I have a TU58 drive and could read the tape for you, but I am in
the USA so shipping could be an issue. You might try cleaning the
head with a cotton swab (Q-Tip) and rubbing alcohol (isopropyl
alcohol). I had a tape in the drive when a rubber roller went that
wouldn't read. I cleaned the head, read the tape, cleaned the head,
read the tape, cleaned the head, read the tape, until it read
without errors! Then I cleaned the head and threw the tape away...
PS If you do get a dump, I'd appreciate a copy. I'm archiving all the
TU58s I can find to CD-Rs...
On Sun, 21 Oct 2001, Michael Schneider wrote:
Hello to all VAXenfolks,
i do have a problem with a VAX-11/730 that i have reconstructed
resoldered, replaced cable, everything. Pictures on www.vaxcluster.de
i am a bit proud of it... But sorry for the bad web-page design!) over
last few months.
It is now willing to boot and tries to load it's microcode tape from the
TU-58 drives. I even have a microcode tape which looks like it could be
But the TU-58's are so battered that i have not been able to read the
I have repaced the rubber rollers, but the read/write-heads look, ummm,
I have found somewhere some TU-58 simulator software for DOS which looks
like a promising alternative; i would place a mini-DOS-computer inside a
VT-102 and route some additional cables to the VAX and bee fine.
BUT: How do i get the contents of the microcode tape of the tape, into a
DOS file without access to a working TU-58?
Is someone on this list able to read the tape?
Has someone already made a tape image i could just use? I mean, i have
a original DEC tape, with serial number and all. I might even come up
with a license document, if i search long enough...
Any help would be greatly welcomed. This old lady is just to beautifull
to use it as an electric heater only...
Michael Schneider email: ms(a)silke.rt.schwaben.de
People disagree with me. I just ignore them.