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Re: WTB-Indigo2 Stuff

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:50 pm
by Krokodil
Raion-Fox wrote:It's not terrible to ship from Canada to the US. Pack the items well, you(Krokodil)'ll need to fill out the Canadian version of the postal service customs form, just put in the approx value, basic description of the contents and fill out the forms honestly. At least here in the US, postal workers are relatively up to date on the regulations and can help you fill the form out.

If you live on the west coast/mid-west of canada (i.e Calgary or Vancouver) it's gonna be expensive. But if you live close to Mississauga (the East coast Canadian-US postal area) it's going to be affordable for Vince to get it.

Really no big deal to ship internationally. If you're not comfortable shipping with Canada Post do you have FedEx there? FedEx is a bit easier to deal with internationally at a bit of a premium.


So the postal workers have the customs forms on hand? I don't have to go chasing it all over town?

Yes, I live about 1hr from Mississauga.

Re: WTB-Indigo2 Stuff

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:12 am
by Raion-Fox
In th US they do. Call your local PO and ask.

Re: WTB-Indigo2 Stuff

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:44 am
by jpstewart
Krokodil wrote:So the postal workers have the customs forms on hand? I don't have to go chasing it all over town?

Yes. Package it all up ready for shipping. Walk in to the post office, hand them the box, and say "I need to send this to the US" (or wherever). They'll give you various price/service options (regular parcel, expedited, XpressPost, etc.), and then hand you the necessary forms to fill out. Once you've filled out the paperwork and paid, there's nothing more to do. It all happens at the post office counter.

You can get shipping quotes on-line if you like, but I actually find it easier to just go into the post office. They'll measure and weigh the package very accurately. They'll explain all the options. They'll provide all the right forms without you having to ask. Shipping internationally is easy with Canada Post. They do it every day. I've sent lots of stuff to the U.S. and Europe through them.

One piece of advice, though, is to try to find an actual Canada Post office nearby as opposed to a Canada Post counter in a larger store. In my town, there's a real Post Office and Canada Post counter in the back of a pharmacy. I don't know if the counter at the pharmacy is up to the same level as the true Canada Post location.

Re: WTB-Indigo2 Stuff

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:02 pm
by itsvince725
Well it looks like I might not need a CPU board. What I'll need instead is a graphics board compatible with the IP22 (?) motherboard and backplane.

Re: WTB-Indigo2 Stuff

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:25 pm
by Raion-Fox
If you're not getting serial output I wouldn't rule out the motherboard

Re: WTB-Indigo2 Stuff

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:30 pm
by itsvince725
God I hope it isn't the motherboard...

All I know is that the graphics board causes the hard disk to not work, as it spins up when the graphics board isn't installed. That tells me at the very least that I need a different graphics board.

Re: WTB-Indigo2 Stuff

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:59 am
by jan-jaap
itsvince725 wrote:All I know is that the graphics board causes the hard disk to not work, as it spins up when the graphics board isn't installed. That tells me at the very least that I need a different graphics board.

Could be power supply related, combined load of graphics and disk too much for a PSU on it's way out. With an oscilloscope you should be able to measure voltage and ripple. If the power supply is good, and the graphic bad (as in: voltages dropping due to severe load on PSU, causing disk not to spin) you would smell it.

Indigo2 PSUs are often the Achilles heel of the system, though the older pre-IMPACT PSUs tend to have less issues.

Re: WTB-Indigo2 Stuff

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:45 am
by itsvince725
I don't smell anything when the machine is running (and I'm familiar with that fishy capacitor smell) so I don't think it's the PSU. It's a R4400 system so it's pre-Impact.

Re: WTB-Indigo2 Stuff

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:10 am
by Trippynet
It's difficult to say. Old PSUs can misbehave in many ways.

My Indigo2 is on its second PSU. Originally, I had an issue a couple of times with the system randomly powering off after a few hours of use. I also had an issue whereby it would sporadically not boot at all (fans powered up, but no LEDs at all), turning it off at the wall for 30 seconds then back on sometimes resulted in it booting.

After changing the PSU, it's been running fine for the last 18 months.

Not saying the PSU is at fault for sure in your case, but they don't always just go bang and smell of burning electronics :)

Re: WTB-Indigo2 Stuff

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:25 am
by itsvince725
The way I see it, if I buy a graphics board (especially a slightly better one) and it turns out the PSU is at fault, I'll still have a graphics board.

Replacing the PSU wouldn't guarantee the current graphics board would work again...

Re: WTB-Indigo2 Stuff

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:53 am
by Trippynet
Agreed. If that fails, R4400 CPUs are usually not expensive - at least up to 200MHz, so buying one of these is also worth a punt. Even if your current CPU is OK, it's still a potential upgrade. The only real issue is if the motherboard has failed.

Re: WTB-Indigo2 Stuff

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:54 am
by Raion-Fox
Side note, don't throw away old PSUs. Find someone who can repair them.

Re: WTB-Indigo2 Stuff

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:24 pm
by itsvince725
Oh I don't plan on throwing away any old proprietary PSUs I have to replace.

Though honestly I'd rather get one I have rebuilt (I just don't have the inclination for that sort of thing) than buy another one.

Re: WTB-Indigo2 Stuff

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:05 pm
by Krokodil
Raion-Fox wrote:Side note, don't throw away old PSUs. Find someone who can repair them.


That's kinda what I plan on doing myself. Except that I'll probably amass a bunch of them and then sell them as a lot for an acceptable price. Hopefully whoever buys them is able to fix them and put them back on the market.

Re: WTB-Indigo2 Stuff

Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:07 am
by Y888099
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itsvince725 wrote:need another hard drive sled


I have a sled for 3.5" unit.

itsvince725 wrote:optical drive sled then


Sorry, I don't have 5.25" sleds

itsvince725 wrote:I'd really like to have an optical drive


A CDburner/RW? Yamaha? I have one for sale :D