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I have my eye on a cheap server to play with (it'd be my first "real" server that's not homemade) and I found a cheap IBM Netfinity 4000R Web Server.

Its one of those that need to have a weird IBM console cable to operate as there's no ps2 ports and no video output.


My questions are, is there anything limiting me from just plugging in a PCI video card and then using some USB keyboards and mice instead of buying the pricy adapters?

Is there anything limiting me from installing any OS?


Thanks.
     
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While I don't know the answer to your question, I am curious as to how much you are planning to pay for that. It seems to be a fairly only server (circa-2005) and seems like it would be a pain since it's proprietary in I/O ports. If you have ~$300 for a server, go to ebay and get a Dell C1100.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Poweredge-C1100-1U-2X-XEON-QC-L5520-2-26GHZ-NO-HDD-24GB-DDR3-Tested-/261199263261?pt=COMP_EN_Servers&hash=item3cd0b0761d

You can make a bid and probably get it as low as $275, maybe less if you are lucky. I love these things!
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While I don't know the answer to your question, I am curious as to how much you are planning to pay for that. It seems to be a fairly only server (circa-2005) and seems like it would be a pain since it's proprietary in I/O ports. If you have ~$300 for a server, go to ebay and get a Dell C1100.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Poweredge-C1100-1U-2X-XEON-QC-L5520-2-26GHZ-NO-HDD-24GB-DDR3-Tested-/261199263261?pt=COMP_EN_Servers&hash=item3cd0b0761d

You can make a bid and probably get it as low as $275, maybe less if you are lucky. I love these things!

This is $25 with shipping and if nobody else bids i can get it for $.99 and 15 shipping.

After doing some searching online it doesn't look good, seems like the usb's wont work for keyboard and the bios is not set to use PCI graphics by default. Not looking good at all.
     
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How did you make out?

We just tossed out about 40 of these at work. We're in a huge virtualize mode now.
    
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How did you make out?

We just tossed out about 40 of these at work. We're in a huge virtualize mode now.

I ended up not buying it becasue I found out they absolutely NEED a rare IBM console KVM cable thing to be able to use it.

This is because the USB's are too old to use USB keyboard or something like that and also the bios is set to use the weird cable video and not boot pci video.

And the cables are very rare, they go for like $100 on the internet and the cheapest on ebay was one listing for $45 which I was not going to pay for to use an old dual P3 server.
     
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