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Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:46 am 
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Hmm - would it be possible to have a single Octane with an Odyssey graphics option installed for IRIX with an (E)SI also installed for Linux/X?

(Presumably a PCI card would be preferable, since IRIX will safely ignore it.)

Just curious...

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Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:06 am 
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Probably, I think ARCboot allows for dual boot capability or you could just swap hard drives which is what i used to do. I have had both an Odyssey and an ESI in the same system before and used it to do Dual monitors on IRIX even, so this isn't far fetched at all I wouldn't think. FYI Dual odyssey works well too if you take the carriers off but you have to be really careful inserting them into the machine. Once in they stay pretty well though. Unfortunately it still looks like Odyssey isn't supported in linux. :-( Having both Odyssey and Impact cards in the same system can be a little tricky, I posted awhile back on this here: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12242

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Hmm Octane 2 + PCI card cage + Voodoo 3 PCI...

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Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:00 pm 
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Ryan Fox wrote:
Hmm Octane 2 + PCI card cage + Voodoo 3 PCI...

Sounds like a challenging project. But once the sense of accomplishment wears off you'd be left with what, a 600MHz <or slower> system with PCI-based graphics and a commodity operating system?

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Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 1:40 am 
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Sure, but the project is still worth it for pure hack value. Then you dual-boot back to IRIX to do real work. That said, if anyone gets HW-accelerated OpenGL working on any SGI, combined with 5DWM/MaXXDesktop, you might get something useful and IRIXy out of it. (Not that it helps for IRIX apps, of course, but hey...) No harm in trying, right?


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Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:27 am 
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Indeed....and someday (as much as I hate to say it) IRIX will no longer be maintained whereas Linux looks like it will be around for the foreseeable future. So maintaining some sort of usefulness on some really cool vintage hardware would be nice... There's no harm in trying.

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Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 2:29 pm 
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Hmm Octane 2 + PCI card cage + Voodoo 3 PCI...
Interesting, get an tip from Ian that on some point nVidia maked IRIX beta drivers for their current PCI gfx back then, dunno was for TNT or something ? and that was for the Octane indeed ... what a guess - sgi denied the public availability of those - well that`s strange for them no ? ;) who knows where they are now ... in some dusty, dark corner ...

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