Jason T wrote:
Well I finally got the IBM - mine is a 6151/115. Not
sure what the
last digits signify. Original hard drive? I didn't think it's like
IBM to put the hard drive size on the faceplate like that.
IBM's standard way of marking machines is Type-Model. XXXX-XXX
The -XXX will tell you about its original configuration. CPU, memory,
For example, an IBM 2007-AD1 (the machine I'm typing this on), is a
ThinkPad T60p with a/b/g wireless, 2GB RAM, 100GB 7200RPM SATA disk,
bluetooth, no fingerprint reader and ATI Mobility FireGL V5200 graphics.
Knowing just the type and model is enough to tell me all I need to
look *all* of that up.
Usually, the first digit of the model is a major revision, and the last
two refer to a specific configuration.
I have my doubts as to whether a drive as large as 115MB would have been
a common default factory configuration on that machine.
Keyboard connector - definitely odd. Fortunately the
'board itself is
a regular Model M, which made replacing the keys damaged in shipping
easy. Unfortunately the cable is not modular on the keyboard end, so
I'll have to make sure to keep it out of range of the cats :)
The mouse looks like a strange connector, too. Unfortunately I got no
mouse with the system :(
I wouldn't worry about it, if you don't have a Megapixel card and
monitor. If you do, then it would be worth it to get a mouse.
Don't know how much RAM I've got. How can I
tell? The system doesn't
turn the display on until AIX is booting, so if there's a POST screen
I can't see it.
There's nothing there to see. IBM workstation posts didn't display
anything on the screen until *very* recently.
As everyone noted, it is *heavy*! I'm used to
heavy workstations from
the mid-80s (Sun 3, SGI and the like) but this one tops the list, at
least in my collection.
Welcome to the world of IBM, with plastics heavier than steel.
There is what looks like the standard IBM 37-pin
connector on one of the cards. Is that what it is? Or maybe for a
tape drive? If it's the latter I may even have a drive for it...
I can't help you there. I doubt any third-party tape drive would be
All in all an interesting historical footnote machine.
I booted it
and played Hunt the Wumpus on it last night, so I'm happy with it. :)
I don't know if I'd call it a footnote, since it led directly to RS/6000.
It also had a Stallion 16-port RS-232 card in it, with
which I removed so as not to damage the cabling going to the box.
Cool as it is, it's unlikely I will ever use more than one external
serial device on this box, if any. Can anyone make use of this kit?
I'd be happy to trade it for just about anything - help getting a copy
of the O/S for this machine would be ideal. I believe these are all
ISA slots, so perhaps it will work on a PC also? Here's a pic of the
I'd be interested in that card, cable and box. Email me. We might be
able to come to an arrangement.