[rescue] SGI box... what exactly is it?

Joshua D. Boyd rescue at sunhelp.org
Fri Jun 15 20:06:53 CDT 2001

Boot to single user mode.  Search for indigo on the net and you will find
plenty of documentation.  Seems to be the most documented SGI around.

The SGI faqs (http://www.faqs.org/faqs/sgi/faq/) are also extremely
thorough and helpful.

This machine should still be significantly faster than you LX, at least
for graphical applications, if not in raw CPU power.

If you wait, keyboards do show up on ebay.  Apparently you can also use an
Onyx keyboard, although that doesn't sound right to me.  I've never double
checked this, but the keyboard on my schools onyx looks like a regular
PS2 keyboard.

You can boot to serial.  Just don't hook a keyboard up.

And, I don't think those are sbus slots.

Joshua Boyd

On Fri, 15 Jun 2001, Matthew Haas wrote:

> On Fri, 15 Jun 2001, Joshua D. Boyd wrote:
> >
> > Media isn't too hard to come buy for that box. It is either a r3k machine,
> > which case the best you can get is irix 5.3.  If it is an r4k or r4.4k
> > machine, then the best you can get is irix 6.4.
> >
> cool... I haven't powered it up yet, but I'm sure there'll be a root
> password that I don't know. Unless there are easy methods of
> circumvention.
> > r3k machines aren't very good, unless you love them.  If it is an r4k
> > machine, than it is significantly faster than an indy.
> >
> >From some further research, it appears to be a:
> 33MHz Mips R3000A processor with R3010A FPU
> So as you suggested, it will be a slower machine. But one of my primary
> boxen right now is a SPARC LX, and I LOVE that, so I guess I'm all set :)
> > You didn't mention.  Do you have the keyboard for it?  It uses a
> > proprietary keyboard to that machine only.
> >
> No, I just got the case... missing one of the front panels at that... How
> much luck am I going to have hooking the SGI's 13W3 up to my monitor that
> I also use my LX on? I remember something about one of the signals was
> different. I have an NEC MultiSync 5FG as well as a Sun 16" monitor.
> I hope the keyboards don't cost too much, it would be great to get the box
> going.
> I don't suppose I could hook a terminal up to the serial port and do
> things that-a-way? :)
> Also, are those things that look like SBUS slots really SBUS slots, or are
> they an SGI look-alike?
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