November 18th, 2006

Computers

A truly annoying computer problem

I'm trying to set up a new Linux box as a NetWorker backup server. It's supposed to talk to a Dell PowerVault 128T tape library. The library is currently set up and working well with a Sun Ultra 5 workstation; the problem is that the Ultra 5 isn't fast enough to effectively use the new Gigabit Ethernet in the house.

There's only one problem: I've tried three different SCSI cards in the Linux box, including the one that was in the Ultra 5, and none of them appear to want to talk to the tape library. I've tried different cables, too, with no change.

About the only conclusion I can reach is that there's something wrong with the computer itself, but I can't for the life of me figure out what. This is really beginning to annoy me, and I don't know what to do to get it running.
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