Hardware error or high humidity
If the Drive Busy (amber) LED flashes rapidly, this indicates
either a hardware error or dew (high humidity). If this happens
soon after powering-up the computer, the drive's diagnostic
test may have failed, in which case the drive will not operate.
Request help from your supplier or an authorized maintainer.
If the drive detects high humidity, the tape is automatically
ejected. As soon as the drive detects that the humidity is at
an acceptable level, it will return to normal operation.
Automatic drive operation
To prolong the life of the tape and the drive mechanism, the
drive "relaxes" during periods of inactivity (no read or write
Inserting a cassette
Insert the cassette into the slot with the triangular arrowhead
on the cassette pointing towards the drive. As the tape is
inserted, the drive takes it and automatically loads it into the
drive mechanism. A load sequence checks ambient humidity,
the tape format and data integrity. Unless the tape is blank
the tape log, which contains a history of usage of the tape, is
read into the drive's memory.
After 30 seconds, the capstan and pinch roller are
released and tape tension is removed.
After 90 seconds, the tape is pulled away from the head
cylinder, and the cylinder stops rotating.
Operating your computer
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