Subject: Re: check condition on first tape usage...
To: Matthew Jacob <>
From: Michael L. VanLoon -- <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/03/1997 22:35:31
>Oh, I'm sorry, I should have responded... I found the problem...
>the problem is really that st_interpret_sense is getting into the
>game for the check condition on the initial test unit ready...

No problem -- this stuff hasn't caused me any problems (that I'm aware
of) -- I was just responding to be "helpful".


>Michael- that second check condition on a write- that's really something
>busted in the drive f/w. That particular drive is a IBM branded Archive
>DAT drive, but that's a Vendor Unique ASC/ASCQ (or garbage- the distinction
>is sometimes small) so it's hard to know what to do when this happens.
>(got a manual for this puppy?)

Well, I have the owner's manual, though that's rather "light" on
firmware matters... :-)

As I said, the "clean-tape" light was on after I checked the drive
after a backup.  So, it's possible that maybe it was returning a tape
soft error or something?

The drive hasn't given me any problems under either NT or NetBSD, so I
don't think there's anything "wrong" with it.  But, only time will

  Michael L. VanLoon                 
      Contract software development for Windows NT, Windows 95 and Unix.
             Windows NT and Unix server development in C++ and C.

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