Y888099 wrote:johnnym wrote:HP 9000 Model 712/80
I owned a 712*100Mhz/192MB of ram, it was good as X11 terminal, but with gentoo it took 15 weeks (24h/24) just to compile a minimal stage4
Sounds like a good burn-in test. If it doesn't went up in flames during 105 days of continuous operation, heat might not be a problem for the electronics of this machine (although the 712/100 has a different system board then my 712/80).
kramlq wrote:johnnym wrote:A HP 9000 Model 712/80 (w/maxed out RAM and additional VRAM module installed) thanks to FlasBurn.
Nice. I've got a 712/100 with 192Mb which is quite slow, but probably one of my favourite machines. They were never speed demons - even back in the days these were current, they were mainly used as glorified xterminals where I worked (i.e. an xterminal but with a floppy drive, which is why they were chosen over proper xterminals by the guys in testing).
Actually speed is not that an issue, as long as there are other options to compile or update software. And especially for Debian on HPPA it's easy to just use a later machine for this work (same for OpenBSD and NetBSD I guess). Nevertheless I was shocked how demanding apt is nowadays. Of course I made it extra hard by using a NFS root FS over a 10 Mbps NIC.
kramlq wrote:In terms of maxing it out, beyond RAM, its quite difficult out as the parts are rare. I've got probably the most useful GIO option: the 2nd VGA and Ethernet GIO Card with breakout cable, but you don't see them for sale much.
Is this a 100 Mbps NIC then?
kramlq wrote:The second (teleshare) slot is also impossible to find anything for, but pretty useless these days anyway. Even the floppy + matching bezel is very difficult to find outside of buying a complete system with one installed.
Fortunately for me FlasBurn had the original non-floppy bezel, which I like even more for a machine that should be used without disks.
kramlq wrote:There is also a nice matching external CDROM and HDD if you want to go for the full setup
Yeah, I've seen a few pictures of these external devices on the web. They look pretty cute. Sun had a similar idea for their lunchbox models. I got two SPARCclassics with matching CDROM and disk enclosures. Makes a nice tower.
Two blazingly fast 50 MHz MicroSPARCs, a high-speed CDROM and SCSI disk, all in one tower!
With the words of IBM - although they meant another machine - "[...] this system is a supersonic race car on the IT highway. [...]" (taken from http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/hardware/775/).
I wonder why SGI never thought about external enclosures for single CDROM and disk drives that match the design of the base machine (i.e. CDROM for Octane, etc.).