I see this one has been unanswered for a while, so I'll have a go... On Tue, Mar 19, 2002 at 04:57:11PM -0600, Daniel J. Rychlik wrote: > Hello, > > I have an old Colorado Tap backup - floppy controller - that I've been > trying to get working for sometime now. I have searched on the net for > possible solutions but have been unsuccessful in finding information. I > have installed debian's ftape software and played with, but alas, I am > unsuccessful. > > Does anyone have suggestions on this matter? I appreciate any ideas or > suggestions. I have experimented a bit with it too, and the results are varying. As far as I can see, the ftape kernel module in 2.2 kernels is out-of-date. Thus, for 2.2 kernels, I have had the best luck (read: least bad luck...) with compiling the kernel *without* ftape support, and producing modules out of the ftape-source package. In 2.4.17 (and possibly earlier - haven't checked) kernels, the kernel ftape module seems to have caught up, and I haven't had the need for the ftape-source there. Either way, I found the tapes themselves to be somewhat unreliable. I ended up with 2 tapes out of 10 that simply would not successfully format. For one of those, I ^C'd ftformat after 36 hours of whirring back and forth. Apparantly, if the first few sectors on the tape are bad, the whole tape is bad... In the end, I have started making backups to CDs instead. So much more reliable, less noisy, more fun. And the cost is quite comparable... -- Karl E. Jørgensen firstname.lastname@example.org www.karl.jorgensen.com ==== Today's fortune: When a trainstation is were a train stops what is a workstation?
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