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Re: machine doesn't know it has a tape drive
>You might try flipping the wide ribbon cable connector 180 degrees -
>it on backwards will cause the machine to think there is no tape
>and might also cause the indicator to light when the machine is
>trying to access the drive.
I would be most hesitant to try this. You could well smoke your drive;
besides most ribbon connectors are keyed so as to make it very difficult
to put them on incorrectly.