Setup Instructions for 2.11BSD
David C. Jenner
djenner at halcyon.com
Mon Sep 15 23:30:22 AEST 1997
It occurred to me that adding another peripheral was an option. That's
why I asked the experts!
Steven Schultz said:
> For _some_ folks (those a bit more "serious") getting a SCSI adaptor
> would be a "good thing". They're cheaper now than they used to be
> (I about choked when a new Emulex UC08 was $1500 - and that's with
> a 30% discount - but went ahead with it back in 1991 and have never
> regretted it). A used UC08 (or similar CMD product) is from
> what I have seen about $900 today. A TAPE ONLY CMD adaptor is "just"
> $300 - that's not too bad, is it? Since in many cases the systems
> have been obtained free (or cheaply) as they were being tossed out
> and it is beginning to look like the software will be almost free
> ($100 or so isn't a whole lot of money) perhaps investing some money
> into the hobby in the form of a SCSI adaptor would be a wise choice (at
> least for some folks). Everything can't be free all the time, can it?
> DEC used to make a SCSI adaptor (RQZX1) and a TZ30 (SCSI variant of
> the TK50) but I have no idea how available those are on the used
> parts market these days.
Can someone qualify exactly which controllers (or class of controllers)
would work here? And which tape drives? By the time you add up a
controller and a drive, it could approach $1000, though. And the drive
must be supported on your other (Linux) system.
> TK25s are another possibility but I don't know how many folks have
> (or want) one of those - they're rather awkward physically and while
> they use DC600A tapes aren't interchangeable with any other system.
I have one of these, although it has been flakey as of late. Is anyone
prepared to make up (bootable) 2.11BSD tapes on TK25 cartridges?
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