Empirically, I'd say nothing happens. IIRC I've connected my Pertec
drive backwarks, crosswise, reversed, and every other way at one time
or another. For reference, I have the following cables, any of which
could be connected wrong: QBUS card to I/O panel, I/O panel to tape
rack I/O panel, tape rack I/O panel to A-B switch (for two computers),
A-B switch to tape drive... I plug the cables in, power up, if I
don't see the online light blink, I power down and cable it different...
PS Not my fault if you kill your tape drive, board, computer, wife,
On Mon, 10 Jul 2000, Douglas Quebbeman wrote:
I just received the controller to hook my Cipher streamer
up to my Prime. Usually, there are little colored stick-on
dots affixed to the edge connectors and the corresponding
cable connectors for easy matching. Not this time.
I've briefly looked at the Pertect pinout as per a short
document on John Wilson's web site. However, I didn't
study it enough to have a feel for what happens if the
cables are hooked up backwards (ie simple non-function
versus a smoke-releasing exercise).
Does anyone know what happens under these conditions?