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eBay: Very Clean Personal IRIS in Indiana

Unread postby SiliconClassics » Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:46 pm

Seller is asking a hefty price considering that it doesn't even power up, but how often do you see a clean, complete PI on eBay anymore? Aside from some damage to the rear plastic fan grill it looks almost perfect.
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Re: eBay: Very Clean Personal IRIS in Indiana

Unread postby jan-jaap » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:51 pm

Looking at the ports on the E-module, that's a 4D/2x, not a 4D/3x.

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Re: eBay: Very Clean Personal IRIS in Indiana

Unread postby smj » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:37 pm

Ah, I thought that was going to be the $1,200 + S&H unit I spotted on ePay over the weekend.

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Re: eBay: Very Clean Personal IRIS in Indiana

Unread postby mopar5150 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:53 pm

That is a beautiful piece and the price does not sound that bad. Nice plastics and sheet metal are always the hard to find part of this hobby.
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Unread postby Raion-Fox » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:17 pm

I sold a PI for $100... and gave away another in 2013/2015 each
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Re: eBay: Very Clean Personal IRIS in Indiana

Unread postby pentium » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:47 pm

The is like the fourth or fifth PI I've seen show up for sale anywhere in the last six months. Why the sudden resurgence?
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Re: eBay: Very Clean Personal IRIS in Indiana

Unread postby Intuition » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:10 pm

I'd love to see what a PI user experience is like. Though I know it probably isn't that capable overall, to see what the older Irix and software was like on it would be fun for a day or so. I've almost bought a Iris Indigo on Ebay a few times just to see what the first wave SGI experience was like. BUT,, then I think... the o2 is about as slow as I can handle now. So why go back?
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Re: eBay: Very Clean Personal IRIS in Indiana

Unread postby SiliconClassics » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:12 am

Whoa - already sold. Anyone here the proud new owner?
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Re: eBay: Very Clean Personal IRIS in Indiana

Unread postby uunix » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:30 am

I have a qic tape with NetFlash backup tool on it. Were they called qic tapes?
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Re: eBay: Very Clean Personal IRIS in Indiana

Unread postby jan-jaap » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:53 am

Intuition wrote:I'd love to see what a PI user experience is like. Though I know it probably isn't that capable overall, to see what the older Irix and software was like on it would be fun for a day or so. I've almost bought a Iris Indigo on Ebay a few times just to see what the first wave SGI experience was like. BUT,, then I think... the o2 is about as slow as I can handle now. So why go back?

A 4D/35 is technically largely identical to an Indigo R3000, except for the VME slot, the GR1.5 vs. XS/XZ/Elan graphics. That, and it's brown skins covering 35kg of solid steel. If you can find all the pieces you can run IRIX 3.3.2 on a Personal IRIS, but there's essentially zero software available and porting is a pain in the behind due to the pre-ANSI system headers. There's no source code out there to show off the NEWS interface.

With IRIX 4.0 and X11 it's more usable, and with sufficient RAM (at least 32MB) you could even run IRIX 5.3 on it.

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Re: eBay: Very Clean Personal IRIS in Indiana

Unread postby gijoe77 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:11 pm

Intuition wrote:I'd love to see what a PI user experience is like. Though I know it probably isn't that capable overall, to see what the older Irix and software was like on it would be fun for a day or so. I've almost bought a Iris Indigo on Ebay a few times just to see what the first wave SGI experience was like. BUT,, then I think... the o2 is about as slow as I can handle now. So why go back?


I ended up dedicating my Indigo2 Extreme as an IRIX 5.3 coff system, purely to run the oldest software I can get my hands on for that authentic 1993 user experience. I'm not sure what the next "level down" would be - IRIX 3 or 4, but I do think it would be cool to see both in action - maybe someone can find or make some video's and we can get our fix in :)

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uffa! Is NeWS black and white? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NeWS
holy moly that authentic 1988 user experience perhaps would be fun for a day or so afterall


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