The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby liqmat » 2018-10-24 @ 00:44

bjwil1991 wrote:I had that SCSI RAID card that was in a Dell PowerEdge 6300 server, and I used it in my K6/2-300 system until I killed the card when I was updating the BIOS (never do that). I still have the RAM and the battery pack.

I wonder if somehow I could dump the BIOS for you and you could reflash?
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby luckybob » 2018-10-24 @ 01:10

You would likely need to remove the flash chip located to the right of the Nvram block. Has a "0132" on the sticker.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-10-24 @ 02:22

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bjwil1991 wrote:I had that SCSI RAID card that was in a Dell PowerEdge 6300 server, and I used it in my K6/2-300 system until I killed the card when I was updating the BIOS (never do that). I still have the RAM and the battery pack.

I wonder if somehow I could dump the BIOS for you and you could reflash?

The cards went to the big computer part in the sky sadly. And this was years ago (2013-2014).
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby liqmat » 2018-10-29 @ 21:11

Will be peeking inside these tonight from the haul. There is a tad bit of surface rust on the bottom of the cases, but nothing breaching the metal. Luckily there are quite a few boxed caster wheels for these cases in the lot so I will be using those.

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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby luckybob » 2018-10-29 @ 21:48

All those scsi drives make my lady parts tremble.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-10-29 @ 21:56

Ah, SCSI hard drives. The sound of 10K-15K RPM drive waking your whole household and neighbors. I have 3 Seagate 73.4GB 15K Ultra SCSI 320 and 2 Compaq/Fujitsu 18.4GB(?) 10K Ultra SCSI 160 drives that I pulled from the PowerEdge 6300 server (still have them and they've been in storage for years now). I remember doing a RAID5 on all 5 drives in case one of the drives stopped working, at least it'll retain the data on the other 4 drives.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby luckybob » 2018-10-29 @ 22:20

Side note, those drives in the 3rd chassis are perfect for old compact macs.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby xjas » 2018-10-29 @ 22:23

Interesting CD-ROMs up there. I squinted at the one on the right for a while trying to figure out it it was a Panasonic CR-563, but it looks like it's just a close design. I'm guessing it's a SCSI drive anyway; I assume there's no sound card in the system to hang a 563 off.

Those cases look WAY smaller with the doors open so you can see the size of the drive bays. :P Closed up they look like full-on server racks. How tall are they?
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby liqmat » 2018-10-29 @ 23:05

They are 27in tall and 18in deep.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby liqmat » 2018-10-30 @ 01:38

So from left to right.

1.) Pentium 100
2.) Pentium Pro 200
3.) Pentium 100
4.) Pentium Pro 200
5.) Dual Pentium Pro 200

Most have SCSI CD-ROM drives and basic Trident ISA video cards.

Lots of SCSI drives of course.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-10-30 @ 01:53

*whistles in appreciation* Noooooooiiiiiiiice!
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby liqmat » 2018-10-30 @ 02:24

I think these were used as basic file servers from the company they came from.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby kixs » 2018-10-30 @ 06:51

Very nice cases and setups :D
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby chinny22 » 2018-11-01 @ 16:33

liqmat wrote:I think these were used as basic file servers from the company they came from.


Have you fired them up? I'm thinking you'll need ear plugs with all those drives going at once!
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby liqmat » 2018-11-03 @ 00:16

liqmat wrote:Mmmmm... minty fresh! Found this in a box.

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Sadly I get nothing but screen garbage (random colored ASCII characters) all over the screen at post. I then gave it a good scrub with alcohol and a soft bristle toothbrush. It then posted normally, but after a few more reboots it went back to screen garbage again.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby luckybob » 2018-11-03 @ 00:18

Could be the vlb slot itself...
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby liqmat » 2018-11-03 @ 00:48

No sir, tried all three slots and all the Cirrus Logic and Trident VLB video cards work like a charm on the same mobo.

Welp, tried everything. Off to Luckybob's Labs for analysis.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-11-03 @ 13:53

Could be dried out capacitors, or a cold joint somewhere, but, that's just my $0.02
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby liqmat » 2018-11-03 @ 14:09

bjwil1991 wrote:Could be dried out capacitors, or a cold joint somewhere, but, that's just my $0.02

I agree with you, but this card has such tiny capacitors that even with my nice solder station I don't trust myself in the world of tiny soldering. I can do the larger caps all day long, but my hands aren't steady enough for the tiny ones.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby mmx23 » 2018-11-03 @ 20:33

Luckybob you are a very lucky man to grab all of those wonders. I love P Pro too.
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