Two AS/400's (720's)

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Two AS/400's (720's)

Unread postby pentium » Sun May 08, 2016 5:13 pm

Almost six months in the making. This is officially insane.

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Okay, I know in the past ten years I've done some ridiculous pickups but this....this was too much. I always wanted an AS/400 system just to meddle with but the software they run is so niche and the OS and hardware is so locked down I didn't really want to plunk anything serious into the idea of owning one. I'm going to admit I've gone WAY beyond what I should of called a rational size limit. This is WAY more than I'll ever need. I've found my limit. Seven feet tall and weighing 1100 pounds.
Then I found these two 9406-720 machines at a recycling center with a bunch of extras for about $150 tops and well.... I couldn't say no. :oops:

So one machine is a single processor with the following options installed. Be aware that I'm googling the part names so they might not all be correct.

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FN2735 - Seems to be a disk controller
FN2810 - LAN/WAN Adapter (I spy a PCI card)
FN6141 - ASCII Comm. Controller (For terminals? Modems?)
FN2644 - Fax IOP (Seems to give the machine fax capabilities, lol.

91H4044 - Twinax Controller
97H7763 - Twinax IOA Adapters (Two of them installed)
91H4041 - Two-Line WAN IOA card
23L4293 - 10/100 Ethernet card

-91H3911 CPU Module
-512mb ram (4 x 97H9474)

-Four 59H6611 8.5gb SSA disks with sleds
-One CD-Rom drive and an MLR3 tape drive


The other is either a dual or a quad core machine with the following:

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FN6512 - Disk RAID Controller (with a little battery backed module plugged into it)
FN6513 - Disk Controller
FN2626 - 16MB Token Ring card
FN2619 - Token Ring card
FN2621 - SCSI/DASD disk/tape controller
FN2623 - Communications Controller
------FN2609 - V.24 Interface (three of them installed)
FN2735 - Disk Controller

91H4044 - Twinax Controller
23L4293 - 10/100 Ethernet card

-97H6439 CPU Module
-512mb ram (4 x 97H9474)

-One CD-ROM drive, an MLR3 tape drive and an 8mm tape drive
-The Electronic Key that unlocks the front panel, plus the regular key that unlocks the front bezel.


Both machines have the UPS option but I only have one good set of batteries. Making things worse both have power supply issues. The single has a burned out transformer in the power supply so while the UPS comes up there's no standby power for the front panel.

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The other machine has a PSU which drops out after a moment and forces the whole machine to go down with a 10112141 code. Techfury says either it's a caps issue or cold joints within the PSU. I'll have to investigate. The other was that while one machine had all its SSA drives pulled the other had four left in the machine so the possibility of getting the single to IPL is there but once it's up, I gotta back those licenses up.
Beyond that and stringing some twinax lines around the house, hehehehe...I don't know what to do with it. :roll:
There was also a few other goodies that came along. There was a loose 27H1698 4gb SSA disk, an Info Window I and a cabinet with eight IBM 6299 modules which seem to be hubs for 5250 series terminals or something. Anyways, I got the ability right now to hang a stupid number of terminals off it.
As for documentation and media I currently have neither. I was told by someone they might have media for an AS/400 somewhere but apparently it's a binder full of CD's or something. I'm curious about that.
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Re: Two AS/400's (720's)

Unread postby ScutBoy » Sun May 08, 2016 6:31 pm

Very nice! But... aren't you supposed to put it back together _inside_ the house?

Bonus points for picking it up in a Geo Tracker! :-)
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Re: Two AS/400's (720's)

Unread postby pentium » Sun May 08, 2016 6:38 pm

It's too tall for my workshop! ;_;
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Re: Two AS/400's (720's)

Unread postby robespierre » Sun May 08, 2016 7:11 pm

amazing!
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Re: Two AS/400's (720's)

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Sun May 08, 2016 8:11 pm

You're officially nucking futs, and I'm officially jealous.
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Re: Two AS/400's (720's)

Unread postby TruHobbyist » Mon May 09, 2016 12:47 am

Awesome!!! I'm relatively new here but I see I'm at the right place. Enjoy your new babies :) :)

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Re: Two AS/400's (720's)

Unread postby jan-jaap » Mon May 09, 2016 1:02 am

Nice. If it takes an ignition key to start it, it's got to be good 8-)
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Re: Two AS/400's (720's)

Unread postby uunix » Mon May 09, 2016 3:13 am

Nice beast.
I had an AS/400 but it was much smaller, about the size of a largish intel server. I did an on-line course for RPG on it.

I lost the machine somewhere... :roll: I do though still have the install tapes I think.
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Re: Two AS/400's (720's)

Unread postby astouffer » Mon May 09, 2016 6:11 am

Nice find! I'm currently in the process of getting my own 9406-270 up and running. Have you read about the AS/400 architecture at all?

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Re: Two AS/400's (720's)

Unread postby dexter1 » Mon May 09, 2016 7:00 am

Whoa! So how are you going to interface it to your network? Maybe router it with a token ring and ethernet interface, or does it have AUI's ?

Bonus points on it being so ridiculously large and wearing your barney shirt next to it. If we ever get a tinder-for-geeks online, caption it with "Feel my steel machine..."
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Re: Two AS/400's (720's)

Unread postby pentium » Mon May 09, 2016 9:17 am

I got multiple ethernet interfaces, so it will eventually go online but I also got twinax coming out the butt right now. Bigger issue right now is how to store it. It can't stay on the back porch forever though. Eventually I have to find a new home for it indoors. There's a studio apartment I've been eying down on the coast. Between this and hopefully a more sustainable job this might be the motivation to move again.
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Re: Two AS/400's (720's)

Unread postby japes » Mon May 09, 2016 10:34 am

hah, RE-PC. I visited them this weekend myself. Looks like that photo wasn't from this weekend since Saturday it was sunny and hot.

Now that you have an AS/400, once you get a running system, you need to create an inventory system to catalog your collection.
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Re: Two AS/400's (720's)

Unread postby pentium » Mon May 09, 2016 10:52 am

Yes, I was considering that. A massive database of every system and spare part I have. Most of that right now is scattered across spreadsheets, Microsoft asses and sheets of paper.

Looks like that photo wasn't from this weekend since Saturday it was sunny and hot.

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Re: Two AS/400's (720's)

Unread postby fu » Mon May 09, 2016 10:55 am

uh-oh there goes the cocktail bar to make room for another computer

that’s why you posted that vid of a kid that dragged a mainframe into his basement the other day

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Re: Two AS/400's (720's)

Unread postby uunix » Mon May 09, 2016 11:43 am

I'd certainly pop that ignition key on my key ring and whilst at the pub, casually pop them on the table... "oooh what cars that" I hear the giggling young ladies say.. as they become besotted by my tales of time travel and interplanetary space hoping. "That's no car.. have you heard of a tardis?"
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