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WinXP Compatability-C1534A DS-1 Tape

Bob_287
Occasional Visitor

WinXP Compatability-C1534A DS-1 Tape

How can I find out if the C1534A DS-1 tape drive is compatable with WinXP? The o/s "sees" the tape drive, as does the Windows Backup Utility. However when I go to do a backup the application says the tape drive is not connected. (How the o/s can see an unconnected device is beyond me!)

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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JohnWRuffo
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Re: WinXP Compatability-C1534A DS-1 Tape

Bob:

Have you tried instaling these tape device drivers?
http://h18004.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/download/18619.html
Enjoy!
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Bob_287
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Re: WinXP Compatability-C1534A DS-1 Tape

The tape drive is not on the list of supported devices for the driver software.

Bob
Gerhard Roets
Esteemed Contributor

Re: WinXP Compatability-C1534A DS-1 Tape

Hi BOB

I know this is silly ... but did you check the termination. Those old drives needs to be termiated with resistor packs. The DEVICE ID scsi signalling can at times survive a non terminted chain but if you put any load on it it goes funny.

Also are you trying to back up with the windows backup software or a 3rd party product.

Regards
Gerhard
Bob_287
Occasional Visitor

Re: WinXP Compatability-C1534A DS-1 Tape

Gerhard:

The device is terminated properly... it's been in use on an older workstation for years. We've just tried to move it to a newer machine.

We're using the Windows Backup software. I tried to contact Retrospect but they never returned my e-mails or phone calls.

Bob
Gerhard Roets
Esteemed Contributor

Re: WinXP Compatability-C1534A DS-1 Tape

Bob,

Did you check f the firmware for the drive is up to date? New OS might be running int a bug on the older firmware.

Regards
Gerhard
Bob_287
Occasional Visitor

Re: WinXP Compatability-C1534A DS-1 Tape

Gerhard,

We put the tape and SCSI card in a Win98 machine that was ready to "recycle" and it works fine now.

I'm right in the middle of a very large project and just don't have the time to continue to search the HP web site, which appears to no really new drivers/updates for this product. I've been unable to find a bios update on their web site. It seems that the tape drive is another one of those "orphan" products.

Thanks for your help.

Bob Weaver
Gerhard Roets
Esteemed Contributor

Re: WinXP Compatability-C1534A DS-1 Tape

Hi Bob

Have a looksee at this url.

HP Library and Tape Tools is what you need to upgrade the firmware.

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DriverDownload.jsp?locale=en_US&pnameOID=12572&taskId=135&prodTypeId=12169&prodSeriesId=63917&submit.y=5&submit.x=9〈=en&cc=us&swEnvOID=228

Regards
Gerhard