The System/34 is on wheels. You do need to lock the hard drive heads
if there's a hard drive. To do this: slide a coin or screwdriver
into the little slots on the sides of the machine to open the panels.
Once you've found the hard drive, there is one variety I can help
you with. In this one, there is a metal box to the right of the
motor, spindle, etc. On one side of this box is a single screw
which you have to remove. This will allow you to swing the metal box
out of the way on its hinges. Once done, you will find a white
plastic wheel on the bottom edge of the drive. TUrn it all the way
in the direction that it will turn. THere should be directions on the
metal box as well.
plus some manuals and tapes. Everything is supposed
to be in working
order- they upgraded and pulled the plug.
1. How much do these things weigh? The computer person there
2000 lb. for the 34, 1000 lb. for the 36, 700 lb. on
the printers and
lb. on the tape drives. Does that sound about right?
The weights are about right. A good loading dock or a good forklift is
2. How possible is partial dismantling for transport? I didn't get
tear into them to look. Loading access is fairly good
in the building
they are in, but unloading the 34 could be tricky. It would help if I
could lighten them up.
Genarally they are on wheels and are not taken apart to be moved. I
the configuation of the 34. It is possible it could be
parts, but looking at the model number I think it is
one piece.. I have
several of these systems and usually I rent a truck
with a railgate
liftgate on it. These have a larger deck and ride
matches the dock. Use a flat dock plate. If there is a
mismatch put a
sheet steel over the dock plate to reate a smooth
surface to roll on.
a little wire U shaped clip (bent at the bottom of the
U) that is used
the wheels from rolling. This can hold the unit still
untill you can
down. Remember there is lots of mass involved. It is
best to tie off
3. What needs to be done before moving? Head locking, moving or
anything, stuff like that.
At each corner near the wheels are leveling screws. these need to be
with a crescent wrench, all the way up.
Other less important stuff that I'm curious about:
4. What kind of interface does it have to the terminals?
5. What kind of power does it need? I'd assume 3 phase 220v.
It could be single phase.
6. How much computing power is this? Compared to a VAX 11/750, say.
7. How will these things tolerate living in an unheated building over
winter? I live in IL.
They should survive if you don't try to power them up. They want to be
Any other hints and tips would be greatly appreciated. I'd really
be able to move these machines without damage (to the
machines or me).
I went there today mainly as a recon mission, but they convinced me to
take home a Wang word processing system. The server is a model
and it has 4 terminals hooked up by RS336 (?) over
plus a laser printer. I think the printer weighs more
I got a bunch of cartridges for it, and some Canon
"because they're almost the same". I
If the Laser printer is an LDP-8 then
the Canon Carts should work. The
is a Canon SX I think.
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