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The 5.1.26 SP1 demo seems to run on Octane2 V6 6.5.30, and IRIX licensing seems to be still available on Realsoft Web Shop. Is it worth buying for a 3D beginner (and SGI lover) ?
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A few high-end octane2's with DM2/VBOB and licensed software are sometimes showing on eBay, or it would cost more to max out a cheaper one to the same specs. Anyway, are dual CPU or V12 required for HD video editing (no effects) ?

As the DM/VBOB costs cannot be avoided, maybe a Fuel or gfx-hacked O350 could provide cheaper fast storage. On which system is money best spent ?

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fzalfa wrote: too far from france !! :,(

Has anyone searched for slower shipping options from USA to Europe ? Cargo boat should be cheaper than air.
Then how much taxes are there in the EU for importing scrap metal ?
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My 0200 for sale has a small missing skin part: front plate for power/reset/NMI buttons.
If anyone has a full skin set, could you share a few quality pictures (camera or scanner) of this part so I could at least make a cheap replacement to cover the bare metal ?
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hinv -vm

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Location: /hw/node
PM10 Board: barcode KXG819     part 030-1475-002 rev  B
Location: /hw/node/xtalk/15
IP30 Board: barcode LMF714     part 030-1467-001 rev  D
Location: /hw/node/xtalk/15/pci/2
PWR.SPPLY.ER Board: barcode AAE1480138 part 060-0035-003 rev  A
FP1 Board: barcode KSV972     part 030-0891-003 rev  G
Location: /hw/node/xtalk/13
XTALKPCI Board: barcode MLF064     part 030-0952-009 rev  A
Location: /hw/node/xtalk/11
ODY32 Board: barcode MES860     part 030-1403-003 rev  B
Location: /hw/node/xtalk/10
FIBRE_CHANNEL Board: barcode EAA538     part 030-0927-003 rev  C
1 400 MHZ IP30 Processor
Heart ASIC: Revision F
CPU: MIPS R12000 Processor Chip Revision: 3.5
FPU: MIPS R12010 Floating Point Chip Revision: 0.0
Main memory size: 2048 Mbytes
Xbow ASIC: Revision 1.4
Instruction cache size: 32 Kbytes
Data cache size: 32 Kbytes
Secondary unified instruction/data cache size: 2 Mbytes
Integral SCSI controller 0: Version QL1040B (rev. 2), single ended
Disk drive: unit 1 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 1)
Integral SCSI controller 1: Version QL1040B (rev. 2), single ended
CDROM: unit 6 on SCSI controller 1
Integral SCSI controller 3: Version Fibre Channel AIC-1160, revision 1
Disk drive: unit 31 on SCSI controller 3 (unit 31)
Integral SCSI controller 4: Version Fibre Channel AIC-1160, revision 1
IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty1
IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty2
IOC3 parallel port: plp1
Graphics board: V6
Integral Fast Ethernet: ef0, version 1, pci 2
Gigabit Ethernet: eg0, PCI slot 3, firmware version 12.4.10
Iris Audio Processor: version RAD revision 12.0, number 1
PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x10a9, device 0x0003) PCI slot 2
PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1077, device 0x1020) PCI slot 0
PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1077, device 0x1020) PCI slot 1
PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x10a9, device 0x0005) PCI slot 3
PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x10a9, device 0x0009) PCI slot 3
PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x9004, device 0x1160) PCI slot 0
PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x9004, device 0x1160) PCI slot 1


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Graphics board 0 is "ODYSSEY" graphics.
Managed (":0.0") 1280x1024
BUZZ version A.1
PB&J version 1
32MB memory
Banks: 2, CAS latency: 3
Monitor 0 type: Unknown
Channel 0:
Origin = (0,0)
Video Output: 1280 pixels, 1024 lines, 60.00Hz (1280x1024_60)

System disk:

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# Disk Performance Test Results Generated By Diskperf V1.2
# Test name     : SEAGATE ST73307LC
# Test date     : Sat Sep 19 17:15:31 2009
# Test machine  : IRIX64 IRIS 6.5 07202013 IP30
# Test type     : XFS data subvolume
# Test path     : /tmp/test
# Request sizes : min=16384 max=4194304
# Parameters    : direct=1 time=10 scale=1.000 delay=0.000
# XFS file size : 158466048 bytes
# req_size  fwd_wt  fwd_rd  bwd_wt  bwd_rd  rnd_wt  rnd_rd
#  (bytes)  (MB/s)  (MB/s)  (MB/s)  (MB/s)  (MB/s)  (MB/s)
16384   11.12   13.33   20.45   15.74    7.75    3.33
32768   14.30   14.68   19.81   13.90    9.71    5.31
65536   14.65   15.79   21.53   15.76    9.42    8.20
131072   13.80   15.71   19.98   15.11    9.69   11.94
262144   13.81   14.30   13.83   16.05   10.16   13.46
524288   15.96   15.31   15.57   14.32   11.43   14.95
1048576   15.47   15.08   15.32   15.54   13.39   15.37
2097152   15.48   15.87   14.89   14.89   14.75   14.99
4194304   16.28   15.83   14.95   15.28   14.84   15.63

Option disk:

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# Disk Performance Test Results Generated By Diskperf V1.2
# Test name     : IBM-SSG HUS103014FLF21
# Test date     : Sat Sep 19 16:57:54 2009
# Test machine  : IRIX64 IRIS 6.5 07202013 IP30
# Test type     : XFS data subvolume
# Test path     : /mnt/fc0/test
# Request sizes : min=16384 max=4194304
# Parameters    : direct=1 time=10 scale=1.000 delay=0.000
# XFS file size : 44859392 bytes
# req_size  fwd_wt  fwd_rd  bwd_wt  bwd_rd  rnd_wt  rnd_rd
#  (bytes)  (MB/s)  (MB/s)  (MB/s)  (MB/s)  (MB/s)  (MB/s)
16384    2.58   29.43    2.83    2.82    3.53    3.82
32768    5.11   43.37    5.72    5.84    6.95    6.96
65536    9.37   59.20   12.52   12.44   12.67   12.14
131072   16.99   72.59   29.20   29.32   22.20   20.57
262144   28.41   79.39   29.48   29.35   35.08   30.72
524288   42.89   85.72   43.72   44.30   48.63   41.51
1048576   57.00   85.85   58.59   44.42   61.21   53.19
2097152   68.53   85.47   71.53   52.54   70.35   54.64
4194304   76.21   83.08   78.58   64.65   77.47   67.46


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scsicontrol -i /dev/scsi/sc1d6l0
/dev/scsi/sc1d6l0:  CD-ROM        PLEXTOR CD-R   PX-W124TS1.06
ANSI vers 2, ISO ver: 0, ECMA ver: 0; supports:  synch linkedcmds

EDIT1 - upgrades: gfx -> V8, SCSI -> QLA12160, input -> Wacom Intuos2 6x8
EDIT2 - power supply fan control stuck in fast mode, removed QLA12160, added/removed/re-added second FC XIO card, installed XFS stripe on two FC dual-channel 146GB disks in PC case recycled as enclosure.
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One of the two IP31 nodeboards that I received to upgrade my IP27's does not blink a lot after power up, and swapping them did not help. The four upper LEDs are on in each column and nothing blinks.

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IP27 PROM SGI Version 6.156  built 11:27:56 AM Nov 18, 2003
*** Skipping diags as requested by kernel
*** Diag level set to None (2)
Testing/Initializing memory ...............             DONE
Copying PROM code to memory ...............             DONE
Discovering local IO ......................             Reading link 9 (addr 0x9200000009000004) failed
Discovering NUMAlink connectivity .........             DONE
Found 2 objects (2 hubs, 0 routers) in 428 usec
Waiting for peers to complete discovery....             DONE
Global master is /hw/module/1/slot/n1
Testing/Initializing all memory ...........             DONE
Initializing headless node at nasid 1
........*** Swapping bank 0 with bank 1 on headless node nasid 1
Discovering local IO ......................             DONE
Checking partitioning information .........             DONE
Loading BASEIO prom .......................             DONE

BASEIO PROM Monitor SGI Version 6.80  built 11:10:35 AM Aug 30, 2001 (BE64)
2 CPUs on 2 nodes found.
Installing PROM Device drivers ............
Installing Graphics Console...

Walking SCSI Adapter 0 (/hw/module/1/slot/io1), (pci id 0)
1+ 2- 3- 4- 5- 6+ 7- 8- 9- 10- 11- 12- 13- 14- 15- = 2 device(s)

Walking SCSI Adapter 1 (/hw/module/1/slot/io1), (pci id 1)
1- 2- 3- 4- 5- 6- 7- 8- 9- 10- 11- 12- 13- 14- 15- = 0 device(s)

Initializing PROM Device drivers ..........             DONE
onyx2 console login:
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Thanks for the search links, I could fix the nodeboard which is now enabled, after replacing the compression connector and doing the usual clearallogs... commands in pod then resetenv enableall... in PROM menu.
But the shoebox is still down despite those commands repeated several times and reset cycles. I know its XIO connector is good because
-I cleaned the midplane pads
-a shoehorn in the same slot is detected
-I replaced the compression connector
-there are no warning messages in console like those from IO6 before reseating it
Only its PROM is detected in hinv (from IRIX, not PROM)

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IO6prom on Global Master Baseio in Module 1/Slot io2: Revision 6.156

The flash was successful: before, tail of hinv was

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IO6prom on Global Master Baseio in Module 1/Slot io1: Revision 6.80

No one else knows of io2 slot

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ls /hw/module/1/slot/
io1  io4  io5  n1   n2

What to check next ? I did not find detailed help for POD command dgpci and its options, it is not in man prom.
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foetz wrote: silly question but is something in the shoehorn? a card?

Yes, two SGI GbE cards in slots 0 and 1, copper tg and fiber eg. They were OK in a short XTalk PCI adapter (one at a time) but not in this full-length 3-slot PCI cage. Then I left only one in slot 0 and retried the prom commands without success.
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recondas wrote: suspect the shoebox has a defect <not related to the compression connector or midplane connection>.

Thanks for this hint ! It was a mechanical defect preventing good compression despite the XIO latch: after noticing it was harder to push than other XIO cards, I found the bracket of the bottom lid (stamped with 040-1358-001) was not parallel to the bottom of the chassis because there is a rivet near its corner. This bracket holds the knurled screw that tightens the cage to the chassis but the sheet metal is too thick to bend if the chassis is not flush.

After a few cuts with a hand shear, the cage could be perfectly inserted, the XIO PCI adapter appeared in hinv, and tg2 appeared in ifconfig -a :) .

There are no LEDs on the midplane around io2 slot
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It is not in the incoming section nor anywhere. Has anyone mirrored it ?

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bri3d wrote:
I go 720p off my cheap camera kit to TIFF sequences, which is ghetto but works fine

mapesdhs wrote:
Not sure about TIFFs, but very likely loading RGBs is still faster

Easy to do if ffmpeg can decode video files from camera
ffmpeg -i camera_file.avi image%d.sgi

unfortunately neko_ffmpeg-SVN-r6775 is too outdated and does not have sgi image file format

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Bump again
Someone posted a link that has been deleted after I downloaded it. But I did not find my downloaded copy when looking for new downloaded files to put on my NAS backup. Thanks to whoever posted this link to PM it again !

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Thanks but it seems the files have been damaged by some unwanted format translation by a foreign OS, inst does not like the file cosmoworlds.idb. Seems an UNIX to DOS text conversion error, solved with
mv cosmoworlds.idb cosmoworlds.dos
tr -d '\15' <cosmoworlds.dos >cosmoworlds.idb

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indyman007 wrote:
How do you actually obtain the data, sounds VERY interesting.

If there is not too much time to spend with low-level hardware, I'd use commodity wireless sensors with a LAN interface multi-protocol radio receiver from . For wired reliability, the project may need more hardware development: choice of sensors, frost protection heating of rain gauge and wind, transient (lightning) suppression and forecast using an electric field mill, then deal with wiring, noise, non-linear sensors, calibration, ADC... unless one can afford off-the-shelf SDI-12 sensors.

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pentium wrote:
I got a complete weather station here that completely useless with this awesome software simply because it's USB. :(

Anyway most of those wireless stations become useless when one or more sensor spent one winter outdoors and stop functioning. To start feeding the software with real data, you can get a cheap multimeter with RS-232 opto-isolated output like the DT-4000 that is useful with this data logging code at ... 98/marsh.c . sells it 39.95€ . It comes with a temperature probe, or can measure a Pt-1000 resistor with longer wire. Later, more analog sensors can be multiplexed through some relays and a cheap parallel port interface. HtH

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silicium wrote:
unfortunately neko_ffmpeg-SVN-r6775 is too outdated and does not have sgi image file format

EDIT: I got errors when trying to run it on my SGI with the same syntax as a newer build on peecee, and compared the source codes later. This old ffmpeg can output sgi files with a different syntax.

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Don't forget 12-bit IR graphics and look for IPS panels

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Not trying to install and boot IRIX yet, just trying to mount dos(fat)-format flash cards from cameras with an SCM PCD-50B reader in Indigo2. How to mount them ? Can mediad mount them automatically ?
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Thanks for the 'partition=1' option. But using cards with scsi reader is not desktop friendly since mediad from 6.5.22 is unusable

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cat /etc/config/mediad.config
monitor device /dev/scsi/sc0d4l0 inschk 20 rmvchk 20
mount filesystem /dev/dsk/dks0d4vol dos directory /cf options partition=1

It complains
couldn't find DSO for device at SCSI ctlr 0, id 4
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Does anybody know APL? I heard once about it from a retired mechanical engineering business owner who used it before the age of graphics CAD.

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Not wearable collectible master clock
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I should not have watched these pictures: :Onyx2R: envy comes back, feeling I *need* one.

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Pontus wrote: I had to buy new legs though since the old ones were to short, but that was only about 3-400 dollars.

Raised floor looks impossible in my short basement where a tall rack would barely fit. I will screw cable trays on walls.
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The Sun box can also get remote LOM/console with a Cisco router (reverse telnet to AUX port) and a rollover R-J45 cable (mirrored pinout). To get more ports, there are cheap ($50) Digi CM32 console servers on eBay.

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Telco electromechanical switching unit from the 60's, timely grabbed on the back of a metal recycler truck when a central office moved to digital TDM in 1990.
I should have recorded the amazing sound atmosphere of these CO's where my dad worked, during busy hours with tens to hundreds of linear and rotary relays clicking everywhere at the pace of dial pulses from analog phones. Visiting at night with lights off and fewer dials was fun too. The replacing Alcatel stuff was deadly silent and had not enough blinkenlights.
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Size: compare with USB stick (containing bootable FreeBSD and Asterisk)
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It's like looking for an empty Audi S8 frame to put VW Golf engine and seats in it.

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Is there an all in one desoldering station with vacuum tip for through hole components and hot air for SMD ? My first job would be to recap two HP t5540 thin clients with bad network, and possibly resolder or replace VT6130 chips.

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Consumer video toys went all HD and kept only HDMI output. How to down-convert their HDMI output to 259M SDI ? There is the ADVC G2 converter, but it is quite expensive for a hobbyist.
Like jan-jaap, I want to do something with my S{G,D}I hardware, but only in SD with the Onyx2/DIVO/GVO and composite/YC <-> SDI converters so DIVO can capture from an old digital camera with PAL output (make sure it does not auto power off after a few minutes when its power comes from the DC jack), and the GVO is displayed on an old TV.
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canavan wrote: MIDI-support in IRIX is really easy. Just see man mdIntro and check the sample source code that comes with IRIX in /usr/share/src/dmedia/midi.

Still interested in playing with PureData, I took time to rtfm, and compiled the simple scale demo. Its argument is a MIDI port name, which can be "Soft Synth" (default) or "Serial Port 1" (if 1st serial port has been configured as MIDI port in System Manager/Serial Ports). Then I extracted pd-0.34-3 archive on the Indigo2 (mips3), and MIDI out from test audio menu seems functional: the Soft Synth is playing on the internal speaker. I will try with a real MIDI interface. There are a few more recent versions with a makefile.irix.
How to replace gcc with mipspro in makefiles and what are the typical shell env variables required for a successful build ?
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I have tried pd-0.34-3, and want to find the most recent version that can be compiled but was released without IRIX binary.
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Can SGI Moviemaker create a short blank clip without former media, or someone share a sample, to examine it with ffmpeg or vlc on a linux box, then hopefully convert mp4 to the same format that Moviemaker will open ?
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hamei wrote: Should run straight water. Ethylene glycol is bad for the world and doesn't do anything good unless your house gets below 32* F. :D

Our solar heating company uses REACH-compliant non-toxic product from .
For tight packed systems like Octane, as there is no room for waterblocks and hose, has anybody tried to remove fans and cool it in an oil bath like high voltage transformers ?
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