Subject: 3 spare PowerPC cards
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From: Gan Uesli Starling <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 11/23/2001 08:23:40
I usually hang out on netbsd-help and port-i386, but...
I just came into posession of three PPC cards. I got them for free from
work. I had scheduled an upgrade to one of our MTS 497 tower units. I
asked the tech how much MTS was crediting us for them on trade-in, he
said "nothing". So I said, in that case, leave them here. My boss said
that I could have them, do whatever I liked with them. Here are the
PPC 603E 8MB, copyright Motorolla 1994, 84-W8066F01B FAB REV A
01-W3066F 01E with daughter board 01-W3114F 01B
PPC 604 8MB, copyright Motorolla 1994, 84-W8066F01B FAB REV A
01-W3066F 01E with daughter board 01-W3171F 03D
PPC 604 8MB, copyright Motorolla 1998, 84-W8366F01B FAB REV A
1-W3066F 01A with daughter board 01-W3171F 03F
All three are the kind you slide into card cages. The machine they came
out of cost my company over $100K. I don't figure they're really all that
worthless. So I took them home and here they sit.
Is there anything NetBSD-ish that can be done with these beasts? Anybody
care to maybe swap for them? Buy them? Or even just plain beg them away
from me for some noble NetBSD-ish purpose?
I know for a fact that the worked up until the instant the tech pulled
all three of them out of the machine I was using the morning he came for
the upgrade. The upgrade was hardware related to software we wanted to
buy. MTS sold them as a package...all or nothing. Kind of a rip-off.
If nobody can think of a truly noble NetBSD-ish use, then I guess I'll be
hunting up a salvage place to sell them to. I turned a tidy profit the last
time a company I worked for insisted on throwing old boards away. But really,
I'd rather see them go to some noble purpose.