RL02 Disk Cartridge Problems

From: John Lawson <jpl15_at_panix.com>
Date: Mon Dec 2 20:22:01 2002

On Mon, 2 Dec 2002, Christopher McNabb wrote:

> I just received an RL02K-DC disk cartridge that I won on Ebay. It looks
> the same as all my other cartridges, and the shock indicator is still
> white.

  Not been used as a Frisbee, then.... this is good.

> When I put the cartridge in either of my drives, it spins up for a while
> then the fault light comes on. This does not happen with any of the
> other RL02 cartridges I have.

  How long is a 'while'?

  Is a 'while' the same each time, or is it a variable amount of 'while'?

  Do your working disks function subsequently in the same drives, AFTER
you try the bad one?

  Is there info on the disk you want, or just the platter itself? If the
latter case, is there enough time to INIT it before it faults?

  What machine model and hardware config are you using? What OS and
version are you running? Do you have the DEC diagnostics?

> I can see no difference between this cartridge and any of the others,
> and it seems to take no less force to turn by hand.

   Irrelevant and potentially dangerous test - Dont Do This!! The RL02
will tell you if there is something wrong with the disk, as it seems to be
doing now.

  Do you know how to clean the heads on your drives? Even a minor
headcrash leaves gunk on the head surfaces, and renders the disk platter
itself unusable in most cases... be careful!

  I'm sure that others will also amplify these questions before any
intelligent reaponse can be given. In the meantime, I'd suggest not
trying to re-run the offending disk until this gets sorted out.



  PS: How much didja pay for it? Just curious...
Received on Mon Dec 02 2002 - 20:22:01 GMT

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