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Nicky_5
Regular Advisor

Hardware Upgrade possible?

Hi,

I have an HP machine, all specification i have given below:
i need to add additiona ram, swap, hard disk and increase processor speed of this machine. Is this possible? How can i find out how much further is my machine upgradable?


# uname -a
HP-UX delphi B.11.11 U 9000/889 1204842361 unlimited-user license
# model
9000/889/K460
#

it currently has the following:
Number of CPU :4 (0,1,2,3)
CPU Type : K460 2.0 PA8000
CPU Speed : 180 MHz
Swap Space: 1 GB
Memory : 2.8GB
Kernel Type: 64 bit
DISKS:
c1t3d0 (4194157 Kbytes)
c1t4d0 (4194157 Kbytes)
c1t6d0 (4194157 Kbytes)
c2t3d0 (4194157 Kbytes)
c2t4d0 (4194157 Kbytes)
c2t5d0 (4194157 Kbytes)
c2t6d0 (17783240 Kbytes)
c3t3d0 (4194157 Kbytes)
c3t4d0 (4194157 Kbytes)
c3t5d0 (4194157 Kbytes)
c3t6d0 (4194157 Kbytes)

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Pete Randall
Outstanding Contributor

Re: Hardware Upgrade possible?

The 180MHz PA8000 was the top of the line for the k460 - no way to upgrade it as is since you've already got the maximum of 4 installed. It might be possible to upgrade it to a k570 or k580, though.


Pete

Pete
Nicky_5
Regular Advisor

Re: Hardware Upgrade possible?

Hi,

Thankyou for your response.
when you say:
"It might be possible to upgrade it to a k570 or k580, though."
Do u mean replace the machine or replace some part with the upgrared one?

Also with this new machine (k570, k580) what are the cpu speeds and other capacities?
TwoProc
Honored Contributor

Re: Hardware Upgrade possible?

That family of machines went up to 2.40 GHz, you should be able to find parts on the used market inexpensively to cover the upgrade as per Pete's previous post (is that what PPP stands for? ). :-)
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Pete Randall
Outstanding Contributor

Re: Hardware Upgrade possible?

You used to be able to purcase an upgrade for the k460 that would swap out the mother board and CPU's. You'll need to look on the used market to see if anybody can come up with such a thing.


Pete

Pete
Nicky_5
Regular Advisor

Re: Hardware Upgrade possible?

Hi All,

Thanks for your replies. Thansk Pete.

I also found the following pdf (in case it is helpfule for someone reading this post:

http://docs.hp.com/en/A3687-90001/A3687-90001.pdf
Pete Randall
Outstanding Contributor

Re: Hardware Upgrade possible?

Nicky,

I don't know how expensive this would be but you should keep in mind that this upgrade would only go from 180MHz to 240MHz - not much of a gain, so you'll need to weigh that against the cost. It might be cheaper and easier to just buy a different machine on the used market.


Pete

Pete
Patrick Wallek
Honored Contributor

Re: Hardware Upgrade possible?

You would be much much better off looking at getting a whole new machine. You could find a L-series machine (rp54xx) that has much faster cpus less than $10,000.

The K series, while good machines, are limited in the upgrades now available, and they are getting expensive to support.

I got an e-mail from a company this week that is offereing an L2000 with 2 x 550MHz CPUs, 2 x 18GB disks and 2 GB RAM for $5,450.

That machine would thoroughly outperform the K.

If you are interested the company is:

http://www.elitecomputersolutions.com
Nicky_5
Regular Advisor

Re: Hardware Upgrade possible?

Hi All,
Thanks again.
All this info is very helpful, i will put this forware to my management, and lets see what they decide...
I doubt that we will upgrade...
Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: Hardware Upgrade possible?

May I suggest some cost benefit analysis.

Patrick's links (I get it too) will happily give you the price for an upgrade, which is probably not a good idea, since the K class is approaching end of life.

Then on the same spreadsheet, show the investment in an rp5450 server.

This machine will cost less to fix, has a three year warranty, and will cost a lot less to put on a hardware contract than a K class.

Our cost savings on going from D to rp5450 servers paid the entire capital expense in four years(last year is projected savings).

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TwoProc
Honored Contributor

Re: Hardware Upgrade possible?

I agree with the recommendation just to get a cheap L-class box. They can be found for dirt cheap ( I didn't name names b/c I figured it wasn't a good thing to do, but apparently it's OK). Also check out 360 Technologies (www.360tech.com), Black River Computers(www.blackriver.com) for competitive prices.

Also a newer box will allow you not only speed - but better options to run your system - faster SCSI cards (and disks), Fabric SAN (not just quickloop), GigE copper and 1G Lan Fiber cards, and so forth.
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Jesse Dougherty
Honored Contributor

Re: Hardware Upgrade possible?

Hi Nicky, the maximum that you can get the K460 up to with CPU, memory, and internal disk as follows:

4 x 180Mhz CPUs
8GB Memory (16 x 512Mb kits)
720GB Internal disk (4 x 180GB drives)

Let me know if that helps or if you need prices to match

Jesse
Cypress Tech
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