The Gateway Micro server was one of several extremely tiny servers marketed by several companies back at the turn of the century. Ok that turn of the century being 2001-2003. The Gateway is actually a Cobalt Qube 2 inside but runs a Gateway version of software. It was built around a 64-bit superscalar RISC controller and came in two versions the 100 and 200. The version pictured here is the 200 which shipped with 64 MB of DRAM and a 20 GB ultra ATA hard drive.
In some ways the back of the micro server is actually the front since this is where you can control the server. Since it runs on custom Linux sw it does not need a monitor, keyboard or mouse attached to it in order to set it up. Basically you power on the Qube
and work your way through the setup menus on the built in LCD screen using the 6 buttons. Once you configure the IP address of the server the rest of the setup is accomplished from a network attached PC or Mac through a web browser.
Access to the internal components of the micro server is achieved by removing the four screws seen at the four corners of the rear of the Qube. There are two additional screws that need to be removed from the bottom to remove the plastic base, then you slip off the top cover to reveal an internal metal box. Break the security tape and remove two more screws to gain access to the insides. I have not taken this Qube apart because it was purchased new in the box so I'm keeping it intact for now.
The Gateway came in the trademark Gateway 'bovine' box.
Once you open the box you find a smaller brown box containing the instruction manuals, a setup poster, AC adaptor, power cable, companion CD, modem and ethernet cables. Below this padded with foam is the server.
The Cobalt version of this server does have a much cooler looking outer case and many collectors with the Gateway server have replaced their outer cases with the Cobalt case. I think I'll keep mine intact these might wind up being rare....
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