[Gllug] [somewhat OT] broken (?) tape drive

Adrian McMenamin adrian at mcmen.demon.co.uk
Thu Apr 20 22:17:41 UTC 2006

On Thu, 2006-04-20 at 20:26 +0100, Adrian McMenamin wrote:
> I have a tape drive (HP DAT DDS2 type thingy) but when I try to write to
> it it fails:
> Apr 20 20:18:49 noisybox kernel: [ 2925.462051] st0: Block limits 1 -
> 16777215 bytes.

> Googling suggested this might be a dirty head, so I got a cleaning tape
> and inserted it (that's all I have to do, right?) but it still fails
> (above is the message *after* cleaning)
> Anything I can do, do you think?

Well, much searching suggested I needed a program called stinit and that
I needed a definition for my drive (a HP1533A) - I eventually tracked
down both, but it's still not working :(

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