View Full Version : Any tips for getting a AS/400e 9406 170 up and running.

April 14th, 2014, 10:57 AM
Hello All,

A few months back I got my hands on a AS/400 9406 - 170. However the only equipment provided to me was the 170 unit, as well as a 4 port Twinax brick (the OS is installed, I have the QSECOFR password). My first thought was to plug an ethernet cable into the router, IPL the bad boy, hop onto my router and see what IP it was spitting out. That was not the case and my first thought is the nic card must not be set up?

Anyways, I obtained a free IBM 3476 Info Window with twinax output, then bought a twinax connector cable and plugged into the 4 port brick that was provided. After trying a few different ports on the back and booting it up, I still cannot get it to display. Am I missing another piece of equipment going the twinax route?

THIRD try, serial cable. A buddy at work said hey, just hook up a null modem serial cable to it, fire up HyperTerminal and that should work! Well no it doesn't. I experimented (e.g. COM1 9600 baud .. etc the standard serial settings) I even tried a regular serial cable with no avail.

Does anyone on this forum have any tips to get this system online?


April 14th, 2014, 12:22 PM
You need to be on port zero of the twinax connector and have you terminal set to address 0.

Hold the space bar down when you power on the IBM 3476 to get into the configuration

Here is a previous thread that should be helpful http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/archive/index.php/t-17038.html

April 14th, 2014, 02:10 PM
You'll also find the 170 displays a set of system reference codes (SRCs) on the lcd panel during power up. If it stops at a particular code, either of the following IBM sites may give more of a clue as to what point it has reached and if it is waiting for a response. What code does it end up at?

IPL system reference code (SRC) finder (http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/iseries/v5r3/index.jsp?topic=%2Frzahb%2Frzahbiplsrcfinder.htm)

System reference code list (http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/iseries/v5r3/index.jsp?topic=%2Frzahb%2Fsrclist.htm)

April 14th, 2014, 02:24 PM
@Jimmy, I will definately try that, however I need to order a new keyboard!

@SteveH, When the system turns on it doesn't stop at any particular code, I start the system at 1 BN, and for the next 15 minutes it cycles through a bunch of C#######'s before returning to 1 BN.

Thanks, this gives me another option to try!