• Subject: Re: OS/400 even on the machine(give me a break)
  • From: dhandy@xxxxxxxxxxx (Douglas Handy)
  • Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 12:07:55 -0400

James,

>If the machine fired up, it has OS/400 

Actually, until the IPL got to the C9xx 2xxx stage after helping the
second disk drive to start, I don't think OS/400 was even involved.  I
think it was just microcode, etc.  (But now I'm pretty sure OS/400 is
still intact since it made it thru the C9xx 2xxx series on a normal
IPL.)

The microcode and stuff is not considered part of OS/400; it is
considered part of the hardware layer.  That is why you can't get
MFxxxx PTF's in the same manner as SFxxxx PTF's.  

The power-on tests etc do not need OS/400 installed.  I did want to
use DST to reconfigure the dasd but I don't think that is something
they would pay me a visit for.  (Brokers must do it all the time.)

>and if you did not pay for it you
>will be visited by a bunch of suits on Holloween and it will truly be
>"fright night" <g>

But first you'll probably get the system password verification screen
since the machine sat powered off for quite awhile.  You can get this
for a variety of reasons, such as changing the processor or serial
number.  Another is sitting idle too long since the assumption is that
a business would not leave it off for xx days straight. The system
password was added in V2R3, and this is one of the reasons.

As I explained to Larry, I'm not going to use this box; I have a RISC
system.  But I do want to verify its condition prior to reselling it
or features from it.

Doug
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