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NeXT
January 18th, 2014, 09:00 PM
I'm curious how nobody has noticed it. Probably nobody still uses 2000 server? :-|

https://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/myportal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-56848&brandind=5350884

The textfile and release date refer to version 6.0.6.3a in November, however download the drivers and you'll notice that everything is 6.0.6.3 from October.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a166/ballsandy/Computer%20related/mismatch.png

That Windows 2000 bugfix was a biggie. I have a 1/3 chance that a tape will fail because the drive falsely wants a clean. Looks like everyone imaged this driver too. Think anyone at IBM would care if I called up asking for the later driver? Can't run the server like this.

tingo
January 20th, 2014, 02:55 PM
Have you tried poking around on IBMs ftp server? You never know what you might find.

NeXT
January 20th, 2014, 06:33 PM
I've tried looking but everything seems to point back to that one mismatched document and driver.
I left a note with web support about it and they said to call their service department as they don't have control over what files are on the site.

deathshadow
January 20th, 2014, 07:10 PM
Now, don't take this the wrong way, but how many Ultrium devices did IBM even sell? 500 or so? :D Hell, the only thing I can remember about it is people bitching about how it was impossible to fit into anything IBM sold new at the time without taking something else out, because they were full height.

I'd say between a VERY rare tape drive from an era where people had stopped using tape drives in favor of hot swappable RAID, on an OS that was never really mainstream (despite wild claims to the contrary) I'd have been shocked if anyone noticed it. You might even be the first!

EverythingIBM
January 22nd, 2014, 11:47 PM
Well IBM released the tape drives to be ran on IntelliStations and equivalent systems (running it on non-IBM hardware would make anyone mad because the drivers aren't referenced like that). For example, if you had an IntelliStation E Pro with a complimentary LTO drive, the LTO W2K drivers would be listed on the specific IntelliStation's "tape" driver page...
I'm probably the only person in North America who owns three IntelliStations in a single room and knows anything about them on a hardware level (I own: type 6225, 9228, and 9229 with multiple 9229 M50 "taroko" boards for spares-- because I broke my first one by accident). Enough of that though--

Here's some LTO W2K drivers:
http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-40315
http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-56848

If you can give me the system type for your LTO drive (xxxx-xxx first four model numbers followed by the sub model three characters), I could find more accurate drivers.

paul.brett
January 24th, 2014, 06:32 AM
I work for IBM, so I'll poke around on the internal archives if you like?

Pepinno
January 24th, 2014, 12:13 PM
I have a 1/3 chance that a tape will fail because the drive falsely wants a clean. Looks like everyone imaged this driver too. Think anyone at IBM would care if I called up asking for the later driver? Can't run the server like this.

If the drive falsely wants a clean, it looks like a firmware issue more than a driver issue. Have you researched if there is any newer firmware for your tape drive?

PS: I also run Windows 2000 Server. (http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/showthread.php?41104-Do-1GB-SDRAM-PC133-DIMM-modules-exist-for-normal-PCs)