|Jefro: very useful link, thanks :) I'll rummage through there looking for anything relevant to me a bit later on.|
Indeed, the number is correct, if you mean the model number. From what I've been able to determine the 56 had a 486, but the 56SX had a 386SX. Win95 detects this machine as having a 486...but judging from the pin count on the CPU (with integrated heatsink stuck on top) it looks like a 386 to me.
I'll try the IBM forums...certainly worth a shot.
AIX? Quickly googled it and it looks like a unix-based OS. As far as I can tell that OS is designed for PPC which would make it incompatible, wouldn't it?
DAVE, I went fishing on the hard drive and it seems the folder on C: for the SMC drivers HAS ADF FILES IN IT! I'll throw them on a floppy, boot to the reference disk and insert this as prompted, and see where it goes. Definitely keeping that folder backed up; it might be impossible to ever get back if I lose it.
This machine has, oddly enough, 3 RAM slots, one of which is occupied. It currently has 4MB RAM. I think I read that some PS/2s have RAM integrated onboard...not sure if this one does or not. I guess the test would be taking out the current RAM and seeing what happens.
I do, somewhere, have some of those ugly IBM 4mb sticks which I believe are parity and non-EDO...the ones with the two giant chips on one side, perhaps you'll know what I mean.
Correct on the BIOS point also; I used FDISK to view partitions and there is only the one, taking up 100%. It seems though an image of the "Reference Diskette" is stored in ROM/NVRAM somewhere because if I adjust hardware config it will boot to it, with no disk in the drive.
OtheHill, I did read somewhere about the speed being rather specific; hopefully whatever I have will work in it.
I'll post back about my adventures in proprietary world, bahahaha.
As an aside, a couple years ago I volunteered for a place that was building up older P1-P2 systems out of a pile of assorted junk for donation to low income families. I had significantly lower tech knowledge (and appreciation for it as a hobby). One particularly memorable system had these "very long expansion slots" with cards with "big blue plastic ends"...which would be MCA bus. It was a model of PS/2, with a black case. I tore out the hard drive and floppy drive (floppy is proprietary, it turns out), and then junked the computer. Now, after a couple years of having them tucked away on a shelf, the hard drive is in one of my Macs and the floppy drive replaced the dead one in my new PS/2.