RL02 Spinup fails
billdegnan at gmail.com
Sat Nov 11 10:29:45 CST 2017
I have successfully built a rl02 disk using pdpgui on a windows XP laptop,
the newer version works on window 10. All you need other than the software
is a serial card like a m7800. Pdpgui acts as a gui. Do you have a m9312
rom/terminator card with a terminal console rom?
On Nov 11, 2017 7:04 AM, "Aaron Jackson via cctech" <cctech at classiccmp.org>
> Well, some progress.
> It seems that a terminator is not required so long as the cable is VERY
> short. The controller RLV12 controller appears to have a few termination
> resistors on it anyway. There is no fault light appearing and the drives
> spin up fine. Mine cable is less than 20cm and the PDP is sitting just
> on top of the drive.
> I can see that the drive is communicating because the lsb of the csr
> changes flips between 0 and 1 when I load and unload the drive.
> I wanted to try and dump the disks using vtserver, but when I run the
> copy program I end up with the following
> ]] Enter name of input record/device: rl(0,0,0)
> ]] Can't get rl(0,0,0) sts
> ]] rl(0,0,0) err cy=0, hd=0, sc=2, rlcs=142205, rlmp=0
> ]] rl(0,0,0) error reading labelsector
> ]] Enter name of input record/device:
> The same happened on both packs - they have both been cleaned and look
> as though they are in good condition. The heads have been cleaned too.
> Given that the drive appears to be communicating with the PDP-11, where
> might this problem come from?
> Aaron Jackson via cctech writes:
> > Hi everyone,
> > I have managed to hook up an RL02 drive to my PDP-11 (thanks to Dave
> > Wade for the drives) . This took me longer than I thought it would - I
> > tried with a flat ribbon cable with a DIY terminator going straight into
> > board , but couldn't get it to work. Removed the terminator, and the
> > fault light turned off. So that's positive.
> > I tried to load a cartridge, which I had cleaned, inspected and
> > generally appears to be in good condition. It started to spin up and I
> > could hear it getting faster, but after 30-40 seconds the fault light
> > returns. I made a short video demonstrating this:
> > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=japwBBodO8U
> > According to the manual the fault light can appear for the following
> > reasons:
> > - Drive select error... Surely this would come on at the start?
> > - Seek time out error... I'd have to hear the heads move first
> > - Write current in heads during sector time error... Same as above
> > - Loss of system clock... The fault light would be on from the start.
> > - Write protect error... I don't think it got that far
> > - Write data error... Same as above
> > - Spin error... Is this the only remaining fault?
> > So could the only cause be a spin error? I am wondering if the belt is
> > slipping or something like that?
> > Can anyone offer some advice?
> > Thanks,
> > Aaron.
> Aaron Jackson
> PhD Student, Computer Vision Laboratory, Uni of Nottingham
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