jws at jwsss.com
Thu Oct 8 17:09:40 CDT 2015
On 10/8/2015 2:09 PM, Guy Sotomayor wrote:
>> On Oct 8, 2015, at 2:04 PM, Cindy Croxton <sales at elecplus.com> wrote:
>> There appears to be a Z system in the photos. Image035.jpg is a photo
>> showing the open system bay, and the HMC laptop. It is beyond critical
>> that that laptop be carefully preserved and handled, as that will be the
>> difference between junk and possibly turning it on and running it again.
>> Thanks, Jim. I have let them know to preserve the laptop, and asked for a
>> price for the system.
> It’s not only important to preserve the laptop(s) but to preserve them *with*
> the z/system. It’s an integral part of the machine. The z/system is a boat
> anchor without it.
> TTFN - Guy
Good point, Guy. A backup may not be enough as well. If by some
miracle the microcode is available from the customer site in the form of
floppies of CDrom that is critical too.
Mike Ross may comment on this and maybe others, but I think it is
possible to build back up an HMC for one of these systems given the
microcode, more easily than it is with older systems which used
PS2/30's. But it is critical to have the microcode, which is most
likely a copy of OS/2 with a bunch of extra files on it.
The PS2/30's had a very narrow range of hardware that is increasingly
not around in working form (disk drives) anymore, where the laptops have
a better chance of working with the image backup place on a different unit.
But one needs access to this laptop to make sure it is backed up (or
system) before going very far.
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