Slightly OT: Sources for slightly older PeeCee server class hardware
jrkeys at concentric.net
Sun Feb 12 12:57:59 CST 2006
Take a drive to Minn./St Paul and shop the Goodwill ($5 to $100), UofM
warehouse($5 to $50), and each month 3M has a auction at their warehouse and
you can get a pallet load of boxes for $25.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael B. Brutman" <mbbrutman-cctalk at brutman.com>
To: <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 12:47 PM
Subject: Slightly OT: Sources for slightly older PeeCee server class
> I've been using a Linux box as a firewall for the cable modem before
> Linksys and the other networking companies came out with small router
> boxes. Along the years the uses for the box have grown, so I do a little
> hacking on it, some file servering, backup/restore to the Windoze boxes,
> The original box was an old 486-66 running Redhat 6.1. (It ran OS/2 2.1
> originally). I only decommissioned it last year, and it is still sitting
> in the room waiting for it's next purpose in life.
> The current box is a Pentium 233, and it's been doing just fine except I
> fear that it's starting to crap out. It will not boot off of a floppy
> disk no matter what I try. I've tried 2 cables, 3 drives, and four
> different known good boot disks. I've stripped the system down, screwed
> with the onboard setup, etc. To make a long story short, after 3 hours
> I've finally decided that the onboard FDC controller is heading south.
> Disks are still readable, but only after you've booted from hard disk. The
> motherboard was an ABIT IT5H - good at the time, but given ABIT's
> reputation at the time I'm really happy that it made it this far.
> Since the end is near for this machine, it's time to get my data off of it
> and find a replacement. I'm thinking of something:
> - a little more robust .. ie, quality
> - needs to take a few PCI cards. Right now I use 2 NICs, 1 SCSI, and 1
> video card. If some of those functions are on the motherboard that is
> - Can be left on continuously and ignored.
> What's a good source for stuff like this? I'm thinking of monitoring eBay
> for items I can do local pickup on, but I'm not sure if small businesses
> that have this kind of hardware take the time to put it out on eBay when
> it comes time to upgrade. (I'm in Rochester MN, so my sources of this
> stuff are limited.)
> Any ideas on the floppy controller?
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