[rescue] Advice on Octanes

Kurt Huhn kurt at k-huhn.com
Mon Sep 22 17:27:52 CDT 2003

On Mon, 22 Sep 2003 16:17:17 -0500 (EST)
Joshua Snyder wrote:

> I should have been more clear I was refering to prices last year... So
> a few quick questions, All Octanes can do SMP but is there anything
> that I need to know about it?  ie. I don't have to watchout for
> mainboards that don't work right... How hard is to get upgraded
> graphics?  I would like to be able to run 1600x1200 at 85Hz but I
> don't care about games.

*Some* 030-0887-xxx IP30 boards suffer from a manufacturing defect that
causes the heart chip to become de-soldered.  This basically kills the
IP30 - there's no way to fix it.  The number of affected boards is not
insignificant, but it isn't 100% either.  Mine is still going strong,
despite the fact that I thought it died a couple months ago (turned
out to be the xbow (frontplane)).

As far as 1600x1200 at 85hz - I don't think you can attain that with
SI/SSI/MXI or SE/SSE/MXE.  For that, I think you have to go to V8.  Now,
you *can* do 1600x1200 at 60hz with SSI.  Before you poo-poo that idea,
I've been running my Octane at that resolution ever since I got it, and
it's actually very easy to look at - not just easy, but a pleasure to
look at.  This is viewed on a 20" SGI monitor.

I've heard poop that the SI can do 1600x1200 at 56hz, but is painful.  I've
never experimented with that card though.

Kurt              "You're all bastards! MTV sucks! We hates you all!"
kurt at k-huhn.com                                -- Gollum 

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