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    IBM Powerstation 220

    I just acquired a IBM Powerstation 220 with a 6091 19 Monitor last night, and I have no clue about this thing. I haven't even powered it up yet.

    I'm guessing it's rare, since I'm not finding much on google about this thing.

    I'm looking for a disassembly guide or service manual, since I don't want to break anything tearing it apart to clean it.

    I think this came from a former IBM employee, since I got other things in the lot that include a RS6000 Presentation script with a ton of sales slides. and other older IBM equipment including a monitor with a Property of IBM badge.

    #2
    Here's IBM's spec document. https://www.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowD...uest_locale=en

    This is a POWER Single Chip (PSC) system, which predates even the PPC 601, and it pretty much wants to run AIX. I don't think anything else easily would run on it. 3.2.5 would be most appropriate for the time.
    I use my C128 because I am an ornery, stubborn, retro grouch. -- Bob Masse
    Various projects and oddities: http://oldvcr.blogspot.com/
    Machine room: http://www.floodgap.com/etc/machines.html

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      #3
      I always liked AIX. The menu driven admin system was very good.

      Never had to port anything to it, however, but I was able to bumble through configuring drives and installing DB software with zip documentation.

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        #4
        Cool find! I have fond memories of RS/6000s from college. But I hated those super slow XStations - the worst! Some more info here- probably 33MHz.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RISC_Single_Chip

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          #5
          Originally posted by whartung View Post
          I always liked AIX. The menu driven admin system was very good.

          Never had to port anything to it, however, but I was able to bumble through configuring drives and installing DB software with zip documentation.
          smit is certainly one of the better corporate Unix interfaces, and when I switched servers from AIX 4 to AIX 6 I loved the fact that all of my (604-era!) binaries still ran. Migration was a snap.

          That said, and speaking as someone with long AIX experience going back to version 3, I'm probably running my last personal production AIX system (the POWER6 that hosts Floodgap) because IBM really doesn't want AIX run by anyone other than institutional customers anymore and it's too much of a pig to port things to. The handwriting was on the wall anyway when AIX 6 just about eliminated any possibility of using the OS as a workstation and the Capacity-on-Demand nonsense with this Power 520 really annoyed me when I had to recover from a blown planar. Plus, having to have a whole second system around (the HMC) for managing LPARs is just bulls**t. My next front-line server will still be POWER/OpenPOWER (probably POWER9 or POWER10 if Raptor can figure out the secret sauce with OMI), but it will be BSD.

          Getting back on topic, we had a system very similar to the OP's back in the day (in fact, it *might* have been a 220, but definitely that form factor) which was a workstation and ran AIX 3.2.5. Not too performant, but did what it needed to do. Its name was rover.
          I use my C128 because I am an ornery, stubborn, retro grouch. -- Bob Masse
          Various projects and oddities: http://oldvcr.blogspot.com/
          Machine room: http://www.floodgap.com/etc/machines.html

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            #6
            Ok, got it slightly cleaned up and turned on.. Good lord that monitor is a pain.
            The hard drive has failed and when it's disconnected, it tries floppy, then ethernet boot.
            I'm guessing boot media for these things are unavailable? Can it read a 1.44? I thought I saw somewhere it takes a 2.88 floppy.

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              #7
              I've found media here...

              https://fsck.technology/software/IBM...oppy%20Images/


              But I have NO idea which one will be a boot floppy....
              I have a greaseweazle to write out images, but I still don't know if the floppy on the machine is working.

              Anyone have an idea of which floppy image to start with?

              Thanks.

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                #8
                If I recall correctly from decades ago, BOS is something like "base OS". You might start with 5750-ACG_BOS_01.img to see if that one is bootable.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by dabone View Post
                  I just acquired a IBM Powerstation 220 with a 6091 19 Monitor last night, and I have no clue about this thing. I haven't even powered it up yet.

                  I'm guessing it's rare, since I'm not finding much on google about this thing.

                  I'm looking for a disassembly guide or service manual, since I don't want to break anything tearing it apart to clean it.

                  I think this came from a former IBM employee, since I got other things in the lot that include a RS6000 Presentation script with a ton of sales slides. and other older IBM equipment including a monitor with a Property of IBM badge.
                  7011-220 RS/6000 PDFs are here:
                  http://ps-2.kev009.com/rs6000/manuals/

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