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HP DAT Autoloaders - Troubleshooting for DAT Autoloaders

Autoloader LCD errors

Autoloader LCD error troubleshooting details

Check if LCD error = Drive Comms Error

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Additional information
This means the drive cannot talk to the autoloader unit, not that the drive cannot talk to its host. If you have communication issue with the drive, see hung drive troubleshooting.
Power cycle the autoloader.
If this is an internal autoloader, check power is supplied to both connectors.
Run the Drive and Autoloader Tests in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
If you still have a communication issue with the drive, see hung drive troubleshooting.

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Check if LCD error = Write Fail or Read Fail

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Check the failing tape number (this is displayed in the large numeral on the LCD).
Remove the suspect faulty tape and replace it with a new/known good tape and reload the magazine.
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Run the exerciser test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT).
Run the Device Analysis Test and Read/Write Test in L&TT to check the drive is now ok.
If not, see read/write troubleshooting section .
Try running the L&TT Read/Write test on the failing tape, and if proven bad, discard.
If you have a DAT24x6 Autoloader, try running the DDS recalibration script in L&TT.

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Check if LCD error = Stray Tape: Insert empty magazine

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Push an empty magazine into the unit. The autoloader will carry out the magazine census to determine which slots are empty.
It may be necessary to re-insert the magazine a couple more times to see if the drive will release the tape.
Try power cycling the unit and reinsert the magazine.
Run HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) Device Analysis and Autoloader Exerciser Test to check the drive and autoloader are now ok.
NOTE: Check that you are not sticking poor quality paper labels to your cartridges. Labels in the wrong position or labels that are peeling off will cause tapes to jam in the drive (and also in the magazine).

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Check if LCD error = Tape Fault: Try a new tape

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Check the failing tape number (displayed in the large numeral on the LCD).
Press Eject to retrieve magazine and tape.
Replace the suspect tape with a new one and retry the backup.
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Use HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) Write/Read test to verify unit operation on a new tape.
If the tape or magazine are stuck in the drive or autoloader, see the stuck tape/stuck magazine troubleshooting section.

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Check if LCD error = Tape Stuck: Try forced eject

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Press Eject Button and wait to see if magazine is ejected (it can take up to a minute for this to complete).
Press and hold the Eject Button for 10 seconds (forced eject). Wait to see if magazine is ejected (it can take up to a minute for this to complete).
If a tape is still stuck in the drive the LCD message will change.
Check if there is a magazine loaded into the drive to allow the tape to be ejected.
Run HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) Device Analysis and Autoloader Tests. Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
Inspect the ejected media and discard if faulty or damaged. Check for the following:
  • Incorrect label placement

  • Damage

  • Usage in incorrect environment

  • Snapped/damaged tape

If the tape or magazine are still stuck, see stuck tape/stuck magazine troubleshooting section.

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Check if LCD error = Clean me

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Clean the autoloader using the relevant HP DDS cleaning tape. Beforehand:
  • Check that the cleaning tape has not expired.

  • Inspect the cleaning tape and discard if faulty or damaged (check for incorrect label placement, damage, usage in incorrect environment, snapped/damaged tape).

After a cleaning tape has done the clean, it is automatically ejected from the drive and returned to the magazine. The LCD message line should read Mag Loaded and the amber warning LED should have stopped flashing.
Press Eject button to retrieve the magazine and cleaning cartridge. The LCD message line should then read Insert Mag . Any other LCD error messages should be treated appropriately.
If the LCD continues to report Clean Me after the clean cycle the unit should be power cycled to clear the message.
A Clean Me message can only occur as a result of the unit doing a WRITE or READ of data to/from the tape and encountering difficulties.
Is there now a READ FAIL or WRITE FAIL message?
If a failing tape number is now displayed in large numerals on the LCD, remove the failing tape and replace with new / known good tape.
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If you have been experiencing problems with your drive (read / write problems, performance problems, etc) or you have not cleaned your drive for a while, then repeat the clean five times in total.
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Run HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) Device Analysis and Autoloader Tests to check that the drive & autoloader are now ok. Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
Introduce a regular clean into your backup strategy.

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Check if LCD error = Clean Fail: Check cleaning tape

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NOTE: The front panel on HP DAT autoloaders has three LED's. The bottom one is an amber colored one, but it does not just indicate drive cleaning. It will flash for ALL autoloader fault conditions (which are described in the LCD message line). Customers expecting to clear this flashing LED by carrying out a cleaning cycle may find that the LED continues to flash indicating another fault. If this occurs, please return to the top of this document and follow the appropriate troubleshooting path.
Clean the autoloader using the relevant HP DDS cleaning tape. Beforehand:
  • Check that the cleaning tape has not expired.

  • Inspect the cleaning tape and discard if faulty or damaged (check for incorrect label placement, damage, usage in incorrect environment, snapped/damaged tape).

Run HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) Device Analysis and Autoloader Tests to check that the drive and autoloader are now ok. Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
Introduce a regular clean into your backup strategy.

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Check if LCD error = Error 20

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This is a failure of the magazine to eject correctly. Press the Eject button again.
If the magazine is not protruding from the autoloader, you may be able to reach it and gently pull it out through the door.
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If the magazine can be ejected, clean the magazine and the slots.
Ensure that you are not placing adhesive paper labels on the top or bottom surfaces of the magazine. Check if any labels on the side of the magazine are peeling away.
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Inspect all tapes and discard if faulty or damaged. Check for:
  • Incorrect label placement

  • Damage

  • Usage in incorrect environment

  • Snapped/damaged tape

Run HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) Device Analysis and Autoloader Tests to check that the drive and autoloader are now ok. Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
If the clean tape is stuck see the stuck tape/stuck magazine troubleshooting section.

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Check if LCD error = Error 26

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Check if the autoloader has been moved with the magazine inside (the tapes may have become loose or the carousel may have moved.
The tapes are held in the magazine by plastic fingers. If the autoloader is moved with a magazine inside, the tapes can slip out of the magazine. If the tapes have only moved slightly, sometimes the situation can be recovered by running the al46_recovery script in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Choose Utilities then Run Script from the application menu. This script will move the carousel back to a stable condition so that the autoloader can be used again.
If the tapes have moved a long way out of the magazine, the rotation of the magazine may be totally jammed. Please contact HP Support for further help.

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Check if LCD error = Errors 32-45

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Check if there is anything touching the carousel in the top of the unit preventing its rotation. For instance, is there another unit (or a heavy object) above the autoloader?
Check if a magazine has been inserted with one or more tapes not pushed fully into the magazine slots.
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Check if the autoloader has been moved with the magazine inside (the tapes may have become loose). The tapes are held in the magazine by plastic fingers. If the autoloader is moved with a magazine inside, the tapes can slip out of the magazine. If the tapes have only moved slightly, sometimes the situation can be recovered by running the al46_recovery script in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT).
If the tapes have moved a long way out of the magazine, the rotation of the magazine may be totally jammed. Please contact HP Support for further help.
Inspect tapes and magazine and discard if faulty or damaged. Check for:
  • Incorrect label placement

  • Damage

  • Usage in incorrect environment

  • Snapped/damaged tape

If this error keeps re-occurring, follow the stray tape recovery troubleshooting.
Run HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) Device Analysis and Autoloader Tests to check that the drive and autoloader are now ok. Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
Further information on LCD errors 35-46.

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Check if LCD error = Error 46

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Error 46 is caused by an autoloader being power cycled with the magazine inside. Before switching off an autoloader always eject the magazine first. This should also be done when the unit is going to be moved. Moving the unit with the magazine inside can cause the tapes to come loose, rendering the unit unusable.
Run HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) Device Analysis and Autoloader Tests to check that the drive and autoloader are now ok. Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
If the tape or magazine is stuck in the unit, see stuck tape/stuck magazine troubleshooting.
Contact HP Support if further help is needed to retrieve a tape.

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Check if LCD error = Errors 48-71

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If this is an internal autoloader, check you have fitted the autoloader using the correct length screws (should be fitted with 4mm screws).
Check that the neither of the two mounting tabs are bent, if they are, straighten them.
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Check if the autoloader has been moved with the magazine inside (the tapes may have become loose or the carousel may have moved).
The tapes are held in the magazine by plastic fingers. If the autoloader is moved with a magazine inside, the tapes can slip out of the magazine. If the tapes have only moved slightly, sometimes the situation can be recovered by running the al46_recovery script in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Choose Utilities then Run Script from the application menu. This script will move the carousel back to a stable condition so that the autoloader can be used again.
If the tapes have moved a long way out of the magazine, the rotation of the magazine may be totally jammed. Please contact HP Support for further help.
See further information on error messages "Error 56" & "Error 57."

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Check if LCD error = Error 73

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This failure is mainly caused by dirt or dust getting inside the magazine. Check if the magazine or tapes are dirty/dusty and ensure that the autoloader and tapes are bring used an an appropriate (clean and temperature controlled) environment.
Check if the magazine is worn.
In a backup strategy that uses only one magazine, replace the magazine at least once a year.
See further information on LCD "Error 73."

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Check if DAT24x6 display has errors 73, 79, 112 or 132

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Tapes sticking inside the magazine may cause this. Check for labels peeling off tapes and clean the inside of the magazine slot. If this does not work, changing the magazine may fix the problem. Contact your regional HP Call Center for a replacement.

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Check if LCD displaying "Lock"

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Some backup software has a security feature that will lock autoloaders. This prevents anyone from ejecting the magazines and removing tapes.
Click the link opposite for recovery instructions.

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Run Acceptance (Assessment) test in Library and Tape Tools

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Run the Acceptance (Assessment) Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
NOTE: If the drive passes the test, any fault is likely to be elsewhere in the system, and drive exchange/return should be avoided.

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More information on HP DAT Autoloader LCD messages and LED combinations

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More information on autoloader LCD messages and LED combinations.

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Additional troubleshooting help

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For additional troubleshooting help please use the link under additional information.

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HP Support contact details

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Contact HP Support.

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Stuck tape issue

Stuck tape troubleshooting details

Perform a Forced Eject

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Press Eject button and wait to see if magazine is ejected (it can take up to a minute for this to complete).
Press and hold the Eject button for 10 seconds (forced eject). Wait to see if magazine is ejected (it can take up to a minute for this to complete).
If a tape is still stuck in the drive the LCD message will change.
Check if there is a magazine loaded into the drive to allow the tape to be ejected.
Run HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) Device Analysis and Autoloader Tests. Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
Inspect your Media and SCSI cables, and discard if faulty or damaged. Check for the following:
  • Incorrect label placement.

  • Damage.

  • Usage in incorrect environment.

  • Snapped/damaged tape.

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Power cycle the autoloader

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Power cycle the autoloader.
Power cycle the server to re-scan the SCSI bus.
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Allow up to five minutes for the drive to become ready again.
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Check autoloader door lock

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If after changing tapes in the magazine and trying to insert it back into the autoloader the door locks, try turning the autoloader drive power OFF then ON again.
REASON : The software has a lock on the drive. The software will release the lock for the magazine to be removed, but then sends another lock message. When the drive is powered off/on, it resets the hardware that unlocks the drive until the software has a chance to resubmit the lock request

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Disconnect drive from SCSI bus, then reconnect

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If possible disconnect the drive from the SCSI bus, then reconnect again (the drive may be being held by the server).
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Check for conflicts in backup software services

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RSM (removable storage manager) should be disabled for ISV software.
RSM (removable storage manager) should be enabled for native backup applet.
Removable storage manager can be found in Computer Management/Services in Windows 2000 and must only be used if the native backup applet is being used. To check if in use please check Services and see if it is started.

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Check SCSI/HBA/Driver configuration of the drive

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Ensure the power and SCSI cables are correct, properly connected and undamaged.
Ensure that the SCSI bus is correctly terminated.
Ensure that the tape drive SCSI ID is correct and unique on the bus.
Ensure that the application being used supports the tape drive.
Ensure that the correct driver is loaded.
Ensure that there are no HBA problems (check the system event log for HBA errors).
Ensure that the host, HBA, application, driver and drive are all compatible.
Ensure there are no tape driver problems (check the system event log for tape driver errors).
If easy, isolate the drive so that it is the only one on the bus.
Inspect your Media and SCSI cables, and discard if faulty or damaged. Check for the following:
  • Incorrect label placement

  • Damage

  • Usage in incorrect environment

  • Snapped/damaged tape

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Run Acceptance (Assessment) test in Library and Tape Tools

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Additional information
Run the Acceptance (Assessment) Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
NOTE: If the drive passes the test, any fault is likely to be elsewhere in the system, and drive exchange/return should be avoided.

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Check the software has not sent a prevent media removal command

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Check that the software has not sent the tape drive a prevent media removal command to prevent an accidental eject. Check with the backup application software vendor on how to change this option and send the drive an enable media removal command to restore control to the eject switch. Alternatively, a SCSI reset will have the same effect.

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Run Library and Tape Tools device analysis test

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Run the Device Analysis Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.

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Run Acceptance (Assessment) test in Library and Tape Tools

Action recommended
Additional information
Run the Acceptance (Assessment) Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
NOTE: If the drive passes the test, any fault is likely to be elsewhere in the system, and drive exchange/return should be avoided.

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Check autoloader LCD and LED's

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Check if the attention LED is lit or if there is a message on the LCD. See autoloader LCD errors troubleshooting section or LED's troubleshooting section for further help.

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Additional troubleshooting help

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Additional information
For additional troubleshooting help please use the link under additional information.

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HP Support contact details

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Contact HP Support.

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Installation/configuration issue

Installation/configuration troubleshooting details

Check tape drive and server compatibility

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Check the tape drive/server combination is supported.
Check if an additional SCSI controller card, power supply or fan module are required.

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Check server hardware compatibility

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Check if the hardware installed in the Server (like PCI cards etc) is compatible with that Server.

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Check host operating system (O/S) compatibility with server

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Check that you have a supported configuration and that the operating system is supported on your server.

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Check backup software to device compatibility

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Check if the backup software is compatible with the tape drive.

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Check driver is correct/loaded

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Check driver is correct and installed.

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Run Acceptance (Assessment) test in Library and Tape Tools

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Additional information
Run the Acceptance (Assessment) Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
NOTE: If the drive passes the test, any fault is likely to be elsewhere in the system, and drive exchange/return should be avoided.

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Check for Operating System or application issues

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Check for any other O/S or application issues.

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Additional troubleshooting help

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Additional information
For additional troubleshooting help please use the link under additional information.

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HP Support contact details

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Contact HP Support.

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Back-up issue

Back-up troubleshooting details

Check attention LED / LCD message

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Check if the attention LED is lit or if there is a message on the LCD. See autoloader LCD errors troubleshooting section or LED's troubleshooting section for further help.

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Run Device Analysis Test in Library and Tape Tools

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Run the Device Analysis Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.

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Run Acceptance (Assessment) test in Library and Tape Tools

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Additional information
Run the Acceptance (Assessment) Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
NOTE: If the drive passes the test, any fault is likely to be elsewhere in the system, and drive exchange/return should be avoided.

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Check back-up logs

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Check back-up logs.
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Check you are using a supported configuration and correct media

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Check if verify has failed

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Check if verify has failed.
Check with your ISV vendor for more information
Check if you have open file module installed on your backup software.
Check with your ISV vendor for more information

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Check if the scheduled back-up has failed

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If your scheduled backup has failed, check that the files to be backed up are actually present on the target directory and available to be backed-up.
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Check that the drive has been cleaned

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Clean the autoloader using the relevant HP DDS cleaning tape. Beforehand, check that the cleaning tape has not expired.
After a cleaning tape has done the clean, it is automatically ejected from the drive and returned to the magazine. The LCD message line should read MAG LOADED and the amber warning LED should have stopped flashing.
Press Eject button to retrieve the magazine and cleaning cartridge. The LCD message line should then read INSERT MAG . Any other LCD error messages should be treated appropriately.
If the LCD continues to report CLEAN ME after the clean cycle the unit should be power cycled to clear the message.
A CLEAN ME message can only occur as a result of the unit doing a WRITE or READ of data to/from the tape and encountering difficulties.
If a CLEAN ME reappears during the next backup or when running the L&TT Write/Read test script, then carry out several cleaning cycles to attempt to clear the debris from the drive drum and heads.
Is there now a READ FAIL or WRITE FAIL message?
If a failing tape number is now displayed in large numerals on the LCD, remove the failing tape and replace with new/known good tape.
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If you have been experiencing problems with your drive (read/write problems, performance problems, etc) or you have not cleaned your drive for a while, then repeat the clean five times in total .
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Run HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) Device Analysis and Autoloader Tests to check that the drive and autoloader are now ok. Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
Introduce a regular clean into your backup strategy.

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Check for back-up software issues

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Check whether the backup scheduler is going off unexpectedly.
Check for other common issues with Tapeware 6.0(XE).
Check that virus scanning software is not scheduled to run at the same time as the back-up.
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Check your network resources (bandwidth, run HP PAT test).

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Check you can format a tape

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Try and format a tape.
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Check IRQ assigning

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Check for symptoms like:
  • ID9 and ID11 errors in the system event logs of servers.

  • Driver errors and timeouts listed in the system event log.

  • Possible IO errors in ISV logs.

This happens when two devices which are unlike are assigned the same IRQ.
Both PM HP and PM Compaq Servers can end up with incorrect IRQ routing due to automatic IRQ routing in their BIOS. This can cause issues with both drivers and performance.
To correct this problem you will need to manually assign the IRQ' s via the system BIOS taking into account any shared slots with onboard-embedded devices, etc.
Always assign IRQ' s at a hardware level in the system BIOS and not in the Operating System.
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Additional troubleshooting help

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Additional information
For additional troubleshooting help please use the link under additional information.

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HP Support contact details

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Additional information
Contact HP Support.

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Media issue

Media troubleshooting details

Check correct media is being used

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Check correct media is being used.

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Check attention LED/LCD message

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Check if the attention LED is lit or if there is a message on the LCD. See autoloader LCD errors troubleshooting section or LED's troubleshooting section for further help.

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Test media using Media Validation Test in Library and Tape Tools

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Check for media/magazine damage

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Inspect your media/magazine and discard if faulty or damaged. Check for the following:
  • Incorrect label placement

  • Damage

  • Usage in incorrect environment

  • Snapped/damaged tape

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Check if the drive is cleaned regularly

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Clean the autoloader using the relevant HP DDS cleaning tape. Beforehand, check that the cleaning tape has not expired.
After a cleaning tape has done the clean, it is automatically ejected from the drive and returned to the magazine. The LCD message line should read MAG LOADED and the amber warning LED should have stopped flashing.
Press Eject button to retrieve the magazine and cleaning cartridge. The LCD message line should then read INSERT MAG . Any other LCD error messages should be treated appropriately.
If the LCD continues to report CLEAN ME after the clean cycle the unit should be power cycled to clear the message.
A CLEAN ME message can only occur as a result of the unit doing a WRITE or READ of data to/from the tape and encountering difficulties.
If a CLEAN ME reappears during the next backup or when running the L&TT Write/Read test script, then carry out several cleaning cycles to attempt to clear the debris from the drive drum and heads.
Is there now a READ FAIL or WRITE FAIL message?
If a failing tape number is now displayed in large numerals on the LCD, remove the failing tape and replace with new/known good tape.
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If you have been experiencing problems with your drive (read/write problems, performance problems, etc) or you have not cleaned your drive for a while, then repeat the clean five times in total .
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Run HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) Device Analysis and Autoloader Tests to check that the drive and autoloader are now ok. Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
Introduce a regular clean into your backup strategy.

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Check if Clean LED is flashing

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Insert a cleaning cartridge into the drive and wait for the clean to take place.
Repeat the clean five times in total.
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Check for expiry of cleaning tape.
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Check the environmental conditions of the drive and media storage.
Replace the data tape with a new tape, it may be worn or at end of life.
Introduce a regular clean into your backup strategy.
Run Device Analysis Test from Test drop down menu in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
Ensure your drive is running with the latest firmware.

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Check if you are using more than two tapes a day

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Check if you are using more than two tapes a day.
For most stand alone drives, the duty cycle is 12 percent. This equates to three hours of tape pulling per day, or about 1.5 full tapes of data.
For autoloaders, the duty cycle is 18 percent (around four hours of tape pulling per day) or two full tapes.
Exceeding the recommended duty cycle will adversely affect the life expectancy of the drive.

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Run Library and Tape Tools and upgrade to latest firmware

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Run Device Analysis Test from Test drop down menu in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
Ensure your drive is running with the latest firmware.

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Run Library and Tape Tools Acceptance (Assessment) test

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Additional information
Run the Acceptance (Assessment) Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
NOTE: If the drive passes the test, any fault is likely to be elsewhere in the system, and drive exchange/return should be avoided.

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Additional troubleshooting help

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Additional information
For additional troubleshooting help please use the link under additional information.

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HP Support contact details

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Additional information
Contact HP Support.

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Hung drive issue

Hung drive troubleshooting details

Power cycle the drive

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Power cycle the drive.
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Power cycle the server to re-scan the SCSI bus.
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Allow up to five minutes for the drive to become ready again.
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Run HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) to re-check connectivity to the drive.
If drive can be seen, upgrade to latest firmware.

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Disconnect then reconnect SCSI

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If possible, disconnect then reconnect SCSI.
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Run HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) to re-check connectivity to the drive.
If drive can be seen, upgrade to latest firmware.

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Check SCSI/HBA/Driver configuration of the drive

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Ensure the power and SCSI cables are correct, properly connected and undamaged.
Ensure that the SCSI bus is correctly terminated.
Ensure that the tape drive SCSI ID is correct and unique on the bus.
Ensure that the application being used supports the tape drive.
Ensure that the correct driver is loaded.
Ensure that there are no HBA problems (check the system event log for HBA errors).
Ensure that the host, HBA, application, driver and drive are all compatible.
Ensure there are no tape driver problems (check the system event log for tape driver errors).
If easy, isolate the drive so that it is the only one on the bus.
Inspect media and SCSI cables, and discard if faulty or damaged. Check media for the following:
  • Incorrect label placement

  • Damage

  • Usage in incorrect environment

  • Snapped/damaged tape

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Check attention LED / LCD message

Action recommended
Additional information
Check if the attention LED is lit or if there is a message on the LCD. See autoloader LCD errors troubleshooting section or LED's troubleshooting section for further help.

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Swap drive to a known good system and test using Library and Tape Tools

Action recommended
Additional information
Swap the drive to a known good/working system, then test communications to the drive using Library and Tape Tools.

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Check if using Novell

Action recommended
Additional information
See the link under additional information if using Novell.

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Re-run Library and Tape Tools to check connectivity and upgrade to latest firmware

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Run Library and Tape Tools Acceptance (Assessment) test

Action recommended
Additional information
Run the Acceptance (Assessment) Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
NOTE: If the drive passes the test, any fault is likely to be elsewhere in the system, and drive exchange/return should be avoided.

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Additional troubleshooting help

Action recommended
Additional information
For additional troubleshooting help please use the link under additional information.

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HP Support contact details

Action recommended
Additional information
Contact HP Support.

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Load/unload issue

Load/unload troubleshooting details

Check that media can be loaded into the drive

Action recommended
Additional information
Try loading a tape into the tape drive. If you have problems getting the tape to load, try the steps listed below.
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Check the correct media is being used.
Check the cartridge is being loaded in the correct orientation.
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Inspect media and SCSI cables, and discard if faulty or damaged. Check media for the following:
  • Incorrect label placement

  • Damage

  • Usage in incorrect environment

  • Snapped/damaged tape

Run Device Analysis Test from Test drop down menu in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
Ensure your drive is running with the latest firmware.

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Check if have tape movement problems

Action recommended
Additional information
See the Tape Movement section of document listed under additional information.

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Check attention LED/LCD message

Action recommended
Additional information
Check if the attention LED is lit or if there is a message on the LCD. See autoloader LCD errors troubleshooting section or LED's troubleshooting section for further help.

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Run Library and Tape Tools Acceptance (Assessment) test

Action recommended
Additional information
Run the Acceptance (Assessment) Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
NOTE: If the drive passes the test, any fault is likely to be elsewhere in the system, and drive exchange/return should be avoided.

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Additional troubleshooting help

Action recommended
Additional information
For additional troubleshooting help please use the link under additional information.

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HP Support contact details

Action recommended
Additional information
Contact HP Support.

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Read/write issue

Read / write troubleshooting details

Check attention LED/LCD message

Action recommended
Additional information
Check if the attention LED is lit or if there is a message on the LCD. See autoloader LCD errors troubleshooting section or LED's troubleshooting section for further help.

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Run Library and Tape Tools Acceptance (Assessment) test

Action recommended
Additional information
Run the Acceptance (Assessment) Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
NOTE: If the drive passes the test, any fault is likely to be elsewhere in the system, and drive exchange/return should be avoided.

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Check the drive has been cleaned

Action recommended
Additional information
Clean the autoloader using the relevant HP DDS cleaning tape. Beforehand, check that the cleaning tape has not expired.
After a cleaning tape has done the clean, it is automatically ejected from the drive and returned to the magazine. The LCD message line should read MAG LOADED and the amber warning LED should have stopped flashing.
Press Eject button to retrieve the magazine and cleaning cartridge. The LCD message line should then read INSERT MAG . Any other LCD error messages should be treated appropriately.
If the LCD continues to report CLEAN ME after the clean cycle the unit should be power cycled to clear the message.
A CLEAN ME message can only occur as a result of the unit doing a WRITE or READ of data to/from the tape and encountering difficulties.
If a CLEAN ME reappears during the next backup or when running the L&TT Write/Read test script, then carry out several cleaning cycles to attempt to clear the debris from the drive drum and heads.
Is there now a READ FAIL or WRITE FAIL message?
If a failing tape number is now displayed in large numerals on the LCD, remove the failing tape and replace with new/known good tape.
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If you have been experiencing problems with your drive (read/write problems, performance problems, etc) or you have not cleaned your drive for a while, then repeat the clean five times in total .
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Run HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) Device Analysis and Autoloader Tests to check that the drive and autoloader are now ok. Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
Inspect your media/magazine and discard if faulty or damaged. Check for the following:
  • Incorrect label placement

  • Damage

  • Usage in incorrect environment

  • Snapped/damaged tape

Check the environmental conditions of the drive and media storage.
Replace the data tape with a new tape, it may be worn or at end of life.
Introduce a regular clean into your backup strategy.

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Additional troubleshooting help

Action recommended
Additional information
For additional troubleshooting help please use the link under additional information.

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HP Support contact details

Action recommended
Additional information
Contact HP Support.

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Software/application issue

Software / application troubleshooting details

Run Device Analysis test in Library and Tape Tools

Action recommended
Additional information
Run HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) Device Analysis and Autoloader Tests to check that the drive and autoloader are now ok. Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
If possible, upgrade to latest firmware.

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Check driver is correct and installed

Action recommended
Additional information
Check driver is correct and installed.

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If NT4 - check driver location in the operating system

Action recommended
Additional information
Check operating system drivers in the winnt/system32/drivers directory.
Compare driver properties like version and file size with the correct downloaded version from the hp.com Web site.

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If NT4 - check SCSI connectivity

Action recommended
Additional information
Check Control Panel , then SCSI Adapters .
Select the correct SCSI adapter and check that the tape device can be seen.

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If NT4 - check tape device detected by operating system

Action recommended
Additional information
Check the tape devices icon in the Control Panel, to display the tape drive model or type.
(Select detect to rescan the bus for attached tape devices).

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If NT4 - check if native driver is loaded

Action recommended
Additional information
Check the Drivers tab to see if a native driver is listed. If a driver is loaded here then be aware that this will not suffice for ISV backup software such as ARCserve and Backup Exec. Check the properties of the driver to confirm.
Check Control Panel , Devices to check if a device driver is loaded.
NOTE: Third party ISV backup software loads its own device drivers and does not appear in the Drivers icon (check Control Panel under Tape Devices and select Drivers .)
NOTE: If both the native and ISV driver are loaded then you may get driver timeout errors as both will be trying to access the tape drive simultaneously.
Remove native drivers and run the hardware configuration wizard where applicable on the ISV software in order to install and use the correct driver.
If Microsoft service pack installed you will need to reload the correct drivers as Microsoft service packs can overwrite HP drivers.
For Proliant Servers re-run Softpaq on the Server obtainable from the hp.com Web site.
Check system event logs for indication of driver errors/timeouts, etc.

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If Windows 2000 - check driver location in the operating system

Action recommended
Additional information
Operating system drivers can be found in the winnt/system32/drivers directory.
Compare driver properties like version and file size with the correct downloaded version from the hp.com Web site.

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If Windows 20000 - check if there is a plug and play issue

Action recommended
Additional information
Windows 2000 is plug and play so be aware of its related issues.
Check if the drive is detected and check the driver properties in Device Manager , Computer Management , Administrative Tools , then select Tape Devices . If a native driver is loaded then under driver details it will state either Microsoft or some other version of a HP driver, which will allow native backup applet support.

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If Windows 2000 - check for driver issues

Action recommended
Additional information
If you are using Windows 2000 - check for driver issues.

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If Windows 2000 - check removable storage manager (RSM)

Action recommended
Additional information
Removable storage manager (which can be found in Services ) comes enabled in windows by default. It should however be set to Disabled unless you are using native backup in Windows 2000.
RSM can cause problems in backup including compression issues.
If an issue with RSM is suspected then a reboot will be necessary after setting it to Disable .
RSM can cause other issues related to backup devices so be aware that it resides in Services and will need to be disabled.

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Decode driver errors

Action recommended
Additional information
Error messages generated by the adpu160m.sys driver can be viewed by opening the Windows NT Event Viewer error logs.

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Check application event logs

Action recommended
Additional information
Check the Application Event Log and expand it further by double-clicking on the event. If, for example, your license is not correct for your backup application then the backup application will not work.

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Check if you have a Netware Operating System issue

Action recommended
Additional information
Check how to use an Autoloader with NetWare 5.0.
Netware server abends when using a HP DAT Tape Drive and ArcServe on a Pentium Server.
Receiving SCSI bus timeout errors with DAT and Netware 5.x.
Click here for information on receiving SCSI bus timeout errors with DAT and NetWare 5.x.

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Check if you have a Tapeware Software issue

Action recommended
Additional information
Check compatibility with Tapeware.
Run L&TT and check connectivity
Disable 'RSM' (Removable Storage Manager) and reboot Server
Disable Microsoft driver in 'Device manager.'
Delete all old devices from TapeWare database
Stop and start the TapeWare service. Check device…a device should be found
'Yellow exclamation' marks on device within device list or TapeWare database
Offline device or incorrect driver loaded. Put device online and load correct device driver
Device driver fail to load
Select 'Messages' from the 'Tools' menu for failures (restart TapeWare to clear error)

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Tapeware will not run

Action recommended
Additional information
Licensing issue
Check application log or backup log for licensing event logged.
Windows 2000 Service Pack issues
Must be at least 'service pack two' or greater to work correctly
Not enough space left on main volume (C:)
Free space should have around 1GB available
Error 333 unexpected bus free error. Device not ready
Check MS native driver loaded, check device is physically disconnected. Also check that the RSM (Removable Storage Manager) is disabled.
Format media and retry operation
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Verify the service pack level being used with Tapeware is current
Click Help then About TapeWare - This provides information on the service pack. Compare to current service pack informationon TapeWare.com web site.

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Read/write error within Tapeware

Action recommended
Additional information
Try a new tape
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Make sure a TapeWare driver is loaded
Run L&TT media validation test
Format the tape
  1. Click the Device tab, right-click the tape drive then click Format .

  2. Once formatted, go to the media tab and delete the media you just formatted (this will ensure that this media can now be used by any of your backup jobs).

Run L&TT R/W test

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Cannot write to tape within TapeWare

Action recommended
Additional information
Format the tape
  1. Click the Device tab, right-click the tape drive then click Format .

  2. Once formatted, go to the media tab and delete the media you just formatted (this will ensure that this media can now be used by any of your backup jobs).

Verify the tape is not write protected
Check security settings of tape
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Check access rights of user (administrator?)
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Check 'block size' on tape
You can change the block size setting for your specific device in the file in twtapdev.ini.
CAUTION: This block size can be set to whatever you want, but if it is too large it can cause a fatal error for your operating system. Contact Yosemite Technologies Technical Support for additional information if you are unsure about your changes.
  1. Locate the file twtapdev.ini in the TapeWare installation folder.

  2. Open it with a text editor and search for the text deviceBlockSize= associated with your tape device.

  3. Edit the number to match the block size of the tape you are trying to restore from.

Run L&TT R/W test.
If the tape is from another TapeWare database, try importing the tape
To Import Media
  1. Insert the media to import into your device.

  2. Select Import Media from the Device menu or the shortcut (right-click) menu. The Import Media window appears.

  3. The Media Folder field displays the folder in which TapeWare will store the imported media. If this is not the folder in which you want to store the media, click Browse… and select the proper media folder from the Browse window.

  4. The Device field displays the device from which TapeWare will import the media. If the device you want to use is not displayed, click Browse… and select the proper device from the Browse window.

  5. Click Import b

  6. When the confirmation window appears, click Yes

  7. In the Import Password window, enter the password for the media you are importing. If the media has no password, leave the field blank.

  8. Click OK

Check for Windows 2000 error 1067-Unable to open system mutex
Check for Windows 2002/Tapeware lite System MuTest error .
Check for Windows 95/98/NT Unable to access restore/backup or Error 74 - Object already locked on a restore in TapeWare
Check for Windows NT Invalid Windows Application error
Check for Error 1506 when starting backup

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Scheduled backup problems

Action recommended
Additional information
Reschedule the backup. It is possible that some directories may have been deleted by the user causing failed backups.
Try a scheduled backup pointing to media and devices
Attempt a manual local backup to prove backup is functioning
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Check if scheduled backup did not run

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Backup failures

Action recommended
Additional information
Run L&TT to confirm device is working correctly
Check backup logs system event/application event logs for errors and decode.
Files which are open , in use or busy will cause backups to fail. Install Open File Manager (available option)
TapeWare error codes in logs can be decoded. Go to Tapeware.com Support and select 'Knowledge base'
Network backups (10/100 Network which might be a bottleneck for the data)
Try a local backup; use PAT (Performance Assesment Tool) on network.

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Restore issues

Action recommended
Additional information
Try restoring to the same place (same directory structure and same volume)
Try restoring locally and not over the network.
Try a different block size (e.g 32KB or 64KB)
You can change the block size setting for your specific device in the file in twtapdev.ini.
CAUTION: This block size can be set to whatever you want, but if it is too large it can cause a fatal error for your operating system. Contact Yosemite Technologies Technical Support for additional information if you are unsure about your changes.
  1. Locate the file twtapdev.ini in the TapeWare installation folder.

  2. Open it with a text editor and search for the text deviceBlockSize= associated with your tape device.

  3. Edit the number to match the block size of the tape you are trying to restore from.

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Performance issues with TapeWare

Action recommended
Additional information
Run L&TT using 'Dev Perf' (within L&TT) test to confirm that the device has no issues
Check local backup verses Network backup for possible network bottleneck issues.
Check for enough hard disk space available
1 GB free space required
Check for system events like device drivers timing out
Check Tape drive driver and SCSI or FC HBA driver
Try a different block size (e.g. 32KB or 64KB)
You can change the block size setting for your specific device in the file in twtapdev.ini.
CAUTION: This block size can be set to whatever you want, but if it is too large it can cause a fatal error for your operating system. Contact Yosemite Technologies Technical Support for additional information if you are unsure about your changes.
  1. Locate the file twtapdev.ini in the TapeWare installation folder.

  2. Open it with a text editor and search for the text deviceBlockSize= associated with your tape device.

  3. Edit the number to match the block size of the tape you are trying to restore from.

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OBDR/DR Issues

Action recommended
Additional information
If Windows 2000, check for problems with OBDR.
Test OBDR before relying on it
Boot order for OBDR must have the CD Rom first in the boot order.
Check the Server BIOS
Check HP.COM compatibility web site to confirm all configured hardware is supported
Make sure the media being used has the DR or OBDR image on it
Check if Clean option is unavailable (grayed out).
Check for other common issues with Tapeware.
Escalate issue to TapeWare
Attach the TapeWare logs (TWtrace.txt and TapeWare.ini

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Check if you have a Colorado Backup issue

Action recommended
Additional information
Check compatibility with Colorado Backup.

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Check if you have an Arcserve issue

Action recommended
Additional information
Check compatibility with Arcserve.
Check autoloader ARCserve troubleshooting guide.
Check if after replacing a drive, ARCserve reports that the drive is offline.

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Additional troubleshooting help

Action recommended
Additional information
For additional troubleshooting help please use the link under additional information.

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HP Support contact details

Action recommended
Additional information
Contact HP Support.

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Cleaning issues

Cleaning troubleshooting details

Check you are using a correct cleaning cartridge

Action recommended
Additional information
Check you are using a HP DDS cleaning cartridge.
Clean the drive weekly by inserting a HP DDS cleaning tape. This will keep the drive clean for maximum reliability. Do not clean the DDS tape drive too often since this can reduce the life expectancy of the tape drive .
NOTE: An HP DDS cleaning cartridge will typically last for 50 cleaning cycles. In very occasional cases for DAT72 and DAT40 though, the length of tape used per clean may increase slightly, reducing the total number of cleans available form the cleaning tape.

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Check attention LED/LCD message

Action recommended
Additional information
Check if the attention LED is lit or if there is a message on the LCD. See autoloader LCD errors troubleshooting section or LED's troubleshooting section for further help.

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Check you are following the correct cleaning process

Action recommended
Additional information
Inspect your media/magazine and discard if faulty or damaged. Check for the following:
  • Incorrect label placement

  • Damage

  • Usage in incorrect environment

  • Snapped/damaged tape

Clean the autoloader using the relevant HP DDS cleaning tape. Beforehand, check that the cleaning tape has not expired.
After a cleaning tape has done the clean, it is automatically ejected from the drive and returned to the magazine. The LCD message line should read MAG LOADED and the amber warning LED should have stopped flashing.
Press Eject button to retrieve the magazine and cleaning cartridge. The LCD message line should then read INSERT MAG . Any other LCD error messages should be treated appropriately.
If the LCD continues to report CLEAN ME after the clean cycle the unit should be power cycled to clear the message.
A CLEAN ME message can only occur as a result of the unit doing a WRITE or READ of data to/from the tape and encountering difficulties.
If a CLEAN ME reappears during the next backup or when running the L&TT Write/Read test script, then carry out several cleaning cycles to attempt to clear the debris from the drive drum and heads.
Is there now a READ FAIL or WRITE FAIL message?
If a failing tape number is now displayed in large numerals on the LCD, remove the failing tape and replace with new/known good tape.
If you have been experiencing problems with your drive (read/write problems, performance problems, etc) or you have not cleaned your drive for a while, then repeat the clean five times in total .
Run HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) Device Analysis and Autoloader Tests to check that the drive and autoloader are now ok. Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
Check the environmental conditions of the drive and media storage.
Replace the data tape with a new tape, it may be worn or at end of life.
Introduce a regular clean into your backup strategy.

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Run Library and Tape Tools Device Analysis Test (and recalibration script for DAT24 drives)

Action recommended
Additional information
Run the Device Analysis Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
Run the recalibration script for DAT24 drives.
Ensure the latest firmware is loaded.

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Run Library and Tape Tools Acceptance (Assessment) test

Action recommended
Additional information
Run the Acceptance (Assessment) Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
NOTE: If the drive passes the test, any fault is likely to be elsewhere in the system, and drive exchange/return should be avoided.

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Additional troubleshooting help

Action recommended
Additional information
For additional troubleshooting help please use the link under additional information.

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HP Support contact details

Action recommended
Additional information
Contact HP Support.

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LEDs issue

LEDs troubleshooting details

Check LEDs and LCD message to determine the status of your drive

Action recommended
Additional information
Check if the attention LED is lit or if there is a message on the LCD. See autoloader LCD errors troubleshooting section for further help on LCD messages.

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Check if all LEDs are off

Action recommended
Additional information
Check the power cable is plugged in and power is switched on.
Check the drive power switch is turned on.
All LED's off indicates that the magazine is not loaded. Load a data Magazine, this should trigger the Magazine Loaded LED.
If a tape is not loaded, load a data cartridge. This should trigger the Tape Loader LED.
If the LEDs are still off, power cycle the drive.
If you are still concerned about the status of your drive run the Device Analysis Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
Ensure your drive is running with the latest firmware.

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Check if Tape LED is flashing slowly

Action recommended
Additional information
Reason : The tape is either loading or unloading.
This is a transient state. Wait for the tape to finish loading or unloading, or for the drive to report an error.

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Check if Tape LED is flashing rapidly

Action recommended
Additional information
REASON: The drive mechanism is operating (for instance, writing, reading, spacing).

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Check if Attention LED is flashing

Action recommended
Additional information
Read the message on the LCD and follow the troubleshooting relating to that message using the links opposite.

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Check if the attention LED is on constantly

Action recommended
Additional information
Read the message on the LCD and follow the troubleshooting relating to that message using the links opposite.

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Run Device Analysis Test in Library and Tape Tools

Action recommended
Additional information
Run the Device Analysis Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.

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Run Library and Tape Tools Acceptance (Assessment) test

Action recommended
Additional information
Run the Acceptance (Assessment) Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
NOTE: If the drive passes the test, any fault is likely to be elsewhere in the system, and drive exchange/return should be avoided.

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Additional troubleshooting help

Action recommended
Additional information
For additional troubleshooting help please use the link under additional information.

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HP Support contact details

Action recommended
Additional information
Contact HP Support.

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Restore issues

Restore troubleshooting details

Check autoloader LCD and LED's

Action recommended
Additional information
Check if the attention LED is lit or if there is a message on the LCD. See autoloader LCD errors troubleshooting section or LED's troubleshooting section for further help.

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Check if you have data (the required files) on your tape

Action recommended
Additional information
Check if you have data on the loaded tape.
Check that the required files are on the loaded tape.
Check you are reading the correct tape in the magazine.

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Run Device Analysis Test in Library and Tape Tools

Action recommended
Additional information
Run the Device Analysis Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.

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Run Library and Tape Tools Acceptance (Assessment) test

Action recommended
Additional information
Run the Acceptance (Assessment) Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
NOTE: If the drive passes the test, any fault is likely to be elsewhere in the system, and drive exchange/return should be avoided.

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Run Media Validation Test in Library and Tape Tools

Action recommended
Additional information
Run the Media Validation Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT).

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Check if verify has failed

Action recommended
Additional information
Check if verify has failed.
Check with your ISV vendor for more information.
Check if you have open file module installed on your backup software.
Check with your ISV vendor for more information.

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Check the target device is accessible

Action recommended
Additional information
Check that the target device is available.

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Check that the drive has been cleaned

Action recommended
Additional information
Clean the autoloader using the relevant HP DDS cleaning tape. Beforehand, check that the cleaning tape has not expired.
After a cleaning tape has done the clean, it is automatically ejected from the drive and returned to the magazine. The LCD message line should read MAG LOADED and the amber warning LED should have stopped flashing.
Press Eject button to retrieve the magazine and cleaning cartridge. The LCD message line should then read INSERT MAG . Any other LCD error messages should be treated appropriately.
If the LCD continues to report CLEAN ME after the clean cycle the unit should be power cycled to clear the message.
A CLEAN ME message can only occur as a result of the unit doing a WRITE or READ of data to/from the tape and encountering difficulties.
If a CLEAN ME reappears during the next backup or when running the L&TT Write/Read test script, then carry out several cleaning cycles to attempt to clear the debris from the drive drum and heads.
If a failing tape number is now displayed in large numerals on the LCD, remove the failing tape and replace with new/known good tape.
If you have been experiencing problems with your drive (read/write problems, performance problems, etc) or you have not cleaned your drive for a while, then repeat the clean five times in total .
Run HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) Device Analysis and Autoloader Tests to check that the drive and autoloader are now ok. Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
Inspect your media/magazine and discard if faulty or damaged. Check for the following:
  • Incorrect label placement

  • Damage

  • Usage in incorrect environment

  • Snapped/damaged tape

Check the environmental conditions of the drive and media storage.
Replace the data tape with a new tape, it may be worn or at end of life.
Introduce a regular clean into your backup strategy.

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Check you are using a supported configuration

Action recommended
Additional information
Check you are using a supported configuration.
Check you are using correct media.

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Additional troubleshooting help

Action recommended
Additional information
For additional troubleshooting help please use the link under additional information.

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HP Support contact details

Action recommended
Additional information
Contact HP Support.

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Performance issue

Performance troubleshooting details

Check performance using HPTapePerf

Action recommended
Additional information
Check performance using HPTapePerf.

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Performance troubleshooting steps

Action recommended
Additional information
Check the ISV software configuration is optimized.
Check if the drive is backing up over a network (can cause poor performance).
Check the compression ratio achieved on the drive.
Check the performance of the server using HP PAT test.
Check for other peripherals on the same bus.
Check the SCSI adaptor set up.
Check for the use of push agents.
Check for the use of virus detection software.
Check the media usage, old media can cause degraded performance.

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Check drive using Library and Tape Tools

Action recommended
Additional information
Run Device Analysis Test from Test drop down menu in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
Run the Read/Write test in L&TT. Check ERT performance in the support ticket.
Ensure your drive is running with the latest firmware.

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Run Library and Tape Tools Acceptance (Assessment) test

Action recommended
Additional information
Run the Acceptance (Assessment) Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
NOTE: If the drive passes the test, any fault is likely to be elsewhere in the system, and drive exchange/return should be avoided.

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Additional help on Performance and using HP Performance Assessment Tools

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Additional troubleshooting help

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Additional information
For additional troubleshooting help please use the link under additional information.

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HP Support contact details

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Additional information
Contact HP Support.

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Capacity loss issue

Capacity loss troubleshooting details

Check compression

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Additional information
Check the compression ratio achieved on the drive (always enable hardware compression and disable software compression).

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Check media type

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Check correct media type is being used.

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Check file system for zip files

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Check file system for zip files (you can't compress zip files, jpeg files, audio files, etc).

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Check performance of drive using Library and Tape Tools

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Run Device Analysis Test from Test drop down menu in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
Run the Read/Write test in L&TT. Check ERT performance in the support ticket.
Ensure your drive is running with the latest firmware.

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Run Library and Tape Tools Acceptance (Assessment) test

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Run the Acceptance (Assessment) Test in HP Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). Follow any troubleshooting given with the test results.
NOTE: If the drive passes the test, any fault is likely to be elsewhere in the system, and drive exchange/return should be avoided.

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Additional troubleshooting help

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Additional information
For additional troubleshooting help please use the link under additional information.

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HP Support contact details

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Additional information
Contact HP Support.

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Broken/wrong/missing part issue

Broken/wrong/missing part troubleshooting

Information on part numbers

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Additional information
Information on part numbers.
Information on compatibility.

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HP Support contact details

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Contact HP Support.

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