[rescue] [Rescue] DLT tape drive diagnostics?

Brian Deloria bdeloria at gmail.com
Fri Mar 2 08:49:53 CST 2007

Quantum makes a program called "DLT Sage" that they often make you run
though before RMA'ing a drive.  If it's a regular DLT 40/70 then you need to
be running a solaris / peecee machine with a SCSI card, you can also use it
to check your tapes.  Sony & Quantum tapes have lifetime warranties so
simply sending them back to the manufacturer with the appropriate message
should get you a new tape within a week or two.

If you're running an SDLT you're supposed to be able to connect to the drive
via an infared port on the front that is there for autoloaders?  There's
software for a peecee that runs that, I think that there was one that ran on
pocket pc as well so all you'd need is a small handheld and you'd be all

On 3/2/07, Mr Ian Primus <ian_primus at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Lately I have been fighting with DLT tape drives. I
> have been having intermittent problems with one, one
> that won't read tapes, and a couple with various other
> problems. A long time ago, someone told me that there
> was a way to connect a serial cable to a DLT drive,
> and get information about it, such as how many tape
> passes, power on hours, and recent error codes. I did
> some searching on the 'net and haven't been able to
> turn up anything useful. Is this true? There are
> several connectors on the board, that aren't labeled,
> and there is the loader port. So it seems possible
> that there could be RS-232 in there somewhere. I did
> some poking around (although I didn't take the board
> completely off) and I don't see a MAX232 or a 1488/89
> chip, but that doesn't mean that the functionality
> isn't in there anywhere, or that they aren't hiding.
> Thanks!
> -Ian
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