Colorado Jumbo 250Mb Tap Drive.....

Colorado Jumbo 250Mb Tap Drive.....

Post by Brad Jone » Thu, 18 Jun 1998 04:00:00



Can anyone tell me where I can find information on howto use a colorado
jumbo 250mb tape drive with linux? Redhat ver. 4.2....

TIA,
Brad

 
 
 

Colorado Jumbo 250Mb Tap Drive.....

Post by Johannes Nies » Fri, 19 Jun 1998 04:00:00



> Can anyone tell me where I can find information on howto use a colorado
> jumbo 250mb tape drive with linux? Redhat ver. 4.2....

Hi,

you will need the ftape-4-beta. I can not format tapes under
ftape-3. The ftape home page is:
http://www-math.math.rwth-aachen.de/%7ELBFM/claus/ftape/ftape.html
HTH

Johannes Niess

 
 
 

Colorado Jumbo 250Mb Tap Drive.....

Post by Eric Lee Gre » Sat, 20 Jun 1998 04:00:00




Quote:>Can anyone tell me where I can find information on howto use a colorado
>jumbo 250mb tape drive with linux? Redhat ver. 4.2....

Simple enough. To back up your drive, you'd do something like:

tar czvf /dev/rft0 [list of files or directories to back up]

And RH 4.2 comes already set up to deal with the jumbo 250mb. No need
to compile drivers or anything. Just attach to floppy controller using
the supplied cables and directions, and roll with it.

The various files are:
/dev/rft0  -- rewinding floppy-tape device
/dev/nrft0  -- non-rewinding floppy-tape device

The commands most of interest are:

tar -- create a tape archive
mt -- erase, retension, etc. a tape.

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Colorado Jumbo 250Mb Tap Drive.....

Post by Daniel Fra » Sun, 21 Jun 1998 04:00:00




Quote:> Can anyone tell me where I can find information on howto use a colorado
> jumbo 250mb tape drive with linux? Redhat ver. 4.2....

        Hi! I got the same problem. Unfortunately on the Hewllet Packard HP they
don't give enough information like IRQ and IO port settings that this drive
uses. Do yuo have the manual of this drive? If you do I think I can help
you. Just take a look to find out what irq/dma/io port Jumbo 250 uses ;)
        Anyway you just have to activate support for Tape drive on the kernel. I
couldn't use it because of the irq/io port problem :(

Quote:

> TIA,

bye!

Quote:> Brad

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Colorado Jumbo 250Mb Tap Drive.....

Post by Johannes Nies » Tue, 23 Jun 1998 04:00:00




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> > Can anyone tell me where I can find information on howto use a colorado
> > jumbo 250mb tape drive with linux? Redhat ver. 4.2....

Starting point is the Ftape-Howto on your distribution CD. But it is
old. Visit
http://www-math.math.rwth-aachen.de/%7ELBFM/claus/ftape/ftape.html and
get the latest ftape-4-beta and the newest ftape-tools. You need it to
format your tapes.

Quote:

>    Hi! I got the same problem. Unfortunately on the Hewllet Packard HP they
> don't give enough information like IRQ and IO port settings that this drive
> uses.

Floppy settings! I do not use an acceleration card.

Quote:>  Do yuo have the manual of this drive?

No. I got it third hand. Just a name on the front plate.

Quote:> If you do I think I can help > you. Just take a look to find out
> what irq/dma/io port Jumbo 250 uses ;) > Anyway you just have to
> activate support for Tape drive on the kernel.

You _don't_ want it. Kernel 2.0.34 still has ftape version 2.X. Make
your own module from the beta.

Quote:>  I > couldn't use it > because of the irq/io port problem :(

You can't backup from floppy to tape, but who wants this ?

If you still have questions after this, see me at

Johannes Niess

 
 
 

Colorado Jumbo 250Mb Tap Drive.....

Post by Eric Lee Gre » Wed, 24 Jun 1998 04:00:00



Quote:>    Hi! I got the same problem. Unfortunately on the Hewllet Packard HP they
>don't give enough information like IRQ and IO port settings that this drive

Err, it hooks to the floppy controller. It doesn't HAVE IRQ and IO port
settings.

Well, HP/Colorado did have a "controller" board that they sold for
this drive, but all it was, was an extra floppy controller. Throw away
that "controller" board. All you need to do is plug the thing into the
unused floppy cable and apply power, and you're ready to use with Red
Hat 4.2.

As someone else mentioned, you'll need to also compile ftape 3.x/4.x
if you wish to format tapes, but the built-in "ftape" software that
comes pre-compiled with Red Hat 4.2 will work just fine with
pre-formatted tapes.

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Colorado Jumbo 250Mb Tap Drive.....

Post by Daniel Fra » Thu, 25 Jun 1998 04:00:00





>>        Hi! I got the same problem. Unfortunately on the Hewllet Packard HP they
>>don't give enough information like IRQ and IO port settings that this drive

> Err, it hooks to the floppy controller. It doesn't HAVE IRQ and IO port
> settings.

        Doesn't it have irq/io settings? Strange. Then why do we have this on
the kernel 2.0.34:

/usr/src/linux/include/linux/tpqic02.h

#define QIC02_TAPE_PORT         0x300   /* controller port address */
#define QIC02_TAPE_IRQ          5       /* For IRQ2, use 9 here, others
normal. */
#define QIC02_TAPE_DMA          3       /* either 1 or 3, because 2 is used
by the
 floppy */

        ?

        Anyway, as I don't know which is my tape drive ('cause I won it without
manual or anything, I think it's a HP Colorado Jumbo 250 (at least mine is
just as you said: I plug it directly in the on-board floppy drive controller
:) As you said: mine doesn't have any jumpers or anything to change
dma/io/irq

Anyway here is the kernel messages:

tpqic02: IRQ 9, DMA 1, IO 0x180, IFC Wangtek, $Revision: 0.4.1.5 $, $Date:
1994/
10/29 02:46:13 $
tpqic02: Settings: IRQ 5, DMA 3, IO 0x300, IFC Wangtek
tpqic02: reset failed!
tpqic02: No drive detected -- releasing irq and dma.

So I think my problem is with irq/dma/io. Or am I wrong? I don't know very
much about tape drives. What about this IFC Wangtek??? Hey I think I'm
silly. Does this IFC Wangtek means that my drive is a Wangtek?

        :}

        I'm ashamed eheheh Please help me I'm lost :)

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