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  Octane power on music?
Posted by: Infiltratr - 10-13-2018, 03:37 AM - Forum: Hardware/Triage/Repair - Replies (4)

Are octanes meant to play power on music?  All of mine seem fine in Irix, playing sound and everything through the monitors' speakers but I have never heard any power on music?

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  location of IRIX demo discs
Posted by: Infiltratr - 10-13-2018, 03:34 AM - Forum: IRIX/Software - Replies (4)

Does anyone have a link to the the Irix demo discs out there?

It's the last thing I need for my set.

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  Got a Tezro
Posted by: BackPlaner - 10-13-2018, 12:39 AM - Forum: SGI Discussion - Replies (31)

After years of dicking around I finally bit the bullet and bought that cheaper one without a hard drive on eBay. Kind of a roll of the dice but we'll see when it gets here in about 10 days. Hopefully beyond the missing hard drive there won't be too much it needs.
(fingers crossed)

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  The IRIS Crimson in Jurassic Park had 4 CPU's!!!???
Posted by: Irinikus - 10-12-2018, 09:12 PM - Forum: SGI Discussion - Replies (3)

I was watching Jurassic Park this evening and spotted this:


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It appears that the IRIS Crimson in the movie was actually an Onyx in disguise!

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  Uh oh, Kuba's in da house
Posted by: kubatyszko - 10-12-2018, 01:51 PM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (2)

Hi y'all, kubatyszko here, usually known as the creator of SGI Fuel ATX power supply adapters.
Just saying hi, missing nekochan and still don't understand why it's not coming back (since nekonoko promised to be back within a few months once he sorts out the GDPR worries).
Glad somebody decided to run another forum.

Cheers.

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  New user checking in
Posted by: mamorim01 - 10-11-2018, 10:37 PM - Forum: Beginners' Questions/Tips - Replies (10)

Greetings everyone,

I have been reading the forums for some time, I meant to register earlier on shortly after nekochan's demise, but things kept getting in the way. I own a few SGI units which I have been gathering over the years, and I am slowly bringing them back to service. Most of them were non functional at the time I procured them, missing or dead hard drives, some of them had minor issues of some kind such as the Indigo2 that crossed Europe inside a cardboard box with no padding (sad face, plastic bits all over the place). Two units are practically restored (an Octane and the Indigo2) and a third one is getting there (an old and humble Indy). If anyone is interested, I would be happy to post pictures and hinv outputs.

I do have a quick couple of questions which I hope someone can possibly share some light into.

- I have been having some issues with the hard drive in the Octane, which was shipped with the unit with a clean 6.5 install. I managed to reset the root password through miniroot (booting from DINA) and the system is practically functional although there is a bit of trashing and non-responsiveness at times. Running xfs_check shows a bunch of errors which I would like to repair, if possible. Running xfs_repair requires the drive to be unmounted so, seeing as I do not have access to a CD-ROM, my only chance seems to be running xfs_repair through a miniroot from DINA. This does not appear to work, as I seem to be unable to unmount anything from miniroot (ie, /dev/root: device busy or /dev/dsk/dks0d....: device busy). I get the exact same errors as if I had booted from the main drive instead. Short of pulling the drive from the unit and mounting it in other computer as second drive, is there an easy way to run xfs_repair in the Octane so as to fix the hard drive?

- As for the other question, the Indigo2 (teal color) was originally fitted with a GR2-XZ graphics card, and it is running 6.5.22. I eventually managed to find an Elan card for a very reasonable price and went on to install it in parallel with the XZ hoping to be able to run a dual head configuration at some stage (I moved the XZ card to the originally empty slot, and installed the Elan card in the slot which was originally occupied by the XZ card). Would this kind of configuration possibly work? The system detects both graphics cards but I am unable to get any video out of one of the cards. I have not attempted a reinstall of the OS, in case it might matter, which I think it could.

Thank you all for reading this and for carrying the torch, it is great to have a repository of information for these machines. I keep a close eye on your efforts to port more software and bring development tools up to date. I sure hope I could do something along those lines, but my expertise is very far from having meaningful coding skills. Hope I can eventually provide something in return nonetheless.

Cheers!

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  Are there any other "Pen Nut's" on this forum?
Posted by: Irinikus - 10-11-2018, 03:19 PM - Forum: Off-Topic - No Replies

I made these video's for "The Fountain Pen Network forum", as I'm also very into pens.

I just thought that I'd post them here, for anyone else on this forum who might also be into pens.


Here's a review that I carried out on my Montblanc Airbus A380 Skeleton Fountain Pen:

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  LTO 2 drive
Posted by: Infiltratr - 10-11-2018, 01:01 PM - Forum: Hardware/Triage/Repair - Replies (2)

I have an old external SCSI LTO2 drive here.  I have plugged it in but to does not seem to recognize.

Can an LTO2 drive work on IRIX??

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  Octane PROM upgrade
Posted by: Infiltratr - 10-11-2018, 12:49 PM - Forum: Hardware/Triage/Repair - Replies (2)

I'm not sure on how to upgrade the PROM on my Octanes

I have found the following to upgrade the O2 so I think it will be similar

/sbin/flashinst -T -y /usr/cpu/firmware/ip32prom.image

however, when I look in that directory I find /usr/cpu/firmware/ip30prom.bin

Should I run
/sbin/flashinst -T -y /usr/cpu/firmware/ip30prom.bin 

from my 6.5.30 installed system or do I need to locate an ip30prom.image somewhere on my 6.5.30 cd's?

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  The Cray-3
Posted by: Irinikus - 10-10-2018, 09:40 PM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (2)

Here's a video, where I give an overview of the Cray-3 Super Computer and discuss the structure of a Cray-3 ECL module.

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