[rescue] RS/6000 Model 590

Bob Carr racarr at ameritech.net
Tue May 25 06:00:16 CDT 2004

In a previous message Patrick Finnegan wrote:
> On Wednesday 31 December 1969 19:00, Bob Carr wrote:
> > A co-worker, leaving Milwaukee for a new job, has given me an IBM 590
> > server.  When I picked it up Wednesday evening, everything seemed to
> > be fine.  I transported it home without any noticeable jarring, but
> > having reconnected all the cables, flipping the power switch yields
> > nothing.  I understand I should expect a long time for booting, but
> > shouldn't I at least hear some drives and fans spinning?  The light
> > adjacent the power switch never comes on.
> You should immediately (within 1 second) get a power LED and something 
> on the three-digit display.
> I'm looking at the install/service guide right now, I don't see anything 
> that looks useful.  I'd first check that all of the power cables are 
> securely connected inside the machine and try again.  If that doesn't 
> work, there's fuse(s) inside the power supply you could check.
> Also, check that the power cable to the machine is good; I've ended up 
> with bad cables before, which had a break in them.
> Pat
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Thanks for the confirmation.  From what I can see, all the cabling appears secure.  I'm not sure how to get at
the power supply, though.  Having removed the side and front covers, and all of the screws obviously securing the power supply, I still can't free it.

What about the small battery linked to the reset button?  If it's shot,
would that affect power-on?  Also, does the reset button have a role in

Obviously an IBM newbie,

bob carr
port washington, wisconsin
racarr at ameritech.net

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