Are the weak SGI's worth saving?

Open discussion on or around SGI; software/hardware related posts should go in the appropriate subforum.
Forum rules
Any posts concerning pirated software or offering to buy/sell/trade commercial software are subject to removal.
User avatar
Posts: 113
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2006 8:20 pm
Location: Seattle, WA

Are the weak SGI's worth saving?

Unread postby strong_epoxy » Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:18 pm

There's a 133Mhz PC (primary cache) Indy locally for $25. I've got a full house of much faster SGI machines but I hate to see the system scrapped. As collectors and curators, should these machines be saved?
:Cube: :Octane: :Octane2: :O2: :1600SW: :Indigo2IMP: :Indigo: :Indy: :320: :1600SW: :Fuel: :Onyx2:

User avatar
Posts: 1554
Joined: Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:01 pm
Location: near King George, Virginia

Re: Are the weak SGI's worth saving?

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:21 pm

If you pick it up, one of us will buy it.
:O3x02L: R16000 700MHz 8GB RAM kanna
:Octane: R12000 300MHz SI 896MB RAM yuuka
:Octane2: R12000A 400MHz V6 2.5GB RAM
:Tezro: Quad R16000 700MHz V12 8GB RAM murasaki
:Indy: (Acclaim) R4600 133MHz XL Graphics 32MB RAM
:Indy: (Challenge S) R4600 133MHz (MIPS III Build Server)

I am probably posting from yangxiaolong, HP Z230 with Xeon E3-1230v3, 16GB RAM, GeForce 750ti, and running NetBSD and Windows 8.1 Embedded.
Owner and operator of

User avatar
Posts: 6663
Joined: Mon Apr 14, 2003 4:34 am

Re: Are the weak SGI's worth saving?

Unread postby foetz » Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:07 pm

strong_epoxy wrote:should these machines be saved?

quick and simple: yes :D

Posts: 333
Joined: Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:48 am

Re: Are the weak SGI's worth saving?

Unread postby chicaneuk » Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:13 am

Definitely :)
:Indigo: :Indigo2: :Indigo2IMP: :Indy: :Octane2: :O200:

User avatar
Posts: 853
Joined: Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:22 am
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Re: Are the weak SGI's worth saving?

Unread postby Trippynet » Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:28 am

I'd say "Yes". Always better to get hold of something like this, then maybe sell it to someone who may want to use it than let it be scrapped. I've got two old Indys in the cupboard which haven't been powered up in years. However, I'd never scrap them. If ever I decided I really didn't want to keep them, I'd either sell them or give them away first.
Systems in use:
:Indigo2IMP: - Nitrogen: R10000 195MHz CPU, 384MB RAM, SolidIMPACT Graphics, 36GB 15k HDD & 300GB 10k HDD, 100Mb/s NIC, New/quiet fans, IRIX 6.5.22
:Fuel: - Lithium: R14000 600MHz CPU, 4GB RAM, V10 Graphics, 72GB 15k HDD & 300GB 10k HDD, 1Gb/s NIC, New/quiet fans, IRIX 6.5.30
Other system in storage: :O2: R5000 200MHz, 224MB RAM, 72GB 15k HDD, PSU fan mod, IRIX 6.5.30

User avatar
Posts: 109
Joined: Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:10 am
Location: France

Re: Are the weak SGI's worth saving?

Unread postby arhiman57 » Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:42 am

It's clearly yes for me. In any case it's a bargain, especially if the power supply is ok. It will be harder and harder to find even basic a basic working sgi system in the futur, so...

It can be a spare machine (maybe you find a broken one in the futur for 10 bucks so you can add more ram, hard drive, upgradfe to 24bit, found a gio card etc..), and it will be interesting to play with it with Irix 5.3 for example. Of course, if it's a 8bit with 32mb and 540mb hard drive, il will not be a speedrunner, but it"s a lot of fun :D. Last point, indy is very compact, so you can easily hide behind something....
:PI: :PI: :PI: :Indigo: :Indigo: :Indigo: :Indy: :Indy: :Indy: :Indy: :Indy: :Indy: :Indigo2: :Indigo2IMP: :Onyx2: :Octane: :O2: :1600SW: :Fuel: :PrismDT:

Return to “SGI: Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest