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SCSI Storage devices

Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:53 am
by weGuru
Im a collector of old and discontinued storage devices as well as all things unix. And so far the only devices ive managed to use in IRIX is:

Iomega Jaz Drive
DDS 120 Tape drive

These other devices is no go

Exabyte Tapedrive - Termination and ID is set correct but drive fails during boot of IRIX and dont work
Bernoulli Box 90mb version - IRIX finds it as a floppy but cant access disks
Sony MO Disk unit RMO-S570 . IRIX finds it and it shows up on dekstop as optical, but states disk is not loaded even if the disk is in the unit.

Is there anything i can do to make these work? Tested on IRIX 6.5.30, 6.5.15 and 6.5.22

Ive also got a SUN H/V Differential SCSI array but no H/V cards yet and H/V cards and cables are not that easy to come by cheap

Re: SCSI Storage devices

Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:25 pm
by Dalplex
I have used Sun 711 without issue.

I have a Sun A1000 array but not trying yet.

Re: SCSI Storage devices

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:30 am
by jan-jaap
I've used a SUN D1000 array with a Challenge S and an Onyx or Onyx2 -- these are all systems with the (high voltage) differential SCSI ports to match. Worked like a charm.

I don't know if all Exabyte units work, but SGI used to sell them. I had one in my Onyx or Challenge but it failed.

Re: SCSI Storage devices

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:09 am
by Y888099
weGuru wrote:Sony MO Disk unit RMO-S570


Don't be so surprised, SGI is so beautiful, but when you have to do something serious like accessing a MO media ... you find that SGI is actually so exciting like a basket of plugs.

I had a similar problem with MO, DVD-RAM and REV, and I got frustrated and very bored about that: IRIX was unable to correctly read/write media, and the Firewire just doesn't work as it should be. IRIX has an interesting filesystem (XFS) which scales on big irons, but ... for me it's as useful as blowing in the wind, at least for my daily needs.

The best I can I suggest you is to plug your MO-driver into a linux box, then you can try to share resources between IRIX and PC through NFS.

Re: SCSI Storage devices

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:16 pm
by ajw99uk
weGuru wrote:Sony MO Disk unit RMO-S570 . IRIX finds it and it shows up on dekstop as optical, but states disk is not loaded even if the disk is in the unit.

Sorry, coming late to this as not been readong Nekochan so often recently - but then a few weeks ago I would not have been able to share more recent experience with SCSI removeables.

What format is the disk you are using? The other day I put a Syquest cartridge into the drive fitted in my Fuel, and IRIX was aware of the presence of a disk but would not mount it - I suspect because the disk has a 'PC/BIOS' (DOS) partition table rather than being formatted as a super-capacity floppy. However, it sounds like your MO may be stuck at the prior "is there a disk here?" stage rather than my "there's a disk, but I don't know what to do with it" stage.

With a Firewire drive, I find I have to mount using an explicit path on the command line; IRIX puts an icon on desktop but the system manager cannot mount from there. So it may be worth trying console to mount a MO disk or seeing what fx makes of its '/dev/dsk/dks1d6vol' device (mutatis mutandis for your MO's SCSI ID and the controller ID, of course!).