[rescue] FREE: IBM 9111-285 POWER5+ in Raleigh, NC

Cory Smelosky b4 at gewt.net
Sun May 12 18:00:30 CDT 2013

On 12 May 2013, at 18:54, "Stephen Conley" <cheetah at tanabi.org> wrote:

> Hey guys;
> I have an IBM 9111-285 POWER5+ located in Raleigh, NC.  It is,
> unfortunately, not in a bootable state -- I think the power supply is
> bad, though I have very little to go on and it's a difficult machine
> to diagnose.
> Stats:
> * 4 GB RAM
> * Power5+ Processor -- not sure what speed but I think it was 2.1GHz
> * HARDWARE RAID CARD -- this is in all caps because these machines
> don't usually have 'em and it's something of a rare find :)  Note that
> IBM's hardware raid is a big finnicky piece of crap and the drives you
> put in the raid MUST MATCH EXACTLY.  Same block count, same cyl and
> sectors, same everything.  It's really annoying.  Takes SCA SCSI
> drives, up to 8 of them.
> * EXTRA BACKPLANE CARD -- another rare find.  Usually this machine has
> only 1 backplane for the disks, which means 4 disk capacity.  This
> machine is set up for all 8 dis.
> * ALL DRIVE CADDIES -- these were AMAZINGLY hard to find, this machine
> has all 8 "drive caddies" or SPUD-equivalents.
> * Video card
> * DVD ROM (or is it a CD ROM?  It's whatver is stock with the machine)
> * AIX installation media -- I have it somewhere, I'll have to dig it
> out, but I think I have AIX 6 for it.
> I have some disks, but not enough matching ones to fill the RAID.  I
> think I have 6 matching?  I don't remember, I'll gather them up if
> someone's interested.
> This is all absolutely free -- I am moving and have no desire to deal
> with this machine anymore.  It was kind of a money pit for me.  I
> found all those rare (and expensive) parts, put it all together, and
> then the power supply died on me due to a brown out.  The machine
> wasn't on a UPS yet because I was still configuring it.  Now I just
> don't want to deal with it anymore -- it's been in pieces in my office
> for about a year now, and I don't want to move this heavy monster to
> my next location.
> THE CAVEAT: I'm not willing to ship it.  This thing is HEAVY, dear God
> is it heavy.  I'm also unwilling to drive it very far ... really
> prefer someone come pick it up.
> Please email me if interested.

I know someone really close to there that's interested.  I'll pass your email
address along.

> Thanks!
> Steve
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