I think there is a bit more to the story. My memory is that there were several factors involved. AS/400 sales were higher than projected, memory didn't come on line as fast as expected, and certainly no where near memory production to keep pace with needs, and like others have said, the Operating System just didn't perform as expected. There were some awful penalties in performance if one deleted files then created files which was a typical Sys/36 technique and Query/400 just didn't know how to find the right logicals so it was always building new ones. But my understanding is that the skimpy memory was required because there just wasn't enough to go around. It was attempt to balance shipments against customer unrest. Please respond to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com Sent by: firstname.lastname@example.org To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com cc: Subject: Re: AS/400 trivia questions Jim Langston wrote: > > You've got to be joking me? They supplied a machine with not enough memory to > run the OS? Yepppp. Engineers threw it over the wall, and early ships only had 4mb , if you didn't order extra.. There were MANY problems with this, and most folks were GIVEN 4mb extra, after a great deal of howling.... IT would come up, but that's about it.... Remember... most early 400's were to replace S/36's, so 4 meg was quite a chunk(Who knew ???).... Just for the record.. 8mb remained the base memory for almost all machines up till the first RISC box 9402-400.... Larger boxes came with more but 8mb was the standard for thousands of machines..... +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: email@example.com +---
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