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Re: What do you use your SGI for?

Unread postby arhiman57 » Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:52 am

I'm using one of my indy for my Nintendo Ultra64 dev setup, fantastic stuff. It's usefull because you can hook the output of the Ultra64 board to the composite inof the machine, so you don't need a second screen.

It's not mips related, but I also use my VW230 for a Nintendo Dolphin dev kit setup (DDH).
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Re: What do you use your SGI for?

Unread postby foetz » Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:20 am

arhiman57 wrote:I'm using one of my indy for my Nintendo Ultra64 dev setup, fantastic stuff. It's usefull because you can hook the output of the Ultra64 board to the composite inof the machine, so you don't need a second screen.

that's rare :D
do you code or also create gfx stuff? or both? :shock:

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Re: What do you use your SGI for?

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Wed Mar 04, 2015 4:21 pm

I'd like to see a shot of that in action.

Those kinds of capabilities were why I drooled over the Indy when I was a starving student.
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Re: What do you use your SGI for?

Unread postby Donald_ET3 » Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:19 am

skywriter wrote:when does a perfectly good adjective like 'low voltage' get replaced by techno-colloquial slang-verb garbage like 'undervolt'?


skywriter wrote:i know what they mean. they're not words knowledgeable engineers I know use.


When Apollo 13 had its mishap, the astronauts described it as an "undervolt"

astronaut: "We've had a MAIN B BUS UNDERVOLT."
Houston: "Roger. MAIN B UNDERVOLT."
...one and a half minutes later...
astronaut: "We got a MAIN BUS A UNDERVOLT now, too, showing."
Houston: "MAIN A UNDERVOLT."

Apparently the term "undervolt" has been used by NASA since 1970.

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Re: What do you use your SGI for?

Unread postby arhiman57 » Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:23 am

that's rare :D
do you code or also create gfx stuff? or both? :shock:


Unfortunately I'm not a good coder.... At the base I'm a small Nintendo game collector, especially the Nintendo 64, so SGI was cleary a target for me after 1995. I only acquired my first SGI in 2007 when I started to work.... Now I'm more focusing on old console development setup than pure gaming, like Ultra64 dev board, Dolphin setup, Gameboy advance. i really like to have complete fonctionnal setup, searching old documentation, compiling early history of the system etc... But it's really difficult to find hardware and software for these beast :D

Here some screenshot of my ultra64 board (you can see in console the specs of the u64 board and in the capture area a 3D demo of the U64 SDK, with the output of the console connected to the video in of the indy). More to come later.

And the VW230 Nintendo Gamecube (Dolphin setup)

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Re: What do you use your SGI for?

Unread postby uunix » Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:46 am

There's a video on you tube of a guy got given a shitload of N64 development gear. It's a cool watch.
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Re: What do you use your SGI for?

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:57 pm

Fun!
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Re: What do you use your SGI for?

Unread postby arhiman57 » Fri Mar 06, 2015 7:57 am

Hello,

I found the board on ebay two years ago for 49€ :D

I 'don't have the complete doc set and cd. I'm also missing a big part, the small pcb to connect the output of the board to the N64 joypad, so many demo are not usable. It's the biggest problem, if you don't find a complete package (maybe one time per year on ebay at maximum) you can take ages to find all missing parts....

So I have used a spare R4400 175mhz/128mb/XL24 Indy, installed Irix 5.3 and all the U64 software I was able to find at the moment to make this board working.
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Re: What do you use your SGI for?

Unread postby armanox » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:05 pm

I'm using my Octane for a few things - it's my goto for testing something in a UNIX environment (second is Solaris), a web server (custom built PHP and httpd), and an FTP server.
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Re: What do you use your SGI for?

Unread postby marius_can_15 » Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:17 pm

Hello there.

I would like to reiterate the question that started this post 12 years ago. What can be the reason for one to use at home, or work for that mater, an SGI/IRIX machine? I would like to mention that 15-20 years ago I used one of those magic Indigo2 boxes for CAD design and ware way much faster than any contemporary Windows boxes. How, living with the nostalgia of those times, I think to buy one Fuel workstation. The main question still stands:
what will be the use of this SGI/IRIX machine.

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Re: What do you use your SGI for?

Unread postby foetz » Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:18 pm

marius_can_15 wrote:I would like to reiterate the question that started this post 12 years ago. What can be the reason for one to use at home, or work for that mater, an SGI/IRIX machine?

well this thread has 20 pages now. if you can't find the answer in any of these you probably never will :P

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Re: What do you use your SGI for?

Unread postby uunix » Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:27 pm

Times have changed though foetz, and so have the answers. I think this thread is worthy of the test of time and continually being updated.

I was thinking about my first Silicon Graphics, a Personal Iris (Brown) followed by an Indigo with Elan Graphics, but for the life of me I can't recall why I fell in love with SGI. I did work with them for a period, but can't recall which came first. I worked with them in the 02 era, but did I buy the PI because of that? I just can't recall. I do recall though having a lot of old SUN stuff at the time, even the i386[?], so I may have been just lucky and bought one for no real reason.

Actually now I think about it, I did C, C++ cert on Indy so I must have fallen for it before. It wasn't Jurassic Park, I know that for sure.
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Re: What do you use your SGI for?

Unread postby foetz » Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:47 pm

uunix wrote:Times have changed though foetz, and so have the answers.

sure, times change but irix doesn't and the number of new programs is not exactly high either :P
but anyway, the more examples we have in here the better of course :-)

I think this thread is worthy of the test of time and continually being updated.

of course and it is. we have 3 pages from 2015 already :-)

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Re: What do you use your SGI for?

Unread postby uunix » Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:50 pm

Do we have a thread.. "Why you fell in love with SGI?" ?
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Re: What do you use your SGI for?

Unread postby foetz » Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:05 pm

uunix wrote:Do we have a thread.. "Why you fell in love with SGI?" ?

i guess this one comes close viewtopic.php?f=6&t=4521746


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