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."



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