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StorageTek L40 Tape Library

Could someone please tell me what caused the following error and how I can fix it: The range of motion on initialization is not within specification (308F)

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Re: StorageTek L40 Tape Library

Sounds like your robot is stuck or something may have dropped onto the track on the floor which is restricting it's movement.

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Re: StorageTek L40 Tape Library

How to change backup tape in storagetek L40?
would appriciate very much if you could reply me!
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Hi Alan

Error 9E - Elevator range of motion out of specification

The Elevator (the part of the robotics assembly that moves in the vertical direction) range of motion out of specification

If possible, check for an obstruction by powering off the library and either removing a magazine or a drive to view the robot. Gently remove the obstruction, replace all magazines and drives and then power up the library.
Re-try the last operation

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IBM TS3200 Code 9F 08

The manual is online with IBM.
Chapter 8 explains the error codes and 9F (mean Error code) means Rotation range out of specification 08 9sub error code) means error during rotation initialisation, get range failed.
Then the manual says: "Isolating a library controller card versus accessor enclosure problem" on page 7-11
But I guess you better look it up yourself. If you don't have any parts, you have to contact IBM.
Look yourself? start in chapter 8, page 225 of the manual under this link.

Feb 16, 2014 | IBM System Storage TS3200 Tape Library...

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Robotic hardware error and I/O station status shows open

A physical obstruction in the path of the robot's motion. Examples
include tape cartridges that are extending from the picker assembly or
from a storage location, as well as tape cartridges or debris that may
have collected on the floor of the library.
2. A large number of electrical hardware failures. Firmware or hardware
detects that motion control is not occurring properly (encoder issues,
motor driving circuits, motor winding issues, etc.)
3. A relatively small number of mechanical hardware failures that do not
result in the detection of a complete obstruction, but where motion
control generates robotics firmware error codes (contamination or damage
to encoder wheel, high friction, etc.).

Possible FRUs is Robot Assembly

Sep 01, 2013 | IBM System Storage TS3200 Tape Library...

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Proximity detector off failed


I had the same problem with our Storagetek L40 library and had to get another robotic hand from a company named Instock Inc.
It was an easy fix. I just had to power off the L40 library, take off the old hand and put the new hand on, then turned the L40 library back on, and it worked great after that.
In the hand is a sensor that goes bad after time.

You should be able to find them on the web at I believe, and they should have the hand you would need.

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StorageTek L20

Yes, you can open the CAP. I believe the menu has a function for that, like Select to Open CAP.

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StorageTek L20 SCSI ID issues?

Did it ever work for you?

You don't have to assign the scsi id's on the drives. The L20 does that for you according to whatever you set in the drive config menu.

When you say the system 'forgets' the id's does that mean it saw them initially? Does it lose any particular one or all of them? What's the physical configuration - that is, what devices are on which scsi busses and what are their ID's? Any daisy chaining?

Is there a router in the mix somewhere?

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Error Code 3112

The test for the proximity detector off failed.


Check the hand

Aug 27, 2008 | Storagetek L40 DLT Tape Drive

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StorageTek L40- Service required Led Blinking always.

Remove the server connection from the library.

power on the library, follow the display in the front panel. The library will do some checks. Note where it fails. Press the select button, it will display the some code message. With the error code refer the manual.

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Service required led blinking

You will need to get a StorageTek engineer out onsite to have a look at the problem, the light will not dissapear until resetted by a engineer.

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