Subject: Re: [rescue] SGI rackmount computer case.... what SGI ?

Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. rescue at
Mon Mar 22 08:18:32 CST 2004

try e-mailing

msc921 at

that is the e-mail address of the seller.

He may have more.

Currently I still plan to keep mine.

The case is made by Enlight.

It is a very nice case.  Mine did not come with the rack mount brackets,
however those may be available through Enlight.

-- Curt

On Mon, 2004-03-22 at 01:46, Earl D. Baugh Jr. wrote:
> Actually, I the fact that they've described it as an ACER board isn't a 
> negative,
> it's actually a positive towards supporting that this is the SGI 
> board.  Because
> I have an SGI board that is VERY close to this. (I've got a 320).
> And when I got it, I went Googling for doc's on the jumpers, etc on 
> it.  From the tags and id's on
> the board, I found out that the SGI board for the 320's is at least a 
> derivative  of one that ACER built.
> Dunno if  ACER built it for SGI (or remanufactured it for them..or 
> what)  But the doc's are like 98% identical.
> There does seem to be some small differences, which from what I recall 
> described more capabilities in the SGI board than
> the standard ACER one.    But I know for a fact that the graphics card 
> there is the stock version that SGI shipped.
> I'll have to post a picture of my board so you can see the similarities 
> ......I'd love to get one of those cards
> and a case like that.....I love the motherboard...wish I had bought the 
> other one the guy had at the computer
> show....he had two, I bought one.    I just put dual PIII 866's in it, and 
> it cranks.  BTW, there is one weirdness that I
> discovered.  If you use a standard PCI video card, or even a "basic" AGP 
> card, you can't get into the BIOS screens.
> It needs at least 32MB....the first two AGP cards I had in it wouldn't let 
> me in.   I actually only just got into the BIOS this
> past week when I put in the new processors and decided to put in a video 
> card I had when I had the case open (on a lark).
> Wasn't sure exactly what version of SCSI it supported, none of the SCSI 
> drives I had in the pile seemed to work it was as if the
> SCSI wasn't initializing....but I couldn't get into the BIOS to see what it 
> was set up as....and I wasn't sure what "flavor" of SCSI
> the bus that I know it can support LVD drives,I'll have to 
> re-check the pile.   It should work better, since now that I actually
> turned ON the SCSI bus....another reason I'm glad I can get into the BIOS 
> now....
> Would love to get more/better storage on it. I wish I had the 
> case...Curtis, let me know if you decide to part with
> it...I've got the board for that I know what the case probably was 
> like.
> I see one with dual 1Ghz processors, I may go get a pair of 
> only said in the doc's that it "supported up to 850's"
> and that it should support "future" CPU's...Anybody tried something faster 
> than 866's in a 320?
> Earl
> Thomas Gallaway wrote:
>  >
>  >> A while back, Curtis Wilbar picked up a rackmount SGI case. Some
>  >> argued that it might have been a fake. One of the argument was that
>  >> the chassis was not stainless.
>  >>
>  >>
>  >>
>  >> Shows that casing again, but populated with an ACER motherboard. It
>  >> does have a serial card with SGI silkscreened on it. So I dont know.
>  >> Was this a fake or not? We'll never know for sure, but it looks like
>  >> it's something that never made it into production.
>  >>
>  >> Francois
>  >>
>  >
>  >Those are actually not fake. These are real SGI machines. I've seen one
>  >of those in a warehouse once where it came from SGI (in a SGI box).
>  >Guess one of the reasons they did this cause they wanted to do the same
>  >like companys rebadging SGI gear. SGI builds big powerfull machines,
>  >then their PC's must be good too.
>  >
>  >-- Thomas
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