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by jan-jaap
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Onyx rack start-up problem
Replies: 6
Views: 61

Re: Onyx rack start-up problem

Oh, since you didn't realize the serial ports are wired in a non-standard way: beware of high voltage differential SCSI inside the Onyx. That is not the same as low voltage differential (LVD) SCSI. If you connect an SE or LVD device to a HVD bus, magic smoke will escape. Normally, one of the SCSI bu...
by jan-jaap
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Onyx rack start-up problem
Replies: 6
Views: 61

Re: Onyx rack start-up problem

3) Do I need any software on hdd or other media to perform the "Diagnostics"? The Onyx performs fairly comprehensive diagnostics when it is powered on. "Big iron" diagnostics are not included with IRIX, like for the workstations. The diagnostics version and the IRIX version it i...
by jan-jaap
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Onyx rack start-up problem
Replies: 6
Views: 61

Re: Onyx rack start-up problem

1) What does it mean "sysctlr_getserial: got bad response char: '-1'" While I could guess, I don't know what that means. Some problem with the System Controller... does it store a serial number in its Dallas timekeeper? Correct. The system serial number is stored at least twice: once in a...
by jan-jaap
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: Nekochan Net
Topic: A smear campaign against nekochan.net mods on reddit
Replies: 58
Views: 2331

Re: A smear campaign against nekochan.net mods on reddit

miod wrote:And we Pete all live in the town's (h)end. That's who we are!

You're my generation. I can't explain why :mrgreen:
by jan-jaap
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: C-Ray FP/CPU Benchmark Test Results
Replies: 158
Views: 10847

Re: C-Ray FP/CPU Benchmark Test Results

Btw, did you know Phoronix adopted c-ray as one of their standard tests? It sometimes crops up in CPU reviews on Anandtech and elsewhere. :D Hmmm. c-ray is a rather trivial program that runs entirely in L2 cache of any CPU made in the last 20 years or so. So while it may say something about CPU per...
by jan-jaap
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: Maintaining Hardware / fesability of keeping hardware running
Replies: 19
Views: 374

Re: Maintaining Hardware / fesability of keeping hardware running

However, I will still end up by owning most, if not all of the SGI's produced, preserved in a functional state for collectors purposes That's more or less what I pieced together, though I certainly didn't start with that plan in mind. And in the process of acquiring all that hardware I ended up wit...
by jan-jaap
Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Onyx 10000 deskside keyboard issues
Replies: 3
Views: 68

Re: Onyx 10000 deskside keyboard issues

Try to replace the keyboard, mouse and the cable which connects them to the system? Alternatively, test the keyboard and mouse with a compatible system (Indigo). At least you'll know whether to blame the system, or the peripherals. I believe the keyboard controller is on the IO4 board, but there's a...
by jan-jaap
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: Maintaining Hardware / fesability of keeping hardware running
Replies: 19
Views: 374

Re: Maintaining Hardware / fesability of keeping hardware running

Which system with good performance do you think would probably be the easiest to keep going far into the future? Define "good performance" ;) Seriously though: if a 5 year old MacPro crushes an 8 CPU Onyx 350 by an order of magnitude , how do you think any SGI will compare to a contempora...
by jan-jaap
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: Maintaining Hardware / fesability of keeping hardware running
Replies: 19
Views: 374

Re: Maintaining Hardware / fesability of keeping hardware running

I've had my fair share of these problems over the years. I too used to own an Onyx that would eat one or two boards every year. I must have changed most of the system over time and it just would keep failing. I hated that thing. In the end someone gave me an Onyx IR and this one never had a single p...
by jan-jaap
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: your latest purchase
Replies: 754
Views: 25129

Re: your latest purchase

I've ordered for it already a Wi-Fi mini-PCIe card from China Mine's purely a router, I do wireless with a dedicated AP (currently an old router, but I plan to move to a mesh solution). I tried Linux based routers with AP functionality without much success before. Always something: either it needs ...
by jan-jaap
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: your latest purchase
Replies: 754
Views: 25129

Re: your latest purchase

Shiunbird wrote:- Not pictured: a PC Engines board, with AES-NI support, to be my future router and replace the Ciscos in the VPN I have with a few friends.

I've been using an apu2c4 running pfSense for a while now and couldn't be happier.
by jan-jaap
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: SGI: hinv
Topic: R12K O2
Replies: 9
Views: 410

Re: R12K O2

I've seen O2's (and Octanes) that had problems with memory sticks, but I've never been able to pin it on the sticks themselves. I had the feeling it affected the memory sockets furthest away from the CPU, so might be related to signal integrity. No amount of cleaning would fix it. For the Octane mai...
by jan-jaap
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Nekochan Net
Topic: How can we encourage better group participation on this site?
Replies: 47
Views: 1125

Re: How can we encourage better group participation on this site?

Intuition wrote:Ok,, given all of this context... Have you guys ever considered a facebook page for SGI computers?

If you're not paying anything, you're the product, not the customer.

Facebook? Count me out.
by jan-jaap
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: [RESOLVED] o2 not able to get online anymore.
Replies: 12
Views: 315

Re: o2 not able to get online anymore.

Looks like a DNS error to me.

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