[rescue] AlphaServer ES40 in Chicago- Anyone interested?

Ian Finder ian.finder at gmail.com
Wed Mar 26 18:30:25 CDT 2008

The heart ASIC problem us what did my first octane system board in.

It was a first revision though.

On Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 6:05 PM, Joshua Boyd <jdboyd at jdboyd.net> wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 06:10:19PM -0500, Scott Newell wrote:
>  > At 04:03 PM 3/26/2008, Joshua Boyd wrote:
>  >
>  > >I still have one of those too, although I upgraded mine with TRAM, RAM,
>  > >a 300mhz chip, bigger and faster disk, and a PCI cage.
>  >
>  > Yeah, I did the disk, ram, and bargain R12K CPU update too.  Still
>  > kicking myself for not grabbing a MENET when they were dirt cheap ($15?).
>  >
>  >
>  > >Now the Octane sits with the servers (and is used by others for CPAN
>  > >testing), and I have a Fuel under my desk, which is a lot faster (but
>  > >not as cool a machine).
>  >
>  > Didn't know you ended up getting a Fuel.  Is it any quieter than the Octane?
>  A little.  Due to it's resemblence to a PC, it is probably more feasible
>  to modify the fans for quiet on this machine than the Octane.
>  I've only have the Fuel for six weeks or so.  A few years I picked up a
>  Crimson, and I traded the Crimson for a Fuel and a U80 earlier this
>  year.  Between the memory speed boost and the R14k chip, it runs rings
>  around the Octane.
>  What would be optimal would be to find an affordable console extender
>  and run appropriate cables from the basement to the office.  Then I
>  could consider upgrading to an Onyx2 (well, cost of aquisition and
>  electricity aside), or KVMing between the Octane and Indigo.
>  Actually, I take that back about still having the same Octane.  I do
>  still have the same graphics, but the PSU, Chassis, and midplane are
>  new.  First the compression connector for the PCI cage became suspect
>  (the first PCI cage I aquired had its connector became damaged, so after
>  that I wouldn't trust the other side of the connector either), and then
>  the motherboard developed a problem with the heart chip, so I got an
>  identical Octane from Linc and swapped the parts I'd upgraded into the
>  new Octane.  I gave the octane with the heart problem to a former SGI
>  engineer for old times sake.
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 Ian Finder
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