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mandrake and tape drive config (ML370)

Siva Kondepati
Occasional Contributor

mandrake and tape drive config (ML370)

unable to make mandrake recognize the dat tape drive. bios was able to detect but OS is not recognizing.
Any help in this regard is really appreciated.
Colin Topliss
Esteemed Contributor

Re: mandrake and tape drive config (ML370)

Have you ensured that the relevant modules are loaded?

Try doing an lsmod. Look for entries similar to:

st 27760 0 (autoclean)
scsi_mod 97268 5 [st sr_mod sg aic7xxx ide-scsi]

st is the SCSI Tape module:

If it is not loaded, you can insmod the st module manually to see if this cures your problem.

You should see in dmesg or /var/log/messages something like (though this example shows a DLT, not a DAT):

scsi1 : Adaptec AIC7XXX EISA/VLB/PCI SCSI HBA DRIVER, Rev 6.2.36

aic7880: Ultra Single Channel A, SCSI Id=7, 16/253 SCBs

(scsi1:A:3): 10.000MB/s transfers (10.000MHz, offset 15)
Vendor: Quantum Model: DLT4000 Rev: D782
Type: Sequential-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 02

If you don't see the entry for your SCSI interface, then its likely that that module is not loaded either. Subsequently you won't see the entry for your DAT drive either.


Siva Kondepati
Occasional Contributor

Re: mandrake and tape drive config (ML370)

Thanks for your reply.
I tried using lsmod and i found
scsi_mod but not the st.
So, i loaded st using modprobe.
and then i had dmesg but could not find anything related to tape drive.

Then i executed lsmod again to see whether the st module is loaded and i found st in the list.
and when try to load aic7xxx, it's saying could not find.
Do i need to load any specific module from compaq to have (ML370) server compaq dat 12/24 tape drive to work on mandrake??
Thanks and waiting for a reply,