IBM Mainframe

Sean Caron scaron at
Sat May 2 14:36:39 CDT 2015

What a great score, and it sounds like practically new in crate as well!
Congratulations and enjoy! Someone with a complete system made a series of
Youtube videos of the entire IPL sequence and I have watched them many
times to great enjoyment ... For me, it will just have to be Hercules doing
the job, for now ... :O Looking forward to pictures!



On Sat, May 2, 2015 at 3:25 PM, Guy Sotomayor <ggs at> wrote:

> Surprisingly little.  ;-)  However, given that they don't support the
> 64-bit mode, IBM was pretty
> aggressive about moving people to the new z series so the value of these
> systems dropped
> pretty quickly.
> TTFN - Guy
> On 5/2/15 12:19 PM, wulfman wrote:
>> what did you pay for a new machine ?
>> On 5/2/2015 12:06 PM, Guy Sotomayor wrote:
>>> I just received my first IBM mainframe.  It's an IBM Multiprise 3000
>>> model 7060-H30.  It's a a P/390 class machine.  It has 6 18GB drives
>>> and 3 9 GB drives.  I'll be posting some pictures on my website soon.
>>> Getting it home was interesting since the freight companies can't made
>>> the drive from the main roads to my house (curse of living out in the
>>> country) so I had to run down to the shipping depot (about 60 miles
>>> away) and have them load up the pallet into the bed of my pickup truck
>>> which meant getting it out without a forklift was going to be
>>> interesting!  It wasn't until I got home that I realized that it was
>>> packed in the original crate from IBM!  It even had the original
>>> uncrating instructions stuffed into the crate...which wasn't
>>> particularly useful!
>>> Overall it appears to be in really good shape.  There were also a
>>> number of other "goodies" in the crate including some new in the bag
>>> bus-and-tag cables.
>>> It'll be a bit before I can power it up and see what's there because I
>>> have to find an SVGA monitor and a PS/2 keyboard and mouse.
>>> TTFN - Guy

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