physical geometry to be set. For example if you had an image on SCSI ID 0:

[SCSI0]
SectorsPerTrack=139
HeadsPerCylinder=4

Acorn

Working

  • Acorn AKA31/AKA32
  • Power-Tec/AlSystems SCSI/1/2/3 v 2.01
  • Cumana 16bit
  • Cumana 16/32bit SCSI II
  • Morley 16bit uncached
  • Morley 16bit cached

Ensure SCSIFSBuffers is configured to 0 for Morley cards, or they throw all sorts of errors (not BlueSCSI specific).

Samplers

Working

Akai

  • S1000
  • S3000XL

Akai samplers often (always?) use SCSI ID 6 to identify the sampler itself, so avoid using images that use ID 6, or assign another ID to the sampler.

E-mu

  • E5000
  • Emax
  • ESI-2000
  • ESI-4000

Ensoniq

  • ASR-10
  • EPS-16+

Korg

  • Triton

Kurzweil

  • K2000
  • K2500

Peavey

  • SP

Roland

  • S-550
  • S-750
  • VX-5080

IBM PS/2

Working

IBM PS/2 Model 56SX type 8556. Internal SCSI on the motherboard, supplies term/bus power.

Please Note! The boot drive must be set up from scratch - Reference disk, FDISK, Format, and always set to ID 6. The System Partition on the boot drive appears to have some kind of check that makes the drive setup hardware specific. Hence, you don’t seem to be able to use an image (with System Partition) from a real harddrive and put it on the BlueSCSI and expect to boot from it. Also, never ever open a bootable image on a modern computer (use .hda in the image file name instead of .img which a modern OS might scan or preview)

PC Expansion Cards

Working

  • Adaptec AHA-2930CU 32-bit PCI card (term/bus power, tested in DOS, Win98SE, Win XP)
  • Future Domain TMC-850 8-bit ISA card (term/bus power, tested in DOS)
  • Iomega Zoom Zip SCSI Accelerator 16-bit ISA card (tested in DOS/Windows 3.11) 1

1 Install Zip Tools software in DOS and Windows to install all SCSI drivers, then use a utility such as Trantor SCSIWorks to add HDD and CD ROM capability. Ensure drive images are filled with 0s. Fdisk refused to format, used TFormat utility on SCSIWorks to format disk.

X68000

Working

For X68000 with SCSI interface

  • Turn termination off on the board
  • Use the following bluescsi.ini file settings
[SCSI]
System="X68000"

For X68000 with SASI interface (original/ACE/PRO (centronics 50 pin connector marked as “HARD DISK”))

  • Turn termination off on the board
  • Install the SxSI bootloader (include in master disk V3)
  • Use external power
  • Use the following bluescsi.ini file settings
[SCSI]
System="X68000"
EnableParity = 0
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