Need help: problem with Exabyte tape-drive

Need help: problem with Exabyte tape-drive

Post by Ben Lippo » Thu, 17 Aug 1995 04:00:00


I have a problem with a Exabyte tapedrive. The drive is a 10 Gb 8mm
SCSI-drive. On the case I find the following names: Rexon, VT-10GBX
and Cheetah. During boot Linux (v1.3.17) finds the drive

    scsi0 : Adaptec 1542
    scsi : 1 host.
      Vendor: EXABYTE   Model: EXB-85058SQANXR1  Rev: 06M0
      Type:   Sequential-Access                  ANSI SCSI revision: 02
    Detected scsi tape st0 at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 0

I have an Adaptec 1542C with three other devices (IDs 4, 5 and 6).

I do have a device /dev/st0:
    # ls -l /dev/st0
    crw-r-----   1 root     floppy     9,   0 Aug  2  1993 /dev/st0

But when I try to write something to the drive I get the following
error message:
    # dd if=zvmlinux of=/dev/st0 bs=32k
    st0: Error 27070000.
    dd: /dev/st0: I/O error
    2+0 records in
    1+0 records out

I tried two (new) tapes and got the same message.

When I tried a few "mt" commands (like "mt -f /dev/st0 rewind (or offline)"
the drive responded normally, so I think the hardware is OK.

The guy who sold me this drive said something about accessing the
drive in two different ways; as a 8500 (SCSI-2?) or as a 8200 (SCSI-1?)
and the one would be very much faster than the other [but he probably
didn't understand it very well].

Anyway, my questions are:
- Can I use this drive under Linux? How?
- What about different ways of accessing this drive (8500 vs 8200)?
- How do I tell Linux what format to use?
- Anyone knows what "Error 2707000" means?

Thanks for info.

Ben Lippolt


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