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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:45 am 
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Hello everybody! :)

My name is Alberto. I am from Spain but I live in Germany because at the moment I am working here. Last week, some guys gave me an old SGI O2 they were using for protein visualization years ago. They also gave me the original SGI CRT screen, a CrystalEyes system (the glasses and the emitter) and a nice SGI Dial box. The computer, and the rest of the things, had been in a wardrobe for seven years and all was completely covered in dust.

I was cleaning everything very carefully and I have found that, except the hard disk drive, everything is working fine. So, last week I ordered a refurbished 36 Gb HDD for my guy (it was 40$). The new HDD has already Irix 5.23 installed, but I have not plugged it yet in the computer (I have just received the unit).

I also found that some plastics of the computer case were extremely fragile (the small pieces). Most of them were OK, but the black faceplate of the mainboard was almost crystallized. After touching it, it broke literally into pieces. I was able to save the other plastic components, although I had to reinforce some of them with epoxi resin (the fancover and the top cover). However, the CrystalEyes, the Dial Box and the other things are in mint condition, as well as the big pieces of the computer case (hard disk drive module, audio/video module, etc,...). Do you guys have experienced the same problem? :?

Here are some pictures of the toy :).

I actually have a R12000 processor at 270 mhz with 1 Mb of cache. RAM size is 640 mb (I saw that only 6 sockets are populated with memory modules).

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And this is the system. I put it on a small desk. I have the top cover removed because it is easier to work on the computer without it.

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And some details.

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Finally, this is my motherboard without the faceplate...

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Of course, I am not planning to use the O2 for anything serious, but I think it is a great computer to have fun with. So, I would like to restore it completely and install the last version of the operating system. I already have the cd images but, since I am completely new in the SGI world, for sure I will have tons of questions in the future, hehe.

Thank you very much for this site :).

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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:34 am 
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Hi!

Welcome to the forum! That is a very nice Setup to start off with! :) I think those 3D Glasses and emitters are also quite rare!

The specs of the O2 are very nice too!

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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:01 pm 
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Thank you!

I have just plugged in the new hard disk drive and everything is working fine :). The disk came with tons of animation and 3D programs, but they are extremely out of date, hehe. I guess I will get rid of them. There are also some nice games: Quake, Quake 2... and it seems that the O2 does a decent work when it comes to run them. Now, I have to connect the guy to Internet and learn a bit about the operating system. It seems quite particular.

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Lock bar; SGI microphone.
Mods: PSU Noctua fan; internal Toshiba SD-M1401 DVD-ROM; Adaptec AIC-7880P SCSI card.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 3:16 pm 
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jmc wrote:
Hi!
I think those 3D Glasses and emitters are also quite rare!


Not that rare. I have 5 sets of glasses and one emitter.

I wrote a wiki topic on the glasses.
You can do programming for the glasses using GLUT.

Be extremely careful with the glasses, never let the lens flex or you will see spider web cracks through them.

R.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:59 pm 
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[[C|-|E]] wrote:
Thank you!

I have just plugged in the new hard disk drive and everything is working fine :). The disk came with tons of animation and 3D programs, but they are extremely out of date, hehe. I guess I will get rid of them. There are also some nice games: Quake, Quake 2... and it seems that the O2 does a decent work when it comes to run them. Now, I have to connect the guy to Internet and learn a bit about the operating system. It seems quite particular.


Almost all commercial IRIX programs will be old and out of date. You might as well keep them and have some fun, or at least keep them as something to make the machine more interesting when you pass it on.

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Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:17 am 
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Yup. I was checking the guy yesterday and I think I will keep some of the programs (Maya, Softimage...). I still have 26 free gb in the hard disk drive so, at the moment, there is plenty of space. What I want to do first is to connect the computer to internet and install the classical useful applications. I thought it would be impossible to use the O2 for everyday tasks but it seems powerful enough for lots of things. There is also a lot of free software :).

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R12000A 400 Mhz; 1 Gb RAM; 72 Gb 15K HDD; IRIX 6.5.29
CrystalEyes; Dial Box; O2Cam "ZEYE"; external Toshiba SD-M1711 DVD-ROM; Octane speakers;
Lock bar; SGI microphone.
Mods: PSU Noctua fan; internal Toshiba SD-M1401 DVD-ROM; Adaptec AIC-7880P SCSI card.

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Seasonic X 1250W PSU / Intel I7 2600k 4 x 5,00 Ghz / 2 x Gainward 2Gb GTX 560Ti Phantom 2 / 32 Gb DDR3 / Intel x25-M 160 Gb SSD and 10 extra Tb
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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:32 am 
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Welcome to the forum. You have a great setup there! Enjoy using it and learning!

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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:01 am 
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hola alberto

make some gazpacho for us when you get a chance man. spring time's here

betty looks sleek but bald. as i told you before, if i manage to track where the lid/skins are, they're yours.

[[C|-|E]] wrote:
...Thanks to this, I recently received an O2 for free.

it's been 5+ years already?
i was minding my business, cutting a project at the editing room, went out.
the IT kid gave me an o2 and whispered something about nekochan.
the rest is history. welcome aboard this place rocks :)

(heidelberg is known for biology now? i bet hegel would be singing the blues)


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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:15 am 
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fu wrote:
(heidelberg is known for biology now? i bet hegel would be singing the blues)

Hehe, between EMBL, the university, and a nice little industry cluster, Heidelberg is quite the biology/biotech hotspot!

As for Hegel singing the blues, maybe he'd be dancing instead - http://www.bluesinheidelberg.com/ :D


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hahaa thanks for the links jose

my pulse of germany comes mostly from berlin


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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:03 am 
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fu wrote:
hola alberto

make some gazpacho for us when you get a chance man. spring time's here

betty looks sleek but bald. as i told you before, if i manage to track where the lid/skins are, they're yours.

[[C|-|E]] wrote:
...Thanks to this, I recently received an O2 for free.

it's been 5+ years already?
i was minding my business, cutting a project at the editing room, went out.
the IT kid gave me an o2 and whispered something about nekochan.
the rest is history. welcome aboard this place rocks :)

(heidelberg is known for biology now? i bet hegel would be singing the blues)


Hehe, luckily she is not bald! I was just fixing and cleaning the computer when I took the pics. Now, she is almost in mint condition! :D

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I decided to create a new post in the SGI: hinv section to correctly present the O2. There, I talk a little bit about the particular story of the computer :).

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=16724992

I did not know that you were also at the EMBL!. I have to go to talk with the IT guys, they are completely trashing the old SGI equipment, but I am trying to rescue as much as possible. Let´s see what can I do...

It seems that Heidelberg is now an important city when you talk about biology, although I am not completely sure because I do not really know other parts of Germany. I also did not know anything about the Blues topic :D.

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R12000A 400 Mhz; 1 Gb RAM; 72 Gb 15K HDD; IRIX 6.5.29
CrystalEyes; Dial Box; O2Cam "ZEYE"; external Toshiba SD-M1711 DVD-ROM; Octane speakers;
Lock bar; SGI microphone.
Mods: PSU Noctua fan; internal Toshiba SD-M1401 DVD-ROM; Adaptec AIC-7880P SCSI card.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:23 pm 
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I really love these type of clean SGI setup, especially with a good presentation like that ! It's always a pleasure to know the history of the system, particularly in a scientific situation.

You just need a big CRT to test these 3D glasses.... Too bad that the 3D connection was only (as far as i know) available on the Presenter1280 board.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:31 pm 
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cool c-e

btw i was using few of your words to describe my similar, random luck of discovering nekochan. besides the free o2 part, the rest of me/my story has nothing to do w/ biology.

don't go to your IT guys like "hey you guys, where's the good ones? fu told me all about it!". or just do it if you're looking for a reason to talk to that girl over there :)

we get to improvise all the time here, if you ever bump into something that doesn't make sense to you, i assure you it's all in good fun. there's no drama for the sake of drama here


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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:42 pm 
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Wow, I thought you had been here :D . It turns out that my English is not so good :). I will try to do my best with the IT guys, let´s see what happens.

I have the original CRT screen of the O2, but I am still using it in the lab (too big for my little apartment). I attach my laptop to it every morning, hehe. It is a 21" monitor, with the SGI logo stamped on it. It is able to display 1600x1200 at 85 hz :).

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R12000A 400 Mhz; 1 Gb RAM; 72 Gb 15K HDD; IRIX 6.5.29
CrystalEyes; Dial Box; O2Cam "ZEYE"; external Toshiba SD-M1711 DVD-ROM; Octane speakers;
Lock bar; SGI microphone.
Mods: PSU Noctua fan; internal Toshiba SD-M1401 DVD-ROM; Adaptec AIC-7880P SCSI card.

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Seasonic X 1250W PSU / Intel I7 2600k 4 x 5,00 Ghz / 2 x Gainward 2Gb GTX 560Ti Phantom 2 / 32 Gb DDR3 / Intel x25-M 160 Gb SSD and 10 extra Tb
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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:50 pm 
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The Dial boxe was used to do some "3D exploration" on a molecular modeling program ?

I think it's time to try to use my Indigo or 4D/25 with an old Hypershem V3 or V4 Hotmix demo....

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