[rescue] TZ-877, The Saga Continues
ttlchaos at randomc.com
Sat May 3 18:19:51 CDT 2003
Stardate: Month two.
Location: On my hands and knees praying for this POS to work.
So I got this TZ-877 a month or two ago. By the grace of a fellow list
member, I was able to obtain a DLT magazine for it. Then, I discover that
the TZ-87 drive might dead -- it is completely unhappy with life. So, work
with seller to get a replacement. Even work it out (and pay a little more)
for a Quantum DLT 4000 instead of another TZ-87. That brings us up to the
events of today, somewhere in month two of getting this TZ-877 online:
The drive is good. I've written and read from it in standalone mode
(pull out the "Loader" ribbon cable). But when I power cycle the tape drive
(with the ribbon back in), I get nothing from the loader. The drive resets,
beeps, and the loader sits there with most of its LEDs on. No magazine scan.
Ok, so I plug the TZ-87 back in. Loader initializes, scans, works.
Ok, plug the DLT 4000 back in. Nothing again.
I thought these things were pin-compatible? My DLT 4000 drive has a massive
array of jumpers on the right-rear, and none of them are jumped. Online docs
so far have been useless. There's a bank of six pins labelled "ALDR"...
related to LoaDeR ?? There are a few jumpers on the Z-80-based loader
controller board, but I have less clue of their meaning.
Anyone have hints to throw my way? The drive is a DLT4000LS,SE,LOAD, and has
a sticker that says "Rev B02, SCSI SE, LOADER Only".
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