[rescue] AS/400 question

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Jun 5 16:16:25 CDT 2003

On Thursday, June 5, 2003, at 07:57 AM, Mike Hebel wrote:
> What color is it?
> White == hard to get working.
> Black == not so hard to get working.
> I think it's because the white one will only use the IBM OS while the 
> black one  can run other things.  Unless you have a tape of the OS in 
> question you probably won't be able to do anything with it.
> At least that's my (very) limited understanding of the situation.

   This is very close but does not apply in all cases.  They switched 
from white to black at *almost* the same time they switched from CISC 
to RISC (PPC-based) in the AS/400 line...but there are some black CISC 
ones.  For example, I have a 9402, black, and it's CISC.

   I wish there was some more info about these machines online.  IBM 
seems to take great pains to make sure nobody gets any use out of their 
hardware without their staff (and lots of $$$) being involved.  Some of 
us just want to learn about it and appreciate their designs...it's not 
like we'd be eating into their profits or anything.


Dave McGuire             "I've grown hair again, just
St. Petersburg, FL           for the occasion."       -Doc Shipley

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