R: Getting an ibm as/400

Mazzini Alessandro mazzinia at tin.it
Tue Apr 12 14:17:35 CDT 2016

The main issue with As/400 is related with licenses, os included.
There are some models (relatively old) that can run unlicensed (and going back in time, some required a special tape unique to that serial number, to be reinstalled. Fat chances of getting a copy of that from ibm now, so in those cases is very important that such tape is present in the goodies), otherwise I would say that if they pick up the "toy" from the current workplace, they have to collect all the sw/ibm media/license papers related to it.

There's more than one way to get an (heavy) paperweight.

What to expect... is a bit more flat than zos, this is something used for erp/billing/bank terminals to say something.
There's just os/400 that can be installed on an as/400, forget linux or etc ( if an iseries, more recent, aix is also an option, and  linux too )

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Da: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org] Per conto di Matt Patoray
Inviato: martedì 12 aprile 2016 20:52
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Oggetto: Re: Getting an ibm as/400


I do believe Connor is on here. I will say this the IBM Mainframes and the Large AS/400's are quite different. If you can get a picture of the front plate where it says AS/400 there will be the model nuimber under that and we can figure out what you have from that.

Once you have that info, we can have a better idea what you are in for :) As such can help you accordingly.

On Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 2:09 PM, devin davison <lyokoboy0 at gmail.com> wrote:

> A local recycling center called me and said they are to pick up an ibm
> as/400 mainframe from a working environment. I left a deposit and am 
> scheduled to go pick it up in the next day or so.
> I am not even sure of what all it comes with or what can be run on the 
> machine. Any advice in advance on what to expect?
> I realize there are a ton of different as/400 models, they were not 
> very descript on the phone, so i have no way of knowing till i go pick 
> it up what exactly it is or what it comes with.
> I rushed on dropping a deposit on the thing. The other guy at the 
> place is notorious for ripping boards with shiny chips out and trying 
> to pass off the dismantled machine to me. I asked for a picture of the 
> thing on site before it is moved. If it is not all there I am not purchasing it.
> From the description it sounds like it comes with some terminals and 
> printers too. could be interesting.
> Is the guy that put the ibm mainframe in his basement on the list? ive 
> been wanting to talk to him.
> --Devin

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