i think the gods are not smiling at me. i have a tape drive problem now. using "robtest", i get the below errors:
s d drive 1 (addr 500) access = 1 Contains Cartridge = no drive 2 (addr 501) access = 0 Contains Cartridge = yes Source address = 1012 (slot 13) Barcode = ABP129 READ_ELEMENT_STATUS complete m s3 d1 Initiating MOVE_MEDIUM from address 1002 to 500 move_medium failed sense key = 0x4, asc = 0x53, ascq = 0x0, MEDIA LOAD OR EJECT FAILED
from what i gathers in other posts/searches, the hardware vendor should take a look now.