WTB : SGI compliant female 13W3 to male VGA cable (UPDATE : FOUND!)

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WTB : SGI compliant female 13W3 to male VGA cable (UPDATE : FOUND!)

Unread postby Jack Luminous » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:16 am

I need to plug the thing into a 100 ft 13W3 cable coming out of an Octane in the basement into a modern flat panel monitor. If you have that for sale or can build one, please contact me. Thanks in advance.
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Re: WTB : SGI compliant female 13W3 to male VGA cable (short length OK)

Unread postby HurricaneJames » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:34 am

michaelpastras, a member here on this board, sells one on ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Handmade-SGI-13w3-to-VGA-Cable-Adapter-with-H-V-Sync-Routing/282660560550

I personally use it to connect my Octane to an ASUS PA248Q. That same cable also worked when connecting to a normal 65" HDTV via the Teorder VGA->HDMI adapter.
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Re: WTB : SGI compliant female 13W3 to male VGA cable (short length OK)

Unread postby Jack Luminous » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:19 am

Thanks for your reply ! I just contacted Michael before posting here but his adapter is Male 13W3 and he doesn't build female one. I need female 13W3. I don't want plug it directly into the Octane but at the end of my 100ft 13W3 cable.
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Re: WTB : SGI compliant female 13W3 to male VGA cable (short length OK)

Unread postby Dodoid » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:37 am

I don't have an adapter to sell you, but holy crap, a 100ft 13w3 cable??? Was it intended for having an Onyx rack in a server room and monitor at a desk or something? Were the keyboard and mouse also extended to that length? I didn't know such a thing even existed.
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Re: WTB : SGI compliant female 13W3 to male VGA cable (short length OK)

Unread postby Trippynet » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:57 am

If you're struggling to find one, another option is a 13W3 gender changer. Will cost another $25 or so, but worth considering if all else fails.
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Re: WTB : SGI compliant female 13W3 to male VGA cable (short length OK)

Unread postby ScutBoy » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:47 am

Dodoid wrote:I don't have an adapter to sell you, but holy crap, a 100ft 13w3 cable??? Was it intended for having an Onyx rack in a server room and monitor at a desk or something? Were the keyboard and mouse also extended to that length? I didn't know such a thing even existed.


I've got a Sun 25-foot 13W3/keyboard cable, apparently so you could park your keyboard/monitor/mouse a bit away from your noisy server.
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Re: WTB : SGI compliant female 13W3 to male VGA cable (short length OK)

Unread postby Jack Luminous » Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:28 am

Dodoid wrote:I don't have an adapter to sell you, but holy crap, a 100ft 13w3 cable??? Was it intended for having an Onyx rack in a server room and monitor at a desk or something? Were the keyboard and mouse also extended to that length? I didn't know such a thing even existed.


Haha yeah holy crap ! I found it for cheap on ebay and it was a good solution to keep my noisy Octane in the basement but forward its display to the Sony trinitron I had in the living-room. I could control the Octane using the silent O2 in my living room. Sadly, the Sony died last month and I bought a modern 27'' flat panel to replace it. Problem is I can't connect it anymore using the previous setup.

I think long 13W3 cables were very common for flight simulators and such mounted on big hydraulic actuators. Multiple onboard screens were connected using very long cables going to some Infinite Reality Onyxes in a nearby machine room. I saw such things when I worked for Thomson Training & Simulation (now Thales Training & Simulation) 20 years ago. You can see the big strands of various cables at the back of the simulator in the pics below.

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Re: WTB : SGI compliant female 13W3 to male VGA cable (short length OK)

Unread postby jan-jaap » Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:31 am

Jack Luminous wrote:I think long 13W3 cables were very common for flight simulators and such mounted on big hydraulic actuators.

Maybe (probably?) but I think the more common customer was "anybody with a tall rack Onyx / Onyx2 / Onyx 3x00". Those things are *loud* and put out lots of heat so they're not suited for office environments. You might tolerate it running occasionally in your nerd bunker, but you don't want to spend your working weeks next to one.

I should have one of those 13W3 cables. I also have equally long mouse and keyboard extension cables.
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Re: WTB : SGI compliant female 13W3 to male VGA cable (short length OK)

Unread postby Irinikus » Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:36 am

Just one question: Are you sure that you won't need some kind of signal booster for a video cable of that length(100ft)?

As you might loose signal fidelity due to losses incurred due to the length of the cable.

Edit: according to this table, you should be able to get away with it.

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Re: WTB : SGI compliant female 13W3 to male VGA cable (short length OK)

Unread postby Jack Luminous » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:57 am

Irinikus wrote:Just one question: Are you sure that you won't need some kind of signal booster for a video cable of that length(100ft)?

As you might loose signal fidelity due to losses incurred due to the length of the cable.

Edit: according to this table, you should be able to get away with it.

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I wouldn't dare to do it with a run-o-the-mill VGA cable but 13W3 cables have coaxial RGB components so I think they work better for long distance. In my own experience, image is totally perfect with a 100ft 13W3 cable.
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Re: WTB : SGI compliant female 13W3 to male VGA cable (short length OK)

Unread postby ScutBoy » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:27 am

You had me at "Cable Chick"
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Re: WTB : SGI compliant female 13W3 to male VGA cable (short length OK)

Unread postby Dalplex » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:41 pm

Like this?

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Re: WTB : SGI compliant female 13W3 to male VGA cable (short length OK)

Unread postby Jack Luminous » Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:52 am

Yes, Like this but for SGI. Those for sale on ebay are usually for Sun and pinout is slightly different than SGI.
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Re: WTB : SGI compliant female 13W3 to male VGA cable (short length OK)

Unread postby HurricaneJames » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:06 am

It isn't cheap, but a Sun video gender changer might work with Michael's adapter? http://www.networktechinc.com/cgi-bin/k ... w3-ff.html

I'm just guessing that it is a pure pass-through connection, in which case it should be fine.
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Re: WTB : SGI compliant female 13W3 to male VGA cable (short length OK)

Unread postby Jack Luminous » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:48 am

Quick update : I found a supplier for 13W3 cables with the right genre and pinout.

http://www.cablematic.fr/rechercheur/13 ... G40/?pag=1

They have everything needed and with the right SGI pinout. I received the cable today and plugged the Octane into a modern QHD 32'' no name monitor. It worked right away at full HD. Great !!
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