The collected works of ruckusman

I second that
Vague I know, but for memory the comand to set the password is vncpasswd or vncpassword.

I can't remember where executable resides, but if it's in your path shouldn't be any problem.

There may be some caps in there.

Telnet in to run it and then run vncserver to start the daemon.

It's been a while since I did this, but I'm fairly well on the right track.

One tip, I was having problems connecting from a winbloze box and had to use to desingate the correct screen/session.
If we could get some inside help from someone at SGI then we could probably make the required PROM modifications for the RM7900 at 835 and 900 MHz.

Anyone have any contacts that might be able to make this a possibility.

I'm still holding off in the vian hope that this may eventuate.

Don't tell me Santa Claus doesn't exist, OH MAN, I'm just getting over the loss of the easter bunny.

I'm really bummed now
Just a FYI there's some 1 GHz CPU's and bits for a 320 on ebay incl Mobo ... propertyZ1
Have you asked them to make sure?

I've had heaps of stuff shipped to Aus when the listing said US only, I just asked before bidding

This is a confusing one, I've just put a 1.4GHz Tualatin into a friends Mobo that only had support for up to 550MHz using the DIP switches. Had to update the BIOS for the machine to boot and the chip to be recognised, but it works just fine. The chips are multiplier locked on the CPU itself somehow and then the BIOS has to be able to detect the right CPU.

Which begs the question, what the hell are DIP switches for in the first place??

One guess is that these machines were made before Intel started locking the multiplier ratios on their chips.

Sound reasonable??
I've got xsmbrowser 3.40 here is a wrapper scrip that calls samba and you can navigate back to a windows box, I can't get it working ATM becasue of DHCP on the windows box and no domain master or wins server as a result, but it does work well otherwise.


HAH!!! :shock: :shock: you bought that, you may have the deal of the century, or not. I would have bid on it, but don't have access to a truck big enough to haul it back to NSW anyway. That was one sweet price. Are you going to have to now remodel the house to accomofdate it????

Glenn :D :D
Well I can understand your addiction...

I'd be into coming up to play, could be fun indeed. ..If I'm correct you'll need a null modem serial cable to get you started. I'd love to know what the hinv is once you get it plugged in.

Once I get my finances sorted out at this end I may see if there are any cheap flights as I don't think it's wise to drive my car that distance in one hit anymore ;-)

Certainly is, I actually considered whether or not it would fit into the back of my Subaru. :roll: Even if it had fit the car would'nt have made the journey :lol: It should be a fun toy!!
Please let us know how it all goes once you plug it in and power it on, anxiously awaiting a Hinv...
I'd love to buy your OCtane but ATM I'm stuck because of various financial reasons myself. Maybe in a couple of weeks, when hopefully invoices get paid

Besides I don't think that the V6 graphics will support my GDM 20D11.

Is anyone able to verify if the V6 supports 1280 x 1025 @75 Hz?

I'm ignorant of the concept of checksums (exact byte count??), but I suspect it's safe to assume that the PROM image has one and that before the flash program will load it and flash do the upgrade it checks.

The only consequence I can see of hijacking the RM7000 settings is if any of the TLB exceptions or associated programing adds more data than it replaces then it would possibly affect execution if instructions point to a specific piece of code at a specific address. If the two are completely command compatible then there may be no hassle.

I've got the data sheet for the PROM chip so I'm going to sit down with a DMM later and see if I can find external contacts for programming the PROM. Common sense tells me there should be some, just gotta find them.

Has anyone with both a DUMP of the PROM as well as the actual PROM image that came with IRIX compared them to see if there are any differences?

I've got two three I can't seem to find answers to....

First one, I've just got a 1600SW for my O2, but when it boots the screen is really bright runnig a Gamma of 1.8.

I choose customise > flat panel and it changes to the 2.2 Gama I've previously set and my eyes don't hurt anymore.

I can't figure out how to make it stay that way for each time I reboot.

Second one is when opening windows on the global desk they always open too far up and to the left od screen, ALT+F7 lets me move them, but it's tedious to have to do continually.

Third one is th Icon spacing on the desktop with the 1600Sw now installed. The Icons overlap or are too far apart., no middle ground.

Any tips??


Is the Solaris source a serious potential starting point for this?

From what Unixmuseum has written both firewire and if I remember correctly USB work flawlessly on his new Sun Blade.

Wouldn't any Solaris vs Irix differences be accounted for by the system files (development libraries, headers etc etc) already in place that the source was compiled with?

I may be coming from a totally ignorant viewpoint fact I'm sure of it.

I haven't read the licence yet, but seems we may have a really good starting point.
The two candles on top do it for me...
It might as well be a shrine
Have a look at the caps on the Mobo, I've had a coule of Mobos begin to misbehave (ECC Errors) and had to replace dried caps out to get them back working.

The sign is the plastic sheath around them has shrunk and will reveal more of the metal on the top.

Why am I mentioning this...well as the 512MB kits are double stacked chips they are going to draw more juice, if the caps are marginal you mayl get the errors you've metioned.

Replacing the caps is a PITA of a job, but may a better option before getting another Mobo on ebay which might end up with the same problem
It's been a long time since I did it and but cupsaddsmb or something like that. Not sure which direction. It definitely uses cups to achieve this.

Damn it's been a long time and I've just realised my brain has a leak :(
pretty sure Jan-Jaap actually decompiled the PROM, IIRC the output came to 10MB or so. Next issue was, no-one knew what changes to make...that may have changed in the meantime.
Well...With the Datasheets for the different TLB entries and a socket header/base pair from here



AND someone that could make the necessary changes to the PROM, safest would be to use the one of the redundant CPU's that are still in the PROM it's all do-able

Even Joe said he'd use one of the sockets for the experiment as it meant that you could get the RM7000c @600Mhz running to eliminate that one variable, then switch in the faster chip with the modified PROM. Part of the reason I think he gave up on the faster PMC-Sierra chips was the reliability of the CPU rework and the time/cost if it didn't work. At least with a socket setup you'd have a known working re-worked CPU module to begin with, then nail down the PROM changes to get it to boot.

I remember when he was in touch with PMC-Sierra, they said all the PROM needed was a couple of lines changed for the 900MHz chips. Apparently the only difference between the RM5200 & RM7000(A, B, C), and the RM7900 is the TLB entries, they are pin compatible otherwise.
Check my earlier post, they are available here

They've got sockets which are soldered to the board and another which is soldered to the chip

They're a press fit with pins from the header and CPU attached going into the socket on the board.

Not sure on the price though, but if you weigh up the cost of damaged CPU boards from failed swaps and the ability to go to the RM7900 if the PROM issues can be solved it might be worth it
Is this possible also with Mgras Graphics instead of VPro in a Octane with a Lucent Power Supply but a revison F X-Bow??
I had an old R10K 195 that did that, though got worse till it wouldn't boot.

Removing and re-inserting the Mobo will work for a while.

The actual fix is the hook components of the compression connector which will be partially bent out of shape giving you less than perfect contact.

Thus your intermittent success removing and re-inserting the Mobo.

Only real fix is to tear it down and bend the metal parts gently to get good connections.

Sorry I can't give explicit instructions as my Octane is buried in storage and I did this repair years ago.

Observation of how the mechanism works will get you to where you need to be easily enough

peace out