3com 3station

From: Pat Finnegan <pat_at_purdueriots.com>
Date: Fri Jan 11 09:21:25 2002

On Fri, 11 Jan 2002 jeff.kaneko_at_juno.com wrote:

> There were two version of the 3Station; the main differences
> being Video and maximum memory size. It seems like there were

By looking at mine, I can tell it uses a VGA monitor, and has 1M of RAM
(upgradable to 5M with SIMMs I have laying around here). Oh yeah, it
looks to be a 20MHz 80286 also.

> I still have a copy of 3+Share (and 3+Start) around here
> someplace . . .

That would be nice if you could find it. However, I won't hold my breath
for it. After attempting to hook an old floppy drive up to it's 34pin
connector, I realized it was definately designed for something else (one
orientation froze the box, the other shorted out the power supply :-( )

I'm hoping to take some time and figure out the 'expansion connector'. If
I'm lucky, maybe it's something close to ISA? At any rate, the ROM BIOS
is a rather standard version, and socketed. If all else fails, I'll try
to burn my own BIOS onto an EPROM/Flash or 2 so I can excercize its bus or
use the 'netboot' project to download a copy of Minix onto it :) .

> That remark about the 3Server needing constant attention
> was right on the mark. I lost quite a few nights sleep
> maintaining one of these beasties (my first SYSADMIN job).
> I could almost run the diags in my sleep after awhile.
> The backup system almost never worked.

I'll take that into consideration. Thanks for the help!

-- Pat

> Jeff
Received on Fri Jan 11 2002 - 09:21:25 GMT

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