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My first SGI has arrived...

Unread postby rimmer » Wed May 16, 2018 1:16 pm

Just got my first SGI in the post today; an R12K@270Mhz with 1GB of RAM. :)

In a seperate negotiation I've secured an R12K@400Mhz CPU, NOS in original packaging, so after installing this, I hope to get acquainted with SoftImage 3.9. I used to fool around with 3DS on a 386 computer, back in the day. ;)

Unfortunately, the seller had done a less than stellar job at packaging, even after explicit instructions from me. :cry:

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However, he is willing to share in the cost of replacing the broken plastics, and communications with him are good, so I'm hopefull. I've already emailed Ian, enquiring about the plastics.

I've also accuired the 1600SW to complete the package; the seller in Germany must have studied "International Packaging 101" in the same school as the seller of the computer, because the inside mechanics for adusting the height of the screen had completely vaporised... :evil: I have'nt got the heart to post images of this. Only positive thing is the Multilink I got with the screen, so now I'm (also) on the hunt for a replacement stand for the 1600SW...

Well, I guess there's not much more to it. Looking forward to getting my little beauty up and running in new clothings :D
I'll update this post as the restoration and upgrade efforts unfold.

/Rimmer

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Re: My first SGI has arrived...

Unread postby JacquesT » Wed May 16, 2018 1:21 pm

Ouch! O2's really do suffer the most when it comes to shipping.

Have you got a Mulilink adapter or the O2 Flat Panel adapter card that plugs onto the motherboard? If you have the Multilink adapter, you wouldn't be able to take the rear metal cover off and take a detailed photo of the PCB? I'm trying to fix the one I have...

Well done on the O2 though, hope you can get it salvaged and up and running.
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Re: My first SGI has arrived...

Unread postby uunix » Wed May 16, 2018 1:35 pm

Where are you located..?
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Re: My first SGI has arrived...

Unread postby rimmer » Wed May 16, 2018 1:40 pm

It’s the multi link adapter for dvi connections; I’ve already tried it with my MacBook Pro over a dvi-miniDisplayPort adapter. Works,aside from a slightly annoying, high-pitch hum from the display when I turn up the brightness.

I’ll post pictures of the inside of the box tomorrow evening.

As for the Flat Panel card; I’m in the process of acquiring this also. The seller is working out the postage.

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Re: My first SGI has arrived...

Unread postby rimmer » Wed May 16, 2018 1:40 pm

I’m in Denmark, Europe. Apologies for my incomplete profile. Will fix now.

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Re: My first SGI has arrived...

Unread postby Irinikus » Wed May 16, 2018 8:25 pm

Speak to Ian Mapleson “mapesdhs” as he may be able to supply you with good plastics.
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Re: My first SGI has arrived...

Unread postby miod » Wed May 16, 2018 10:34 pm

Irinikus wrote:Speak to Ian Mapleson “mapesdhs” as he may be able to supply you with good plastics.

He mentioned having emailed him in his post...
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Re: My first SGI has arrived...

Unread postby Irinikus » Wed May 16, 2018 11:25 pm

miod wrote:
Irinikus wrote:Speak to Ian Mapleson “mapesdhs” as he may be able to supply you with good plastics.

He mentioned having emailed him in his post...


Apologies for that, as I appear to have missed that detail! :oops:
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Re: My first SGI has arrived...

Unread postby Intuition » Thu May 17, 2018 11:39 am

Ouch, my 400mhz o2 was obliterated like this. Though, I was about to have Ian send me some plastics I ended up finding a custom Octane paint thread and decided to make a project out of it since the pieces were not too shattered. There were three big pieces and a couple small pieces so I bought a dremel and some course to fine sandpaper. Its a white case o2 now. viewtopic.php?f=3&t=16731128&hilit=o2+custom

Yours looks a bit more busted up though on the base. My base was intact but the blue shell of yours is far better condition.
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Re: My first SGI has arrived...

Unread postby rimmer » Thu May 17, 2018 1:13 pm

@intuition: Great show there; I really like the outcome of your efforts.

I'd like a replacement set of plastics to restore the machine to it's original looks, and actually I'm thinking of doing something similar to your restoration, on my current, broken shroud. The base is toast, and so be it. I fear my skills are nowhere near yours, but so be it... :)

Also, as a side note, has anyone seen this shroud on "that auction site":

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I wonder if the dark areas are the result of plastic yellowing of the surrounding case, or if the surrounding area is simply darkened with grime, which might come off?

Please advise if you have knowledge of aging SGI plastics and yellowing. Purchasing this from the states would pose a significant investment in shipping and customs fees, never mind the hazards of shipping...

Thanks!

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Re: My first SGI has arrived...

Unread postby Intuition » Thu May 17, 2018 2:47 pm

I commented on that seller earlier this year due to his extensive collection of SGI goods.

Everyone said that he is a member here and is a good SGI person if I recall correctly.

Glad you liked the efforts on the o2. As long as your o2 boots and runs the rest is just a matter of time to get back to stock look.
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Re: My first SGI has arrived...

Unread postby jan-jaap » Thu May 17, 2018 3:51 pm

rimmer wrote:I wonder if the dark areas are the result of plastic yellowing of the surrounding case, or if the surrounding area is simply darkened with grime, which might come off?

The first option. I would not assume that that can be undone.

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Re: My first SGI has arrived...

Unread postby JacquesT » Fri May 18, 2018 5:15 am

I had the same on one of my Octane machines, luckily it was on the side. I could not get rid of the yellow-green tint.
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Re: My first SGI has arrived...

Unread postby pierocks » Fri May 18, 2018 12:10 pm

Maybe try this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retr0bright

I don't have any experience with it, but it might be able to get rid of that yellow/green tint?
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Re: My first SGI has arrived...

Unread postby rimmer » Fri May 18, 2018 10:50 pm

Retobright is based on hydrogen peroxide. I think this would definitively remove grime, yellowing due to UV discoloration - and most of the color within the plastics...

But I have been contemplating the very same, and maybe I should try a little Retrobright on the inside of my cracked blue shroud, to verify the consequences on the plastics.

I have used it on old Macintosh equipment from the 80'es, where yellowing of the white plastics are very common. I seems, however, that the process of yellowing in some plastics is not linear process; more so an accelerating one, where old plastics in some/most cases tend to re-yellow quite rapidly.

If I do go down this path, I'll be sure to post pictures for everyone to enjoy.

Thanks!


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