Evans & Sutherland Y2K scrapyard heads-up

From: Aaron Christopher Finney <A_Finney_at_wfi-inc.com>
Date: Mon Dec 21 22:57:32 1998

On Mon, 21 Dec 1998, Scott Ware wrote:

> Here is another small addition to the list of interesting machines that
> may be scrapyard-bound as January 1, 2000 approaches.
> Evans & Sutherland have recently sent a letter to the owners of ESV
> workstations indicating that these systems will suffer catastrophic
> failure (i.e, will refuse to boot) after January 1, 2000 due to a Y2K
> problem with the system's NVRAM. The ESV is a quite nice UNIX-based 3D
> graphics workstation, and many of these systems are still in use running
> specialized software (such as the 'O' molecular modeling package). E&S
> indicate that the Y2K problems with the older VAX-tethered graphics
> terminals are all in the "nuisance" category, but the warning message is
> certain to send many of these machines that remain to the scrapyard, as
> well.
> SGI also does not certify any of their systems with 68K, R2000, or
> R3000 processors to be Y2K compliant, presumably because they cannot
> run IRIX 6.5. Watch your local scrap dealer for IRIS 2000/3000, 4D
> series, and Indigo R3000 systems. -- Scott Ware
> ware_at_xtal.pharm.nwu.edu

Hopefully, there will be a bunch of Sun 3's too...according to their web
site, there's no Y2K support for them at all...
Received on Mon Dec 21 1998 - 22:57:32 GMT

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