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Re: DAT drive headaches



> Is the Tape drive the ONLY device on that SCSI controller?? 

Yes it is. Its an internal Device. The controller card is supposed to be auto 
terminating, there is no termination plate on the back of the card. The 
system also has SATA drives with a Promise SATA on board controller. I have 
very little knowledge on SCSI, so I could easily have incorrect termination. 
I am not sure what to check for really.

Jon

On Tuesday 14 December 2004 02:55, Wolfgang Gill wrote:
> On Mon, 13 Dec 2004 16:02:09 +0000, Jon Hill wrote
>
> > Hi
> >
> > I am running Core 2 with a SCSI Controller INITIO INIC 1060P and HP
> > DDS-4 C5683A DAT drive. I really want to try and get my backup
> > routines sorted for Christmas but I am struggling with some errors
> > when creating TAR archives.
> >
> > the result from mt -f /dev/st0 status is
> > SCSI 2 tape drive:
> > File number=-1, block number=-1, partition=0.
> > Tape block size 0 bytes. Density code 0x0 (default).
> > Soft error count since last status=0
> > General status bits on (50000):
> >  DR_OPEN IM_REP_EN
> >
> > I am getting a lot of the following error messages.
> >
> > tar: /dev/st0: Cannot read: Input/output error
> > tar: Skipping to next header
> > tar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers
> > tar: /dev/st0: Cannot read: Input/output error
> >
> > On previous attempts (before I manually set the block size), I was
> > seeing a lot of these st0: error 70000 (sugg. bt 0x0, driver bt 0x0,
> > host bt 0x7). inia100:13 0
> >
> > Can anyone give me some pointers that might help solve this?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Jon
>
> Is the Tape drive the ONLY device on that SCSI controller?? If it is shared
> with the HDD then you will get these type of errors. If it is, then I'd
> suggest to pop in another SCSI controller, and move the Tape Drive there.
> That will eliminate those errors. If it's on it's own, then check to see if
> all the SCSI bus terminators are correctly installed. As that can also
> cause these types of errors.
>
> I had a system here, doing the same thing, putting in another controller
> solved that problem.
>
> Wolf
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