Well, I guess Friday afternoon was a bad time to ask this question--didn't get any response, so i guess I'll try again this tuesday morning. Or maybe its just time to RMA the drive... Thanks, Jim >Subject: Retro Mac And VXA Drive >From: "Jim Coefield" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> >Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2000 13:50:00 -0600 > >Could we get an update from Dantz and Ecrix on the VXA/Retro Mac >issue, as reported by MacIntouch, 10-20-00 (see below)? > >The post on MacIntouch goes a long way to explaining some of the >problems I've been seeing with my VXA drive. If not for having just >finishing rebuilding my LAN and upgrading my net connection, and >installing new servers, routers and switches, I was going to dive >into troubleshooting the problems I've been having. Maybe all I have >to do is wait for the firmware update? > >I've not only got many 206's, but errors 102 (trouble communicating), >203 (hardware failure), error 205 (lost access to storage medium), >error 100 (device rejected command). In addition, after these errors, >the drive will not continue to use the current tape, and always wants >a new one (whether 4 gigs or 40 gigs were written to it)--leading me >to believe the the end of write markers were never properly written, >which could leave the tape in an unusable condition. > >Also, the drive can take up to several hours to eject a tape after >one of these errors--following Ecrix's advice to eject a tape: power >down the drive, disconnect it from the backup Mac server, turn it on >and hit the eject button many times quickly in a row. Makes for a >very tedious process of continually regenerating backup sets. > >I've been using a B&W G3/300 with a Miles Initio Blue Note scsi card >and OS 9.0.4 with Retro 4.3. Using the VXA tool to maximize capacity >over speed seemed to exacerbate the situation. > >Thanks, > >Jim Coefield >[EMAIL PROTECTED] > > > From MacIntouch: > >"Just got off the phone with Ecrix tech support. I had just set up my >new VXA-1, and was getting a lot of type 206 (bad media) errors from >Retrospect. > >"According to Kelly at Ecrix, this results from what is apparently a >timing issue between Mac Retrospect and the Ecrix drive, and is not >necessarily a media problem. Kelly says that Dantz and Ecrix have >tracked the problem down, and Ecrix expects to release a firmware >update to solve the problem within the next week or so." -- ---------------------------------------------------------- To subscribe: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To unsubscribe: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Archives: <http://list.working-dogs.com/lists/retro-talk/> For urgent issues, please contact Dantz technical support directly at [EMAIL PROTECTED] or 925.253.3050.