SCSI Tape drive on PowerEdge 2970 / LSI2032

Jon Marston jonm at
Mon Mar 1 03:27:14 CST 2010

Thanks for both your responses.

It does sound to be some kind of faulty connection somewhere, but I've
tried the tape drive and cable on another server (SCSI 160 card) and it
works without issues (putting it back on the original server brings back
the issue so I don't think it needed reseating or anything). How likely
is it that something within the card could be knackering bits 0 and 2?

Anyhow, we have someone from Dell onsite today to mess about with the
SCSI card, in case the connection problem is caused by that.



-----Original Message-----
From: linux-poweredge-bounces at
[mailto:linux-poweredge-bounces at] On Behalf Of Jefferson Ogata
Sent: 27 February 2010 02:03
To: linux-poweredge at
Subject: Re: SCSI Tape drive on PowerEdge 2970 / LSI2032

On 2010-02-27 00:45, John LLOYD wrote:
>> From: "Jon Marston" <jonm at>
>> The problem we're having is that the SCSI card identified the Drive
>> ID 6 with a name of 'PP at JPPH PHPRHPH 2', which doesn't sound right to
>> me.
> Or the cable is broken or pins are broken.

I'd lean with this explanation. Note that that "PP at JPPH PHPRHPH 2" is
exactly what you get when you take "QUANTUM ULTRIUM 3" and clear bits 0
and 2 in every character.

Check the pins on both the cable and the terminator. Those 68-pin
connectors are a .

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