The collected works of karbonKid

japes wrote:
indyman007 wrote: Just out of interest what is to the right? (Apart from the cat)

Nothing too special. IBM PS/2 Model 56slc. An IBM made 386/sx that isn't quite as bad as a regular Intel 386/sx. I'd actually like it gone... including the clicky Model M keyboard and old monitor.

Wha?!! You want to get rid of a Model M ???
I just noticed (maybe I'm a little slow) that Realsoft v7 has been released - something I've been looking forward to for a while. Only the Windows version is out as of now - I went to the website to see how far away the Linux port was, and look what I saw (emphasis mine)...

Versions for other platforms (Linux, SGI Irix , Mac OSX) will be released in the near future.

Can it be? A new Realsoft for IRIX :?:
Megatron-UK wrote:
skywriter wrote:
stuffy british accents!

It makes me cringe when I hear accents like that and realise that's what most people outside the British isles think we all sound like.....

He's putting it on, trying to sound 'posh' for the camera...
Been thinking of picking one of these up and using the case for a monster x86 system - looks to be nice and roomy and (inverted) ATX-compatible.
pentium wrote: You have a weird taste in style considering both cases are missing their fronts.
I'm also betting you money that there is no way you can fit an ATX PSU into that thing.

Heh.. I wouldn't leave it like that. I'd make a new front fascia. Also, I don't gamble, but I see what you mean. Nothing a little modding wouldn't fix, though.
Ah. OK, thanks :]
Deduplication sounds awesome. Can't wait...
I've got one. Just got the 1600sw, going to wall-mount it. The height-lock works perfectly but it does have the dreaded 'tilt' (although I think that's down to the screen, not the stand, right?). And shipping from the UK is probably too much to ask, but still, PM me if you're still interested after all that...
Hi guys,

Does anyone know what size/spec barrel connection is used on the MLA for 1600sw? I've got one without an adapter - I have a spare 12V 1A AC/DC adapter but just need to get the correct barrel so I can splice it on,,,
thanks. found the correct connector, now in posession of a working 1600sw setup :)
I just did (another) something really, really stupid....

I was running my 1600sw connected to a DVI port on a PC, via a PIXSolution adapter... Everything worked great...

Yesterday I was fiddling about inside the PC while it was on (stupid, I know...) and accidentally shorted something on the graphics card, killing the DVI out. Swapped in another graphics card and everything on the 1600sw was red... I really mean everything - what was supposed to be black was red and everything that wasn't supposed to be red was just a lighter shade of red. After a while the 1600sw started making a buzzing sound and the image appeared ghosted.

I have a multilink adapter aswell, so I tried that in analog mode - that seemed to work. This morning I connected the Multilink, without input connected, mashed a few buttons on it and it switched into 'diagnostic mode'. It showed all tests as 'passed' except "Backlight" and something along the lines of "Main Logic" - does the latter refer to the MLA itself or the 1600sw?

I plugged a (different) DVI cable into the MLA, powered up and got a reasonable output , until the resolution went above that of the PC's POST screen when all I got was graphical corruption... And still the 1600sw is buzzing.

So, I went from a working graphics card, 1600sw, Pix-link and MLA to a broken graphics card, maybe broken 1600sw, maybe broken MLA and broken Pix-Link. It's the last of those I'm most bothered about - the 1600sw is relatively more replaceable and the Pix-Link box I much prefer to SGI's bulky MLA. It seems to work properly aswell, all the scaling functions etc. - it's just this bloody (excuse the pun) redness. I've opened it up and nothing seems burnt, even poked around a bit with a multimeter, but it's seriously needle in haystack territory, and I know nothing about electronics :( .

Also, this wan't all as clumsy and neanderthal as it sounds - honest :?
Well I've got it working through the original graphics card, VGA through the multilink. DVI on the card is completely dead with no sign of visible damage. (EDIT: I did try another graphics card; that's how I'm aware of the problems on the Pix-Link). I'd still prefer to be using the Pix-Link though, just running around it with a multimeter and trying to test all the caps and resistors.

There's 2 EEPROMs on the board - one near the temp/backlight controls that I assume is used merely to save those settings, and one near the DVI connector - any idea what data that would hold? I might try sticking a blank EEPROM in that socket and see if that works as a 'reset'.

The main processing seems to be done by a Silicon Image Sil859CT100 chip, for which I can't seem to find a dastasheet. That in turn feeds into 2 National Semi DS90C383A LVDS transmitters (two I assume because they only support upto SXGA according to the datasheet). There's also a PIC onboard, along with what I assume is a JTAG connector to program it - I sure hope that isn't fried because I'm not going to be able to find firmware for it!

It seems that all pixels are stuck to 100% red - green and blue seem to work as normal because whites do appear as white. I'm hoping it's just a bad capacitor or resistor - I've checked the ones that lead to the R, G and B inputs of the LVDS chips and they seem fine but bear in mind this is with a bog-standard multimeter, not a capacitance meter, and that I didn't remove the caps from the board so it doesn't mean much.

Really would hate to lose the Pix-Link, it's a beautifully engineered bit of kit, down to the details. The way the layers of the PCB are numbered is simply brilliant.

EDIT: Oh, and thanks for your help guys. Is anyone here knowledgeable in electronics? If I upload some PCB pictures, would anyone be able to point me into the right direction as to which components the 'Red' signals are likely to be travelling through?

EDIT: Ah, found out from here that the Silicon Image chip may actually be purely for scaling -
coredog64 wrote:
Is 1A enough? The rated output on the OEMs is 3.3A.

Sure is - My MLA is rated for 500mA input.
hamei wrote:
I believe the PixLink guy is still in business. Now that you've determined it's not something simple like a fuse, it would probably be cheaper and certainly more reliable to have them repair the card.

Ah, thanks for letting me know. Their site redirects to the personal website of the engineer, who I assume you mean is 'that guy'. I'll shoot off an email.
How hard would it be to have working? It's written in Python, so that shouldn't be a problem, but it uses gstreamer for playback - has that been ported?

Also, I know we have plenty of backup programs already, but would be nice...
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Thanks for the visit, bifferos!

I first found out about Bifferboard by someone mentioning it to be the same as one of those NAS dongles. Sorry for not checking my facts. It sure does look an awesome piece of hardware :)

You guys realize that aswell as giving us USB mass storage, we could also install NFS and nekosync on a Bifferboard for pocket-sized DINA! Of course you would need a second storage medium on which to place Nekoware, but you could do that with a hub..
I recently (well, yesterday) started using DraftSight from Dassault (free!) and it really is a compelling alternative to AutoCAD (LT).. A few of the idiosyncrasies that bugged me in ACAD were gone, and it's command-compatible so the transition is easy. Lack of anti-aliasing is a bit of a turn-off but then again, that's a bitch to set-up in ACAD anyway.

I'm with you on Autosketch, recondas - I found it on some floppies my uncle had left-over back when I was about 12 years old and found it supremely intuitive. To my mind, there is no 2D software so far that matches the feel and ease of those white lines on a blue background... I think it's time to go look for those floppies again.. DOSBox here I come!