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Octane FS Ebay

Unread postby uunix » Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:52 pm

So, we have an Octane on ebay and I've spoken with the seller.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161554623492? ... EBIDX%3AIT

At the moment it's 1Pence (UK - Possibly 1.19 Cents?)

It starts, the disks start and the fans fire up, but it doesn't boot (so we think) and the light board at the front stays red.

He can only start this keyboard-less/mouse-less/head-less - I can't recall but if display isn't set to g (in the prom) does this bring red light on and fail to boot?

Anyway, he's willing to let it go for anything BUT it must be collect and it's a 260 round trip taking probably 5 hours for myself.

I may put a very small bid, but the journey is not something I'd like.

So if anyone is up north of England, looks like a good one, failing that, can someone pick it up for me :-)


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Re: Octane FS Ebay

Unread postby ajw99uk » Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:34 am

Don't think of it as a 5 hour trip to collect an Octane, but as a spur to visit the new(ish) Hepworth gallery, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and/or National Coal Mining Museum, with a small detour to pick up an Octane :)

Tempting, as Wakefield is only about 15 miles from home, but I wouldn't be able to decide which machine should be the "one out" (luckily it's not a weight-for-weight policy!). Perhaps I could get away with putting the Octane in the cellar as a server but it probably wouldn't like the damp. Did you get any idea of specs when speaking with the seller? (the model number is for a 175MHz R10K, but perhaps upgraded?)

We used to pass near Stourbridge en route to Evesham, but my parents have moved to Bakewell. And with 2 dogs and 1 child finding car-space has become harder than it used to be, but meeting halfway when we come to Lichfield (wife's parents) could be an option, if you've no chance of getting to Yorkshire in the foreseeable future (and assuming I cannot negotiate to keep it ;).
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Re: Octane FS Ebay

Unread postby Dans34 » Tue Jan 13, 2015 6:30 am

its only about a 2 hr round trip for me , thing is id only get it for spares/ parts, probably steal the ram out of it and shove it in my own and maybe the graphics cards
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Re: Octane FS Ebay

Unread postby ajw99uk » Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:52 pm

Reckon I'll bid and (if I win) collect for myself/uunix.

Look out for "how do I get this Octane running?" posts in due course (which would be better than not winning, but not as good as "resetenv" over serial and a clean boot)
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Re: Octane FS Ebay

Unread postby uunix » Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:47 pm

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Re: Octane FS Ebay

Unread postby chicaneuk » Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:29 am

Stupid question but what is it that's missing in the shot of the rear, above the power supply?
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Re: Octane FS Ebay

Unread postby jan-jaap » Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:43 am

chicaneuk wrote:Stupid question but what is it that's missing in the shot of the rear, above the power supply?

That's where the optional PCI cage slides in. Normally it's covered.
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Re: Octane FS Ebay

Unread postby ajw99uk » Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:12 am

jan-jaap wrote:
chicaneuk wrote:Stupid question but what is it that's missing in the shot of the rear, above the power supply?

That's where the optional PCI cage slides in. Normally it's covered.

I'd spotted that, and one SI/SE plus one SSI/SSE (or MXI/E?) - but any ideas on the other XIO card? Closest I've found, going by the single, long socket at slot B, is the Channel Option.
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Re: Octane FS Ebay

Unread postby uunix » Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:16 am

The one with the white serial?
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Re: Octane FS Ebay

Unread postby kjaer » Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:52 am

Yes, it appears to be an MCO.
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Re: Octane FS Ebay

Unread postby ajw99uk » Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:39 pm

uunix wrote:The one with the white serial?

I think that's an SSI/E or MXI/E graphics card, the 9pin socket being for stereo. No idea if the white (as opposed to black on the SI/SE card bottom right) has any significance.
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Re: Octane FS Ebay

Unread postby uunix » Sat Jan 17, 2015 4:03 am

We won... 1 fscking PENCE!"!!!! lol...
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Re: Octane FS Ebay

Unread postby chicaneuk » Sat Jan 17, 2015 4:07 am

Awesome result :) Hopefully it's a reasonably decent spec!
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Re: Octane FS Ebay

Unread postby Dans34 » Sat Jan 17, 2015 5:30 am

if you do part it out put me down for the drive sled ;)

i got a few 18.6gb drives that came out of an old sun 12 bay nas that i want to put to use
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Re: Octane FS Ebay

Unread postby ajw99uk » Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:18 pm

chicaneuk wrote:Awesome result :) Hopefully it's a reasonably decent spec!

Not expecting much - the model number indicates 175MHz R10K i.e. lowest processor in an Octane.

Speaking from experience of looking at a university purchase of an Indy or Indigo2 circa 1995 ... of course it depends what the budget was and what the key performance factors were - if the task for which this machine was used was not CPU-bound then the low CPU spec may be misleading; perhaps there was money to spend on (more useful) RAM instead. But if you have to spend £££ on a second graphics card, you imght have to put up with 64MB and lots of swapping! (I have in mind 64MB was the minimum Octane spec but could well be wrong - 128MB perhaps?)

So unless there was some reason to have lots of RAM I'd be pleasantly surprised if there were more than 256MB. That said, it is a better (SI plus SSI/MXI) dual head than minimum (SI/SI) and the OCO card suggests it might have been boosted beyond low spec. We shall soon see.
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