Can I spin an RL02 up without it connected to the PDP?

From: James Willing <>
Date: Wed Feb 18 10:09:50 1998

On Wed, 18 Feb 1998, Daniel A. Seagraves wrote:

> Just to see if it worked, I showed up at SSI and turned the RL02 on. I'd
> planned to spin up the pack I have to see if the drive was good. There
> was a terminator on the OUT port of the drive, and nothing on the IN. I
> haven't attached it to either PDP yet (I will be this weekend!). I got an
> error light. So I pulled the manual I have for it, and it's not a diag manual,
> just a user manual. It says one reason is a loss of clock. Does that clock
> come from the host computer, or should I be able to spin it up without a host?
> -------

Sorry, but nope. The clock is supplied by the interface card in the host
computer. The drive won't spin up without it...

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