[rescue] Of rubber and rotating parts....

Carl R. Friend crfriend at rcn.com
Sun May 20 06:27:04 CDT 2007

    On Sat, 19 May 2007, Charles Shannon Hendrix wrote:

> Do you think [the Wangco] would be similar to more modern
> SCSI 9-track drives?

    It's not even close.  The interface is a delightfully simple
affair with pretty much straight control lines to control stop/
start and two channels (one for read, one for write) for each of
the nine bits.  There's an adapter interface that is shimmed in
between the drive and a fairly generic Data General magtape
control board.

    This stuff predates SCSI.  That, and most "modern" drives
tend to be streamers; this one's a full stop/start that come down
from full speed to zero, and accelerate back to full in the IRG.

> http://www.series80.org/Articles/capstan-repair.html

    Thanks for that!


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