Question about Tape Drives
what does it mean when all 3 lights are flasing when i insert a tape please? 2 quick flashes, then pause, then 2 quick and so on...
Ok I had this problem exactly. The way it broke as I found out was the tape drive... when you first insert a tape.
a: hooks a little pin to the tape and pulls it around a spinning reel inside the drive.
b: the tape had a slight.......slight bend in the pin on the beginning of the tape.
c: the pin in the drive barely caught the tape. As it is supposed to catch with both ends of the pins, but only one end caught.
d: this then pulled the tape out into the machine a inch or so and came undone.
e: then the reel inside the tape drive pulled the lead inside, rendering the drive useless!
I pondered it for a bit and decided to pull some tape out of the drive and hook it to the loose lead that had been pulled into the drum. It worked like a charm! Hooked up the power to the unit and it pulled in the tape around the inside drum.
I then ejected the tape nicely and won't use that particular tape anymore!
Make sure all the power is unhooked when working on this and make sure that the tape is fed by the heads properly before power is applied.
I was so thrilled that I fixed it, failed to take a picture...sorry.
Posted on Mar 12, 2010
It appears that you may have some board issues. Are these drives
going into library's or being used as stand alone units? I need
more info to better diagnose the issue.
Posted on Mar 30, 2009
Its a AIT 3 tape unit.
Posted on Dec 11, 2007
Hardware failure. either drive leader is off or other mech fault ie. brake release is broken or head shield is not in place, causes a load jam.
Posted on Dec 06, 2007
What unit is this?
Posted on Nov 29, 2007
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