[rescue] Wanted: Graphics card and drive sled for RS/6000 7046-B50

Jonathan Patschke jp at celestrion.net
Mon Mar 29 23:54:19 CDT 2010

On Mon, 29 Mar 2010, Andrew Warkentin wrote:

> I recently bought an RS/6000 7046-B50. It didn't have a graphics card 
> installed (I can use it over a serial console, but I would prefer to be able 
> to use a graphical console). It is also missing the drive sleds.

> Does anybody on this list have a graphics card or drive sled that would
> work with it?

The handbook for that system[0] only lists the GXT130P in the adapter
placement guide.  That means this is the only graphics adapter IBM
supported in that system, but there are possibly other ones that would
work.  I ran several unsupported graphics adapters in my 43P-150, which,
IIRC, is the same machine with possibly different firmware.

I don't have a spare one, but you'd probably want either GXT135P, GXT130P,
or GXT150P graphics for that system.  Of the three, the GXT135P is the
fastest, and it's not very fast.  I'm not entirely convinced that
AIXwindows even uses the 2D acceleration of the Matrox chipset.

That said, those are the three cheapest options and have the best chance
of working.

If you need AIX media, ask me off-list, I might have a spare set

[0] http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks/pdfs/sg247046.pdf
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