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How can I determine the Firmware Level on my SCSI DAT Tape Drive?

There are various ways to determine the firmware level of your SCSI tape drive.

  • The controller card may have a diagnostic utility or switch which will allow you to determine the firmware level of peripherals (including the tape drive) attached to the card. See your controller card documentation for information.

  • Seagate offers a Tape Diagnostic Utility.

For other ways to determine firmware, choose an Operating System:

Windows 95 Environment

From Windows 95 opening screen:

1. Click START - SETTINGS - CONTROL PANEL ; double click the Systems Icon; choose the Device Manager tab.

2. Double click on Tape Drives, then highlight the appropriate tape drive name.

3. Click on Properties. You will see Hardware Version. This is the Firmware Revision.

or

From Windows 95 opening screen:

1. Click START - RUN - run REGEDIT.EXE (in \Windows directory). Click OK.

2. Drill down: Hkey_Local_Machine - Enum - SCSI - Name of Specific Tape Drive

Example: Archive_Python_27807-xxx4

    Note: The Tape category under Enum will not give much information.

3. Under the Tape Drive there will be a controller designation, such as: Root&*ADPI1540&000030
where 3 is the SCSI ID

 

4. Click the controller entry. Look in the right frame for HW Revision or Revision Level - both will list the firmware information.

Windows NT Environment


Access the Registry Editor

NT3.x NT 4.x
From Program Manager, go to FILE - RUN and
run REGEDT32.EXE
(File location: c:\winnt\system32\regedt32.exe )
Click on START - RUN, then run REGEDT32.EXE
From the Tools menu of WINMSD or Windows
NT Diagnostics icon in Administrative Tools, choose Registry Editor.
Find REGEDT32.EXE in Explorer and double click to run.

Select: HKEY Local Machine on Local Machine

  1. Drill down in order: Hardware - DeviceMap - SCSI - SCSI Port 0 - SCSI Bus 0 - Target ID x
    - Logical Unit ID x  (usually 0)
  2. Note: Target ID is the SCSI ID of the tape drive.

    Note: If there are multiple controller cards in the system, you may need to select an alternate SCSI Port.

  3. Look in the right frame to see the firmware.
  4. Example: Identifier: Reg_SZ= Seagate DAT 02779-xxx - 6500         (6500 is the firmware)

Novell Netware Environment

The program BEDIAG.NLM will return firmware information. This may be obtained from the self-extracting BEDGNLM.EXE file. Load and run this NLM with the switch "/s/w" to get just SCSI bus information. Running the NLM will create an output file called BEDIAG.FAX. Find the line that lists the tape drive. The firmware version will be listed at the end of this line.

or

If the server is booted to DOS or any of the previously mentioned operating systems, the procedure for that operating system can be used.

DOS / Windows 3.x Environment

The file ASPIINFO.EXE will scan ASPI compliant third party controller cards for firmware and other information for devices on the SCSI bus.

or

The file MSCSINFO.EXE will scan a Maynard/Conner 16-bit proprietary SCSI controller card for tape drive firmware (product revision = firmware level) and other information.

 

Using Backup Exec for DOS, SCSI -- Executable = BEDOS.COM

Go to the directory containing your backup software. Delete or rename any DEBUG.LOG file that exists. Start the BEDOS software with the /zl (debug mode switch). Exit the software and bring the new DEBUG.LOG file up in an editor. Look for REVISION - this is the firmware level. (This will also work for some QIC-02 drives.)

Using Backup Exec for Windows, SCSI -- Executable = BEWINS.EXE

Go to the directory containing your backup software. Remove or rename any DEBUG.LOG file that exists. Launch a job in Debug Mode. Exit the software and bring the new DEBUG.LOG file up in an editor. Look for REVISION - this is the firmware level.

UNIX

If you are using SCO UNIX Open Systems version 5.xx:

If you are using any other supported UNIX or XENIX versions, try one of the following:

Check your controller card or operating system information for a possible SCSI interrogation utility.

If possible, boot to DOS or any of the previously mentioned operating systems, and use the procedure for that operating system.

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