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SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

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SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

Where can I find the elusive volume 3 of the Ultrium 2 technical reference? Many thanks for any help!
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Rich P
Occasional Advisor

Re: SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

Hi Steven,

These documents are not usually distributed to the general public. Can you tell me why you require it? If you have a specific issue then I may be able to help.

Regards,

Rich Prout
Test Engineer
Hewlett Packard Ltd
Filton Road
Stoke Gifford
Bristol BS34 8QZ
richard.prout@hp.com

Re: SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

I have a version of tar that generates a tape index for fast recovery of individual files. It's worked for over 15 years on just about any tape drive you can think of. However, on the Ultrium 2 I'm getting an illegal command sense error on every ioctl() call to retrieve the block location. There's clearly something different about its operation and without the SCSI command spec there's no way to fix things. As further information, the 'mt tell' command also returns an error (essentially the same thing, I believe). Is the drive incapable of reporting current block location and/or seeking directly to specific block?

(Just curious: Why is the command set such a secret? For over 20 years I've been able to get SCSI command docs for the asking.)

If it's truly not possible to obtain, can you give me some assistance in figuring out the correct command structure for this one operation? FWIW, basic read and write function is fine, so I don't have any basic interfacing issues.
Rich P
Occasional Advisor

Re: SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

I am looking into getting you a copy of volume 3
Rich P
Occasional Advisor
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Re: SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

I have the document, can you let me know your email address?

Re: SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

I'm sending my e-mail address directly to your e-mail account for sanity and security.

Your help is appreciated and I have another question. This unit reports firmware version F59W/OEM20. When I run the firmware updater, it's trying to flash F62-something, but eventually fails with a non-informative error. Should I be able to update this unit? If so, what's the magic incantation?
Rich P
Occasional Advisor

Re: SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

can you tell me the other numbers associated with your firmware? They should be displayed something like xxx.xxx and should be reported after F49W
Rich P
Occasional Advisor

Re: SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

Sorry that should have been F59W

Re: SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

When I run hp_ltt under Linux, all I get is:

F59W/OEM20

no other numbers appear. Is there a different way to read this?
Curtis Ballard
Honored Contributor

Re: SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

That drive is an HP tape library drive. No other numbers are published for the firmware in automation drives but for Rich's reference the HP internal firmware build number is 007.646.

The newest published firmware is F68W (009.554) and only FxxW firmware versions will download. L&TT creates a file called "EventLog.ltd" that should have additional information about the failure if you have download problems.

Re: SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

I'm getting a little confused here. Should I expect the firmware update tool to be capable of this upgrade, or do I need to find a different firmware image somehere?

I am working with: CP010445.scexe and it's trying to download F62W*. Please clarify what I should be using and where to find it?

Re: SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

Rich, did you receive the message with my e-mail address?

Re: SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

Regarding firmware: I recall that the downloader never worked for me and had kept note of the ftp area for the various binaries. Found and downloaded F68W/OEM20 and LTT had no problem flashing it. So, all set there.

For my general edification: What are the differences between auto-changer and standalone drive firmware? Is it possible to flash my unit with standalone firmware, since that's the way I'll be using it?
Curtis Ballard
Honored Contributor

Re: SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

The difference between autochanger and standalone firmware is mostly that the standalone firmware doesn't have the autochanger interface functionality. When the autochanger interface isn't connected an autochanger drive will function like a standalone drive. A standalone drive can't operate in an automation environment.

Firmware types can't be changed outside of the factory so the firmware you have is the best available.

Re: SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

Rich, I have not received the document yet.
Rich P
Occasional Advisor

Re: SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

Steven I have received no email from you

Re: SCSI Interface Description for Ultrium 460

Well, I had composed a lengthy answer, but your server malfunctioned and it never posted...

Short answers:

a) Not sure what happened to the e-mail, but I found the Ultrium 2 SCSI document at Sun's web site. All set here, but thanks anyway.

b) My problem was fixed by adding 'scsi2logical=1' to /etc/stinit.def

c) These drives do not get along with U160 HBAs using Symbios 1010 chipsets. Continual renegotiation and bus errors. Switched to an Adapter 29160 and all was well.

d) Newest firmware is F6AW, not F68W.

Thanks again for all the help!