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PowerPC Thinkpad [820/850]

Unread postby jpanchal » Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:02 pm

Anyone ever encounter or own a powerpc thinkpad? Have been learning the power architecture, and thought these were a nifty gadget! They are officially the 800 series, with the main models being the 820 and 850.

I have always been a thinkpad junkie (701c, 240, [current] x40] - and this series with a powerpc processor seems to be one of those rare birds that are impossible to find but fascinating in terms of concept...

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Re: PowerPC Thinkpad [820/850]

Unread postby neozeed » Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:17 am

I've seen one... well a dead one.

It looked just like a normal thinkpad, but it was a little thicker, it was heaver then I recall the old thinkpads being (from the 486 era), and it was a shame this one was dead.... I forget the mode, but it could run NT & AIX.... I wondered if it'd run OS/2.
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Re: PowerPC Thinkpad [820/850]

Unread postby jpanchal » Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:39 am

I remember seeing a YouTube video of NT booting up on one - hrmm... Will have to dig up the link - around here somewhere...

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Re: PowerPC Thinkpad [820/850]

Unread postby kjaer » Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:30 pm

I have two. One is a pre-GA model.
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Re: PowerPC Thinkpad [820/850]

Unread postby kev009 » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:29 pm

Not totally uncommon, but they fetch a ridiculous price (as do all UNIX portables) when they show up on eBay. I can point you in the right directions if you really want to purchase one.

The first was actually the beige -N40 that use MCA internally, ran a special version of AIX 3.2 (I have this CD if anyone needs help), and was somewhat similar to the PS/2 -L40 portable. Tadpole was involved in its creation, the same company that did the Precsion and Sparc books.

Dig around on my IBM site and you can find information about all these, including pictures on an 860 running Linux.
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Re: PowerPC Thinkpad [820/850]

Unread postby Anonymous Freak » Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:58 pm

jpanchal wrote:I remember seeing a YouTube video of NT booting up on one - hrmm... Will have to dig up the link - around here somewhere...


Could it be this one? (Aka: My video.)

(It's funny, I joined here because I just got a few SGIs for my antique computer collection, and wandered upon this thread because I also have an 820.)

Yup, they run NT 3.5 and 4.0, AIX 4.1, and OS/2 PowerPC Edition (roughly analogous to OS/2 Warp Connect 4.x, only without the "Connect" part, as OS/2 for PPC has *ZERO* networking.) Rumors are there was a release of Solaris that would run on it, but most evidence I've found says that the Solaris release never saw the light of day.

I have a copy of OS/2 PPC, but haven't been able to get it to install.
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Re: PowerPC Thinkpad [820/850]

Unread postby kramlq » Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:09 am

Anonymous Freak wrote:Could it be this one? (Aka: My video.)


In the comments you say you have never found a single PPC app to try. Try this for all your editing needs on WinNT/PPC:
http://www.lancs.ac.uk/staff/steveb/cpa ... efiles.htm

Anonymous Freak wrote:Rumors are there was a release of Solaris that would run on it, but most evidence I've found says that the Solaris release never saw the light of day.

There are some members here who have made postings indicating they have a copy of this.

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Re: PowerPC Thinkpad [820/850]

Unread postby Anonymous Freak » Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:24 am

kramlq wrote:
Anonymous Freak wrote:Could it be this one? (Aka: My video.)


In the comments you say you have never found a single PPC app to try. Try this for all your editing needs on WinNT/PPC:
http://www.lancs.ac.uk/staff/steveb/cpa ... efiles.htm


Interesting... That is literally the first PPC-native, generally available Windows app I have seen. Now if only there were more. :-D (I wish I had a compiler so I could at least compile Firefox 2.0. IE5 for Win3.1 just isn't usable...)
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Re: PowerPC Thinkpad [820/850]

Unread postby GL1zdA » Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:41 am

Anonymous Freak wrote:Interesting... That is literally the first PPC-native, generally available Windows app I have seen. Now if only there were more. :-D

Grab the Visual C++ 4.0 RISC Edition and compile more ;)
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Re: PowerPC Thinkpad [820/850]

Unread postby kev009 » Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:32 pm

Anonymous Freak wrote:Interesting... That is literally the first PPC-native, generally available Windows app I have seen. Now if only there were more. :-D (I wish I had a compiler so I could at least compile Firefox 2.0. IE5 for Win3.1 just isn't usable...)


MinGW would be the best bet for building Firefox and other good stuff. It might require some binutils hacking ;)
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Re: PowerPC Thinkpad [820/850]

Unread postby kramlq » Sat Aug 21, 2010 3:23 am

GL1zdA wrote:
Anonymous Freak wrote:Interesting... That is literally the first PPC-native, generally available Windows app I have seen. Now if only there were more. :-D

Grab the Visual C++ 4.0 RISC Edition and compile more ;)

Not all VC++ 4.0 RISC Edition kits have PowerPC support. Mine mentions PowerPC on the back of the box, but the front has a sticker saying MIPS and Alpha only. So as rare as VC++ 4.0 RISC is, the version with PowerPC support may be even rarer.

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Re: PowerPC Thinkpad [820/850]

Unread postby pentium » Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:44 pm

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