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Indy R4600 133MHz, 128MB, 24-bit Newport NG1

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:26 am
by darkninja
This is my old work workstation, Mihoshi from country.com in 1996. I brought it home when it was retired and used it for a while, but it has been off for a few years. It has and external caddy-load CD-rom drive, 2 Seagate ST39173N 9GB hard drives, and a Phobos G100 100Mbit ethernet card. I removed one of the 9GB drives due to noise and heat. I decided to fire it up to see if it still works. It does. The drive sounds a bit like a popcorn popper, but it always has. I'd like to get a quieter, bigger drive and max the ram at some point.
It is running IRIX 6.2, which is what it retired with. Still has Netscape Communicator and a lot of the Netscape dev tools installed. It can pull up nekochan.net (styling is a little off) but I can't log in from it. Would like to compile Synergy 1.5 for it for keyboard and mouse sharing with my desktop Windows and Linux boxes.

Edit: Upgraded the RAM to 256MB from 128, and installed a 73GB 2.5" Seagate Savvio drive with the contents of the 2 9GB drives.

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Iris Audio Processor: version A2 revision 4.1.0
1 133 MHZ IP22 Processor
FPU: MIPS R4600 Floating Point Coprocessor Revision: 2.0
CPU: MIPS R4600 Processor Chip Revision: 2.0
On-board serial ports: 2
On-board bi-directional parallel port
Data cache size: 16 Kbytes
Instruction cache size: 16 Kbytes
Main memory size: 256 Mbytes
Vino video: unit 0, revision 0, IndyCam connected
Integral ISDN: Basic Rate Interface unit 0, revision 1.0
Integral SCSI controller 0: Version WD33C93B, revision D
  Disk drive: unit 1 on SCSI controller 0
Graphics board: Indy 24-bit
mihoshi 51% /usr/gfx/gfxinfo -v
Graphics board 0 is "NG1" graphics.
        Managed (":0.0") 1280x1024
        24 bitplanes, NG1 revision 6, REX3 revision B, VC2 revision A
        MC revision C, xmap9 revision A, cmap revision D, bt445 revision D
        Display 1280x1024 @ 76Hz, monitor id 15
mihoshi 52% uname -a
IRIX mihoshi 6.2 03131015 IP22


Also from the same job I have a teal Indigo 2 and a Challenge S that I'll post separately when/if I get them going, and a Challenge L that I didn't have space or power for, so I eventually donated to the Jurassic Park:Origins guys. And bunches of SGI CD's from the late 90's to early 2000's.

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Stephen

Re: Indy R4600 133MHz, 128MB, 24-bit Newport NG1

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:35 am
by darkninja
Pic or it didn't happen...

Re: Indy R4600 133MHz, 128MB, 24-bit Newport NG1

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:44 am
by sgifanatic
Great looking Indy... Complete with Indycam!

Re: Indy R4600 133MHz, 128MB, 24-bit Newport NG1

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:44 am
by ClassicHasClass
Nice setup. Always like the Indys. :)

Re: Indy R4600 133MHz, 128MB, 24-bit Newport NG1

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:20 am
by vishnu
Wow that's a beaut! I've got one just like it that I still use for running PV Wave ... 8-)

Re: Indy R4600 133MHz, 128MB, 24-bit Newport NG1

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:41 pm
by darkninja
Thanks for the complements!

A couple of questions:
Has anyone "restyled" an LCD/flat panel monitor to look more like an SGI Monitor? Granite paint?
Anybody have any spare chrome plastic SGI "bug" logos? I had 3 or 4 non-working SGI tube monitors that I recycled a few years ago, and didn't think to try to pry the logos off.
My el-cheapo "Balance" monitor doesn't quite fit the style of the Indy, but at least it is native 1280x1024 and works with SOG.

I am using a dip-switch style 13w3-VGA cable ( http://amzn.com/B001UJCL6Q http://www.cablesonline.com/613mtohdmsvg.html ) set up as "SGI Sync on Green" It works, but defaults to 1024x768 (which I guess makes sense with no id/sense pins connected). I set monitor h in prom, and it stays at 1280x1024 now, but it defaults to 60HZ. It will run at 76HZ (tried it with setmon) but it doesn't last past reboots. Any way to make the refresh frequency more permanent?

Re: Indy R4600 133MHz, 128MB, 24-bit Newport NG1

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:04 pm
by japes
I might have a logo, let me check my inventory. It would have been from an Origin 200 front door.

Why bother forcing a refresh rate faster than 60 Hz? Unless you're looking at a CRT monitor I don't see the point. 60 Hz is just fine feeding a LCD (as long as it syncs properly).

I really like the Indy. My Indy was out running Photoshop at a local vintage computer faire last weekend.

Re: Indy R4600 133MHz, 128MB, 24-bit Newport NG1

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:22 pm
by darkninja
japes wrote:I might have a logo, let me check my inventory. It would have been from an Origin 200 front door.


Cool, thanks.

japes wrote:Why bother forcing a refresh rate faster than 60 Hz? Unless you're looking at a CRT monitor I don't see the point. 60 Hz is just fine feeding a LCD (as long as it syncs properly).


Hmmm, I thought it had a slight shimmer/flicker at 60Hz that went away when I set it higher. Maybe just psychological...

japes wrote:I really like the Indy. My Indy was out running Photoshop at a local vintage computer faire last weekend.


That's awesome. I didn't know PS was even available for Irix.

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Stephen

Re: Indy R4600 133MHz, 128MB, 24-bit Newport NG1

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:14 pm
by guardian452
Sorry to say but if your LCD is flickering the backlight bulb/ballast is probably on it's way out. It has nothing to do with the refresh rate... :( If it's a cheapie it may have always done it and be nothing to worry about :)

Very nice indy, I had PS 3.0 on Irix and it did really well on octane and onyx. (I have not owned an indy, yet)

Re: Indy R4600 133MHz, 128MB, 24-bit Newport NG1

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:29 pm
by vishnu
I've got PS 3.0 on my Octane (and Illustrator 5.5 and Premiere 4.2) and it is still eminently useful as an image editor. For simply viewing images I much prefer xv, it loads 10 times faster than PS and for all that is still a pretty respectable image editor...