PDP-11 Controller needed to use a couple of RX33 drive
bqt at softjar.se
Fri Jun 19 11:27:54 CDT 2009
Pete Turnbull <pete at dunnington.plus.com> wrote:
> On 17/06/2009 16:34, Johnny Billquist wrote:
>> > It's actually worse. The write enable signal apparently always gets to
>> > both drives no matter what else you are doing. So when you write to one
>> > drive, the other will also start writing, even if the head is moving
>> > right at that time. I've had to recover an RD53 which was destroyed that
>> > way. (Salvage as much data as I could, and then reformat the drive.)
> That won't happen unless both drives are also selected. Having the
> write enable signal go to both drives at the same time is normal in
> ST412 systems, and indeed all the signals go to all the drives at the
> same time in such systems.
Ok. I haven't checked all the details here, so it's part my research,
and part information I've recevied from others. The only reason I even
know about it is because I had to recover the data from a disk that they
"destroyed" by doing this.
>> > The funny thing is that DEC actually do write in the documentation that
>> > it is not permissible to have two hard drives in a BA23, but that note
>> > is not so easy to find, and if you don't have the documentation, it even
>> > easier to assume that you can, since you do have connectors for two drives.
> The DEC information actually says that it's because of the power
The note that I read didn't say anything about power requirements, as
far as I can remember. But maybe I should check the note I read again.
This was about six years ago... (And as far as I know, the site is still
running that machine, but they now have a couple of SCSI disks on it
>> > I believe it's a hardware "bug", which can't be fixed without cutting
>> > wires, and adding new ones. But maybe someone knows better here?
> Mine works, and I've not cut any wires.
It could be that there are two revisions of the backplane? (Was it you
who said that?)
I know for a fact that a steel plant in Sweden stood still for five days
because of this, six years ago. (Well, one part of it anyway.)
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