Servo drive signals for HP 7978 tape drive controller

I have an old HP 7978 magtape drive with two lovely servomotors
I guess about 6" diameter and 8" long. The P/S and drive hardware
is separated in the box from the control electonics, joined by a
flat ribbon cable.
To re-use the servo gear, I'd like to know what signals get sent
down that ribbon. Can anyone suggest a way of finding out (that
doesn't involve hours with a meter and CRO)?
Clifford.
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Clifford Heath
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Hi Clifford.
You might be able to find a manual for the thing online somewhere, especially if the drive is a rebadged Fujitsu, Cypher, or other common brand. I have manuals for several 9-track drives, and they all have schematics.
I am using Fujitsu 9-track reel motors for the main drive on my robot. The servo board was about 8x14", and contained two bipolar H-bridges built onto a massive heatsink. I scrapped that thing, and instead use a dual MOSFET H-bridge on a 2.5x4" card to drive them.
Jeff.
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Jeff Shirley
I'm replying to your 17 year old post about your 7978 tape drive. I have one of those that I'm trying to restore but I fear the tape head has been affected by corrosive atmosphere. Do you still have the 7978 tape head and would you be willing to part with to help get a museum piece up and running? THanks in advance. David Collins
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David Collins
I'm replying to your 17 year old post about your 7978 tape drive. I have one of those that I'm trying to restore but I fear the tape head has been affected by corrosive atmosphere. Do you still have the 7978 tape head and would you be willing to part with to help get a museum piece up and running? THanks in advance. David Collins
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David Collins

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