IBM Mainframe

Mike Ross tmfdmike at
Sat May 2 14:37:13 CDT 2015

Well, you know they use  a custom OS/2-based front end, much like a
'real' mainframe SE/HMC? That thing is an absolute nightmare of arcane
IBM complexity; that's where all my problems were, no way no how could
I get the damn CPU to initialise... good luck, unless you have a
running box freshly switched off (which mine was supposed to be!)
you'll need it!

On Sat, May 2, 2015 at 3:28 PM, Guy Sotomayor <ggs at> wrote:
> Yes it was!  I'm getting another one as soon as Will makes his trip out
> West.  I had intended
> for this one as spares.
> Great!  My concern has been getting S/W for them.  I don't know what's on
> them (yet).
> TTFN - Guy
> On 5/2/15 12:25 PM, Mike Ross wrote:
>> Oh was this the one on epay last week? I nearly went for that myself! I
>> have two (one for spares) but major issues getting it operational. I do
>> have pretty complete docs and software, so we should probably stay in
>> touch!
>> Mike
>> On 2 May 2015 3:06 pm, "Guy Sotomayor" <ggs at> 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

'No greater love hath a man than he lay down his life for his brother.
Not for millions, not for glory, not for fame.
For one person, in the dark, where no one will ever know or see.'

More information about the cctech mailing list