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  If you want to help advance the understanding of micro channel in it's many guises, send me copies of documentation, files, and parts. 

Documentation, files or parts
Where can I find ??? on your site?
Trouble with a PS/2?
Image Submissions for the Ardent Tool (Yes, YOU can scan like the pros!)

USN Rapacious Refueling. The world's only nuclear powered attack server.

The eBay PS/2 MCA Rosetta Stone
Microchannel Redemption (how did a clone-box bent youth find salvation?) 
Links (Mirrors, other PS/2 sites, reference, etc) 
   Linux SCSI Driver by Michael Lang
US Patent Office Search Page
Itronix stuff
PS/2 FAQ (oops, I forgot) 

Unsorted File Stash (good things, so-so things)

External Enclosures
   3510 External SCSI Enclosure 
   3511 Not yet
   3514 High Availability External Disk Array
      Ortho RAID-5, 8 drives, 3 PSUs
   3513 External PCMCIA HDD (Working)
   3550 Expansion Unit (8551 and TP7x0)

POS Systems "Index" 4683

51xx Series   5140 5155  

IBM 51xx PC Family Computers  (and 4860!)
   Minuszerodegrees.net Lots of stuff 

IBM Multistation Family Pre PS/55

Japanese PS/55 Systems  PS/55 Systems

RT Systems  6152 Stuff (RT, 516x Series)
  6150 / 6151 (Chaotic!)
  AIX 2.1 Documents
  6152 / Crossbow / AOS 4.3 Documents

Industrial Systems Types 75xx
   Industrial Computers (75xx series)
   IBM 586 SBC (7563, 7581, 7587, 7588)

Personal System/2 Types 85xx, 95xx
PS/2 Systems (85xx, 95xx systems) 
   Processor Complex Index
   P90 Complex Upgrade (Peter Wendt) 
   P90 Complex Technical Considerations

PC Servers Types 86xx
   PC Servers (195/295, 320, 500, 720)

   7x0T/TE  (700, 710, 730) 252x Series
   700 / 720 and 3550 Docking Stations
   3513 External PCMCIA Hard Disk Drive
   3541-00x Comm Cartridge I (N33, L40)
   3541 Comm Cartridge II (N51/CL57)
   PenPoint OS References

RS/6000 MOST

7694 Personal Science Laboratory

PS/2 Hardware Maintenance Manual
ThinkPad HMM, vol 1
L40, CL57, N45, N51, P7x, 710T, 3550
ThinkPad HMM, vol 2
700x, 720x
IBM Announcement Search (Classic)
Active IBM Networking FTP
IBM Library Server Library

Food of the Gods

Setup, Configuration, and Components
   System Components (memory, floppy, keyboard, errors)
      Keying On A Standard by Bob Smith
      Joystick Metrics 
      System Setup (POS for Adapters and System Board)  
      SCB – An Architecture for Micro Channel Bus Masters  
      Parallel Port 
      Serial Port    
      PS/2 Memory Errata  (Loading SIMMs, >16MB, >64MB, ECC and FPM)

        The Micro Channel versus the AT Bus original HERE 
         System Bus or System Bottleneck? 
         The Evolution of ESDI 
         How PC/XT/AT Cards Can Prohibit Interrupt Sharing  

   Troubleshooting Errors  
      Dead System, Beep, CP, and POST Codes [General, SCSI, SCSI Diag, I999nnn]

   Interrupt 15h Index [From David Beem]

  IBM FRU - OPT - MKT - MFR P/Ns - differences (not a list!)

   Setup and Configuration (Create refdisk, add adfs, system level stuff) 
   Quick 'n Dirty System Programs (Running the Refdisk) 
   Utilities (Loaddskf, Savedskf, Customizer, Teleget, IDMCA, REFSTAMP) 

   CMOS Batteries!!! (By Bob Eager) 
   Reworking the DS1287 RTC (thanks to Peter Wendt!)

   Complex Identification and Refdisk Matrix [tired of hiding it!]
   Complex Sub Model Code Matrix [the Matrix reloaded]
   Complex FCC ID, Release Dates, Announcement Letters  

   Complex Complexities [comparison of 90, 95, and 95A planar ADFs]
   Complex Capabilities
   MCA Data Transfers [10 / 20 / 40 / 80 / 160 MB/s modes]
   MCA Features (Streaming, Address and Data Parity, Synchronous Exception Signaling
   MCA Benefits (Adapter mounting and grounding)

MCA Adapters
   CPU (Upgrades, accelerator cards) 
   Communications (Modem, Multiport, Portmaster) 
   Storage (tape, IDE/ESDI/MFM, CDROM) 
   IBM Hard Drives 
   SCSI (adapters, RAID) 
   Gamecard (Quatech, Suncom)
      CH Products Gamecard III Plus and Automatic
   Memory Adapters
   Intel Aboveboard MC
   Networking (NICs, cables, stuff)
   Printer (Lasermaster, Optra R+, Scitex) 
   Store Loop
      Store Loop Errors

Reference Material
   PS/2 Books (HMR, HMS in *.boo format) 
   ServerGuide 2.00 Books (*.INF format, viewers for DOS / W9x / NT, even Win7!!!) 
   PS/2 RETAIN Tips (*.boo, viewers for DOS, Win, OS2)
   PS/2 Reference Manuals (PDF by Peter Wendt)
   PS/2 References that Peter does NOT have
   AIX for PS/2 (version 1.3.x) 
   EPRM  Electronic Pocket Reference Manual 

   Solaris 2.6 on MCA
      Setting Up OS/2 Peer-to-Peer Networking & Coexistence of Warp & NT Machines 
   Interactive Token Ring Troubleshooter (not pretty, but complete) 
   Allen-Bradley 1784-KT2

Radisys EXM Bus 
   Radisys EXM Bus Modules (EXM and FDM)
   Radisys EPC-2x CPU Modules (21, 22, 23, 24, 25?, 26, 26A, 27)

3com 3500 Corebuilder

3com 3C35004 System Processor

3com 3C35210 100base TX Module

3com 3C35410 FDDI MMF Module

3com NETBuilder II NETBuilder II
NETBuilder II
Netbuilder FDDI Module
Netbuilder II CEC Console Port

3com SuperStack II Switch 2000 TR 
  Unfortunately, "TR-in-FE", where TR is encapsulated in FE. No bridging occurs.

CISCO 3640

Cisco 3640 Multiservice Platform

NM-CE-BP-40G-K9 Content Engine Network Module

NM-1FE1R2W 1FE, 1TR, 2 WIC Network Modules

DEC VN Switch 900EX

3172 Interconnect Controller

Needham's Programmers 
PB-10 Programmer  
EMP-20 Programmer 
EMP-11 Programmer 

Needham's EMP 1.7 Software - [29.3 MB]  thx to Tomáš Slavotínek
   If your NT4 SP6a system complains about not installing EMP 1.7 on less than W2K, and refuses to install MSI version 2 [charming!], just download this archive, create a directory [EMP_17] and dump the extracted sub-dirs and files into it. Create a shortcut to EMP.EXE, put it on the desktop. Works just fine!

EBC Company Universal Socket Adapters  

Bytek BUV-3B / ME-24 Ultraviolet Multiprom Eraser 


UMAX VISTA S8 [includes all VISTA series scanners]

   RS/6000 Stuff (70xx, 72xx Series) 
   RS/6000 Books (mostly PDF, with some BOO) 
   Windows NT IBM Ultimedia Audio Adapter Driver (copy of ryanalswede.com) 
   SSA adapters
7006 Workstation
7009 Compact Server
7011 Powerstation

SCSI-2 I/O Controller (Type 4-4)  
FDDI Single Ring Adapter (Type 2-6)  

   5494 (enhanced uselessness?) 
      Twinaxial Adapter/A
   5494 Messages
   5494 Setup

Network Station
   LTSP on NetVista Model 8364 TUS (from Free Geek Michiana

ALR MCA Systems [files only, HERE]  System names preceded with planar ADF #.
   8211H "PowerPro/MC SMP/DMP"
   8210H "PowerPro/MC"
   8087H "Power Cache 4"
   7515H "MPS II"
   7511H "MPS"
   7340H "MicroFlex 3300"


Olivetti  [thanks to Moussa and WBST] 
   M6 540 Page 
   Pitiful collection of all Olivetti files    

   Reply Planar Files
   Reply System Specs
   8525 Powerboard
   8555 Turboboard
   8570 Turboboard
   8580 Powerboard

Tandy 5000MC  (250-6000)

Wells American 
   CompuStar 100   Object lesson in trying to put one over on IBM  

   If you don't see your adapter, send me a note


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   Peter Wendt 

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