[rescue] SGI Impact 10000

jodys at helluin.org jodys at helluin.org
Thu Aug 16 13:10:25 CDT 2007

On Thu, Aug 16, 2007 at 02:00:54PM -0400, Phil Stracchino wrote:
> I have a chance to snag an Impact 10000, exact specs unknown.  I don't
> remember the status of Sun/SGI interoperability; should a Sun monitor
> work with this?  Or is it framebuffer dependent?

Excellent! The purple Indigo2s are rather nice machines, though the lack
of on board 100Mbit ethernet does hamper things.

WRT to monitor support.

Maybe. The pinout for 13w3 is different on SGI than it is on a Sun. It's
possible that seperate sync or composite sync will get routed funny and
confuse the monitor. If the monitor supports sync on green and deals
with the spurious sync signals you should be fine. If your monitor
supports sync on green and it doesn't work you can always take a spare
monitor cable and snip all of the pins except for grounds, red,
green, and blue. With a 13w3 cable or adapter just snip the 10 pins in
the center leaving only the coaxial connections.

> I'm told it works with a standard PS/2 mouse/keyboard.  Is a generic
> PS/2 keyboard fine, or are there key events recognized by the OS that
> are only generated by an SGI keyboard?

Nothing special, any one will work. The ps/2 SGI keyboard has no extra
keys, it's just a normal PC keyboard with a cool logo. Likewise with
the mouse, later versions of Irix even support wheel mice.

Have fun!


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