[rescue] PCI Ethernet card for Origin 200?

Nick nick at snowman.net
Thu Sep 18 16:40:11 CDT 2003

SGI ships Alteon Acenics which can be found cheap, though you may need to
muddle the pci IDs in the driver... The 10/100 cards are almost as
expensive as genuine SGI Acenics due to.. erm.. Intresting Design (tm).

On Thu, 18 Sep 2003, Simeon Johnston wrote:

> I'm trying to find an ethernet card for an Origin 200.
> I did find the Gigabit card (PCI-GIGENET-C) but everywhere I've looked
> it's pretty expensive.
> What I'm trying to do -
> The Origin200 at work is being used as an OPI (Helios) and
> Appletalk/Samba fileserver.  On our network is an old NT4 box that is
> being used to control an automated CD writer (2 4xCD-R's).  It's a
> Rimage brand writer if you were wondering.
> We don't have the new software and can't upgrade that system beyond NT4.
> A sweet, juicy NT4 machine just begging to be infected with the next
> virus/worm/whatever.  And since M$ will stop updating/supporting NT4 in
> the very near future...
> SO - since all that machine needs to do is connect to our Origin I'm
> trying to get a second PCI ethernet card and basically setup a 1-1
> network between them.
> The gigabit card would work for this also since I can use that as the
> main connection between the SGI and the rest of the network.  Since we
> do have a few GB ports open it might even improve things.
> Except it's expensive.  Not worth it if there's a plain 10/100 card that
> can be gotten for cheap/er.
> We would also need to upgrade to IRIX 6.5.7 to use the Gigabit card.
> More money since we only have the disks for 6.5.3 and no service
> contract.  I also don't want to even mess with the OS and maybe break
> Helios.  We don't have any way of updating that either.
> OK.. That was a bit much when all I need to know is if there's a 10/100
> PCI ethernet card that works in the Origin 200 w/ Irix 6.5.3?
> Unless you have some other bright ideas regarding the situation...
> Actually, if the price for a 10/100 card or GB card + OS exceeds $600 it
> would be cheaper to get another Origin200 + craylink cable off egay.
> :D
> sim
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