[rescue] Dead Sequent walking! (was "quad 486" in Feb. 2003)

William Enestvedt William.Enestvedt at jwu.edu
Fri Sep 17 13:28:09 CDT 2004

Good afternoon;
   It's been a year, and once again I've been asked to move out old
Sequent out of the Data Center -- and this time they mean it. I've been
told to get it out, or it goes in a dumpster!
   Last time I asked abouit this, waay back in February of 2003, some
'Listas wrote the following cascade of messages:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Koyote [koyote at koyote.cx]
> Sent: Friday, February 21, 2003 8:00 PM
> Subject: Re: [rescue] quad 486
> vance at neurotica.com writes:
> > Are you kidding?  I'd love to run that.
> >
> > Peace...  Sridhar
> Seconded. that would be a great frontspiece to my home-as-museum ;)
> >
> > >
> > > On Fri, 21 Feb 2003, Kevin Loch wrote:
> > >
> > > William Enestvedt wrote:
> > > >    Did Sequent build anything with 486 CPUs or just
> > > > 386s? (We have a Sequent system with 386s that just
> > > > got powered down a few months ago, and I haven't
> > > > yet been told what to do with it by Higher Management.)
> > > >
   So, did you mean it, any of you?  :7)
   I think they'll want to drives pulled & wiped, unfortunately [they're
chock full of FERPA-regulated data fer chrissakes, so it's worth my job
to do it] but I can probably let you have the mounting hardware the
drives were on. And I have all the manuals, and all the media, and lots
of spare _crap_ in cardboard boxes under my desk. And maybe even a
couple of spare drives. :7) (Wait, one spare drive, one tape drive, I
guess. But who knows what else I've got.)
   I have the original delivery manifest here from mid-1993, which says
that it's a Sequent S2000/250. There's an expansion cabinet with a 525MB
QIC drive, and then another cabinet with four of its six (seven?) drives
bays filled with 2GB and 4GB disks. I also see a board with 96MB memory,
and another one which reads "BOARD-60BM  ETCH  4"; it has the VME
backplane, EtherNet, and what looks like a 950W PSU!
   Another invoice from 1995 looks like there's an additional 96 MB
memory, too.
   If anyone can give me a hint on the location of the CPUs' specs, I'll
get those, too. The top of the delivery manifest says it's Product
Number 250-1821-V1, whivh is a "S2000/250 DUAL CPU, 64MB, 662MB" [the
latter referring to one hard drive]." The manifest also lists one item
as "BOARD-E200 WO/FPA" and Part number PRO-9085-01 -- is that an 85 MHz
   This beast ran Oracle on Dynix until, oh, late 2002.
   So...any takers? This time I really mean it: you guys, or the
dumpster. (I might scavenge the magnets from the hard drives first,
though, as I bet they're strong enough to *crush* those noisy, nasty
little farty sportscars that drive down my quiet street each night.
P.S. It also has a nice terminal that I want to keep, but which I would
throw in if it seals the deal. :7)
Will Enestvedt
UNIX System Administrator
Johnson & Wales University -- Providence, RI

More information about the rescue mailing list