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Thank you for your kind words!Thank you for posting these servers!!! I hate seeing equipment like this thrown away (there's a guy in CA on reddit homelabsales with some Dell 2850s and 1750s that's needing to just get rid of them and everyone there tells him to throw them away even though they look brand new aside from some dust). People don't realize how ungodly expensive this equipment was back in its day. Hell, even my DL380 g5 from just a decade ago msrp'd at over $7000! And this is a regular plain-jane server that wasn't top of the line or anything. That Dell 6600 had to cost north of $30k at the time. Lovely rack and setup! Thank you for sharing!
Thank you, I had bought it from said university nearly a decade ago, and ironically enough, it did have Compaq Alpha equipment within it - good memory!Nice rack. Those were used for the Compaq Alpha line of server equipment. I have quite a few at work we just recently tossed, and still have several in service racked up with the matching Alpha DS10's, DS20E's, quorum disk arrays, RAID arrays, etc. Next year we are finally replacing our last production Alpha's. Luckily I grabbed some before scrapping this past go-around of upgrade replacements.
I keep forgetting how expensive top of the line new processors cost...ah the great thing about picking up old stuff, lol.Thank you for your kind words!
You are right, those servers were insanely expensive, and the Intel Xeon MP 3.0GHz CPUs in them cost around $3600 each back in Q1 2004 - glad they aren't anywhere near that now.
Ouch, those poor Dell 2850s and 1750s deserve better, and new life can easily be breathed into them for a modest cost.
The PowerEdge 6600 was apparently used as a phone and voice system from the mid-2000s to up until a few years ago, and shockingly, there was almost no dust at all in the unit, and the fans were totally clean.
At the university I worked for back in the 2000s, we had a PowerEdge 6600 that hosted our website, help desk ticket system, print sharing, and file sharing over a SAN via 2Gbps fiber.
It was a joy to work on and maintain, so being able to find one in such mint condition, and being able to do real production work on it again over 15 years later, was a real treat.
Nice, those DL380 units were, and still are, tanks and have held up extremely well over the years - I'm glad you still have yours!
Thank you, I had bought it from said university nearly a decade ago, and ironically enough, it did have Compaq Alpha equipment within it - good memory!
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to purchase any of that equipment, but getting the 42U rack for $75 was a great deal.
Nice, I'm glad you were able to get some of that gear as well before it is phased out completely.
I'm impressed that all of that equipment has been in service this whole time, and is still running.
When most individuals think of Compaq, they always remember their desktops and laptops from the late 1990s and 2000s, which admittedly weren't that great.
However, their desktops and laptops from the 1980s were rock-solid (and are some of the first clone IBM PCs), and their server and enterprise equipment was absolutely amazing, both in reliability and longevity.
It will be sad to see the rest of those Alpha systems finally be retired, but perhaps you can get your hands on a few more of them before they reach their final destination.
No particular reason to suspect it. But for me, horizontal output transistors and the circuit that drives them have always been a source of grief.
I cannot get the front to budge at all, even when using a spudger to get between the case and front panel.Does the front panel pop off?
Some of those older 90s desktop cases had front panels that could pop off and reveal more screws or inserts, which when removed allows the surrounding frame covering to be removed or pushed forward.
Nothing underneath but feet.Looks like an upside down baby AT case, what does the bottom look like. Also is that a switch on the front next to the floppy drive?
Oooohhhoohhh I really like that front! Ugh!Found a pic of the case with the door on it, not much else yet
So what goodies did you find in your computer treasure vault?
Well hopefully you didnt find an exploded and leaking varta battery.....pretty common on that era of boards.
Looks like battery is starting to leak though, see some green fluff on the bottom along with that brown goo.
I was surprised it didn't look worse. It's why I initially missed it.I have yet to see a varta battery that wasnt leaking in an old system, they are always a ticking time bomb