[rescue] SGI Impact 10000

kevin at pipeline.com kevin at pipeline.com
Thu Aug 16 13:19:03 CDT 2007

Unless i'm mistaken, the IMPACT level graphics are the same as first gen Octane (MGRAS), just with a slower bus and less potential TRAM (1mb max vs 4mb max).

Someone put me in my place here if i'm off.


-----Original Message-----
>From: Sridhar Ayengar <ploopster at gmail.com>
>Sent: Aug 16, 2007 10:09 AM
>To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
>Subject: Re: [rescue] SGI Impact 10000
>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?
>Well, the IMPACT is actually the graphics.  That machine will be an 
>Indigo^2.  A *very* nice machine, BTW.
>IMPACT is actually a series of graphics cards.  There were three levels, 
>Solid IMPACT, High IMPACT and Maximum IMPACT, in that order.  The Solid 
>IMPACT is fine for 2D stuff, but I'd upgrade, if you want to do any 3D. 
>  The Solid IMPACT does have 3D acceleration, but the other two are a 
>good bit faster and have texture RAM, which the Solid IMPACT lacks.  If 
>memory serves, the Max IMPACT has twice as much TRAM as the High IMPACT.
>A Sun monitor will work, but I believe the pinouts are different on the 
>13w3 connectors.  If you use a cable that has only the three coax pins, 
>I believe you'll be alright.
>> 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?
>Nope.  The SGI keyboard is a regular 101-key jobbie.  I've used them on 
>PCs, and used an IBM Model M on my Indigo^2 without any trouble.
>Peace...  Sridhar
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