Zane H. Healy wrote:
up a TK50z-ga (TK50 in a box with a SCSI bridge card
recently. The scsi controller in my *c does see it, but the board/drive
doesn't return any id when probed. What I'd like to do is pull the TK50
and put in a TK70 (for anonther system, not the 486).
The question of the day is: Are the two drives interface compatible?
OK, by *c I'm guessing you mean PC, or to put it another way a PC running
some kind of Microsoft OS. If this is correct I'd say you are out of luck.
You're right on that guess. I just had it plugged into the 486 to see if it
would show up on a scsi inquiry, indicating some chance of working......
I seem to rememeber reading a few months back about
someone having limited
success getting a PC running Linux to access one, but couldn't get it to
function properly. I believe the problem is with the way DEC designed the
The TK50 and TK70 require separate controllers.
Now the question of the day is why you would want to waste them on a PC
when you could attach them to a nice VAX! :^)
I was really planning on hooking it up to my Alpha :-}) , which is why a little
more than ~90MB of tape would be nice....What I was thinking is using the Alpha
(axpci33 running NetBSD) to write a boot tape for the MV3600. Looks like it's
net boot time....If I could afford one, I'd be looking at a DLT2000 or 4000.
But then again, they won't write tapes that the tk70 in the MV3600 can read...