ROLM PhoneMail System Info?

From: Bill Richman <>
Date: Sun Jul 9 20:28:19 2000

On Thu, 6 Jul 2000 16:26:17 -0500 (CDT), Paul Thompson
<> wrote:

>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.

Actually, our "new" one (which is apparently a pretty old design, and a used
box) is a bunch of PC hardware (386 motherboard, PS/2 style floppy, SCSI
hard drive, and some ISA cards, all in a custom cabinet about the size of a
large microwave oven). The phone tech showed me around inside it and told
me that the current models are built around a completely standard tower PC
chassis. As for the old box... I pulled out several large (~24" square)
cards full of Z-80's, PIOs, EPROMS, A/D & D/A converters, and piles of TTL
chips, six large 110VAC muffin fans, and several large diodes and a 63,000
ufd, 75v capacitor from the power supply. I kept the hard drive too,
although I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it. The rest went to the
metal scrappers.

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