[rescue] IBM System/36 - Help Needed
martinm at allwest.net
Thu May 29 21:53:51 CDT 2003
I asked some of these questions a couple of days ago on the classiccmp
list and have received no replies.
I hauled home an IBM System/36 - PC (5364), complete with dedicated IBM
PC (5150), Monitor, KB, cables and an IBM 4224 printer, but no
documentation, all from my local Farmers Insurance agent. The system is
complete, including the 5.25" "Farmers Master System Diskette", dated
1988. No other software has been found. The components are badged
"Farmers Insurance Group 5280Z". Googling indicates that System/36's
were used, at one time, by many Farmers agents.
Using the above disk, the system boots to the Service Control Menu, then
continues the IPL to a IPL Sign On menu.
I am an absolute neophyte on this system, so please be gentle :)
Does anyone know the Service password or the Backup Service password for
the Service Control Menu? Are these logins even an equivalent to root
on a unix box? Is there a standard login with reduced privileges?
Since these Farmers Insurance systems were rolled out at one time, I
suspect that some logins and/or passwords were standardized. Does
anyone know another easy way into this system?
When (if) I get past the logins, I want to get my bearings. Does anyone
have any links to elementary operations manuals and other info for this
system? On IBM's site, I can find info on running S/36 applications on
AS/400 hardware, but can find very little on System/36 hardware,
operation, or software. Googling finds various tidbits on the web and
usenet yields a password recovery method that I don't yet understand.
It appears that I will need more than this boot disk to be able to
explore the OS. Does anyone have any system software for this system?
I'll worry about RPG, Fortran and BASIC later.
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