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dictum9
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A400 hardware questions

I have a A400 server, product ID A6109B. I need:

1) An internal hard drive, 36GB.

2) Terminal for this machine so I can boot it up, set the IP address, etc and then network it.

3) Keyboard.

4) Mouse.

5) HP-UX 11x, are there any versions which are best for it?

Where do I find the product IDs for the above so I can order them?
Thank you in advance.
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Deoncia Grayson_1
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Re: A400 hardware questions

I hope this helps:

http://www.openpa.net/systems/crescendo.html#os
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Steven E. Protter
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Re: A400 hardware questions

HP-UX 11i v1 will certainly work. If its a 64 bit processor 11i v2 might also be a good option.

For more info:

http://docs.hp.com/en/hw.html#A-Class%20Server

Also:
http://partsufer.hp.com

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Steven E. Protter
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Re: A400 hardware questions

Sorry, bad link.

http://docs.hp.com/en/hw.html#HP%209000%20rp2400%20Server%20%28A400%20and%20A500%29

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marie-noelle jeanson_1
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Re: A400 hardware questions

Hi,

The internal disk drive 36GB would be A6145A (but no longer orderable).
HP 700/96 Console terminal: C1099A (but secure web console can be used instead, to manage over the web, however no longer orderable).
Not sure you can order any of these any more as the product is no longer available for sale.

This server is supported with 11.0 or 11i v1 (11.11).

Marie-Noelle
dictum9
Super Advisor

Re: A400 hardware questions


Also:

Can I use a regular PC monitor?

What's the product ID of the keyboard/mouse?

Patrick Wallek
Honored Contributor

Re: A400 hardware questions

You would be much better off looking for a used 700/96, or similar, terminal to use with this machine.

As far as I know this machine did not come with a video card by default and there are NOT any keyboard or mouse ports on this machine and not any USB plugs either.

These aren't like PC's.

dictum9
Super Advisor

Re: A400 hardware questions


If there are no keyboard/mouse ports on this machine, how do I set the IP address when I boot it up?

Is a keyboard attached to the 700/96 terminal? That would be fine, I only need to access it once to set the networking information.
Jesse Dougherty
Honored Contributor

Re: A400 hardware questions

Hi, below is some pricing for the A400 items that your looking for:

1) 36GB Seagate Hot Plug 10k Ultra SCSI Low Profile Disk Drive..$170.00
2) C1002G 700/94 Terminal with Console cable to connect to the A400.. $175.00
3) Keyboard (C3340A) comes with the 700/94 console
4) Mouse - cant use a mouse on the A400 / no graphics options
5) the most common HP-UX for this box is 10.20, 11.00, & 11i - Try HP or ebay for the opp sys

You can find most of this hardware at any HP 9000 reseller, its very common.

hope this helps
Jesse
dictum9
Super Advisor

Re: A400 hardware questions

A few more questions:

I found a retailer who has this hard drive. Do I also need a CD-ROM to install 11x on it, or can I tell them to pre-install it?
Will it work pre-installed or will it have issues seeing some hardware?

Also, will any SCSI CDROM drive work with this A400 machine or must I get an HP product?
Jesse Dougherty
Honored Contributor

Re: A400 hardware questions

if there an HP re-seller, I would tell them to pre-install the HP-UX via an A400, they should be able to do that. I have only used HP branded CD-ROM's on HP system so I'm not sure if a third party will work.. if you have the pin-outs correct, I would assume it would work.
dictum9
Super Advisor

Re: A400 hardware questions

Would HP-590280-A0 External SCSI CD Rom Drive work?

Jesse Dougherty
Honored Contributor

Re: A400 hardware questions

I don't know that CD drive but if you can connect it to the A400's Ultra SCSI port, I would think it would work. What I would do is just go and get the recommended DVD drive, cable, and terminator for that box...

1. C4314A Desk-top NSE DVD ROM
1. C2957A (2m), C2904A (1m), or C2955A (.5m) SCSI 50-pin high density to high density SCSI cable
1. C2904A terminator
dictum9
Super Advisor

Re: A400 hardware questions

1) 36GB Seagate Hot Plug 10k Ultra SCSI Low Profile Disk Drive..$170.00
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I was quoted $450 for this drive from one HP vendor, is that really too much? I cannot find it anywhere else however. Do you have a source for your quote, as it's attractive price.

Also, I would need a SCSI CD-ROM drive in case I need to re-install the OS.
dictum9
Super Advisor

Re: A400 hardware questions

Do I really need the DVD capabilities?
I just need to install it - once, maybe reinstall it if I need to. Older style CDROM would be just fine.
Jesse Dougherty
Honored Contributor

Re: A400 hardware questions

click the link and look under the A class add-ons for the disk drives:

http://www.cypress-tech.com/Specials.htm


you really don't need the DVD capabilities but there is no option for the CD-ROM that interfaces with the A400, that I can find in my book... you can try any external CD ROM, if it works great, if not just get the DVD ROM thats recommended.
dictum9
Super Advisor

Re: A400 hardware questions

External CDROM is just fine.

Now that web site lists the hard drive in the category of

"3000/N Class Servers Disks "

Are you sure it would work with A400?
dictum9
Super Advisor

Re: A400 hardware questions

OK, just saw the right entry:
3000/A Class Servers Disks

I will call them and ensure that this hard drive can indeed work with what I have. Thank you.
Jesse Dougherty
Honored Contributor

Re: A400 hardware questions

Under the 3000/N, you will see the 3000/A which is the same hardware architecture as the HP 9000/A class boxes and yes it they will work with your A400 HP-UX box