TU-58 dumps (was Re: VAX 11/730 Problem)

From: Ethan Dicks <erd_6502_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Wed Jan 16 22:48:27 2002

--- "R. D. Davis" <rdd_at_rddavis.org> wrote:
> Quothe Ethan Dicks, from writings of Tue, Jan 15, 2002 at 03:22:12PM
> -0800:
> > --- "Clint Wolff (VAX collector)" <vaxman_at_qwest.net> wrote:
> > > PS If you do get a dump, I'd appreciate a copy. I'm archiving all the
> > > TU58s I can find to CD-Rs...
> >
> > I'm doing the same thing. So far, I have about 20 tapes read in. :-(
> Here's a listing of the tapes that I have; are any of the following of
> particular interest?

Yes... a cursory search of the list shows me a few items that may fill
in some gaps in my collection of VMS 3.x tapes. I have read in what I
can; some tapes just plain would _not_ read in completely (I could
probably read some blocks) and at least one was recycled by a cow-orker
15 years ago.

> Alas, I've not gotten my tape drive to work yet...

Can I help? To get my tapes read, I took a TU-58 drive assembly that
came out of an 11/725 or 11/730 _years_ ago when we bought them to strip
for parts (cheaper than paying DEC for maintenance), and set it on top
of a Windows PC. For power, I rigged up a PC-drive-power-to-TU-58-PCB
cable (I had a connector that would fit the inside of the tape drive; I
didn't have one for the outside connector). For data, I took a DLV11J
bulkhead panel from my DataRAM Qbus box (faster than building a cable
from scratch), and used my box of RJ-45 serial connectors and cables
to match up the back of the PC with the DataRAM breakout panel. I
have used several pieces of software, some from list members here, to
pull the data from the TU-58 and build images.

If I can help with specific problem you might be having, please feel
free to ask.


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