R: Getting an ibm as/400

Mazzini Alessandro mazzinia at tin.it
Tue Apr 12 17:20:45 CDT 2016

Wiped drives is something you can live with ( if you get the licenses - paper sheets btw ).
Destroyed drives is another thing. As/400 require specific IBM  scsi hard disks. You cannot use anything else... don't even try to put a normal hd inside.
And never try to format an as/400 hd in a normal pc, or byebye (particular amount of bytes/sector, in theory no way to do outside of the factory)

-----Messaggio originale-----
Da: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org] Per conto di devin davison
Inviato: martedì 12 aprile 2016 21:47
A: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts
Oggetto: Re: Getting an ibm as/400

Yeah i wanted to talk directly with the place it is coming from but they are being very secretive and swear that all the drives have to be wiped.
they said some drives had to be destroyed. I believe it is coming from Harris, so it makes sense. Still trying to get every single scrap of paper and tapes to go with it if i can.

On Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 3:17 PM, Mazzini Alessandro <mazzinia at tin.it> wrote:

> 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 )
> -----Messaggio originale-----
> Da: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org] Per conto di Matt 
> Patoray
> Inviato: martedì 12 aprile 2016 20:52
> A: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts
> Oggetto: Re: Getting an ibm as/400
> Hello,
> 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
> >
> --
> Matt Patoray
> Owner, MSP Productions
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