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by Elf
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: If you must use Windows 10 and default apps is driving you crazy...
Replies: 24
Views: 474

Re: If you must use Windows 10 and default apps is driving you crazy...

I gave Windows 10 a shake and was disappointed, of course. I am in the process of installing my Windows based development tools into Win7 VMs, however I recently found Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB. It may be a way to make Windows 10 more tolerable, if you have to use it: Enterprise LTSB is a long-term...
by Elf
Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Octane 2 Hardware schematics and assembly drawings sought I a Searching for Octane2 Hardware schematicsandassembly dra
Replies: 14
Views: 317

Re: Octane 2 Hardware schematics and assembly drawings sought I a Searching for Octane2 Hardware schematicsandassembly

That's why I've made backup copies of them. That includes GE boards of GTX or VGX graphics. I already had an EPROM burner, the other day I received an UV eraser as well :) Thank you :) You say ~20 yr lifetime from when written, I say the apparently-dead-node has pumped a lot of oil in its life. The...
by Elf
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Octane 2 Hardware schematics and assembly drawings sought I a Searching for Octane2 Hardware schematicsandassembly dra
Replies: 14
Views: 317

Re: Octane 2 Hardware schematics and assembly drawings sought I a Searching for Octane2 Hardware schematicsandassembly

What I am starting to worry about with the age of the SGI gear are things like PROMs decaying, whether single (E)PROM chips or inside other things like PLDs. Supposedly they have a ~20 yr lifetime from when written.
by Elf
Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Whats it like living in japan?
Replies: 8
Views: 380

Re: Whats it like living in japan?

It's very hard to obtain citizenship in Japan, I've done research and it's very stringent. I plan to obtain citizenship in another country first before as the US citizenship makes it expensive and financially inviable to live and work overseas, since you have to pay taxes to both governments. Sort ...
by Elf
Sun May 21, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: SGI Power Supply Tester (and other projects)
Replies: 15
Views: 585

Re: SGI Power Supply Tester

This is great, and this is what I would want in THE ultimate adaptor.. Just my needs really and I do have many adaptors, but these have eluded me. Thanks! :) SUN (Type 6 below? None USB & Keyboard and Mouse in one) IN --TO-- PS/2 / USB OUT. The SUN keyboard 5/6 is a really neat keyboard, if a l...
by Elf
Sun May 21, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: SGI Power Supply Tester (and other projects)
Replies: 15
Views: 585

Re: SGI Power Supply Tester

Interesting! Does this transform a USB keyboard to a PS/2, Sun, SGI style keyboard plus PS/2 mouse? Would be really useful. Will this also work with an Indigo (1)? Yes, and yes :) USB Keyboard & Mouse to PS/2, the old async serial SGI keyboard (Indigo, 4D, Crimson, Onyx), and Sun Type 5. Since ...
by Elf
Sat May 20, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: SGI Power Supply Tester (and other projects)
Replies: 15
Views: 585

Re: SGI Power Supply Tester

Well, finally recovering (financially) from getting the van fixed, so I will be back to this soon.

Also a peek at another project I just started:
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by Elf
Sun May 14, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Old serial keyboard DIP switch (Indigo, 4D, Crimson, Onyx)
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: Old serial keyboard DIP switch (Indigo, 4D, Crimson, Onyx)

miod wrote:It is just an 4-bit country code, the upper 4 bits being apparently unused.
You can get a list in /usr/include/sys/kbd.h: [...]

Thank you very much! :)
by Elf
Sun May 14, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Old serial keyboard DIP switch (Indigo, 4D, Crimson, Onyx)
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: Old serial keyboard DIP switch (Indigo, 4D, Crimson, Onyx)

Oh, interesting! I don't suppose there is a listing of settings sitting around anywhere?

Disclosure: I'm working on a new adapter for USB keyboard/mouse to SGI serial, Sun Type 5, and PS/2.
by Elf
Sun May 14, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Old serial keyboard DIP switch (Indigo, 4D, Crimson, Onyx)
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Old serial keyboard DIP switch (Indigo, 4D, Crimson, Onyx)

I was looking at the IRIX keyboard(7) man page , where it describes the protocol used by the old-style asynchronous serial keyboard (Indigo, 4D, Crimson, and Onyx). I noticed it mentions a DIP switch on the keyboard in several places, to do with a configuration byte pair that the keyboard will send ...
by Elf
Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: QNX+X11
Replies: 5
Views: 220

Re: QNX+X11

Most people these days use RDP or Citrix thin client terminals for that sort of use case. There are a bunch made by Wyse (now owned by Dell), HP, etc. They're just cheap PCs with a Linux based or custom OS, and you can usually turn off the peripheral ports (which in any case aren't used for much exc...
by Elf
Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: My Fuel now has a power supply and Dallas chip, but no graphics yet. Can I connect to it over serial?
Replies: 12
Views: 356

Re: My Fuel now has a power supply and Dallas chip, but no graphics yet. Can I connect to it over serial?

Ouch! I used to hack up serial cables in a similar way, years ago. I would recommend getting a bunch of DB9 and DB25 F/M to RJ-45 shell adapters and a pair of DB-9 and DB-25 serial break out boxes. Convert everything back and forth from standard DEC (a.k.a. Cisco) pattern modular jack serial connect...
by Elf
Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: SGI Power Supply Tester (and other projects)
Replies: 15
Views: 585

Re: SGI Power Supply Tester

Thanks :)
by Elf
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: SGI Power Supply Tester (and other projects)
Replies: 15
Views: 585

Re: SGI Power Supply Tester

I just received the first set of boards from OSH Park today and they look great! Unfortunately... @Wolfcry just ran our van into a rock wall today and it is looking like it will cost a lot to repair. So I cancelled my outstanding Digikey orders and it looks like I will have to put this off for a whi...
by Elf
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What pointless thing are you doing right now?
Replies: 252
Views: 14556

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Sounds like you tried some cheap bulbs and got burned by faulty power supplies. I've had good luck with Hyperikon (IMO they are the best), CREE, Samsung, and Luxeon/Lumileds (for automotive). I would avoid Philips, TCP, Feit, or anything with the word "smart" in the product name. [...] So...

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