Indy R5000PC 150mhz 128MB XZ

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Indy R5000PC 150mhz 128MB XZ

Unread postby MrKsoft » Sat Oct 01, 2016 2:39 pm

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CPU: MIPS R5000 Processor Chip Revision: 2.1
FPU: MIPS R5000 Floating Point Coprocessor Revision: 1.0
1 150 MHZ IP22 Processor
Main memory size: 128 Mbytes
Instruction cache size: 32 Kbytes
Data cache size: 32 Kbytes
Integral SCSI controller 0: Version WD33C93B, revision D
  Disk drive: unit 2 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 2)
On-board serial ports: 2
On-board bi-directional parallel port
Graphics board: GR3-XZ
Integral Ethernet: ec0, version 1
Integral ISDN: Basic Rate Interface unit 0, revision 1.0
Iris Audio Processor: version A2 revision 4.1.0
Vino video: unit 0, revision 0, IndyCam not connected


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Graphics board 0 is "GR2" graphics.
   Managed (":0.0") 1280x1024
   4 GEs, 1 RE, 24 bitplanes, 4 auxplanes, 4 cidplanes, Z-buffer
   GR2 revision 4, VB2.0
   HQ2.1 rev A, GE7 rev B,  RE3.1 rev A, VC1 rev B, MC rev C
   unidentified (0x0) monitor


This is the only SGI I own. I have replaced the hard drive with a 36GB SCA drive on an adapter.
It's a lot slower than I expected... it seems like everything crawls on it, even opening a terminal. I figure this is cause it's running IRIX 6.5.22 which is awfully heavy on it, but I can't find the special IRIX 5.3 for Indy R5000 media that is required. The R5000PC probably doesn't help either. I'm hoping I can find an R5000SC and an additional 128MB of RAM to see if that helps.
Despite the low performance, I do like the machine though. It's been a nice introduction to the SGI world, and it's really a looker!
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Re: Indy R5000PC 150mhz 128MB XZ

Unread postby josehill » Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:44 pm

MrKsoft wrote:It's a lot slower than I expected... it seems like everything crawls on it, even opening a terminal. I figure this is cause it's running IRIX 6.5.22 which is awfully heavy on it, but I can't find the special IRIX 5.3 for Indy R5000 media that is required. The R5000PC probably doesn't help either. I'm hoping I can find an R5000SC and an additional 128MB of RAM to see if that helps.

It's true that the R5000PC is noticeably slower than the R5000SC, but even when running 6.5.22, basic activities like opening terminal windows should be fine. If it's taking more than a second or so to open a terminal window, I'd look for a DNS configuration problem, which can lead to surprising delays in all sorts of places. I also suggest opening a gr_osview window and watching to see if there is a lot of memory swapping happening when you open a window. 128 MB is pretty much the minimum amount of RAM you'd want for running 6.5 on an Indy. On an Indy, IRIX 6.5 is much happier with 256 MB of RAM (or 192 MB, if that's all you can track down).

You also might consider trying IRIX 6.2, which is significantly "lighter" in terms of RAM and CPU load than 6.5. There were a couple of editions of IRIX 6.2 media, but any will work fine with your Indy, so much less guesswork than trying to find the right edition of IRIX 5.3.

Unfortunately, no matter what you do, you will never find a web browser on any Indy that will perform well with reasonably recent websites.

All that said, it's great to hear that you've enjoyed your Indy!

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Re: Indy R5000PC 150mhz 128MB XZ

Unread postby recondas » Sun Oct 02, 2016 4:09 pm

Congratulations and welcome! Nice looking system, my first SGI was also an Indy.

MrKsoft wrote:It's a lot slower than I expected... it seems like everything crawls on it, even opening a terminal.

If you haven't already done so you might also try running "chkconfig esp off" as root. ESP is turned on by default in new IRIX 6.5 installs, and has a well deserved reputation as performance boat anchor.
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Welcome to ARMLand - 0/0x0d00
running...(sherwood-root 0607201829)
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Re: Indy R5000PC 150mhz 128MB XZ

Unread postby MrKsoft » Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:00 pm

Yeah, I haven't really done much IRIX exploration even though I've had this machine for a while. Turning off services made a considerable difference. Idling at desktop with about 80MB free and boot time has been cut to about 2 minutes from 5+. I also set the name resolution to Files>DNS>None to favor local files. Still pokey but much more bearable. I'm not expecting miracles anyway, I just want to play with it and maybe do some 2D graphics.

Question: Should the Vino input require the full CPU power? The wiki says it should be able to DMA the contents to the screen without a severe performance penalty, but when I was messing with it (not capturing, just viewing in a non-resized window) I could barely even switch to another window without a few seconds or more of delay. Just wondering if that's normal.
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