Derrick Oswald wrote:
Remove the front bezel by unscrewing the 4 phillips head screws and
lifting the bezel, forward and upward at 45 degrees.
Locate the orange and white wires running to the 'Clean' LED, and remove
the tie-wrap closest to the LED.
Carefully unsolder the orange wire and bend back on itself by about
1/4". Tape with electricians or masking tape to insulate it.
Reassemble the bezel and reinstall the four screws.
The tried-and-true ballpeen hammer method, updated for those comfortable
using solder suckers and solder wick!
I suspect that Dan was looking to eliminate the causitive fault, not
just the annoying ongoing indication of a fault condition.
Fault conditions may indicative of tape alignment problems, speed
regulation, tape tension, magnetic read/write issues or many other
things. In reality, working tape units with ongoing fault indication
may actually be working in isolation by themselves, but taking a tape
from that unit and reading it on another generally will cause the fault
condition to announce itself as an unreadable tape.
Backup devices are one of those things where I just do not bother
wasting time, effort and money on units that have lost my trust. I'd
buy another FWIW. If there is one thing you need faith in, it is your
backup tools! I suspect that finding someone capable of performing
factory-level service with full functional verification would be more
expensive than re-purchasing a new unit.
(basking in the peaceful silence of the linux list)