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by Irinikus
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: Maintaining Hardware / fesability of keeping hardware running
Replies: 46
Views: 1524

Re: Maintaining Hardware / fesability of keeping hardware running

Not every SGI will survive for forever, but if it's honestly something we care about (and I have every indication that we do), we certainly have the skills, knowledge, and technology to keep a lot of units of a lot of models of SGIs running for a lot of years into the future. Nothing is forever. Es...
by Irinikus
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: Maintaining Hardware / fesability of keeping hardware running
Replies: 46
Views: 1524

Re: Maintaining Hardware / fesability of keeping hardware running

If the machine is plugged in all the time, then parts of the power supply are always energised. Inrush current is rather bad for capacitors, and the caps in a power supply are more likely to experience this phenomenon when the power supply is allowed to discharge completely as a result of the machin...
by Irinikus
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: Maintaining Hardware / fesability of keeping hardware running
Replies: 46
Views: 1524

Re: Maintaining Hardware / fesability of keeping hardware running

It seems like you're having quite a time with all the things blowing and all, my deepest sympathies. :( At some point, all of our SGI systems are going to need to be recapped. If a machine is left standing, for a long time, as mine generally do, it might eventually be wise to have it's power supply ...
by Irinikus
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: sgi vr hardware reccomendations
Replies: 2
Views: 107

Re: sgi vr hardware reccomendations

It would be awesome to get your hands on some of the original VPL virtual reality hardware, like that which was used in "The Lawnmower Man".

Although probably very crude, it would be correct for the period.

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by Irinikus
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Indigo 2 Hardware Dilemma!!! :(
Replies: 12
Views: 210

Re: Indigo 2 Hardware Dilemma!!! :(

Tell him that he must make use of a bigger, double-walled box and use bubble wrap with large bubbles to wrap the machine, (At least 3-4 complete layers) and then fill all of the spaces between the box and the wrapped machine with foam "peanuts". The bubble wrap will offer protection agains...
by Irinikus
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Indigo 2 Hardware Dilemma!!! :(
Replies: 12
Views: 210

Re: Indigo 2 Hardware Dilemma!!! :(

I know the feeling and it's horrible! :( It absolutely amazes me how badly people in general tend to pack items. (Not a thought goes into it at all!) You just need to handle one of these machines to realise that the plastics are extremely brittle and that it will need to be extremely well packaged w...
by Irinikus
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Sun
Topic: Would you like some Java with that JavaStation?
Replies: 21
Views: 1001

Re: Would you like some Java with that JavaStation?

miod wrote:I will have a look at my JS PSU once I'm back home. Currently travelling for ${DAYJOB} for a few days.


Thanks very much, I really appreciate it.
by Irinikus
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Sun
Topic: Would you like some Java with that JavaStation?
Replies: 21
Views: 1001

Re: Would you like some Java with that JavaStation?

Looks like a standard mini-DIN-8, same as an old Macintois serial cable. In order to find the pins here is what I would suggest. Open the unit up down to the board. Find a ground and use a continuity tester to find the ground pins. Map those out. Then find the traces going to voltage regulators, an...
by Irinikus
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Sun
Topic: Would you like some Java with that JavaStation?
Replies: 21
Views: 1001

Re: Would you like some Java with that JavaStation?

I now have two JavaStation-10's (one is a brand new unit) the only problem is that I don't have a power supply brick. (This I will definitely need to source.) It seems that people who hung onto these units usually kept them for display purposes and didn't keep the Power Supplies as a result! :( The ...
by Irinikus
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: Computer with a real serial port
Replies: 16
Views: 453

Re: Computer with a real serial port

Those Dell's are really cool!

I currently use an old HP Nx6120 with a Centrino CPU as my terminal laptop and it works fine for me. (Nice and neat)

I would love to have an old IBM Think-Pad, but that rubberised coating.......???
by Irinikus
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: your latest purchase
Replies: 876
Views: 30663

Re: your latest purchase

I bought a Macintosh IIfx. Wicked fast! Very cool! Please document your adventures with it somewhere. =) I will once I get it. Trying to upgrade the RAM is gonna be "fun" though, thanks to proprietary SIMMs... Very cool system indeed, I just watched some videos covering them on Youtube. I...
by Irinikus
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Apple
Topic: What Apple hardware do we have?
Replies: 134
Views: 11096

Re: What Apple hardware do we have?

Waiting to see how new Mac Pro pans out price/performance wise. Im sure the Mac Pro 2018 will be one hell of a machine! As you well know from using these products, performance (the numbers generated by benchmarks) are not the only thing of importance, there are some aspects that simply can't be mea...
by Irinikus
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What pointless thing are you doing right now?
Replies: 335
Views: 20978

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Are the fuses in question designed to show physical signature to indicate that they've blown?

I've only recently become aware that surface mount fuses exist. (Ignorance is bliss I suppose)
by Irinikus
Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Intel backdoor: not a bug, a feature (buy a new processor!!!)
Replies: 43
Views: 1054

Re: Intel backdoor: not a bug, a feature (buy a new processor!!!)

Personally, I take a neutral approach - I've owned plenty of AMD and Intel systems over the years and I wouldn't call either of them "poor quality". Both companies have had their ups and downs over the years, but good competition is healthy for the industry. Agreed, it doesn't help to be ...
by Irinikus
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: I like workstations dedicated to only one purpose ...
Replies: 7
Views: 349

Re: I like workstations dedicated to only one purpose ...

That IBM really kicked some ass! Here are some details on the IBM system. (planned availability from 27th of June 2005) http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&infotype=an&appname=iSource&supplier=897&letternum=ENUS105-164 It just shows you how quickly systems be...

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