[rescue] Looking for Microvax 3100-40
mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Apr 29 12:10:19 CDT 2004
On Apr 29, 2004, at 1:02 PM, Mark T. Valites wrote:
> Here at the $college, our dorm access swipe card system runs off a
> Microvax 3100-40 sitting in the corner, just waiting to die.
"Waiting to die"?? You'll be waiting a long time, my friend. I've
literally pulled those systems out of six-month stints in mud puddles
and had them run just fine.
> Plans have been underway to replace the system, but much more than just
> the server needs to be replaced (remote card swipes & panels).
> The high costs associated with the replacement are delaying the
> process. While the
> running joke is that we'd have to go to eBay to replace the machine,
> starting to become more and more worried that it will die on us and in
> meantime we'll be stuck in a rather unfortunate situation.
These machines aren't difficult to find. Buy a spare for $20 on eBay
in case of paranoia. It will likely run forever.
Don't fix it if it isn't broke, man. The only thing that'll help is
the wallet of some suit somewhere.
> The head of the department today mentioned she was doing some eBay-ing
> figured she'd ask the crazy systems guy with all the weird machines
> if I knew of any place we might be able to pick up a spare for the
> machine, so I figured I'd ask here. Payment could be a fuzzy issue,
> but we
> managed eBay-ing a tape drive for it once, so if anyone has something
> offer, I'm sure we could work something out or there might even be some
> interesting equipment laying around here I could offer up for trade.
I'd suggest grabbing one on eBay. I'm not really interested in
parting with any of mine, but if you get into a real bind, contact me
and I will do whatever I can to help you out.
Dave McGuire "PC users only know two 'solutions'...
Cape Coral, FL reboot and upgrade." -Jonathan Patschke
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