Getting an ibm as/400

Chris Halarewich halarewich at
Wed Apr 13 19:40:52 CDT 2016

if u havent got it yet here is ibms spec page on it
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On 4/13/16, devin davison <lyokoboy0 at> wrote:
> 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.
> --Devin
> 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
>> UPS
>> 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.

Chris Halarewich

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