Exabyte 8505XL tape drive or is it a DEC RZ24L

From: Richard Erlacher <richard_at_idcomm.com>
Date: Fri Jun 2 22:19:21 2000

IF you have a cleaning tape, stick it in there! There's a flash code that
it produces when it wants a cleaning tape and it won't do anything when it
wants one other than spit out whatever tape you put in there other than a
SONY or Exabyte cleaning tape. The drive is VERY fussy about what kind of
tapes it accepts. I'd bet it won't accept any of your old handycam
cartridges, and, in fact, there are some brands of "data-grade" tapes it
will never accept. I don't remember which ones they are, however, since I
haven't got any.

If you happen to figure out how it senses what kind of tape it has, please
let me know. This is still a mystery to me that I'd like to solve.


----- Original Message -----
From: Gary Hildebrand <ghldbrd_at_ccp.com>
To: classcomp mailing list <classiccmp_at_classiccmp.org>
Sent: Friday, June 02, 2000 4:26 PM
Subject: Exabyte 8505XL tape drive or is it a DEC RZ24L

> Hello,
> Finally got a tape for this thing and it is DOA -- doesn't seem to do
> anything. The lower green LED on the tape drive flashes slow then fast.
> Interesting thing though -- when I interrogated the SCSI buss, it came
> as a DEC RZ24L. thought you DEC fans might know what that is, and if it
> a proprietary model that I can't use on my Amiga.
> Kind regards
> --
> Gary Hildebrand
> ghldbrd_at_ccp.com
Received on Fri Jun 02 2000 - 22:19:21 BST

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