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Octane1 2x300MHz, 2GB RAM, EMXI

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:47 am
by mrthinlysliced
A gentleman kindly dropped this off yesterday. Is a best-parts-from-three mismash the chap had obtained after the science department stopped using them. The gent intended to have a bit of fun with it but after 5 years sitting in a corner of his office and having a young family -> goes up on ebay.


Skins are in great condition as is the machine in general - but needs a bit of love to get rid of dust and muck build up (todays job).

Then onto a fresh network install along with the necessary extra tools + locking down the network.

(Anything special I should look out for to get necessary compilers installed?)

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IRIS 1# hinv -vm
Location: /hw/node
      PM20300MHZ Board: barcode HKH112     part 030-1356-001 rev  J
Location: /hw/node/xtalk/15
            IP30 Board: barcode HXY417     part 030-1467-001 rev  B
Location: /hw/node/xtalk/15/pci/2
             FP1 Board: barcode JDL871     part 030-0891-003 rev  E
    PWR.SPPLY.ER Board: barcode AAE9160390 part 060-0035-001 rev  C
Location: /hw/node/xtalk/12
           MOT20 Board: barcode HLX377     part 030-1240-003 rev  F
2 300 MHZ IP30 Processors
Heart ASIC: Revision F
CPU: MIPS R12000 Processor Chip Revision: 2.3
FPU: MIPS R12010 Floating Point Chip Revision: 0.0
Main memory size: 2048 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 2 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 2)
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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IRIS 2# /usr/gfx/gfxinfo
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 F, Heart rev F
        21" monitor (id 0xb)

        Channel 0:
         Origin = (0,0)
         Video Output: 1280 pixels, 1024 lines, 60.00Hz (1280x1024_60)

Re: Octane1 2x300MHz, 2GB RAM, EMXI

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:53 am
by Irinikus
Thats very nice! :D

Confirm it's your first SGI?

Re: Octane1 2x300MHz, 2GB RAM, EMXI

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:20 am
by mrthinlysliced
First personal SGI :-)

First SGI I've used in 20 years hehe.

Going to have some fun with this. My muscle memory for bash (set -o emacs) is strong and results in constant CTRL-U start agains.

Re: Octane1 2x300MHz, 2GB RAM, EMXI

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:22 am
by Irinikus
Welcome to the club!

That's a nice config you have there, I hope it serves you well. :D

Re: Octane1 2x300MHz, 2GB RAM, EMXI

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:32 pm
by mrthinlysliced
Cheers! We just finished bath time to brighten up the skins.

I dissembled almost everything and gave it all a good clean - apart from the power supply and underneath the front mainboard. Quite the mess under the rear fan when I took it off, nothing some cotton tips couldn't get to and sort out.

Might have a go at those another time but that's enough for today - still have the naked chassis verified as booting and happy.

Re: Octane1 2x300MHz, 2GB RAM, EMXI

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:55 am
by JacquesT
Lovely config you have, the dual 300mhz is no slouch and should run just about anything you throw at it.

If it's gonna live on your desk / below your desk consider getting the psu fan and scsi backplane fan swapped for quieter ones.

Re: Octane1 2x300MHz, 2GB RAM, EMXI

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:22 am
by mrthinlysliced
Thanks Jacques, I do feel a little like I struck gold :-)

Some before and after shots of the "big cleaning":

Before 1+2:

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After 1+2:

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Sunlight really changes the green into blue - quite bizarre - it doesn't look that blue in person!

So - I'm more than happy with that - it came up a treat. I may have to have another go at the front door panel again, I didn't go too hard with the cleaning around there out of fear of damaging the lettering, but it still looks to me like there's some dirt there.

And then last night I managed to get IRIX 6.5.30 network installed together with all the bits and pieces.

So now I have an account and can log in - but my user sees these weird fonts on the desktop:


Shouldn't I be seeing the font(1) instead of the font it's using for (2)?

Anyone have any idea where I've gone wrong or what I've done wrong?

Basically I took the 6.5 base plus the 6.5.30 overlays and added everything, removed the java bits in conflicts and installed.

I think I may have skipped using EZSetup to add the account - possible that's the cause?

Cheers for any pointers,


Re: Octane1 2x300MHz, 2GB RAM, EMXI

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:03 am
by JacquesT
Wow, looks great! Is this the eBay 'paypal will be refunded job?'

No, the EZSetup should not have that effect.

Just checked my 6.5.30 O2 install, both fonts match. I assume you installed from overlay 1, fed in the other 'disks' and then just went on from there?

Try Toolchest -> Desktop -> Customize -> Desktop Settings -> change Sizes of Dynamic fonts to 'medium.' Log out / log in.

Re: Octane1 2x300MHz, 2GB RAM, EMXI

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:39 pm
by mrthinlysliced
RE: "paypal will be refunded" - yep, I'd kinda written that one off - and a little later the seller replied to my inquiries and we exchanged a few messages that convinced me he was legit -> once he changed the payment method so no need for paypal + cash I had little to lose :-)

Turned out to be quite a gent and someone who cares and enjoys these machines too. He'd done a 6.5 install a couple of nights before bringing the machine over - I'm guessing so he could have a bit of fun with it too :-)

Thanks for the pointer on dynamic fonts - it was already set to medium (I did try changing to the various settings there and logging out, for info) - but no go unfortunately.

Strangely it's for all users (I created a new test account too this time using EZSetup) - it's almost like there is a missing font or the font cache doesn't have all of them.

For the install I network minirooted from 6.5, then bundled all of 6.5.30 overlays and other extras during the (DINA) install:

compiler (MIPSPro bits)

I'm not too invested in this install yet so maybe I'll try redo with a base 6.5 install first and afterwards use the .30 overlays + extras.

Re: Octane1 2x300MHz, 2GB RAM, EMXI

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:55 pm
by uunix
You language is incorrect.

From the Toolchest select.. Desktop -- Customize-- Language

Then ensure:

Country is set to Great Britain (English Latin 1....)
Language English (Latin 1....)

Re: Octane1 2x300MHz, 2GB RAM, EMXI

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:15 pm
by mrthinlysliced
Thanks uunix, that's got it, fonts are back to normal and readable now.

PEBKAC error during my "ooo, it's running lets play a little" undoubtedly.

Edit: And just in case someone else comes across this - I'd stupidly set the root account language wrong too, which was the "root" (ha) cause of other account issues.