[rescue] What to do with a deal Ultra-60?

Jonathan Groll lists at groll.co.za
Thu Feb 24 01:14:11 CST 2011

On Wed, 23 Feb 2011 20:21:11 +0200, Andrew Gaylard <ag at computer.org> wrote:

> Well, my Ultra-60 died suddenly last week.
> Fortunately, death came suddenly, there was no long,
> drawn-out period of angst.  From working one day, to
> dead the next. On ttya, I simply get "RED state excep"
> and a whole lot of what we used to politely call "line noise"
> in the old days.  Mostly, though, the power LED refuses
> to light, although the drives power up fine, and ttya just
> produces line noise.
> Reseating the DIMMs, CPUs, and PCI cards didn't help,
> so I guess it's terminal.  I'll miss this box; I've used it
> almost daily for the last 3 years.  (Somehow x86 kit
> never elicits this kind of reaction from me when it dies.)
> So, is there any interest in the parts, especially from
> my compatriots MJ and Jonathan (from whom the chassis
> orginally came)?  I'm located in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sad to hear that. I would consider also trying it with first just one
CPU and then the other, and also try to do a full POST. I got a Red
State Exception from an old CPU, and needed to repurpose the machine
as a single CPU workstation. And of course, the power supply can go on
an old machine, not sure if U60 PSUs are prone to capacitor plague.

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