pauliedweasel wrote:Actually, what you really want is a 540, much more physically impressive that the 320. I amassed a number of these units back in 2005 and it's the SGI system I have the most experience with.
I would love to get my hands on a 540 at some point, but to find one now in the kind of condition that would be acceptable for me would probably be difficult!
Irinikus, I could probably supply you with a nice system if I can ever manage to get over some of the health and physical energy problems I've had over the past few years. I started collecting 540's back in early 2005 while I was working for the Union Pacific Rail Road in Los Angeles. I had already been collecting other SGI machines but was intrigued when I saw the 320/540 series machines pop up on Ebay and I managed to accumulate some twenty plus machines during that time period. We had a rather large shop area with several large work benches that I was able to use to clean up and work on these beasts in my after hours time. I got several units fully loaded up with memory and CPUs and also amassed a large supply of spares units. Also, due to the physical nature of these machines I received numerous machines with various levels of physical damage to the plastics and in the case of one unit all I was able to save was the mother board.
I also got several of the software packages including the CDs for the quad processor units (a rare find). At the end of 2005 I transferred job locations to another shop and was forced to put all these units into storage and due to various job moves and health related issues since that time I haven't had time to dig any of them out and play with them. Now that all our kids are gone and we have a bit more internal space in the house I am making plans to start digging out some of this stuff and go through my massive collection of SGI stuff so as to decide what to keep and what items to bin.
The main problem in sending you a 540 as I have observed would be the physical shipment to Cape Town, at the least I would want to remove and ship the power supply separately since that adds at least a good 12 to 13 pounds of mass as well as possibly removing and shipping separately the plastic skins. Let me see what I can do at this end, it's not going to be quick because of the amount of stuff I have to go through and shipping wise it won't be cheap.
As a final note, I have bought more of these units since I left the UP in '05 and over all I probably have bought between 31 to 33 of these bad boys but as was previously mentioned at least 6 to 7 of these units were physical write offs due to shipping damage, but that still leaves me with a good parts base to work off of, now I just have to find them all. Besides the 540s I have acquired many multiples of just about every desk top unit SGI sold (including three desk side Prism's and an almost like new Indigo) and all this crap has filled up a 10x12 foot shed, a 10x10 foot shed, my daughters old 10x11 foot bed room and a third of my two car garage, so I've got a lot to dig through.