Octane: 2xR12k@360MHz, EMXI, 1GB - updated

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Octane: 2xR12k@360MHz, EMXI, 1GB - updated

Unread postby Krokodil » Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:51 am

Here is Krokodil's Octane. Found on fleabay for $350 CDN. a few months back. Had to fight off some marauders to get it, but I won.

Initially it came with a dual 250MHZ CPU, which I couldn't help but take the opportunity to replace with a dual 360MHZ. For graphics it was a dual head system and came with EMXI and SI boards. The EMXI had atleast one bad TRAM so I replaced the entire board and didn't bother putting the SI back in, since I have no use for dual head and I'm sure it helps the Octane run a bit cooler.

I also ditched the single ancient 4GB HDD for 2 new 137GB Fujitsu SCSI's. The machine came with 1GB of RAM and the second generation of Lucent power supplies needed for dual head configurations.

Machine arrived in good cosmetic condition, no cracks, only scuffs, sticker residue and some scratches on the top. slight dent in the corner above the video board, and missing power supply handle. The door is present and it's mechanisms are intact.

Will post pics and glxinfo later.

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2 360 MHZ IP30 Processors
Heart ASIC: Revision E
CPU: MIPS R12000 Processor Chip Revision: 3.5
FPU: MIPS R12010 Floating Point Chip Revision: 0.0
Main memory size: 1024 Mbytes
Xbow ASIC: Revision 1.3
Instruction cache size: 32 Kbytes
Data cache size: 32 Kbytes
Secondary unified instruction/data cache size: 2 Mbytes
Integral SCSI controller 0: Version QL1040B (rev. 2), single ended
  Disk drive: unit 1 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 1)
  Disk drive: unit 3 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 3)
Integral SCSI controller 1: Version QL1040B (rev. 2), single ended
IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty1
IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty2
IOC3 parallel port: plp1
Graphics board: EMXI
Integral Fast Ethernet: ef0, version 1, pci 2
Iris Audio Processor: version RAD revision 12.0, number 1
  PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x10a9, device 0x0003) PCI slot 2
  PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1077, device 0x1020) PCI slot 0
  PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1077, device 0x1020) PCI slot 1
  PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x10a9, device 0x0005) PCI slot 3


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Here is gfxinfo

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Graphics board 0 is "IMPACTSR" graphics.
        Managed (":0.0") 1280x1024
        Product ID 0x3, 2 GEs, 2 REs, 4 TRAMs
        MGRAS revision 4, RA revision 0
        HQ rev B, GE12 rev A, RE4 rev C, PP1 rev H,
        VC3 rev A, CMAP rev E, Heart rev E
        21" monitor (id 0xb)

        Input Sync: Voltage - Video Level; Source - Internal; Genlocked - False
        Channel 0:
         Origin = (0,0)
         Video Output: 1280 pixels, 1024 lines, 72.24Hz (1280x1024_72)
         Video Format Flags:  (none)
         Sync Disabled
         Using Gamma Map 0
         Monitor Type:  HTC-44162
         Gain (all color components) - 1.000000 (nominal)


Here is glxinfo

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display: :0.0
server glx vendor string: SGI
server glx version string: 1.3 Irix 6.5
server glx extensions (GLX_):
    EXT_import_context, EXT_visual_info, EXT_visual_rating,
    SGI_make_current_read, SGI_swap_control, SGI_video_sync, SGIX_fbconfig,
    SGIX_pbuffer, SGIX_swap_group.
client glx version 1.3
client glx extensions (GLX_):
    EXT_import_context, EXT_visual_info, EXT_visual_rating,
    SGI_make_current_read, SGI_swap_control, SGI_video_sync, SGIX_fbconfig,
    SGIX_pbuffer, SGIX_swap_group.
OpenGL vendor string: SGI
OpenGL renderer string: IMPACT/2/2/4
OpenGL version string: 1.1 Irix 6.5
OpenGL extensions (GL_):
    EXT_abgr, EXT_blend_color, EXT_blend_logic_op, EXT_blend_minmax,
    EXT_blend_subtract, EXT_convolution, EXT_copy_texture, EXT_histogram,
    EXT_packed_pixels, EXT_polygon_offset, EXT_subtexture, EXT_texture,
    EXT_texture3D, EXT_texture_object, EXT_vertex_array, SGI_color_matrix,
    SGI_color_table, SGI_texture_color_table, SGIS_texture_filter4,
    SGIS_detail_texture, SGIS_texture_border_clamp, SGIS_texture_select,
    SGIS_texture_lod, SGIX_list_priority, SGIX_pixel_texture,
    SGIX_texture_multi_buffer.
glu version: 1.3 Irix 6.5
glu extensions (GLU_):
    EXT_abgr, EXT_nurbs_tessellator, EXT_object_space_tess, EXT_packed_pixels,
    EXT_texture, SGI_filter4_parameters.

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 id dep cl sp sz l  ci b ro sz sz sz sz bf th cl  r  g  b  a ns b
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0x20  8 pc  .  8  . c  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 24  8  .  .  .  .  . .
0x21  8 pc  .  8  . c  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . .
0x23  8 pc  y  8  1 c  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . .
0x24  8 pc  .  8  1 c  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . .
0x25 12 pc  . 12  . b  .  . 12  .  .  .  . 24  8  .  .  .  .  . .
0x26 12 pc  . 12  . b  .  . 12  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . .
0x27 12 pc  . 12  . b  y  . 12  .  .  .  . 24  8  .  .  .  .  . .
0x28 12 pc  . 12  . b  y  . 12  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . .
0x29 12 pc  . 12  . c  y  y  .  .  .  .  . 24  8  .  .  .  .  . .
0x2a 12 pc  . 12  . c  y  y  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . .
0x2b 12 tc  . 16  . r  y  .  4  4  4  4  . 24  8 16 16 16 16  . .
0x2c 12 tc  . 16  . r  y  .  4  4  4  4  .  .  . 16 16 16 16  . .
0x2d 12 tc  . 16  . r  y  y  4  4  4  4  . 24  8 16 16 16 16  . .
0x2e 12 tc  . 16  . r  y  y  4  4  4  4  .  .  . 16 16 16 16  . .
0x2f 15 tc  . 16  . r  y  .  5  5  5  1  . 24  8 16 16 16 16  . .
0x30 15 tc  . 16  . r  y  .  5  5  5  1  .  .  . 16 16 16 16  . .
0x31 15 tc  . 16  . r  y  y  5  5  5  1  . 24  8 16 16 16 16  . .
0x32 15 tc  . 16  . r  y  y  5  5  5  1  .  .  . 16 16 16 16  . .
0x33 24 tc  . 32  . r  y  .  8  8  8  8  . 24  8 16 16 16 16  . .
0x34 24 tc  . 32  . r  y  .  8  8  8  8  .  .  . 16 16 16 16  . .
0x35 24 tc  . 32  . r  .  .  8  8  8  8  . 24  8 16 16 16 16  . .
0x36 24 tc  . 32  . r  .  .  8  8  8  8  .  .  . 16 16 16 16  . .
0x37 24 tc  . 36  . r  y  . 12 12 12  .  . 24  8 16 16 16 16  . .
0x38 24 tc  . 36  . r  y  . 12 12 12  .  .  .  . 16 16 16 16  . .
0x39 24 tc  . 36  . r  .  . 12 12 12  .  . 24  8 16 16 16 16  . .
0x3a 24 tc  . 36  . r  .  . 12 12 12  .  .  .  . 16 16 16 16  . .
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   visual  x  bf lv rg d st  r  g  b a  ax dp st accum buffs  ms
 id dep cl sp sz l  ci b ro sz sz sz sz bf th cl  r  g  b  a ns b
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Re: Octane: 2xR12k@360MHz, EMXI, 1GB

Unread postby nongrato » Thu Aug 27, 2015 5:11 am

Very cool. it's nice to have a MGRAS Octane since many cool demos, apps and expansion options are incompatible with later graphics.

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Re: Octane: 2xR12k@360MHz, EMXI, 1GB

Unread postby Krokodil » Fri Aug 28, 2015 2:32 pm

nongrato wrote:Very cool. it's nice to have a MGRAS Octane since many cool demos, apps and expansion options are incompatible with later graphics.


Well I would've just replaced the board with vPro right away but the pixel clock bug in the v6/v8 is a deal breaker and finding the V10/V12 on it's own is almost impossible, or goes for astronomically high prices and would require upgrading everything to Octane2 standards, an expensive endeavor.

The EMXI is old, but it still does most everything fairly well and mplayer as long as the video has the right bitrate, resolution and codec.

Here is a pic, probably not the only pic I'll post, but right now It's running and I don't want to shut it off.

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Re: Octane: 2xR12k@360MHz, EMXI, 1GB

Unread postby duck » Sat Aug 29, 2015 10:02 am

Krokodil wrote:Well I would've just replaced the board with vPro right away but the pixel clock bug in the v6/v8 is a deal breaker and finding the V10/V12 on it's own is almost impossible, or goes for astronomically high prices and would require upgrading everything to Octane2 standards, an expensive endeavor.


Nah, MGRAS is fine... also, the only thing you have to upgrade for the highend VPro is the XBow (yours is 1.3, you need 1.4), jan-jaap had one for sale yesterday (but it went right quick :-)

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Re: Octane: 2xR12k@360MHz, EMXI, 1GB

Unread postby uunix » Sat Aug 29, 2015 11:06 am

That's a very nice clean Octane. Good show.

But what's this about a v6 clocking bug?
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Re: Octane: 2xR12k@360MHz, EMXI, 1GB

Unread postby duck » Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:13 pm

uunix wrote:But what's this about a v6 clocking bug?


The v6 and the v8 have this (hardware) bug where the display will be blank even if a valid mode is loaded when the pixel clock is between 109 and 193MHz, also called "frequency hole"... see more on the threads linked here

Apparently it was not enough of an issue to halt production, but it's effectively impossible to produce some modes on LCD:s due to the limits in frequencies allowed. With CRTs, you can bypass the issue by just driving the display at a higher refresh rate.
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Re: Octane: 2xR12k@360MHz, EMXI, 1GB

Unread postby Krokodil » Sat Aug 29, 2015 6:36 pm

duck wrote:
Krokodil wrote:Well I would've just replaced the board with vPro right away but the pixel clock bug in the v6/v8 is a deal breaker and finding the V10/V12 on it's own is almost impossible, or goes for astronomically high prices and would require upgrading everything to Octane2 standards, an expensive endeavor.


Nah, MGRAS is fine... also, the only thing you have to upgrade for the highend VPro is the XBow (yours is 1.3, you need 1.4), jan-jaap had one for sale yesterday (but it went right quick :-)

Edit: Congrats on finding a working lightbar btw :-)


I was skeptical of the MGRAS capability initially, but videos play very well when they're tailored to the hardware. I watched Rambo 1, Flight of the Phoenix(original) and The Count of Monte Cristo on there without any issues.

I would also need a Cherokee power supply to upgrade to V10/V12 no?

Yes the working lightbar was the one of the things that I considered when I bid on the Octane, along with the cosmetic condition, hardware configuration, cost of it getting it into a usable state, door intact, etc. When it burns out I'm replacing it with LED's, the way it really should of been done originally. :)

uunix wrote:That's a very nice clean Octane. Good show.

But what's this about a v6 clocking bug?


Thanks, though it does have some scuffs, a sticker residue and some light scratches on the top and a slight mangleage at the very edge of the skin above the rear corner, where there is a mysterious corner dent. But entirely intact otherwise.

Unfortunately for the V6/V8, I'm in the process of getting rid of the last of my boat anchors(CRT's) so only a V10/V12 would be suitable for my LCD's. That is one advantage of MGRAS hardware, is that it supports a fairly good set of resolutions on either CRT or LCD's at standard refresh rates.
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Re: Octane: 2xR12k@360MHz, EMXI, 1GB

Unread postby hamei » Sat Aug 29, 2015 7:52 pm

Krokodil wrote:That is one advantage of MGRAS hardware, is that it supports a fairly good set of resolutions on either CRT or LCD's at standard refresh rates.

Another advantage, if you want to play with video, is that most of the video options work much more seamlessly with Mardi Gras. In fact, some of them won't work at all with VPro.
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Re: Octane: 2xR12k@360MHz, EMXI, 1GB

Unread postby duck » Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:18 am

Krokodil wrote:I would also need a Cherokee power supply to upgrade to V10/V12 no?


No, that's what SGI recommended, but it seems it works just fine with the old lucent (my octane doesn't have thew newer PSU for instance, and it's got V12 graphics and dual R12k CPUs. I've had it running with three disks as well, but now it only has one). Perhaps if it's really stacked, it might cause a problem?
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Re: Octane: 2xR12k@360MHz, EMXI, 1GB

Unread postby hamei » Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:23 am

duck wrote: Perhaps if it's really stacked, it might cause a problem?

Hard to know without testing ... maybe give it a try and let us know ?
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Re: Octane: 2xR12k@360MHz, EMXI, 1GB

Unread postby Krokodil » Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:28 am

duck wrote:
Krokodil wrote:I would also need a Cherokee power supply to upgrade to V10/V12 no?


No, that's what SGI recommended, but it seems it works just fine with the old lucent (my octane doesn't have thew newer PSU for instance, and it's got V12 graphics and dual R12k CPUs. I've had it running with three disks as well, but now it only has one). Perhaps if it's really stacked, it might cause a problem?


Maybe they were thinking of a full XIO carrier when they wrote that directive?

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duck wrote: Perhaps if it's really stacked, it might cause a problem?

Hard to know without testing ... maybe give it a try and let us know ?
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