[rescue] Wanted: RS/6000 7012 Accessories

Tom 'spot' Callaway tcallawa at redhat.com
Tue Jan 7 13:17:14 CST 2003

On Tue, 2003-01-07 at 12:05, James Lockwood wrote:
> On 7 Jan 2003, Tom 'spot' Callaway wrote:
> > I'm searching for the following items for my recently acquired RS/6000
> > 7012:
> >
> > Keyboard (the port looks like a PS2, but reading on the net, it doesn't
> > look like I can use a standard PS2 keyboard)
> You can, though the mapping can be kind of funky during boot.  If you're
> running AIX 4 then you should be able to manage.

Hmm. I'd love to try and get the "proper" keyboard for this box anyways,
but its good to know that AIX 4 can deal with a standard PS2.

> > Serial cable
> Is this a 320 with the old header style serial ports?  If so, just grab an
> old PCjr serial pigtail, they use the same pinouts (no, I have no idea
> what IBM was thinking).

Yeah, it is. Unfortunately, its been years since I've seen a PCjr, much
less the serial pigtail. Anyone have one of these?

> > Installation media (the machine has a 3.5 floppy)
> You'll want to install off of tape or CDROM.  The floppy is handy for data
> exchange and running diagnostics.  What OS do you intend to load?

AIX more than likely. If I get bored, I might poke it with Linux, but
thats unlikely.

The machine definitely doesn't have a CDROM, nor does it appear to have
space for one to be added internally. I could always chain one off the
external SCSI port, but having 0 experience with this hardware, I wasn't
sure if that would work or not.

> If it's a 320, make sure you have the (optional) ethernet card.  I may
> have a spare if you need one.

This one has an ethernet card, it just needs a transceiver, which I have
a few of already.

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