ROLM PhoneMail System Info?

From: Paul Thompson <>
Date: Thu Jul 6 16:26:17 2000

I ones I have seen/worked on have a 486 or pentium processor, and standard
ISA slots. I believe the hard drive is SCSI although I have not seen one
of these apart in several years. If yours is particularly ancient
(Rolm/Siemens) these might not apply. I believe the ISA standardizations
might have taken place after Rolm was accquired by IBM although everything
was still sold under the Rolm brandname.

The O/S and channel interfaces to the switch are proprietary. There is a
SA login which gives access to the nuts and bolts of the operating system.
Most customers do not have that password but rather one which allows them
to configure voicemail accounts.


On Thu, 6 Jul 2000, Bill Richman wrote:

> I have been offered an IBM/ROLM phone mail system. I'm curious if
> it's something standard that's been put into use as a phone mail
> system, or if it's some weird proprietary thing. It's about 4 feet
> high, and about 4' x 3' or so. It runs on 220VAC at what appears to
> be many amps. Inside (the parts I could see - it's still in use at
> the moment) were several cards in slots, a physically large hard
> drive, a monster power supply, a tape drive, and some other bits.
> What I could see was:
> Priam P/N 330352 hard drive
> ROLM 40311 Phone Mail System
> Voice Compression I/O Card
> 8 Channel Voice Card
> AP 4MB RAM 41508
> System Processor II 41002
> Unless it's to go to the junkyard, I need to let them know by Friday
> (tomorrow) sometime. The hard drive is making "bad bearing" noises,
> and the voice mail has started to "stutter". They found a newer box
> to replace it that's about the size of a bread box for less than a
> refurb hard drive would cost. I'm not sure what I'd do with it, but
> if it's got anything useful in it, I'd try to salvage it for someone
> else, if they can arrange shipping.
> Bill Richman
Received on Thu Jul 06 2000 - 16:26:17 BST

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