[rescue] O2 rescue: advice for an SGI (relative) newbie
mj at turner.org.za
Tue Mar 1 10:02:44 CST 2005
I've just acquired my first SGI system, an O2. It has 128M RAM,
a 150 Mhz R10K CPU and came with 2x4G drives (one internal,
one external). Luckily it came with IRIX media - both 6.3
and 6.5.4. I'm busy downloading the 6.5.22 maintenance
update (I don't have a support contract :P)
Today I purchased an 18G SCA drive to replace the internal
drive and I'm going to hunt around for more RAM (I'd guess
that 512M would be a comfortable target?) Anyone have any
RAM they're looking to sell?
A few questions:
(*) How best should I slice up the 18G drive? Should I split
it into different slices/partitions for different filesystems?
I see the IRIX docs mention having a single slice. I prefer
having /usr, /var, etc as separate slices, or is that too
much hassle with IRIX?
(*) I'm planning to use NetBSD pkgsrc for management of additional
software. Is that a good idea? Any alternatives?
(*) Is there any way to get USB working (eg with a PCI card)?
(*) Is it true that I can upgrade to an R12K CPU? I've seen some
reference to CPU upgrades, but I'm not sure how far I can
take this baby?
Thanks in advance! I haven't used IRIX and SGI systems for about
6 years, so forgive all the newbie questions :)
Michael-John Turner | http://mj.turner.org.za/
mj at turner.org.za | Open Source in WC ZA - http://www.clug.org.za/
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