Sun SPARCstation LX boot from CDROM?

Alan Perry aperry at
Mon Oct 5 00:50:02 CDT 2020

I may be able to help. I have had mixed success reading QIC tapes.

I have encountered two problems reading them.

1. Band failure. There is a band inside the cartridge that keeps the 
tape taut when drive advances and rewinds the tape. These bands like to 
fail. I have found replacements that seem to work.

2. Sticky tapes. I have had a lot of problems with the tape sticking and 
binding as it goes around posts inside the cartridge. I have yet to find 
a satisfactory way around this.

If your tape has the second problem, I can't read it, but may be able to 
if it doesn't.


On 10/4/20 9:58 PM, Tom Hunter via cctalk wrote:
> Hi Chen,
> I just tried the tape drive and sadly it too has the capacitor leakage
> problem like the CDROM drive.
> So sorry but I cannot help reading your tapes.
> Regards
> Tom Hunter
> On Fri, Oct 2, 2020 at 2:05 PM Chenshyh Tsay via cctalk <
> cctalk at> wrote:
>> Dear Tom,
>> Does your Sun workstation is functional and read QIC -150 cartridge?
>> I have some old 3M 6150 cartridges that was created by Sun Sparc
>> workstation in 2000.
>> One those cartridges, I have some my personal files I like to get them.
>> If you can you read those cartridges, I can pay some money for you?
>> Chen Tsay

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