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HP 9144A tape drive

Bernd Michael Johann
Occasional Visitor

HP 9144A tape drive

Hi there,
is there online any technical documentation for the HP 9144A tape drive. I´d try to install HP-UX 7.03 on an old 400s workstation for education.

Many thanks

Bernd Johan
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Deoncia Grayson_1
Honored Contributor

Re: HP 9144A tape drive

You might want to check this statement before placing it on the 400. I'm not sure if it will work with that machine.


The drive offers a read-while-write feature, Media Monitor, and extensive error detection and correction capabilities. It is format compatible with the 35401A and 7911/12/14/42/46 integrated cartridge subsystems. The drive is supported on the following HP systems. HP 3000 Series 37, 28, 40/42, 44/48, 52, 58, 64, 68, 70, HP 1000 A Series, HP 9000 Series 200, 300, 500, and HP Touchscreen PC (150B), Touchscreen II (150C).

http://www.tucker.com/java/jsp/doorway_partnoH-P9144A_invid11285.htm



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Andrew Rutter
Honored Contributor

Re: HP 9144A tape drive

hi, the 400's had a special version of HPUX.

is it definatley a 400 series tape you have?

if it is then boot up the box and press escape to stop the boot process and then you will have to enter the boot path of the tape drive.
Bear in mind these are old boxes and drives now so before you put the cartridge in open the flap and have alook at the capstand to make sure it isnt falling to bits( the rubber wheel) as if it is it will just run the tape off.
These tape drives take quite a while to load aswell so just leave it until its ready before you send the command to boot.

Andy
Bernd Michael Johann
Occasional Visitor

Re: HP 9144A tape drive

hi andy,
thank you for answering. Boot path means the two characters (2H hp-ux) from the 'searching for system mode'? -> will cause an read error. Is there an other way to boot?
An older version 5.1 do not longer boot from tape,'cause of memory is to large!.
A version HP-UX 8.0 (on CD) stopps booting with the message 'rootmount can not mount root ... no dump device' [...] halted.
How can I install a HP-UX on the 400s?

Bernd


Andrew Rutter
Honored Contributor

Re: HP 9144A tape drive

hi, it will only boot the media and install if its the correct version.
On the cd it will say 400's 700's or 800's?

The hardware was specific to the systems back when these were built.
If it doesnt say 400's on the cd then it probably wont work

Andy
Bernd Michael Johann
Occasional Visitor

Re: HP 9144A tape drive

Hi,
meanwhile I think the 400s has a wrong
HP-IB card (A3026-01681) and I can´t install without errors from tape;
certainly there is exactly only one matching the unit. (9914A controller is in all systems the same). How can I clean the sensor?
The CDs says '...series 300/400 June 1991'.
May be it wont match, too; next version is to put an dd-image from the cd on a scratch and try to boot from therelike BSD did[McKusick1993].
B.