TU-58 Tape Drive Problems

From: Info from LSI <dec.parts_at_verizon.net>
Date: Tue Oct 23 04:40:50 2001

Hello Michael,

  Don't know if this would help you out or not, but
Bob Armstrong developed a TU58 emulator at ...




> Hello to all VAXenfolks,
> i do have a problem with a VAX-11/730 that i have reconstructed
> (cleaned,
> resoldered, replaced cable, everything. Pictures on www.vaxcluster.de.
> Yes,
> i am a bit proud of it... But sorry for the bad web-page design!) over
> the
> last few months.
> It is now willing to boot and tries to load it's microcode tape from the
> TU-58 drives. I even have a microcode tape which looks like it could be
> still readable.
> But the TU-58's are so battered that i have not been able to read the
> tape.
> I have repaced the rubber rollers, but the read/write-heads look, ummm,
> bad!
> I have found somewhere some TU-58 simulator software for DOS which looks
> like a promising alternative; i would place a mini-DOS-computer inside a
> VT-102 and route some additional cables to the VAX and bee fine.
> BUT: How do i get the contents of the microcode tape of the tape, into a
> DOS file without access to a working TU-58?
> Is someone on this list able to read the tape?
> Has someone already made a tape image i could just use? I mean, i have
> a original DEC tape, with serial number and all. I might even come up
> with a license document, if i search long enough...
> Any help would be greatly welcomed. This old lady is just to beautifull
> to use it as an electric heater only...
> Thank you
> ms
> --
> Michael Schneider email: ms_at_silke.rt.schwaben.de
> Germany http://www.vaxcluster.de
> People disagree with me. I just ignore them.
> (Linus Torvalds)
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