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Old 08-16-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
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Looking for linux driver for an old tape drive - WANGTEK 5525ES Rev1 USB drive


Looking for a Linux driver for an old WANGTEK 5525ES Rex1 USB Drive
 
Old 08-16-2012, 01:50 PM   #2
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Welcome to LinuxQuestions.

A quick google looks like the tape drive is SCSI not USB. No driver is necessary for the drive, just the SCSI card.
What linux distribution/version and SCSI card make /model are you running /using?
 
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:49 PM   #3
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I love your suggestion. I am using Tyan Thunder K8WE S2895 computer. Operating System: Ubuntu 11.04, Kernel Linux 2.6.38-15-generic, GNOME 2.32.1, Processors 0 and 1: AMD Operon (tm) Processor 248, 2 Disks SATA 500GB, ATA WDC WD 5000AAKS-00E4A0.

If you need more info, please let me know.

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Old 08-24-2012, 01:51 PM   #4
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I love your suggestion, but I do not have a SCSI card in my computer.

I am using Tyan Thunder K8WE S2895 computer. Operating System: Ubuntu 11.04, Kernel Linux 2.6.38-15-generic, GNOME 2.32.1, Processors 0 and 1: AMD Operon (tm) Processor 248, 2 Disks SATA 500GB, ATA WDC WD 5000AAKS-00E4A0.

If you need more info, please let me know.

Andrew
 
Old 08-24-2012, 02:52 PM   #5
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Are you sure it is USB-capable? A Internet search does indeed say it is SCSI-1/2. If you don't have one, then you need to acquire one.

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Old 08-24-2012, 03:21 PM   #6
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Well, you need a SCSI card to interface the tape drive to your computer. The connector on the back of the tape drive should look something like this.

http://www.showmecables.com/product/...FSnbtgodtBsAVQ

Since you do not have a SCSI adapter I do not think it is worth the effort to get this drive working. Its native capacity is only 525MB.
 
Old 08-25-2012, 04:05 PM   #7
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Many thanks all for your help - I think I installed everything as you explain in your emails. In one of my drawers I found SIIG SCSI Adapter AP-10 SCSI PCI (SCSI 360P), inserted it into PCI slot and connected the WANGTEK 5525ES Rev1 tape drive using 50 pin cable. Also, I terminated the other WANGTEK SCSI connector.

As suggested in the Adapter manual, I first powered the WANGTEG tape drive and next started the computer. I received a following error:

System configuration data updated
ERROR
Out of space for Option ROMs!
Option ROM for the following device - PCI Mass Storage Controller in slot 01
Bus-1, Device=04, Function :00 was unable to run due to memory constrains

Press F1 to resume, F2 to setup.

First I pressed F2. However, I was not able to find any ROMs to change.

So next I pressed F1 and the computer started OK.

I was trying to find if the the tape drive is connected.
Disk utility response was:
SCSI Host Adaptor
INI-940 Fast Wide SCSI Adapter
Initio Corporation
Driver: Initio
Fabric: SCSI

I inserted the tape into the tape drive. The tape drive was active for a while and next it stopped. However, I could not see any files with data on my computer.

If you could help me I will be grateful

Andrew
 
Old 08-25-2012, 06:58 PM   #8
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Check this page out.

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Old 08-26-2012, 09:50 AM   #9
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When a tape is inserted the drive performs an initialization process so this is normal. If /dev/st0 exists then the st module is loaded and your tape drive is ready. As described in the link posted you can check the drive status via the mt command:
mt -f /dev/st0

A tape drive can not be mounted nor the data on it viewed like a hard drive. If you are trying to read data previously written to tape we need to know what backup program if any was used.
 
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Hello, Please let me know what should I do with permission denied.

andrew@andrew-S2895:~$ mt -f /dev/st0 status
mt: /dev/st0: rmtopen failed: Permission denied
andrew@andrew-S2895:~$

Is the issue related to the driver? I have some drivers on a diskette that were a part of the SCSI card; DOS/Win3.2x, Win95, WinNT, NetWare,OS/2,SCO Unix, UnixWare. I did not load them to the computer. If yes, which one of them should I use?

Many thanks for your. I am trying to recover old programs without re-typing them.

Andrew
 
Old 08-26-2012, 10:24 AM   #11
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No, you have to do this as root. Either use sudo or log in as root using 'su -'

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Old 08-26-2012, 10:28 AM   #12
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None of the drivers found on diskettes will work with linux. Try:
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sudo mt -f /dev/st0 status

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Old 08-26-2012, 10:45 AM   #13
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Hello Alex, Sorry here is another message

root@andrew-S2895:/home/andrew# mt -f /dev/st0 status
mt: /dev/st0: rmtopen failed: Input/output error
root@andrew-S2895:/home/andrew#


Andrew
 
Old 08-26-2012, 11:30 AM   #14
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Look at the output of the lsmod command:
You should see the initio and st modules listed which means they are loading.
Look at the output of the dmesg command do you see any errors referencing the tape drive?
 
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If you arent trying to recover some data that should have been backed up this century, just throw or give the thing away. Its a 525/250MB a tape drive with a max transfer rate that is very, very low.

If you are trying to recover data, you can try checking the jumpers are set right...I've seen more than a few old SCSI parts with missing jumpers. This might help-

http://stason.org/TULARC/pc/tape-dri...-33711-XX.html
 
  


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