The SUN Microsystems V880z

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Re: The SUN Microsystems V880z

Post by Irinikus » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:34 pm

I am willing to give it a try to install Solaris 10 via serial console, but will only have time to tackle it on the weekend.

I got the following with the machine, as it's a brand new machine so it therefore came with all of it's paperwork:

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It has the IP address and Hostid for the machine

I will just need a step by step set of instructions, as this is the first SUN machine that I've ever played with.

I see that you mentioned setting up the frame buffer manually, just note that I don't have the correct cable available to me at the moment to hook the graphics card up to my monitor. (I only have an SGI 13w3 to VGA cable and it doesn't work with this system.)
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Re: The SUN Microsystems V880z

Post by Irinikus » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:11 am

Besides the two 13w3 outputs, the XVR-4000 has an s-video output as well, but I'm not sure if it outputs to s-video without having to apply settings in Solaris, so I've just emailed WildeFire Systems to ask if its not possible for me to make use of an s-video to VGA adapter until I get the proper cable from them next month.
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I will report on their reply. (I'm not going to go out and buy the adapter unless I know for sure that it will work.)

EDIT:

I've chosen to wait until I get the required 13w3 to DVI cable

Does anyone by any chance know what the exact difference between SUN and SGI 13w3 cables is?
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Re: The SUN Microsystems V880z

Post by jpstewart » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:50 am

Irinikus wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:11 am
Does anyone by any chance know what the exact difference between SUN and SGI 13w3 cables is?
The wikipedia article on DB13W3 has a chart showing the two. The uses for the 10 small pins are vastly different.
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Re: The SUN Microsystems V880z

Post by Irinikus » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:11 am

Thanks very much, now it’s pretty obvious as to why it’s not working!
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Re: The SUN Microsystems V880z

Post by Jammaster » Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:36 pm

XVR-4000 is a real good 3D pipe with one of the best antialiasing on the earth ( ;-) ) ...
I would love to upgrade my v880 to a "Z".
A XVR-4000 is impossible mission at fair price ^_^,

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Re: The SUN Microsystems V880z

Post by Fascia » Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:47 pm

How does the noise compare to a Tezro once booted up?
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Re: The SUN Microsystems V880z

Post by Irinikus » Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:18 am

I haven’t installed Solaris on it yet, as I’m still waiting to get the necessary SUN 13w3 to DVI cable to connect it up to my monitor.

Apparently it quiets down once Solaris has booted, but at the moment, it’s many times louder than the Tezro. (I fact, it’s probably loud enough to wake the neighbors:))
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Re: The SUN Microsystems V880z

Post by Irinikus » Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:30 am

Jammaster wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:36 pm
XVR-4000 is a real good 3D pipe with one of the best antialiasing on the earth ( ;-) ) ...
I would love to upgrade my v880 to a "Z".
A XVR-4000 is impossible mission at fair price ^_^,
My XVR-4000 set me back £1000 excluding shipping and taxes, which seemed rather reasonable at the time, considering how rare they are.

The V880, which was new in box was £1650, excluding shipping and taxes. (This beast cost me £750 to be shipped from the UK to South Africa!)

WildFire Systems in the UK does have an XVR-4000 in stock at the moment, but I don’t know what they want for it though, as they told me, when I ordered mine from them, that there were only three of these cards available to them world wide, and that the next cheapest one would have been £1450 cost price to them. (So they would obviously sell it for more.)

So, as you can see, I’ve spent quite a large sum of money on this machine, and therefore absolutely have to get it up and running!
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Re: The SUN Microsystems V880z

Post by Jammaster » Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:49 am

Yep ... It's appreciable to see a different branded system than SGI with a killer 3D subsystem.
And the XVR-4000 was a real beast sadly unknown :-(

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Re: The SUN Microsystems V880z

Post by Jammaster » Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:50 am

...And nothing about it on youtube ...So bad :'(

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