[rescue] SGI Crimsons and Challenge L found a new home

Caleb Shay caleb at webninja.com
Mon Mar 8 15:08:02 CST 2004

And I've got 10x9GB full height SCSI drives if anybody needs some.

Caleb Shay
Morristown, NJ

On 2004-03-08 15:29:37 -0500 Geoff Koehler <koehler at shaw.ca> wrote:

> I have a bunch (7or8) 1 gig full height SCSI drives left over from 
> some 
> power-series machines.  These will work just fine in a crimson - I 
> think I 
> have 3-4 drive sleds, too.  I also have a couple of the toshiba 
> XM3401 CDROM 
> drives - these will boot a power series/crimson machine.  Yours for 
> the 
> shipping, just let me know what you want.
> Cheers, Geoff
> Geoff Koehler
> Saskatoon, SK, Canada
> Home of the SART Observatory
> ----- Original Message -----
>  From: Francois Dion <fdion at atriumwindows.com>
> Date: Monday, March 8, 2004 12:25 pm
> Subject: [rescue] SGI Crimsons and Challenge L found a new home
>> Hundreds of lbs of SGI hardware are now in my house. I forgot the 
>> camera, 
>> so I dont have any pictures of the rescue operation. I'll take some 
>> of the 
>> machines once I set them up.
>> Drove up (with the whole family) to VA friday night, picked the 
>> machines 
>> saturday morning (good thing it stopped raining at that moment), my 
>> wife 
>> did a bit of shopping in Arlington and we drove back to NC.  The 
>> Challenge 
>> L (with 7 drives) was the heaviest. It was an interesting challenge 
>> (obviously that's how they came up with the name :P ) to get it from 
>> point 
>> A to point B. One of the Crimson is actually hiding in a Power 
>> deskside 
>> unit (4D Iris) and the other is in its proper red deskside. By far 
>> the 
>> prettiest machine. And of course they all have the pre-assimilation 
>> SGI 
>> cube logo, not the text abheration.
>> I will need a few parts to get the Crimsons up and running. In 
>> particular, 
>> I need 50 pin SCSI drives. What is the largest drive I can use? 
>> Anybody has 
>> a few drives, I'll need 8. I know they are on ebay all the time, but 
>> i'd 
>> trust more somebody from the list to get some that actually work. 
>> I'd love 
>> to get my hands on CDROM drives for these also, but I understand 
>> that they 
>> are extremely rare.
>> Network is 10mbit w/ aui adapter. I do have the adapter, but 10mbit 
>> is not 
>> the fastest, particularly to do an install from the Challenge. Were 
>> there 
>> any 100mbit available for them? How about a reality engine, anybody 
>> has 
>> one?
>> Lastly, I need Irix 6.2. I have 6.5 but the Crimsons wont run 
>> anything 
>> newer than 6.2.
>> The Challenge L is mostly in need of some cosmetic pieces: one of 
>> the 
>> bottom side trim and the back panel were missing. I'd also would 
>> love to 
>> add another 4 cpu board to make it complete but at any rate it's 
>> ready to 
>> be put back in service.
>> Francois
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