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Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

Peter Porz
Advisor

Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

I've got a Problem using a Standalone DLT7000 in a 15/2 Library. The electronic part seems to be the same in Standalone and Library Drive. It is easy to see, that the Tape-Eject mechanism is completely different. So I changed it. But when the just changed Drive is placed in Library, it doesn't work. Does anybody know about other differences between those two drives?

P.Porz
Lion Electronics Int.
20 REPLIES
Marino Meloni_1
Honored Contributor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

Drive FW is for sure different because it ahve to dialogue with the library controller
Peter Porz
Advisor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

Thanks for your answer, but it seems there is just 1 FW-Version which can be used as well for standalone and library drives. If you have other Firmwares or know where to get them please let me know.

P.Porz
Lion Electronics Int
RNY
Respected Contributor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

It will not work cause the FW is different also i have tried to change the firmware but you can not.
So you don't have any choise ,you shouldd order it.
Sorry...
regards
DGH_2
Valued Contributor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

Hi
i had the same problem, the standalone DLT7000 cannot be used in the library.
for sure they have different firmwares and you can't use the firmware of the library on the standalone.

it's better to get a new one library use.
Dory
Peter Porz
Advisor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

But couldn't I just change the electronic board, below the drive? If it depends on the Firmware, it should work then, shouldn't it?

P.Porz
Lion Electronics Int.
Marino Meloni_1
Honored Contributor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

replacing part inside the DLT is something not supported and not tested, you can do that at your own risk without warranty, and I suppose that these drives are not covered by any contract, or it is better to use it ;)
anyway:
it is not possible to flash a stand alone DLT7000 FW with the FW for library. the two products have differents personality, that means that part of the data recorded in the Memory are differents, just to identify the differents products.
For a standalone dlt7000 the personality is OEM1 (FW101), for a 15/7000 library, the personality is OEM3 (FW V096)
The personality canot be changed just flashing the FW.
Peter Porz
Advisor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

There's no warranty on one of these drives, so it is worth testing it.
I don't know if it works, but if it's a matter of Firmware or Personality, changing the boards should work. I talked to a HP-Technician today. He told me, that changing the Tape-Eject mechanism should work.

P.Porz
Lion Electronis Int.
Ronald Hendriks
Valued Contributor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

Mr. Porz,

I have send you an email with a pointer.


Ron.

( to info@yourdomain.de)

Keep things simple
Peter Porz
Advisor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

Sorry,
I didn't receive any E-Mail from you. Perhaps send it again.
Thanks

P.Porz
Lion Electronics Int.
Ronald Hendriks
Valued Contributor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

Send it again !

info@lionelectronics.de




Ron.
Keep things simple
Peter Porz
Advisor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

My E-Mail is: pporz@lion-electronics.de

Please send it to this adress. Thank you!
Peter Porz
Advisor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

Now I got your E-Mail.

Thank you.

P.Porz
Lion Electronics Int.
Benjamin Schweinsberg
Occasional Visitor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

Has anyone been successful with this particular drive modification (7000 standalone -> 7000 loader)? I'm be using the faceplate from a dead 4000 loader.

I'm upgrading an ol' DLT4000 2/28 library (A4850A #402) with 2x standalone 7000s for a challenge. Will also have to rewire the library SCSI ID control ribbon to fit the 7000 "loader" header, as it doesn't have the "optional power connector" of the 4000.
Jeffrey Willemsen
Frequent Advisor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

The firmware CAN be different, depending on the personality of the drive and yes, it can be changed (done that before). Some firmware versions do not talk to the loader port. There is also a different spring placed under the cartridge holder so the tape can slide easier in and out of it when operated by the robotics of the loader. You should change that as well but it will work unchanged as well.

Regards,
Jeffrey
Don't change a working configuration
Eric Dittman
Frequent Advisor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

I'd like to know how the procedure you used to change the firmware from a standalone to library drive.
Jeffrey Willemsen
Frequent Advisor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

Changing the firmware requires special tooling to do so, for end-users this is not possible.
Don't change a working configuration
Eric Dittman
Frequent Advisor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

I take it you have this special tooling, Jeffrey?
Jeffrey Willemsen
Frequent Advisor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

Ehh ... yes i do :-) You need work done?
Don't change a working configuration
Eric Dittman
Frequent Advisor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

Yes, I do. Please email me at dittman@dittman.net to discuss this. Thanks.
Andras Koltai_1
Occasional Visitor

Re: Use DLT 7000 Standalone-Drive in DLT Library

Hello Jeffrey Willemsen,

I need to change a personality of a dlt drive. Can you please send me an email to andras@iinet.net.au ...

Thank you,
Andras