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

Stephen Conley cheetah at tanabi.org
Sun May 12 18:12:16 CDT 2013

Your friend has emailed me and wants the machine.  So ... let's
consider it officially spoken for unless he decides he doesn't want it
all the sudden.  Really shocked at how fast I was able to move this --
thanks a lot, Cory.

On Sun, May 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM, Cory Smelosky <b4 at gewt.net> wrote:
> 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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