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So, it's been such a long time since I tinkered with my SGI and even visited this site. I've got a fair few SGI boxen, 99.9% of them stuck with my ex-wife. All I've had left for the last 6 years is my 128Mb O2 with SW1600 option display.

Two weeks back I downloaded an app for my phone called SHPOCK. It's a simple location based selling app. I searched SGI and it came back with an interesting result. £30 (UK POUNDS) for Octane 2 with a model number.

Location, London, collection only and I live 100 odd miles away in Birmingham. Someone had asked what it was, the owner replied 'HARD DISK'. I could not get the owner to deliver. So I had to go down. Please note that, this story is in no way a mocking of the sellers, some people know things others know other things etc. So I went down.

Apparently, mother worked at some film studio in London that went bust and was given (legally) the BOX!

I gave them an extra £10 for a takaway or some wine, and put it in the car. I knew (and had told them), that I suspected this machine was worth more than £30, but they'd had no success on ebay, possible comination, they couldn't describe it and they wouldn't deliver.

I took a quick glance as I put the seat belt round it and noticed a few things.. it had 2 DVI outs and a DAT drive. Add that to the fact it was from a film company and my journey home was alight with images of part made films, excellent media softwere etc.

Got home at 9pm and plugged it in..

No root passwd.. excellent, had a look round, found nothing software interesting.

The hinv though...

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OCTANE 4# hinv -vm
Location: /hw/node
PM20600MHZ Board: barcode MLD086     part 030-1778-001 rev  C
Location: /hw/node/xtalk/15
IP30 Board: barcode LMF635     part 030-1467-001 rev  D
Location: /hw/node/xtalk/15/pci/2
PWR.SPPLY.ER Board: barcode AAE1140055 part 060-0035-002 rev  A
FP1 Board: barcode MGL353     part 030-0891-003 rev  J
Location: /hw/node/xtalk/13
XTALKPCI Board: barcode MDJ659     part 030-0952-005 rev  E
Location: /hw/node/xtalk/11
ODY128VERSIONB Board: barcode LLG968     part 030-1611-001 rev  C
Location: /hw/node/xtalk/10
XTALK_PCI Board: barcode MGY465     part 030-1275-004 rev  A
2 600 MHZ IP30 Processors
Heart ASIC: Revision F
CPU: MIPS R14000 Processor Chip Revision: 2.4
FPU: MIPS R14010 Floating Point Chip Revision: 0.0
Main memory size: 3584 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)
Disk drive / removable media: unit 2 on SCSI controller 0: 720K/1.44M floppy
Tape drive: unit 3 on SCSI controller 0: DAT
Integral SCSI controller 1: Version QL1040B (rev. 2), single ended
Integral SCSI controller 2: Version Fibre Channel QL2340, 33 MHz PCI
Integral SCSI controller 3: Version Fibre Channel QL2340, 33 MHz PCI
IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty1
IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty2
IOC3 parallel port: plp1
Graphics board: V12
Integral Fast Ethernet: ef0, version 1, pci 2
Gigabit Ethernet: tg1, PCI slot 1
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 0x14e4, device 0x1645) PCI slot 1
PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1077, device 0x2312) PCI slot 3
PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1077, device 0x2312) PCI slot 1
Dual Channel Display

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Graphics board 0 is "ODYSSEY" graphics.
Managed (":0.0") 2560x1024
BUZZ version B.1
PB&J version 1
128MB memory
Banks: 4, CAS latency: 3
Compositor port 0 attached to channel 0 nic 0x1004a768
Monitor 0 type: Unknown
Dual Channel Display option
Monitor 1 type: SNY -19200      Monitor 2 type: VSC 12833
Channel 0:
Origin = (0,0)
Video Output: 1280 pixels, 1024 lines, 60.00Hz ([email protected]_60)
Channel 1:
Origin = (1280,0)
Video Output: 1280 pixels, 1024 lines, 60.00Hz ([email protected]_60)


So £40 (plus fuel) well spent.

I know need to work out how to get different resoultions of my two monitors.
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Here she is.. fscking awesome...

Notice the IBM 285 Power under the desk..
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And this is what she has replaced
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The 285 is under the desk.. I got it from an ex-westland Designer who needed a key for catia.

It's a nice box.
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Vishnu, no I did nothing special, it just worked... until now... I've been playing with xsetmon and have now managed to set my displays out of range.
I can telnet in but setmon can not configure, anyone know how to set it all back to 1280x1024? looking for a config file I suppose?
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Yes, had to boot into single user mode, telnet wasn't liking it, couldn't boot single user because the = key was displaying / so had to reset keyboard to US.. ah man.. always a wall in front of you lol..

Back up now though.. thanks.
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New logo is an apple type logo. There's an app for it. Create your shape/letters then apply an oval type non-shadow.

PAH!
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My cardboard recycle bin men only come round every 2 weeks ffs!
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Brilliant, works a treat, my green led is dead, so now my octane looks like a Cylon! Thanks
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Tingo, I have the complete internal workings of Blade 2000, motherboard, dual 900Mhz CPU, XV200[can't recall it, but a super Graphics Card], 2Gb Ram, PCi3 card with drivers etc, 4 port Ethernet etc.. also power supply etc.. everything except the case. I'd have to get everything out for a complete inventory.

Obviously this doesn't help your problem at the moment, but would help my shed space..

I dismantled it not long after Oracle took over sun..

Let me know if you need anything.
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So, tomorrow I pick up 2 Octanes 1s that were auctioned on ebay as dead for £30. They look utter crap and the only reason I bid on them is that that are located in Stourbridge.. So if I go upstairs and look out the window, I can probably see the building they are housed in.

Worst scenario.. everything is buggered and I get some hdd cages & skins.

Best.. mmm cool software, working systems.. etc etc...

The night before Christmas.. I can't sleep!!!
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A Sun 1000/2000 will not boot with the side off.
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No hdd or Cages..

Both PSU popped

one has 512Mb made up of 4 128MB, the other 2GB made up of 8 256MB

One had a working Light bar though, which was a find.. :-|
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Excellent Nongrato. My first (owning it myself) was I think either the Indigo Elan or it may have been a brown personal Iris 4d[?] I can't recall which came first. I know that of all my SGI machines, the Indigo stands as a Fav, alongside one of my Indys, and now my Octane 2. 700Kms.. oooh that's some love.
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Not sure what CPUs are, I haven't matched with any pictures or taken the CPU apart that much.. the are probably 4Mhz 8080s

Skins.. well.. Door has fell off one, one was dropped and the board removing (plunger/grip/lever)s in each corner has been SMOSHED!

To be honest they both look like they served on a North Sea Oil Rig... in the open!
Still on reflection...

Cost.. £30..

Fuel Cost.. £0.10

Experience of taking Octane apart.. 10/10 No idea of cost..

Replacing my broken Bar Light (On my super duper Octane 2).. + £10 ?

Spare parts for the future... £100 I reckon...

OOOH I forgot to mention.. joy of meeting the owners of the shop and the Westie K9 where I picked them up from.. + 10 points..

So as crap as they are.. It's been a positive if yet slightly disappointing (at the moment) transaction.

BTW.. did you get round to running Jeleo?
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I have a feeling I have some workshop packages in 'my' loft.

Will pop up this week and see what's up there.
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So, today, whilst clearing out the back room at work, I came across the following..
5 1/4
Operating System/2 Extended Edition Version 1.2 Pre Release
Word Perfect for XENIX Systems 'Demonstration Copy Only' Expires 12/20/91 (Still sealed)
Advanced SCO XENIX Sys/ V rel 2.3
SUN PCNFS V3.5
SCO XENIX System/V Operating System
Advanced Novell NetWare 286 v2.0a
3.5
Interactive UNIX Operating System Version 2.2
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171497189363?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Doesn't have to be this exact one..

Have a DmediaPro 5 and found this, looking at using it to enable me to connect all sorts of things.

Would it be any good? I'm thinking, I could input my PS3 or other HDMi, output on my HDMi TV whilst doing other cools things at the same time? I'm thinking.. use it as a media hub?

What would I want to do with it? Well who knows, I have a billion dollars worth of SGI kit and I don't know yet where that's going to lead. It's all CHAOS theory atm.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts..
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Looks like they only used 21 keys... unless it was used in George Orwell's Time Machine in some bizarre way!
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MyDungeon() << :Fuel: :Octane2: :Octane2: :Octane2: :Octane: :Indy: MyLoft() << :540: :Octane: MyWork() << :Indy: :Indy: :O2: :O2: :O2: :Indigo: :Indigo:
So nice.. and so big.. (said the actress to the vicar)...
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Excellent mrmookie, I have a shy indy also and plenty of svga cables.. might be worth a stab..
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I have one.
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I had a 540 some years back, very nice machine, but iirc, the Linux was flaky and had no desktop gui. Wished I'd kept the case though.

Talking of MLA's has anyone run a 1600sw with MLA from a VBOB (OCTANE) ? I'm aware that the combination works without the VBOB.
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It's a long jaunt, but I'm going to put that in the diary. :-)
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Excellent chap. Love it.
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IO had one years back, in fact I could still have one in the elusive magic loft that is my ex's.

As hamei says, nice to play with but they get boring pretty soon. Mine came with the 1600sw I'm still using.

I recall spending a lot of time putting Linux on it and not really getting anything half decent.
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MyDungeon() << :Fuel: :Octane2: :Octane2: :Octane2: :Octane: :Indy: MyLoft() << :540: :Octane: MyWork() << :Indy: :Indy: :O2: :O2: :O2: :Indigo: :Indigo:
For anyone who wants more info on this. hermessgi is correct
edit the file /usr/Softimage/Soft3D_4.0/.softimage400 <I presume, the 4.0 and 400 are dependant on your version of softimage.
add the following line for 1600sw monitors.

setenv SI_SCREENRES SI_1600X1024

This works a treat on my o2 with 1600sw.
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Hey Ho! Pip & Dandy!
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Open a shell (Top left - Tool Chest - Desktop - Open unix shell)
type the following and press enter/return
netstat -ia

Under the column Address, you will possibly see a bunch of letters & numbers segmented by 5 : (that is five colons)
for example 6c:33:a9:34:c6:1e (this is the mac of the machine using your ip address 192.168.0.4)
If the above example is NOT in your Address list then this states that something else on your network has that IP address.
The error message you are seeing is NOT to do with the host name.

Interestingly, I ran the same command on my R5000 O2 and there was no mac address displayed. On my R12000 O2 it was displayed and so I booted up the INDY and that did display the mac address.
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Hi, does anyone have any detailed setup (command help) documentation for setting up the dmediapro from the prom(via serial connection)? Reckon I need to know this beast inside out to get the best from it.

Many thanks.
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Can't answer any questions, but can tell you I had a blade 2000 anniversary, and have an XVR-[something] board, + PCi 3 + 2 900 Mhz CPUs etc etc... I will have a look in the shed if your interested.

My fence panel has blown out, so I have to go in the garden anyway..
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Great stories, added to my favourites .. last thing I added to my favourites was BOFH..
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BTW.. I don't keep spare parts in the Garden honest.. they are in a garage at top of garden.
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XVR500 I have
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I have Interactive Unix 2.2, but haven't got round to trying it on anything yet.
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Ace.. love the beer also..

I am going to do one in the slurp slurp image of Keith Floyd - Floyd on VBOBs.. and Discreet. My Genlock generator (last piece in puzzle) should be arriving tomorrow.!
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I have the flu.. does it count as a virus?
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McOFFEE would pick it up!
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In the loft and found..


August 1978 UNIX Time Sharing System.
And


SUN Interactive UNIX System V/386, this is a small paper back book.
And


This was a course I went on years ago, I think 2000 or around. If I recall it was held in reading UK?
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Thanks jan-jaap.

I've moved on a bit now, have a Pro VHS box and genlock generator.

running xtdigvidtest passes 7 test but fails on ODMA ?

I have mine cabled up like described EffectsEditing2007_Hardware_Setup_SGITezro-Octane2.pdf (have tried the way from SGI documents). I'm getting no output on any SD port.

SD input comes from Video (I can confirm that that works as it is displayed on the SONY PVM and also the capture card in my mac).
Output goes to above mentioned monitor and the capture device in the mac.
I suppose the question is, if I have something going to SD input, should I get something out of SD outputs? What app can I use in IRIX that will display what is coming in?

xtdigvid_confidence passes fine.

It's possible I don't know the correct question to ask at this time. I have been reading a lot, but in the main, it's telling me I have things set up OK ?


Cheers for help, sorry, it's such an open ended question.
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I think it must be my inputs. They need to be digital? ? ?

I'm off to maplins to see if they have anything cool.
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