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by jan-jaap
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Low power home network setups
Replies: 2
Views: 119

Re: Low power home network setups

I always pay attention to power usage when selecting infrastructure bits, especially if it has to run 24/7. My old server used to consume ~150W. It was a pain to save energy with that thing; virtualization messed with power saving settings and kept the disks spinning 24/7. So I abandoned that, and w...
by jan-jaap
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Hardware Wanted
Topic: WTB: Powerbook G4, 12in / 1.5GHz
Replies: 10
Views: 190

Re: WTB: Powerbook G4, 12in / 1.5GHz

Those 'super caps' don't exactly last forever. My surround receiver in the living room has one and every time we'd go away for more than a few days it would loose all FM presets and other settings. I replaced it and it survived the summer holidays just fine.
by jan-jaap
Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Hardware For Sale/Trade
Topic: Tezro for sale (mine) (located in The Netherlands)
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: Tezro for sale (mine) (located in The Netherlands)

uunix wrote:Yum... :cry:

Road trip, combined with a weekend in Amsterdam ;)
by jan-jaap
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Hardware Wanted
Topic: TEZRO WANTED please
Replies: 13
Views: 462

Re: TEZRO WANTED please

sgi4evah wrote:looking for a Tezro or Prism (desk-top) [...] ### EDITED TO COMPLY WITH FORUM RULES ###.

The Prism doesn't run IRIX but Linux.
by jan-jaap
Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Intel backdoor: not a bug, a feature (buy a new processor!!!)
Replies: 43
Views: 988

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

I'm glad I'm buying a Talos. Because AMD still has issues including the Security Processor which cannot be disabled (the BIOS switch is just a dummy switch similar to the AMT switch in an Intel BIOS) as it is integral to boot. I may sound like a villain from a James Bond movie, but: you may run fro...
by jan-jaap
Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What pointless thing are you doing right now?
Replies: 335
Views: 20809

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

If anyone has experience writing PCI drivers for Irix, I'd be very interested to hear more info. I have. Conceptually it's not too different from how things work in Linux. Unlike Linux, all relevant information can be found in a single document, the IRIX Device Driver Programmer's Guide . If you ca...
by jan-jaap
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Intel backdoor: not a bug, a feature (buy a new processor!!!)
Replies: 43
Views: 988

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

This was down to the IME or I'll eat my hat. Start eating, it has something to do with speculative execution from userspace resulting in leaking information from more privileged protection rings and/or defeating KASLR : https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/02/intel_cpu_design_flaw/ But it's got to...
by jan-jaap
Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: your latest purchase
Replies: 872
Views: 30132

Re: your latest purchase

I got several SGI related gizmos including an Indycase and this Infinite Reality decoration:
kona.jpg

It's a 6" wafer, but I couldn't tell you if we're looking at GE chips here or something else.

Happy 2018 to you all!
by jan-jaap
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Modern monitor on SGI is possible?
Replies: 11
Views: 386

Re: Modern monitor on SGI is possible?

If the system has a 13W3 port, you need a suitable 13W3-HD15 (vga) converter. Your monitor needs to deal with the sync-on-green put out by the Octane. If the system has a V12 graphics board with DCD option installed, it has two DVI ports. Each supports resolutions up to 1920x1200. A 'modern' monitor...
by jan-jaap
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Octane: System board NIC diagnostic *FAILED*
Replies: 8
Views: 266

Re: Octane: System board NIC diagnostic *FAILED*

The NIC is on the IP30 system board, not the frontplane. It looks like a battery, but is an iButton that just holds the system serial number or hostid. You got that in reverse I'm afraid. Here's a picture of the frontplane, with the NIC in the red square (it even says 'system id'): frontplate.jpg T...
by jan-jaap
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Sun
Topic: Sunfire v880 with XVR-4000
Replies: 55
Views: 1779

Re: Sunfire v880 with XVR-4000

How does your Power Rack system compare to your Onyx2 in terms of noise? It sounds a bit like a vacuum cleaner but not quite that loud. The 4D also makes a different type of noise compared to an Onyx2. Lower and deeper, probably because the card cage is a bigger volume. I tolerate this type of nois...
by jan-jaap
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Sun
Topic: Sunfire v880 with XVR-4000
Replies: 55
Views: 1779

Re: Sunfire v880 with XVR-4000

Here's a link to Doogie Rick's YouTube tour of the v880, also showing the installation of a Sun PC card in the machine. (the PC card is not officially qualified on the V880) https://youtu.be/qTfGq93Juso Was looking at that video and saw something I recognized: beta5-1.jpg I know those, I've got tho...
by jan-jaap
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: your latest purchase
Replies: 872
Views: 30132

Re: your latest purchase

JacquesT wrote:A Dell 2407WFPb monitor, hopefully I'll get a half decent IRIX desktop now.

Should work. I've used them at work with a Fuel (using DVI) and Onyx2 (using a 13W3-VGA cable).
by jan-jaap
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: ACARD/SSD vs. 1Gb/10Gb Ethernet
Replies: 6
Views: 278

Re: ACARD/SSD vs. 1Gb/10Gb Ethernet

Did you at least set up a network segment with jumbo frames? The standard frame size of ~ 1500 bytes will quickly overwhelm the system with interrupt load.

Also, with NFS there are many parameters to tweak. On both ends.
by jan-jaap
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Sun
Topic: Sunfire v880 with XVR-4000
Replies: 55
Views: 1779

Re: Sunfire v880 with XVR-4000

Irinikus wrote:excluding the various rack-mount systems, as they don't interest me at all

Irinikus wrote:They are unfortunately not able to source an Enterprise 10000 [...] so there goes that plan! :(

That escalated quickly :mrgreen:

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