How to Determine the Processor Type of an AS/400


The IBM AS/400 computer system debuted in 1988. The AS/400 machine family, which IBM subsequently renamed the iSeries, is controlled by the OS/400 operating system. Within it, there is a table of data that IBM refers to as "system values." These include such information as system security level, maximum number of failed sign-in attempts, model number, serial number and processor type. If you need to determine this information, it is relatively easy to retrieve, provided you have a working knowledge of the OS/400 operating system and the OS/400 command structure.

  • Sign on to the system by entering your user profile and password. The "MAIN" menu will be displayed.

  • On the command line, type "WRKSYSVAL *ALL" and press "Enter." The system values will be displayed.

  • Scroll to the system value "QMODEL," and note it. Based upon the age and physical dimensions of the processor, it may read 9401, 9402, 9404 or 9406. This value represents the model number or machine type of the processor.

  • Continue scrolling until you reach the "QPRCFEAT" system value. This represents the three-character feature code IBM has assigned to the machine. Make a note of this value as well.

  • Continue scrolling until you reach the "QSERIAL" system value. This represents the five-digit serial number IBM has assigned to your specific AS/400 system. Note it as well. When the values are combined, they will read as machine type, serial number and processor feature code. An example would be written as 940X-YYYYY-ZZZ.

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