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I was an IBM CSR in Taiwan. Here’s my story why I fixed an AS/400 with water...
One day in 2000, there's a powerful typhoon hit the area, one of my clients had an AS/400 (9402-200) was totally flooded in the company basement. They sent the machine back to headquarter and called IBM at the next day.
As the account CSR, I went there shortly, but I was really astonished by what I was seeing, cause not just the appearance but also inside the machine was full of sticky mud.
The first step that I could think about to "FIX" it was to "wash" it with "water". I then moved it outside and grabbed a hose to wash it and began to disassemble all the FRUs. After that, all the components were put on the computer room floor to get air-dry for one week.
I went back again on the following week; I found all the hard drives still contain water inside, so I decided to replace all of them, when the new hard drives came I proceeded to assemble the machine back to what it was. Then the important moment came, we prayed and plugged the power, how amazing it was! The panel light was on and was operational, I selected 01 D M and put an micro code tape into the tape driver to install micro code to load source....and finally I saw the DST menu....IBM AS/400 is a super machine....and I probably am the only person in the world who ever washed AS/400 with WATER...
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