A Pair of ANS 700's, Plus Spare Parts

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I have a pair of recently retired Apple Network Server 700/200's and some spare parts that need to go. I posted this on the 68kmla list last week, and haven't had much response, and thought I'd post them here as well.

One of the machines was in use up until a few months ago, and the other has been sitting idle for a few years as a spare parts machine (although nothing was ever cannibalized from it.) I'm told it was working before it went into backup mode, but I've never personally seen it run and can't vouch for it's state of repair. Both machines are in very good cosmetic condition. Each machine also has its original accessories box, but I seriously doubt that the contents are complete. For spare parts, there is a logic board and a RAID card, still in their original Apple boxes & static bags. As far as I know, they have never been used. Both machines also have CD-ROM and tape drives installed. I'm not sure how much memory or hard drive space is in each, nor do I know enough about AIX to fire them up & find out. Given the environment they were originally purchased for (the newspaper) I'm guessing they've got a decent RAM complement.

These machines were originally owned and used by a newspaper, and when retired from there were donated to the church where I do volunteer support. The church office outgrew the one they used (they've moved on to a Windows domain -- ugh) and I really want to keep them out of the recycler's hands. One is sitting in my overly-cluttered garage (My wife keeps asking, "Why do you want to keep a computer that you don't use?"), and the other is in a storage room at the church (the operations director has been making threatening comments lately); I need to move these along. Soon.

If you're not familiar with the ANS700, the machines are beasts; they are the size of a small refrigerator and weigh a lot. They are built like tanks, and the way they are engineered is inspiring. So many neat little features; I'm surprised they didn't do better commercially back in the day. They only run AIX, but some have worked out ways to install Linux on them, and others have found that you can run Mac OS 8-9 if you first install the ROM and video card from a 9500.

You can read all the pertinent specs at EveryMac. and a Google search will lead to lots of links on them. Shiner.info is a good place for info on them, but the site doesn't look to be very active (I tried registering there to post them for sale in their forum, but my registration has been in limbo for over a month.)

I'm located in Sioux Falls, SD, and would prefer that someone pick them up -- I'll even drive an hour or two & meet up for a swap -- but I am open to shipping them. Just be prepared to pay for that shipping and the cost to pack them, cuz it's not gonna be easy or cheap. That said, I would like to get something for them, which will go back to the church for further computer-related purchases. So make a serious offer, remembering that your offer does not include shipping.

Someone on 68kmla asked what I'd consider a reasonable offer; these things are obscure enough that there's not much to go on for pricing. I'm thinking $50 or so, although I could probably net more if I parted them out & went to ebay. I'd much rather avoid ebay though, and much much rather pass along whole, working units than just parts.

Let me know if you'd like to see photos.

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Sold!

And hitting the road. Here are some snapshots of the beasts as they were being readied for shipment. Prepare to drool, all ye hardware geeks. Wink

I had a chance to inspect the machines one last time as I was packing them up, and was again impressed with the way the things were engineered. Brought just a tinge of seller's remorse, but they had to go. sigh.

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