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Old 30 September 2019, 08:02   #1
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Tape Drive Access Issue

Hi everyone. I'm trying to access a tape drive attached to my Win XP computer (in an administrator account), and I'm having a trouble getting "uaescsi.device" to appear within the Amiga backup programs (Ami Back and Quarterback). The drive is recognized by WinXP, and appears in Device Manager. I can use the drive within Windows, but I can't get it functioning within WinUAE. The only "devices" I have to choose from in the backup utilities are "uaehf.device", and "trackdisk.device".

I've confirmed that the "uaescsi.device" box is checked, and have installed the latest ASPI drivers for my Adaptec SCSI card (Adaptec 2906). I've set WinUAE's SCSI mode for SPTI, then tried SPTI + SCSI Scan. Is there anything else I need to do? The motherboard is based on Intel's X58 chipset (from around 2009) where the PCI slots are shared with its PCI express slots. Could that be the problem? If so, is there ideal hardware to use for SCSI passthrough / tape drive support? For those who have been able to access a tape drive within WinUAE, what type of motherboard / SCSI card / WinUAE version did you use? I do have earlier motherboards to try. Many thanks in advance.
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Old 30 September 2019, 16:25   #2
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I don't remember anymore if XP needed something extra but check the winuaelog.txt after booting (tick misc panel logging option before starting emulation), it should have some SCSI detection related messages.

Note that ASPI support (which was only needed under 9x/ME) has been removed ages ago and WinUAE only supports Windows native SCSI passthrough (SPTI).
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Old 01 October 2019, 06:22   #3
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Thank you for your reply, Toni. Here is the SCSI-Related info found in the log (WinUAE 3.0.0) ...

43-375 [0 000=000]: SCSI adapter enumeration..
43-375 [0 000=000]: SCSI=0 Initiator=255 Path=0 Target=0 LUN=0 Claimed=Yes Type=0
45-000 [0 000=000]: SCSI=4 Initiator=7 Path=0 Target=4 LUN=0 Claimed=No Type=1
45-000 [0 000=000]: SPTI: unit 0 'SCSI(4):7:0:4:0' added
45-000 [0 000=000]: SCSI CAPS: BusType=1, MaxTransfer=0xFFFFFFFF, Mask=0x00000000
45-000 [0 000=000]: SPTI: unit 0, type 1, 'HP C1533A A708'
45-015 [0 000=000]: SCSI adapter enumeration ends
45-015 [0 000=000]: SPTI driver open, 1 devices.
45-015 [0 000=000]: SPTI driver installed, ok=1
45-015 [0 000=000]: SCSI CAPS: BusType=1, MaxTransfer=0xFFFFFFFF, Mask=0x00000000
45-015 [0 000=000]: SPTI: unit 0, type 1, 'HP C1533A A708'
45-046 [0 000=000]: uaescsi.device:1 = SPTI:'HP C1533A A708'
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Old 01 October 2019, 19:21   #4
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Log says it is uaescsi.device unit 1 (you can use something like scsiquery to check if it responds correctly) but I also don't care about old versions so that information probably won't help much..
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Old 02 October 2019, 07:27   #5
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Of course. I recently discovered a DAT tape with some Amiga files on it. Nothing critical on it (all of my important files I transferred years ago), just curious to check it out without needing actual Amiga hardware. My SCSI2 card (the interface of the DAT drive) only supports Win98-WinXP, and I don't know of any such card with more recent drivers. I believe recent versions of WinUAE dropped XP support which is why I was using an older version.

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Old 02 October 2019, 08:10   #6
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Latest version should still support XP.

Try this: http://aminet.net/package/disk/misc/SCSIQuery (use usescsi.device unit 1 as parameters). Does it return sane status information?
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