[rescue] What (dual head) graphics for AIX 4.x?
jkunz at unixag-kl.fh-kl.de
Sat Jan 11 13:26:05 CST 2003
Now that I got that mystical AIX 4.3.2 for my Bull Escala T604e 
I am thinking of using it as my main workstation. Currently I am using
an Alpha PWS 500au with Tru64 for this purpose. I wane try somthing
new after playing Tru64 for over a year and I have no AIX knowledge.
Somthing I wane change.
As the Escala has only a poor Cirrus VGA chip for graphics on its
system planar, I need somthing better. I want at least 1280 x 1024
with 24 bitplanes. Two of them, i.e. dual head configuration.
I need good 2D performance for the usual day to day work.
I have SGIs for 3D stuff. ;-)
Has anyone experience with a dual head configuration on AIX 4?
Does AIX combine the two heads in one screen, i.e. $DISPLAY=:0.0 with
2560 x 1024 or do I get two screens, :0.0 and :0.1 with 1280 x 1024
each? Or can I choose between this two ways?
Any recommendation for what graphic cards I should look for?
(I need strings to feed the ePay search engine. ;-) )
Anything else to think about?
Or should I forget AIX and get a dual head Octane?
I would need at least a 300 MHz R12k Octane to come on par and R12k
Octanes are still quite expensive.
 Dual PPC604e 360 MHz installed (can take up to four CPUs), 512 MB
RAM (can take up to 3 GB in 24 DIMMs, 265 Bit + ECC memory interface),
two independent 64 Bit 33 MHz PCI buses, three wide SCSI buses with
hot plug drive bays. X-bar interconnect for CPU / RAM / IO.
Or in short: Lots of "omts". ;-)
 Currently unused. I use serial console at the moment.
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