Subject: Re: VAX-11/750 matters
To: None <port-vax@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Kees Stravers <>
List: port-vax
Date: 06/09/1998 14:16:28
On 1998-06-09 said:

 [about the TU58]
 al>The drive roller tends to turn to goo over time making it
 al>useless(can be fixed however) and some tapes are old enough to vote
 al>in most countries. however if the tapes aren't dead and the drive
 al>is good I''ve found them to be extremely reliable...and slow.
 al>The optimal approach would be a booter on tu58 tape that can load a
 al>mag tape.

That reminds me: there is another way to write TU58 tapes. The interface
between the TU58 and the computer is serial. John Wilsons PUTR program
can read and write TU58 tapes with a TU58 drive connected to a serial
port on the PC. So you should be able to use a PC to get the NetBSD
images on tapes.

There also is a TU58 emulator program which emulates the drive itself IIRC, 
that might be an even easier way to upload the images to the 750.



Kees Stravers - Geldrop, The Netherlands - pb0aia at amsat dot org
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