[rescue] Resurrecting an IBM RS/6000 model 590

Patrick Finnegan pat at computer-refuge.org
Sun Feb 8 20:24:58 CST 2004

On Sunday 08 February 2004 20:13, Eric Webb wrote:
> On Sunday 08 February 2004 01:05 pm, Dave McGuire wrote:
> >    Jeeeeze...You got a 590 *with its key*.  I am rather jealous
> > here.  A 590 is a very respectable system.
> Umm, I think we have two of these, with keys, sitting by the dumpster
> at work. Handful of video adapters, SCSI cards, token ring adapters,
> even a PrestoServe card in one of them.
> I'm kind of surprised anyone would be interested in these things. 

Even though I've got a 580 in my living room, I'd have to agree with 
you.  The 5xx series of RS/6000 is just too big for its power to be 
"useful" for much more than something like a museum. I'd rather have 
something like my 3CT (basically a 390(H)) - desktop form factor with 
less memory capacity, but, it's a desktop, not a dorm fridge.

> While I'm on the subject, there is a couple pallets of 7043-140's
> that they want to get rid of for ~$150 (mostly 332's with 256MB,
> 10/100 ethernet, various graphics, 4.3G disk, and P200 tube).  Is
> this a good price?

If that's $150 a pallet.... it seems a little high to me for per-system, 
there's usually a few of them on eBay at once.  The slower-than 332MHz 
43P-140s go for something on the order of $40/system.  Of course, I 
think it's worth more without the monitor... those P200's are heavy 
beasts - not the heaviest 20" monitors, but a 20" nearly-flat CRT has 
to be heavy, by definition...

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