Latest Threads

Forum Statistics
  • Forum posts:6,487
  • Forum threads:931
  • Members:510
  • Latest member:cluster-buster

Posted by: Intuition
02-05-2019, 03:02 PM
Forum: Art/CG/Rendering
- Replies (2)

Maya 6.5 in Irix - Part 2 -

In this tutorial we cover how to customize your Maya 6.5 in Irix with the 6.5 Bonus Tools kit that Includes the very useful Modeling Context Marking Menus system.

I cover how to install the bonus tools kit. How to customize your own Maya shelves and your own Maya Custom Marking menus and how to combine multple MEL commands in the script editor to create macro buttons.

Download Maya 6.5 Bonus Tools here.

Print this item

Posted by: necron2600
02-05-2019, 02:30 AM
Forum: Development/Porting
- Replies (1)

I would upload tarballs and binaries.. but there seems to be a max 1MB attachment size.

Open Red Alert v462 compiles on IRIX and runs.  We are able to play (as an alpha quality) Command and Conquer Red Alert natively.  
This is old and unmaintained code... but it works with SDL 1.2 and relatively little dependencies as more modern variations seem to have. 


Patch for IRIX (basically subpar hacks/workarounds.. I just wanted to see it work)

.txt openredalertpatch.txt Size: 6.78 KB  Downloads: 26

I compiled it with GCC3..  I did not try GCC4 or MIPSpro.   

This works with the RA Demo easily found online, as well as with full RedAlert files.  
I believe RedAlert CD's/ISOs were made freeware by EA Games some time ago. 

The first missions of both allied and soviet are impossible to play.  Skip them by pressing F9.  
The game seems to be a bit on the hard side, or maybe its just that I am quite bad at playing it.  
The first in-game video has static sound, but the next video and future videos play fine. 
The game is not so stable and may crash at different moments in the game (not that often).  
Instead of saving .. you can use F9 to skip to the level you left off.

Print this item

Posted by: Raion
02-04-2019, 08:53 PM
Forum: Emulation
- Replies (2)

Contrary to the way my previous statements have been interpreted I've had discussions with MooglyGuy, one of the main MAME-SGI devs and I've come to see his point. Not only do we have the same goals of preservation in mind but he also underlines the importance that emulation is complementary, not a replacement, for the real thing. 

So while this emulation forum has not had any posts I do encourage people to discuss it. I realize my previous statements on emulation could be interpreted as devaluing or demotivating.

That hasn't been my intent. My concerns about emulation supremacists/trolling are entirely separate and can be dealt with as it comes.

Print this item

Posted by: blacksmith
02-04-2019, 01:33 PM
Forum: IRIX/Software
- Replies (1)

I've installed yesterday Firefox 3 on Tezro and O2. On both of them the drop down menus are transparent. Is this normal, or I screwed something up?

Print this item

Posted by: Raion
02-04-2019, 05:03 AM
Forum: Site Discussion
- No Replies

Good evening!

The new Wiki is ready to go and has replaced the Mediawiki install. It's based on Dokuwiki. Please feel free to create an account. I am still fleshing it out, but the pace of doing so has slowed. 

As far as the fate of the old wiki, I'm proud to announce the old wiki in its entirety is available for download:

I have deleted the password columns from the db. 

Please let me know if you have article requests. Most of these are /far/ from final versions.

Print this item

Posted by: Raion
02-03-2019, 11:53 PM
Forum: irisware
- No Replies

Development of irisware has slowed in part due to my lack of skills in perl to write a decent bootstrap. 

I'm proceeding with writing the entire bootstrap in shell, which is going to be slow, because I want to ensure that this project continues currying interest.

Along with the bootstrap replacing the system shells and Perl with updated versions, it also handles:

Adding getopt_long(); - I am porting this from NetBSD and going to supply it in a header file. 
Adding useful programs like snarf (http/ftp-only version of wget that's statically linked), ncftp (which allows many extras over the standard ftp program)
Applying env variables automatically to all installed user accounts (for those interested in dev)}

The main reason why is to standardize the environment of which irisware is developed and used on as Nekoware had a serious all-over-the-place quality, with some packages running well and others like rubbish, and the build procedures varying widely. 

Combined with my attempts to break down techpubs and the neko wiki into more easily digestible info on the new-wiki, this will hopefully facilitate things.

Allow me to also address some common questions I got on the discord:

1. Have you tested replacing the default shells?
Yes, my Tezro has mksh as ksh/sh, and the latest tcsh for csh and tcsh. 
2. Why replace the default Perl?
So we aren't constrained by what /bin/perl on IRIX offers. 
3. Why do you not want people to use gld/gas (binutils)?
There's outstanding bugs related to GNU as that were never fixed before binutils and GCC dropped IRIX support. 
GNU ld produces larger binaries that are more wasteful of memory due to binutils not having good grasps on the IRIX memory and DSO layout. The fact that it results regularly in stack alignment (bus errors) and other stability issues is proof enough that the benefits of gnu ld do not outweigh the drawbacks.

That being said, the LLVM utils will be welcomed if someone gets them working, or if someone wants to try porting the gold linker to IRIX. 

I also don't have an issue with people using GCC. But please do not try and submit ports that only work with binutils. Unless you've exhaustively cleared the test suite and proven the app stable, it's not likely to make it to tier1 distribution.

Print this item

Posted by: JacquesT
02-03-2019, 05:36 PM
Forum: IRIX/Software
- Replies (2)

My XMMS install throws up loads of errors in console. I've tried symlinkig .so.5 but it asks for a specific SGI version? Any ideas?

Print this item

Posted by: Raion
02-02-2019, 09:47 PM
Forum: Site Discussion
- Replies (2)

I've added a git repo for those who want to copy the contents for themselves and to allow collaboration

I have a few rules with pull requests:

  • Do not delete content from the root archive without approval
  • Keep assets to a minimum and don't needlessly duplicate content.
  • Apocrypha modifications must be approved by me directly.
Other than that, have fun.

Print this item

Posted by: Raion
02-01-2019, 07:40 PM
Forum: Development/Porting
- Replies (6)

Alongside my continued efforts to move us to Dokuwiki I'm working on documenting a lot of what wasn't ever touched on in Nekochan. This includes development topics. It's my goal to turn the development techpubs, old nekochan posts, and info on the old nekochan wiki into something standardized.

I don't want people to shy away from MIPSPro and native tools because they aren't well documented. I want to ensure that these tools can continue to be used where applicable for obvious reasons.

If you have specific topics you want covered, I'd like to try and see what I can do to make that a reality.

Print this item

Posted by: vladio
02-01-2019, 06:01 PM
Forum: Hardware/Triage/Repair
- No Replies

I'm going to try to address an issue with my Onyx2 rack - The IR unit shows the yellow "High" temp led and runs the large blower at the top on high all the time. This isn't a critical issue but I really enjoy fixing things so I think I'm going to see what I can do, not to mention it sounds a bit louder than a new GE GEnx turbofan when it's running. I swapped the MSC's on it and still get "High" on the IR, just thought I'd take that element out of the equation as it's a simple swap. In my research I saw that there's a few causes for the "High" trigger; obviously high temperatures - my computer room stays cool in the winter and it shows High at start up, A bad fan somewhere can cause the trigger for High (I'm thinking this is the cause) and possibly a sensor. I'm going to pull the PSU cover tonight and check the internal fans, not sure how much I can see without pulling the top PSU.

Just curious if anyone's been able to address this issue and offer up some advice.

Thanks in advance!

Print this item