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HP C5683-03030

Julian White
Occasional Advisor

HP C5683-03030


I have an IBM DAT drive that appears to be a rebrand of an HP. It calls itself a C5683-03030.

Does anyone know where I can find drivers for Windows NT for this device?

Thanks,

Jules
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Vincent Farrugia
Honored Contributor

Re: HP C5683-03030

Julian White
Occasional Advisor

Re: HP C5683-03030


Vince,
I've tried that already and the driver doesn't work. However I'm sceptical about the correctness of switch settings on the device itself. I think it was used with a unix server previously and I can't seem to get the thing to work. Oddly, onthe unit it has a sticker that says "Switches disabled" which is slightly odd.

Jules.
Vincent Farrugia
Honored Contributor

Re: HP C5683-03030

Julian White
Occasional Advisor

Re: HP C5683-03030

Vince,

Just a normal PC style box. Currently using a symbios logic 53c875 controller.

Thanks,

Jules.

Vincent Farrugia
Honored Contributor

Re: HP C5683-03030

Hello,

Follow the document I gave you. Switches should be all on except switch 3 off for a normal PC.

HTH,
Vince
Tape Drives RULE!!!
Julian White
Occasional Advisor

Re: HP C5683-03030

Vince,

I've tried that, and that doesn't make it work either.
Any idea why that could be?


Thanks,

Jules.
Steve W
Trusted Contributor

Re: HP C5683-03030

Drivers tend to be specific to recognised drive ID's. That's why, for example, different generations of DDS-2 drives all report themselves as C1553A, so they all work with the same driver. Look at the HBA boot up banner and note what the drive ID's as. You might find a suitable NT driver on the IBM web site. You can't easily change the firmware to HP code.
Julian White
Occasional Advisor

Re: HP C5683-03030

The device reports itself to be an HP IBM-C568303030!D.

IBM do not supply drivers for NT for this product.

Can I frig the firmware for a driver to make it work?

Thanks,

Jules.
Steve W
Trusted Contributor

Re: HP C5683-03030

It isn't possible to just flash new firmware into the drive. To change the personality of the drive, the internal firmware/hardware codes need to be changed and this can't be done with normal firmware. It first needs to be flashed down to factory code called "mtc". However I recall that the IBM version drives have slightly different hardware too (3 LEDs not 2). It's probably easier to frig the ID strings in the driver!
Julian White
Occasional Advisor

Re: HP C5683-03030


I thought that might be the case. Do you know what I have to do to the driver to make it work. I've played with the .inf settings but have yet to to acheive any success.


Jules.
Julian White
Occasional Advisor

Re: HP C5683-03030


How do I flash down the firmware so I can load an HP version?

Thanks,

Jules.
Steve W
Trusted Contributor

Re: HP C5683-03030

You need the factory only code, and unfortunately, it isn't available outside of the factory. This is partly because you need a special piece of code to flash this code into the drive. If editing the driver inf file doesn't work, then the only solution would be to get a IBM supplied driver, sorry...
Dave_157
Occasional Visitor

Re: HP C5683-03030

Julian White
Did you get this working?
I have the same tape drive
Julian White
Occasional Advisor

Re: HP C5683-03030

I did make it work with Windows 2000 by adding the line: 'HPDAT_TAPE = "IBM ", "C5683-03030"' to the HPDAT.INF file, however I didn't work out the correct format to make the INF file work with NT, but I didn't try very hard as we upgraded the bow to 2K a few weeks later. But since I now know the format of the drive identity for the INF file you should be able to make it work with NT. Try it and see.
GJ_1
Occasional Visitor

Re: HP C5683-03030

Julian,

I have a same tape drive and have trouble to install on Windows 2k server. Would you please let me know which driver are you used? Where I can download it? And where in the inf file are you adding the line: 'HPDAT_TAPE = "IBM ", "C5683-03030"'?

Thanks.
Patrick Lau_1
Occasional Advisor

Re: HP C5683-03030

Hi,

I am having the exact same problem with this tape drive. Can Julian or someone else post the solution please?

Thanks,
Patrick
patrick@computerbrokers.com.sg
Scott McIntosh_2
Honored Contributor

Re: HP C5683-03030

As posted in Patrick's thread, the IBM 7206 Model 220 DDS-4 tape drive is for RS/6000 systems running AIX, thus no additional driver necessary.

You need to talk to IBM, but I have no expectation of them helping you in this particular instance since you are trying to use specific hardware for other than its specific purpose.

Unless anyone is willing to prove these are not Type 7206 DAT drives.

Thanks,
Scott
HP Support