[rescue] Hijack; Sun 6800 keys anecdote. Re: Sparc 1000/1000E key anyone? - Please read again!

JP Hindin jplist2008 at kiwigeek.com
Tue Feb 9 14:22:03 CST 2016

On Tue, 9 Feb 2016, Skeezics Boondoggle wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM, Peter Stokes wrote:
>> Just trying to sort out a system for the Jim Austin collection
>> (http://www.computermuseum.org.uk) and despite having a box of Sun keys,
>> the
>> 1000 has a different one to the later systems from what I can tell.
> [reposting here if the direct reply was lost...]
> I found that the Sun/StorageTek L1000 (aka Quantum/ATL P1000) tape library
> uses the same key as the SS1000.  I wonder if Sun did that on purpose, or
> if two separate companies, ten or so years apart, just happened to use the
> same locking mechanism?

Somewhat off-topic, but I received a pair of Sun 6800s from our esteemed 
member (cough), Dave McGuire. The 6800s power-up sequence is controlled by 
the Frame Manager, which is a Sun SBC that lives in the top of the rack. 
You power up the rack initially with a keyswitch in the Frame Manager.

Unfortunately the 6800 came with no key. I dismantled an FM to try and 
figure out how much of a PITA it would be to rekey the lock. While it was 
sitting on my bench I was moving around the Suns (3800 in a rack, 4800 in 
rack, and the two 6800s) and noticed something jammed in one of the door 

Sure enough, someone had snapped off a key in the lock. I spent at least 
thirty minutes with some very fine screwdrivers before finally coaxing the 
3/4" of key out of the tumbler, took it into my local rip-me-off-hardware 
store and for $2 they cut me a key based on the partial key I provided.

Works a charm.

Completely unrelated, but a story for the list.

  - JP

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