Getting an ibm as/400

devin davison lyokoboy0 at
Wed Apr 13 19:09:02 CDT 2016

Alright. Picked up the machine today. Much smaller than expected, but
everything needed seems to be included. I got a terminal as well as a box
of cables. I managed to boot the machine up to the login screen. However I
do not know the username or password. I was speaking with someone on the
phone that was quite knowlegable, they said that after 3 attempts to login
it becomes a potato. What do i do from here. I am going to try and contact
the original owners, however i believe they are unwilling to help. Im quite
amazed the main drive was not wiped. Anyhow, if i can not get the password
from the original owners, there does appear to be a working install on the
drives, how would I go about resetting the password to gain access to the
machine? The machine is a ibm as/400e 170.

pictures to follow once I find my camera.


On Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 4:45 PM, Mazzini Alessandro <mazzinia at> wrote:

> You had it easy.
> Once upon a time, a place I was working for decided to get a new
> development
> as/400. The toy was 2x the 270 you mentioned (hd cage taking one side)...
> and the shipping original ibm box upped the weight to dunno... king kong.
> It didn't fit in the elevator, and anyway exceeded the max weight.
> The office was 2 floors up....
> We pushed it up, I still have the nightmares
> -----Messaggio originale-----
> Da: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at] Per conto di Kevin
> Monceaux
> Inviato: mercoledì 13 aprile 2016 21:09
> A: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts
> Oggetto: Re: Getting an ibm as/400
> On Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 01:26:29AM -0400, Ian Primus wrote:
> > On Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 12:42 AM, Jason T <silent700 at> wrote:
> > > In IBM-speak, it's a "Midrange."
> >
> > Which is a fancy word for "unusually heavy for its size".
> That's the truth.  In a previous reply I mentioned I have a "small"
> 9406-270
> in my living room.  I found it listed on eBay.  It was in New York.  I'm in
> Central Texas.  It was listed with a flat $50 shipping fee.  From the
> photos
> and shipping fee I was expecting something small enough to be shipped by
> or FedEx.  I made the seller an offer $50 less than the list price which
> they accepted, so I basically got free shipping.  It was shipped by UPS
> - UPS Freight.  There was no way UPS Fright could get down my driveway so I
> had to pick it up at their terminal.  Fortunately it was shipped on a tiny
> pallet that just fit in the back of my mini-van.  It looks like an
> oversized
> tower PC, but is definitely unusually heavy for its size.  I have to use a
> dolly to move it around.
> --
> Kevin
> Bruceville, TX
> What's the definition of a legacy system? One that works!
> Errare humanum est, ignoscere caninum.

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