[rescue] SGI Indy questions
Jonathan C. Patschke
jp at celestrion.net
Sun Jan 12 00:46:55 CST 2003
On Sun, 12 Jan 2003, Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. wrote:
> CPU: yellow sticker: BEV554
> Assy 030 0752-001 Rev D
133MHz R4600. Okay integer performance, dinky floating-point
> Graphics: yellow sticker: BEL212
> Assy 030 8263-001 Rev C
8-bit unaccelerated graphics.
> No hd present (bracket is present)
> No floppy present (bracket is missing)
Yay for that. Those little pieces of aluminium are worth their weight
> I have an Indy R4400 175MHz processor module: Yellow sticker: CCK176
> Assy 030 0882-001
Much nicer than the R4600. :)
> System appears to use 72 pin RAM... I'm guessing FPM 60ns 36bit ECC ?
Well, plain ol' parity will work fine, so long as it's not that "logic
parity" crap that some PCs had back in the early 90s.
> (it has no RAM right now) What does it use for RAM ? What is the max
> module size ?
Either 32MB or 64MB. Install the SIMMs in matched sets of 4.
> System has a 13W3 video connector.... will this work with a Sun monitor ?
Maybe, maybe not. It will work on some of the later monitors, but
nothing made before about 4 years ago. However, any sync-on-green
monitor will work just fine.
> What kind of keyboard and mouse does this use (I do not have one) ?
> How good a video do I have ?
Entry-level. It'll do 1280x1024 at 8-bit color.
> What is the max video and max cpu for this box, and is it cheap/feasable
> to obtain while parts are still available (that is if they are still
The best video you can get is XZ. The fastest CPU is R5000 @ 180MHz,
and the memory maxes out at either 256 or 512. I can't remember.
Don't worry about parts being unobtanium. SGI sold a -lot- of Indies,
and they're all over eBay.
> Can I digitize incoming video ? What software would be required ?
It's included. Indy has VINO video (Video In, No Out).
> I see RCA video (NTSC?) out, S-Video out ?, and a 60 pin video? connector
> (what is that !?).
That's the IndyCam port.
> I see an AUI ethernet port (ordinary) (on the graphics card !?!?)
Nope. Look closely. It's actually on a riser above the system board.
> I see a 10baseT port (I assume 10Mbit, not 10/100)
> I see a 1 and 2 port (are these serial?)
Yes. RS-422, like a Macintosh.
You also apparently missed the ISDN port! :)
> I assume the box is Fast SCSI (10MB/sec max) and uses ordinary SCSI disks ?
Fast/Narrow SCSI-II. Most discs will work just fine.
> What OS loads will work on this box ?
IRIX 5.3, 6.2, and 6.5 work just great.
> And more importantly where can I get them ?
Friends, eBay, or SGI (ouch).
> Will a cdrom that can be set to 512 byte block mode be required
> like the early Sun systems
Yes. However, the Indy properly sends the SCSI command to kick some
drives into 512-byte mode without a jumper.
> Is there a max capacity hard disk ?
Not really, but you don't want to put hot discs internally. The Indy
doesn't have the world's best airflow.
> Lots of questions I know... I'd assume that even if this box runs open
> source OSes (Linux, BSD) that in order to use any of the features I'd
> need Irix ?
> This is my first dabling into an SGI... Can't say I though much of the
> construction compared to Sun boxes... seems sort of between that of PC
> construction quality and Sun construction quality....
Yeah, well, it was billed as a PC replacement. Don't judge all SGIs by
the Indy. You'd be suitably impressed by an Onyx IR, I think.
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