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by robespierre
Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:46 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Indigo2 Hardware problems
Replies: 13
Views: 1005

Re: Indigo2 Hardware problems

I seem to have fixed it by switching the "autopower" nvram variable from y to n. Still not sure why it would bounce when turning it off normally, it was as if it interpreted the power switch as a power failure.
by robespierre
Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: O2 400 mhz CPU and capacitors.
Replies: 10
Views: 398

Re: O2 400 mhz CPU and capacitors.

I wonder if SGI used a solder paste that is especially brittle. I just received a PCI-X card that has one of the small chip capacitors broken off, too.
by robespierre
Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:29 pm
Forum: IRIX and Software
Topic: Is there an Irix portability layer?
Replies: 41
Views: 3316

Re: Is there an Irix portability layer?

the Alpha's PALcode can be seen as a superset of a hardware abstraction layer, but it does more than that. I believe the idea came from Cutler's PRISM project at DEC.
by robespierre
Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:18 pm
Forum: IRIX and Software
Topic: Is there an Irix portability layer?
Replies: 41
Views: 3316

Re: Is there an Irix portability layer?

the point is that a "hardware abstraction layer" is only useful if you want the same kernel binaries to run on different machine architectures. this isn't how any version of unix that I'm familiar with works; instead the kernel is recompiled for even relatively minor changes in configurati...
by robespierre
Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:30 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: O2 Solid Amber LED: Dead motherboard?
Replies: 1
Views: 128

Re: O2 Solid Amber LED: Dead motherboard?

You may have hosed it while troubleshooting—there was a warning label on some O2s that admonished against inserting/removing the main IP32 module while power is at the power inlet. But most O2s don't seem to have it anymore. There is also a nvram variable called "autopower" that can make a...
by robespierre
Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: IRIX and Software
Topic: Is there an Irix portability layer?
Replies: 41
Views: 3316

Re: Is there an Irix portability layer?

I think what you are looking for is called "unix", a software layer that has been ported thousands of times to include virtually every architecture designed since 1980.
by robespierre
Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:52 am
Forum: IRIX and Software
Topic: color correction for printing in Irix
Replies: 14
Views: 753

Re: color correction for printing in Irix

Adobe Illustrator files up through AI8 are indeed PostScript (you can edit them with a text editor). The special magic for Illustrator is contained in comments. Font substitution never really works right because the metrics for the fonts won't match, so they won't display as the file creator anticip...
by robespierre
Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:29 am
Forum: IRIX and Software
Topic: Conic Curves
Replies: 7
Views: 801

Re: Conic Curves

also recommend FriCAS.
by robespierre
Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:38 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: What HP/DEC/Compaq do we have.
Replies: 123
Views: 9256

Re: What HP/DEC/Compaq do we have.

those Cipher tape units are neat, I've always been impressed by half-inch tape machines.
by robespierre
Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: IRIX and Software
Topic: reset graphics
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: reset graphics

# /usr/gfx/setmon -x -p0 1280x800_72

you don't need to reboot, just restart the X server. shift-control-F12-/
by robespierre
Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:38 pm
Forum: Sun
Topic: Is Solaris worth the hassle ?
Replies: 66
Views: 5201

Re: Is Solaris worth the hassle ?

Yeah. When you come right down to it, the modern world is a scary place for some of us. If the best you can find to run your country is only slightly less retarded than a chimpanzee with Down's syndrome, I'm scared. I admit it. This is just the Peter Principle in action. Hasn't it always been that ...
by robespierre
Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:35 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: I Knew It!: Simply Too Good To Be True...
Replies: 17
Views: 1927

Re: I Knew It!: Simply Too Good To Be True...

A real company tried to implement this idea and failed.
The Silicon Film EFS-1 Saga...
Search the web, there were a lot of stories in photography magazines about it from 1998-2001.
by robespierre
Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:31 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: O2 and crystal eye glasses
Replies: 5
Views: 499

Re: O2 and crystal eye glasses

Yes, the stereo sync port is for use with the VGA output, because neither the Presenter 1280 panel nor the 1600SW panel is capable of stereo refresh rates. You either use the flat panel port or the stereo port, not both at once.
by robespierre
Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Indigo2 Hardware problems
Replies: 13
Views: 1005

Re: Indigo2 Hardware problems

On a related subject, has anyone seen the syndrome where the Indigo2 doesn't want to turn off? It starts as soon as the power plug is connected, and pressing the power button only makes it turn off for a fraction of a second before bouncing on again. I wonder what causes that?
by robespierre
Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Indigo2 Hardware problems
Replies: 13
Views: 1005

Re: Indigo2 Hardware problems

now I understand ;)

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