I had a VXA 1 LVD SCSI with many problems.  The SCSI chain would loose the
device and Windows 2000 would report many SCSI timeout errors.  This all was
finally resolved when Ecrix replaced the drive and they also sent me a metal
plate that resides on the cable.  This plate removes any interference.

The drive now works like it should have.  Very nice although it took way to
long to resolve.  It appears that VXA drive are much more sensitive to any
noise.

Hope this helps,

Adam Cohen






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From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]On Behalf
Of David Thornton
Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2001 12:05 PM
To: retro talk
Subject: VXA vexations


I've got a VXA drive with the low-voltage differential SCSI
interface, and Retrospect is giving me 206 errors whenever I
try to back anything up to the drive.

When first received, the drive was attached to my desktop G3
(beige) for testing, and worked very well. Once I felt it
was ready for full use (and when I finally found the time)
the drive and the ATTO SCSI card were moved to another beige
G3 desktop that serves as our primary backup machine. Now I
can't get the thing to back up anything without giving the
dirty heads, bad media error. Same SCSI card, same cable,
same tapes (tried several), very similar computer, same OS,
same version of Retrospect; the only thing that seems to be
different is the location of the drive. The backup machine
is located in the server closet, along with lots of other
equipment. I've tried a few different locations within the
space that's available to me, but that has done nothing to
help.

The Retrospect knowledgebase says something about
interference from another device being the culprit in
something like this. Has anyone else seen stuff like this
from VXA drives, or is it just me, or perhaps something
gone south on the drive?
-- 
David G. Thornton
Mac Systems Manager *
CCL Label, Sioux Falls, SD
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