Subject: Re: TK50 in uVAX2000 (hardware question)
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From: Christer Weinigel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12/09/1996 14:38:35
> From: Marc Malagelada Duch <email@example.com>
> Date: Mon, 9 Dec 1996 01:07:32 -0100 (GMT+1)
> Hi all.
> Some time ago we talked about the TK50 in the uVAX2000 and VAXstations2000.
> Somebody said that it was a SCSI device.
Well, no, not really. The TK50 itself uses a proprietary interface
(wich seems to be rather well documented, if you can get your hands on
the Real User guide).
There also exists a board which is a SCSI to TK50 converter. I've got
one of these at home and it works just fine with my Linux box and a
Trantor T128 SCSI adapter.
I've been told that this board is the same board which can be found in
a tape expansion box for uVAX2000, but with a different firmware. It
might even use the same firmware, but I really don't know.
If you're interested, I could take look at the board and the EPROMS
I've got, I't might be the same hardware.
> I have one problem:
> I have a 3500 with a TK70 but no TK70 NetBSD tape to boot it.
> As ethernet in the 3500 is unsupported, the tape is the only way to boot it.
> My question:
> Would it be possible to set-up the uVAX2000's TK50 in a PC with an Adaptec
> AHA1520 SCSI adapter to write down the NetBSD 1.1 boot image on the tape
> to boot the VAX3500 through the TK70?