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Fajarden
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1. Colorado Trakker Parallel Port Tape Drive
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Does anyone know where I can locate programs and drivers for OS2 and the Colorado Trakker 250 or Colorado HPT1000e parallel port tape machines. I have the software, but it isnt' working. I think I need to make an adjustment to the configuration file or to the autoexec.bat file to make it work.

Also, I'm getting error messages when I run the software; I would like to locate a chart of the numbers to know what the error numbers mean.


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Date: 28 Aug, 2005 on 05:44
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2. Re:The Colorado Trakker Parallel Port Tape Drive, ...
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... as far I understand, is a typical WIN-HW !?

OS/2 needs THE driver for this unit and the respective SW and it seems there is NO such thingies !?

NO,NO, OS/2 does NOT need an entry in its autoexac.bat !!!

Date: 28 Aug, 2005 on 14:26
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3. Re:Colorado Trakker Parallel Port Tape Drive
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You'll have to find OS/2 software which supports that drive. I don't know if Back Again 2 supports it or not - and if it does - BA/2 is currently out of production.

There is also BackMaster 3 at:

http://www.msrdev.com/products/default.htm

I have no idea if you can still buy this product though or if it will work with your tape drive (it lists several Parallel port drives that it claims to work with) . The web site was last updated in 1999, so I imagine it might be abandomware by now, but I don't know. There is a demo you can download to try on that site.

Date: 28 Aug, 2005 on 19:14
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4. Re:Colorado Trakker Parallel Port Tape Drive
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Hi:

For OS/2 software, including backup solutions like BackMaster v3, visit "http://os2.mensys.nl/indexuk.html". I bought some software from them on a couple of occasions in the past year and have been very satisfied.

Good Luck!

Luc

Date: 29 Aug, 2005 on 22:55
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5. Re:Colorado Trakker Parallel Port Tape Drive
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OS2 Software came with the original drive. The system was designed to run on a 486 processer, speed causes a problem here. I have put a couple of excerpts from the readme files here re some of the know problems.

Good luck!

Bus timing and Colorado Backup for OS/2 DMA overrun error:
Colorado Backup for OS/2 may not work correctly if your
system bus timing is set higher than 8 MHZ. Tape drives
are very sensitive to hardware timing and an abnormal
bus speed may result in operational problems or errors
reported by Colorado Backup for OS/2.

If you are consistently getting a DMA overrun error message
(error number 51) we suggest checking your hardware settings.
Experiment with the bus speed, setting it as close to 8MHz
as possible. If your system supports the 7.15MHz or 7.25MHz
settings, these will usually work best.

Note: The Auto-configuration option (if your setup has one)
MUST be disabled in order for the new bus speed
settings to take effect.
Using a Trakker with a 586 class machine:
When using a Trakker tape drive with a 586 class computer
you may need to set the data or control delay, or both.
Adjustments are not necessary unless the system is not
working properly.

If you receive error messages that the software cannot
communicate with the drive, you will need to change the
control delay. The control delay is automatically set
to 0. You will switch it to a setting between 1 and 5.

To change the control delay:
1. Locate the following line in your CONFIG.SYS file:
DEVICE=C:\CBOS2\TTDVR.SYS
2. Add the following setting to the end of the line:
/C=X (Replace X with a number between 1 and 5. Start
with 1 and reboot. If that doesn't work try 2 and so
on until you find a setting that works.)
Example: With the control delay set at 1 the entire
line will look like this: DEVICE=C:\CBOS2\TTDVR.SYS /C=1

If you receive error messages when you try to verify a
backup, experience extremely slow operations such as
backups and restores or notice the drive making sounds
like the tape is passing back and forth quickly you will
need to adjust the data delay. The data delay is
automatically set to 0. You will need to switch it to a
setting between 1 and 5.

To change the data delay:
1. Locate the following line in your CONFIG.SYS file:
DEVICE=C:\CBOS2\TTDVR.SYS
2. Add the following setting to the end of the line:
/D=X (Replace X with a number between 1 and 5. Start
with 1 and reboot. If that doesn't work try 2 and so
on until you find a setting that works.)
Example: With the data delay set at 1 the entire line
will look like this: DEVICE=C:\CBOS2\TTDVR.SYS /D=1

If you need to adjust both the control and data delay,
simply add both settings to the end of the
DEVICE=C:\CBOS2\TTDVR.SYS line in your CONFIG.SYS file.

With the data and control delays both set at 1 the line
would look like this: DEVICE=C:\CBOS2\TTDVR.SYS /D=1 /C=1

Date: 30 Aug, 2005 on 05:24
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