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#1 2015-06-14 06:27:56

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New arrival: Shiner ESB HE (Apple Network Server prototype) (thrashed)

This is nowhere near as nice as hap's ESB Shiner. Among other things, his actually gets to an Open Firmware prompt. Instead, this one came in contact with some sort of oxidizer (or was stored in a really moist environment), so many of the surfaces are rusty or tarnished, and to add injury to insult the PRAM battery exploded some time ago along with several of the caps. As a result the motherboard is a complete write off, and the FIGMENT-codenamed processor board is probably corroded beyond reasonable repair as well, but the GOOFUS-codenamed cache may be salvageable and the most important part -- the unique ESB ROMs -- appear intact. (Hap, the part code is AP2216-02 -- what does yours say?)

This machine also has asset tags from America Online (!) and appears to have been a production system. A sticker label on the front says "shiner AIX 4.x {IP address censored}". This is highly disappointing because I was really hoping it had the modified Mac OS for the ANS. The only system that may -- may -- have it thus is hap's, even though the ESB ROMs will let you boot it.

Like hap's, the backplate just says Shiner ESB HE, and there is no Apple Network Server insignia. There are also no keys, but the back was left unlocked. I can probably hotwire that. Someone tried to break into the front lock and wound up breaking the cylinder, but fortunately it's in the locked position with the door fully open, so I just have to deal with the rear lock.

When I clean this up, I'll post a couple pictures -- it is incredibly dirty. I'm also going to see if the 4GB hard drive spins up, and if it does, I'm going to plug it into stockholm and see if I can riffle AOL's files and determine what this machine used to do. Ultimately this is going to be a display piece but I'm toying with putting the ROMs into the spare 700 and seeing what it does with it.

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#2 2015-06-14 07:42:53

LCGuy
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Re: New arrival: Shiner ESB HE (Apple Network Server prototype) (thrashed)

It must be nice to have enough room for a "display piece" thats the size of a bar fridge lol

But on the other hand - I guess it can also double as a desk. (with a placemat!)

Either way, not a bad score...certainly will be interesting to see whats on the HDD, and if the ROM allows Mac OS booting.

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#3 2015-06-14 16:21:28

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Re: New arrival: Shiner ESB HE (Apple Network Server prototype) (thrashed)

With two you get end tables for your egg rolls  .  .  .

.  .  .  not really, but that was my dream back in the day. It's too bad they're not quite big enough for that. Before pics would be cool

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#4 2015-06-14 18:35:18

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Re: New arrival: Shiner ESB HE (Apple Network Server prototype) (thrashed)

jt wrote:

Before pics would be cool

I agree! I like the Before pics with all the... patina smile   I'm sure you'll do a great job with it... excited to see how it turns out.

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#5 2015-06-14 22:41:43

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Re: New arrival: Shiner ESB HE (Apple Network Server prototype) (thrashed)

OK, you asked for 'em.

front: http://www.floodgap.com/iv/2622
top (with AOL asset tag on bottom left): http://www.floodgap.com/iv/2623
rear (I need to reseat both doors): http://www.floodgap.com/iv/2624

and the gross one,
motherboard: http://www.floodgap.com/iv/2625

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#6 2015-06-14 23:03:42

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Re: New arrival: Shiner ESB HE (Apple Network Server prototype) (thrashed)

Oh dear. It's a crying shame that battery was situated at the very TOP; that dribble of ooze is disheartening. That being said, the outside looks pretty solid! I like the asset tag. I like how it's just kinda slapped on there with no OCD alignment.

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#7 2015-06-15 04:58:48

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Re: New arrival: Shiner ESB HE (Apple Network Server prototype) (thrashed)

Yeah, the outside will clean up okay. As for the inside, I'm thinking distilled water only. I really don't like lithium battery vomit.

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#8 2015-06-15 05:54:49

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Re: New arrival: Shiner ESB HE (Apple Network Server prototype) (thrashed)

I can't see the thread title and not think Empire Strikes Back.


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#9 2015-06-19 01:28:58

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Re: New arrival: Shiner ESB HE (Apple Network Server prototype) (thrashed)

Would be interesting if the hard drive contains the contents of the Connectix Macintosh Library...  ;-)

Anyway, cool score, even though a Maxell got to it.

-J


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#10 2015-07-02 18:59:05

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Re: New arrival: Shiner ESB HE (Apple Network Server prototype) (thrashed)

How's this monster working out? Any play time with it CHC?

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#11 2015-07-03 00:03:04

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Re: New arrival: Shiner ESB HE (Apple Network Server prototype) (thrashed)

Not yet. Master's degree and TenFourFox 38.

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#12 2015-10-24 02:36:56

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Re: New arrival: Shiner ESB HE (Apple Network Server prototype) (thrashed)

Still haven't gotten around to doing the physical restoration, but haplain sent me the hard disk from his Shiner ESB in the hopes it had the rare unobtainium Mac OS for ANS on it ... and it doesn't, it has AIX. sad

Since I had stockholm (my production ANS 500) out and running, I pulled the drive from this ESB to see what was on it and stuck it in stockholm too. Sadly, it appears this was part of a multi-drive volume group and only one of the disks was in the unit, so AIX could not import the rootvg. Would have been fun to riffle AOL's files though!

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