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Third-party SCSI tape? (Fujitsu)

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The Question is:

I am trying to connect a Fujitsu Tape drive model M2488E to an Alpha.  I can
 see the drive as MKA400. When I put a tape in the status show that the tape is
 in the drive and is write locked.  When I try to mount the tape I get the
 error that the device is
not software enabled.  I tried to run sys$etc:scsi_info, result is I get a
 device timeout at the first inquiry qiow.  Where do I start to look?
Thank you

The Answer is :

  Please contact the folks that support the particular Fujitsu drive for
  assistance.  If you do not have a vendor that you can contact, please
  contact your local Compaq Services (formerly Digital Services) office
  for assistance.
  SCSI is not a standardized interface, rather, it is a collection of
  optionally-implemented standardized features.
  Each SCSI host contains non-trivial SCSI driver software, and each SCSI
  device contains equally non-trivial firmware -- taken together with the
  mechanical and electronic compoents, this software and firmware will
  communicate storage-related requests using the SCSI protocol.   Hosts
  and devices have various optionally-implemented features, and both also
  implement vendor-specific protocol extensions for operations outside
  those explicitly specified in the SCSI protocol.
  Integration and testing work is mandatory with each new SCSI device, and
  there can be no certainty that any particular SCSI device will operate as
  expected in any particular configuration without first performing this work.

answer written or last revised on ( 11-DEC-2000 )

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