[rescue] [geeks] Last Call - Ultra 5/10 parts

Patrick Finnegan pat at computer-refuge.org
Tue Mar 11 09:43:35 CDT 2014

On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 10:39 PM, Andrew Jones <andrew at jones.ec> wrote:

> They were good systems, they are just less historically interesting to me.
>  The older SBus units were higher margin and aggressively over-engineered.
>  They're just really neat.

If anyone says PCI systems were cheap, flimsy, not over-engineered, and
that the PCI cards were unreliable, may I present to you a V880? I've got 3
of them sitting around that need to go away.  They ran for about a decade,
until they were retired at the end of last year from Purdue (still more are
still running).    People here are finally accepting a switch from Solaris
to Linux (which in the end will save Purdue $$$ which has become a big
focus with our current administration), and considering how much it costs
to run a slow 8 processor server that draws 1.5kW at idle.

I spent the time to disassemble one for scrap, and it took me around 2
hours to completely disassemble it.  If anyone is interested in one before
I spend too much time taking the rest apart, poke me off-list. I'm just
looking to cover my costs on them.   I'm in beautiful West Lafayette,
Indiana (USA).


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