First, before anyone gets in a snit over how I got myself into this
situation, let me just say at the outset, "I'm cheap and I'm lazy." Now
that this is clear to everyone, I can begin.
I've been running a small association membership database on a Model C04
with 960MB of DASD ever since the C04 was considered a good starter machine
(I hear that muffled laughter and I'm going to ignore it).
I stopped upgrading the operating system at V2R2 because it was running fine
and if it ain't broke...well, what's to fix? (Was that a*of astonishment
from the V4R4 crowd?)
I've got V2R3 tapes sitting in their original plastic, having never been
installed. (I know, it's blasphemous. But be honest now. Who among you have
ever been e*d to sit through an OS upgrade?)
I backup my data nightly (I may be lazy, but I'm not stupid), to a third
party 2GB quarter inch tape drive, which I had replaced several years ago
when its controller died. Unfortunately, I have recently learned that the
replacement will not read or write to the old 120MB 1/4 inch tapes! I reads
and writes the 2GB Magnus tapes just fine, but chokes on the older format.
I suspect this is due to its emulating a 6346 (not supported on a C04) while
the AS400 thinks it is talking to a 6341.
We just completed the Y2K update of our Association Management software,
having first had to transfer all the files from the 120MB tapes used by my
software vendor to the 2GB tapes my machine can read (a friendly CE at IBM
did this for me for free, by the way).
But all this is just background. Here's the problem:
After 10 years of operation, I'm finally running out of DASD. So I've
finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a new box. I'm looking at a new
Model 170 and moving up to V4. That means a CISC to RISC conversion. In
order to even begin to contemplate this move, however, I've been told I need
to be at V2R3 or better to run the upgrade assistant software and to do the
According to IBM's records, I am licensed for V3R1, but I've never seen the
software. I've also been told that IBM no longer supports such ancient
versions of the OS so a "media refresh" is not available.
My question is this: Is there any place on God's green earth where they
store these older versions of the OS and licensed programs? A place where
an old reprobate can go to repent of his sloth and parsimony and find
salvation in glorious, though obsolete, V3R1 (preferably on 2GB tapes, but
I'll settle for 120MB tapes)?
As always, I am humbled in the presence of those who do this for a living.
Your grateful petitioner,