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A previous employer has asked me to come by and see if I can resurrect a computer which has failed since I left -- 8 years ago.

The computer in question is a HP 9000 rp2430, HP part A6889A (A Class rackmount).

However, I cannot find hardware documentation on this unit on the HP site, nor on -- and my Google-fu is weak, since I can't find anything through there either.

Does anyone have a link to documentation on such an old beast?

I'm hoping HP has a site like Sun's site ( which lists current and EOL systems, along with links to whatever documentation was last available for them.

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HP's archive of no longer supported hardware:

In my case, the A-Class documentation is here:

...I knew that asking the question would mean I'd find the answer on my own five minutes later.

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Is that document (rp24xx_customer.pdf) what you're looking for?

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It is indeed helpful -- not the specific information I was looking for, but better than some. – David Mackintosh Jun 25 '09 at 3:34

You should check HP Product Bulletin for current and obsoloted products.

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the source for informations on HP9000 series, other than what HP tells you, is OpenPA.

There you go:

It will be able to run HP-UX (but look for licensing issues, IIRC the o.s. license could not be reselled.

You should also be able to run Linux on that with all the recent bells and whistles. I regularly run and contribute to Gentoo Linux on PA-RISC, which you can even use to get light virtualization using linux-vserver. I run two C3600 and a J6750 with linux-2.6.3x and recent apache, postfix, spamassassin, mysql, etc... so they sure work :)

EDIT: feel free to contact me if you need further help in resurrecting that thing, I'll try to do what I can.

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We actually have it running OK, it is a system we purchased years ago that had the fan tray die. Thanks for the link, it will definitely go in my toolkit. – David Mackintosh Jul 16 '10 at 15:11

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