M4 data tape drive with scsi option

From: Bruce Lane <kyrrin_at_bluefeathertech.com>
Date: Sat Jan 10 10:18:06 2004

Hi, Jay,

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On 09-Jan-04 at 21:40 Jay West wrote:

>I have an M4 Data tape drive, with the MK2 256K SCSI option board in it. I
>am trying to use it with an adaptec 2940UW controller (off the 50 pin
>connector) and the card doesn't seem to recognize the drive. Guess it's
>possible the drive is on the fritz, but it was in pristine working shape
>when I put it on the shelf (was my office demo unit, little used). So, I am
>wondering if anyone has one of these, and what type of PC controller they
>were using?

        Silly question, but... Many of those drives had a differential SCSI interface vs. single-ended. If that's what you have, you'll need an Adaptec 2944 series board, or similar HVD adapter, to work with it.

        Take a hard look at the termination resistor array on the drive's interface board. If it has more than three SIP resistor pack sockets (more specifically, if it has six or nine or more), you're looking at a SCSI HVD interface.

        Good luck. The M4 is a nice drive. I used to have three of 'em.

>Hey, it's classiccmp related, trying to cut some tapes for my HP2000 :)

Bruce Lane, Owner & Head Hardware Heavy,
Blue Feather Technologies -- http://www.bluefeathertech.com
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