Great Finds

From: Douglas Quebbeman <>
Date: Wed Jul 5 09:44:51 2000

All I can find out about this drive is that it's a streaming unit.
Is this another repackaged Cipher F880 Microstreamer? If so, then yes
I just downloaded the complete Volume 1 docs on Saturday; they're in
both .TIFF and .PDF format.
If the HP is a different beast, well, good luck... somebody's likely got
the docs.

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Robertson []
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2000 10:25 AM
Subject: Great Finds

Hey gang,

With some help from Joe Rigdon, I found some really cool stuff this weekend.

Located two complete HP 9000/832 minicomputers. After tinkering around for a
few hours, I found one of them has a bad CPU and 3 of the 8 (total between
two machines) hard drives had failed. So, between them, I managed to build a
complete working system with some spares left over.

What kind of tapes does the built-in drive use?

The find-of-the-day however, was a HP 7980XC 9-track tape drive. Found this
beauty in a dumpster at one of the junk dealers. It's god a few minor
scratches on the front cover but, otherwise is in extremely good condition.
The total asking price 5$. Anyone got spare DOCs for it?

I hooked the tape drive up to one of the 832s but, just can't get it to
work. Whenever I try to cpio or fbackup to the tape, the drive will try to
work but, eventually gives a write error. The same thing happens with my
other tape drive (HP7980) which I know is good. So, I suspect the problem is
with the drivers, or configuration, or possibly me :-)

If anyone can give pointers as to how to make it work, I'd sure appreciate

See Ya,
Steve Robertson <>
Received on Wed Jul 05 2000 - 09:44:51 BST

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