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Greetings! I wonder if someone could help me. My 3620 has gone belly
up, and has been that way for a while. At power on, the FEP prompt comes
up fine, and the disk makes its normal(?) awful noises. When I try to do
a HELLO, though, the machine comes back with a "Drive not ready during unit
select" and goes no further. This is on a 3620 with two Maxor XT-2190
190 MB drives and a tape drive.
Call maintenance, right? Well, due to an administrative error, our maint-
enance contract has lapsed. I described the problem to Symbolics, and the
prognosis was a probable bad control board. They quoted $3000 plus the
service call to come fix it. Here's the deal-- our local maintenance people
have the same disk drive on hand (same rev and everything) and can get what-
ever is wrong with the drive fixed for under $1500 (or replace it, for that
matter). Do I have everything I need but the knowhow to format the new
disk and bring the machine back up from tape, or a networked machine? Would
I be risking destroying the new disk drive by putting it in?
Also, what about installing my own second drive in my single drive 3620.
Are such user mods a serious no no? That machine is still under maintenance.