Odd PDP-11 tape related question

From: Johnny Billquist <bqt_at_update.uu.se>
Date: Thu Jan 15 14:52:16 2004

On Thu, 15 Jan 2004 "Zane H. Healy" <healyzh_at_aracnet.com> wrote:

> > I just decided to test a TLZ06 on my system, and it don't want to
> > work. I normally play with an Exabyte 8200, and that works just fine.
> > (This on a 11/84 with a CMD controller)
> I managed to dig up a TZ30 and a couple TK50's last night, though I didn't
> get a chance to try it. If an Exabyte 8200 works just fine, I think I might
> try the Exabyte 8500, as I can hook it up to my PDP-11/23+ fairly easy
> (hooking an external drive up to my /73 as I mentioned would require
> rewiring the SCSI Bus). I just wish I'd thought to dig out a couple 8mm
> tapes while I was digging.

The 8500 should work fine as well, according to documentation I have.

> BTW, what do you mean by "didn't want to work". Do you mean that it wouldn't
> work at all with your PDP-11/84 and CMD controller? The TLZ06 works just
> fine on my PDP-11/73 with Viking controller. It's just with RSTS/E ANSI
> tapes that I seem to be having a problem.

I just tried with RSX, using BRU, DMP and INI. With DMP I tried a tape I
wrote on another machine with tar.

I got some funny error. I can send you the RSX error log of the occasion,
if that makes you happy. Both BRU and INI will create small blocks.

Btw, I also created small blocks on the NetBSD machine I have a DDS drive
on, and it went just fine there.

But I did notice that someone else said that the TLZ06 will not like DDS2
tapes, which is what I had. The NetBSD box appearantly have a DDS2
drive... (since it works fine)


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