FORUMS: list search recent posts

DLT trouble - need advice from any users

COW Forums : DVD Authoring

<< PREVIOUS   •   VIEW ALL   •   PRINT   •   NEXT >>
Chris Huggett
DLT trouble - need advice from any users
on Aug 30, 2005 at 12:44:11 pm

Hey guys

I have a quantum 4000 drive, which i purchased off ebay over 12 months ago. about 2 months ago, i came to use it, and unfortunatly, it did not work. A light on the front displayed that my unit needed cleaning. So i purchased a cleaning tape, and cleaned it. Still it did not work, and the cleaning light again popped on. And again i cleaned it, yet the light still displayed when i tried to use it.

Does anybody know or have had any experience with a smililar situation?

Its nearing time when i need it for a upcoming job? Does anybody know what type of business would fix something like this?

Cheers
Chris


Return to posts index

Alex Alexzander
Re: DLT trouble - need advice from any users
on Aug 30, 2005 at 1:54:13 pm

Sometimes, the cleaning light pops on when the tape itself cannot be read. I would turn it off, then back on, and see if with no tape, the light stays off. See if teh light only pops on after a tape is inserted, and it makes a buzzing sound.

If you have this attached to Windows XP pro, you have a backup application that is included for free. What I have done many times, is to take a problem tape, and insert it into the DLT drive while that backup application is running. It takes about 3 minutes or so but the tape application will finally say that the tape can't be used unless it is prepped. Do I wish to prep it. I of course say, yes, please, blow the mo fo away.

After a minute, the tape is all good. I unload the backup application and my pre-mastering software loves the tape again. This doesn't work all the time, but it does help much of the time.

I see this issue mostly happen when you buy used tapes. Who can blame me. Used tape cost as little at $3 and new tapes are $34 to $44. So its worth it sometimes to buy a few used tapes. I mention that, because if that's what you did, expect many of them to just not work. I see that a lot, but I continue to buy them as much of the time they do work, and the ones that don't do not offset the cost ratio beneifts enough to stop me from doing this.

NOw, if you did all that, and it still doesn't work. Try a brand new tape. A Maxell Type IV can be purchased for $34 new if you shop around. Try newegg.com. If that still doesn't work, then it could be just about anything. Try lower grade tapes. Sometimes a Type III will work where a Type IV fails. If that doesn't work, then the DLT board could be bad, or dust may have found its way into teh head area, which is enclosed, but not air tight or anything. Dust can get in there. I don't know that I would look to get one repaired as they cost so little on ebay, it might be worth it to just buy another one. Still, you could always type DLT repair in Google and see what pops up.


Return to posts index

Chris Huggett
Re: DLT trouble - need advice from any users
on Aug 30, 2005 at 10:37:26 pm

Hi ALex

Yes im using used tapes...

can you tell me more about this backup application and the name of it so i can find it. Im running xp pro.

thanks

Chris


Return to posts index


Alex Alexzander
Re: DLT trouble - need advice from any users
on Aug 30, 2005 at 10:50:23 pm

I'm on my laptop right now, so I don't see it, but I think it is called backup, and its off the start menu, in Programs / accessories / system tools.


Return to posts index

PaulD
Re: DLT trouble - need advice from any users
on Sep 5, 2005 at 6:05:33 pm

Hi
There's a free utility from Quantum that tests/diagnoses DLT4000 or more recent drives (under Windows 98SE or later):
http://www.quantum.com/Products/TapeDrives/DLT/SDLT600/DLTsage/Index.aspx


Return to posts index

<< PREVIOUS   •   VIEW ALL   •   PRINT   •   NEXT >>
© 2017 CreativeCOW.net All Rights Reserved
[TOP]