Compaq DLT2000 15/30 Gb tapestreamer

At the (12-02-2004) hobbytronic a DLT15/30 was offered for Eur 40 without the usual garantee. Paying Eur 70 fot the both of them, (one for me, one for my friend) I started to collect some info about this streamer.

The Compaq DEC2000 is build by Quantum and is no longer supported by both firms.

The Tapestreamer

Since the taperstreamer is used on a linux system, of course a scsi module is needed. SuSE 9.0 Professional identifies the tapestreamer and automatically loads the st.o module

Output of  /proc
linux:/home/gej # cat /proc/scsi/ncr53c8xx/0
  Chip NCR53C875, device id 0xf, revision id 0x4
  On PCI bus 0, device 10, function 0, IRQ 11
  Synchronous period factor 12, max commands per lun 32
linux:/home/gej # cat /proc/scsi/scsi
Attached devices:
Host: scsi0 Channel: 00 Id: 06 Lun: 00
  Vendor: DEC      Model: DLT2000 15/30 GB Rev: 8D3C
  Type:   Sequential-Access                ANSI SCSI revision: 02

Serial number

My serial numer is: cx742T2805
According to that means:

cx      --> build in Colorado Springs
7       --> in the year 1997
42     --> Week 42
T       --> DLT2000xt
2805 --> the real serial number

Some manuals

Quantum DLT drives and Linux
Installing DLT on a HP9000
Quantum DLT2000 Product manual
Compaq DLT Install guide
Quantum DLT firmware personalities
Quantum DLT installation on a RS6000


The DLT2000 has can reeds speeds upto 2.0 Mb/s writing and 2.5 Mb/s reading. (this still has to be verified)



The DLT2000 is compatible with all sorts of tapes. My luck is that I have only DLT III and DLT IIIXT tapes availlable. As you can guess, since my tapestreamer is a 2000xt, the fastest and biggest tape is a DLT IIIXT with a capacity of 15/30 Gb.
The other tapes that I have found are DLT III 10/20 Gb tapes. These are a liitle bit slower.