View Full Version : IBM System/36 5363 - Is it worth my time and money getting it to boot?

March 31st, 2015, 10:08 AM
Hi all! :p
I'm the (lucky?) owner of a 5363 that came in bad physical condition, but with darn good electronics. I couldn't see a single thing that was wrong in electronics and even if i have not tested it yet i'm confident it'll work like a charm (i'm gonna make a 3-D painting with it if it doesn't).
The problem is: the chassis needs sanding and the case needs to be repainted, plus it's missing the front panel bezel, so i don't know what button means what.
What should I do? Do you think it's worth my money or i'd better put in a good mobo and create a mockup, arduino controlled front panel?
Kind regards,

March 31st, 2015, 10:18 AM
you can find the manual (https://archive.org/details/bitsavers_ibmsystem3stem36OperatingYourComputer536 3Sep87_18272931) on bitsavers. That should at least help you determine if the system is functional.

March 31st, 2015, 11:12 AM
There is a picture of the front panel on Wikipedia


so you can figure out the buttons. No idea on value. especially in Italy as I suspect it has an Italian SSP...

April 3rd, 2015, 12:57 AM
Thanks for the infos, guys!
I really hope that the disk works, else i'd have no way to IPL it...