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Update - Help Wanted - Indigo R4400
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darkmagewall
2007-04-24 02:30:57 UTC
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Hi all SGI Gurus,

Here is an update on this system. First off sorry about the long
delay in posting an update. I tried the serial cable suggestions and
I was able to determine from that the system does work. It has the
ill fated TOD error but I searched the web and found two or three
links that deal with this issue so all I need to do now is buy a new
battery and have one of the guys at work who knows how to solder in
the new one. I will most likely make it easier to change out by
placing it somewhere it can be accessed easier, than it current
location.

I did buy the correct video 13W3 connector for this unit from
www.deepspacecables.com and it works great it gave me a better view of
the TOD error. I would suggest using eBay to buy from them as it is a
few buck cheaper than their web site. But that is just me.

Anybody know where I can find a bootable cd-rom drive cheap for this
unit? As I might need to re-install Irix on it. Also know where I
can get Irix 6.5?

Thanks for everyone's help with my initial issue. I'll post more as I
get this unit up and running.

Regards,
darkmagewall
Gerhard Lenerz
2007-04-24 20:58:50 UTC
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Anybody know where I can find a bootable cd-rom drive cheap for this
unit? As I might need to re-install Irix on it. Also know where I
can get Irix 6.5?
Your best bet for an external CD-ROM drive to boot and install from
is a Plextor CD-ROM drive (32x, 40x Ultraplex work just fine) and a
matching cable. You might want to set the blocksize jumper which makes
the drive default to a 512b blocksize. This shouldn't be required on
a R4000 Indigo but it won't hurt either.



Gerhard
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Thomas Jahns
2007-04-25 13:35:24 UTC
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Post by Gerhard Lenerz
matching cable. You might want to set the blocksize jumper which makes
the drive default to a 512b blocksize. This shouldn't be required on
a R4000 Indigo but it won't hurt either.
Actually it just might. Some drives complain bitterly if they are
jumpered for 512Byte Blocks and then receive a command to switch to just
that size (at least Pioneer drives do).

Thomas Jahns
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but not at reading your mind."
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Gerhard Lenerz
2007-04-28 03:47:38 UTC
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Actually it just might. Some drives complain bitterly if they are
jumpered for 512Byte Blocks and then receive a command to switch to just
that size (at least Pioneer drives do).
Interesting, I never experienced problems, but after initial good
results I did stick with Plextor as a brand for SCSI CD-ROM drives
to be used on UNIX gear.



Gerhard
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SGI Hardware Info and Museum -- http://sgistuff.g-lenerz.de/
"Wanted Items" -- http://sgistuff.g-lenerz.de/collection/wanted.php

( iris / IRIX / IP32 )
Angelo Rossi
2007-05-08 16:57:38 UTC
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Post by darkmagewall
Hi all SGI Gurus,
Here is an update on this system. First off sorry about the long
delay in posting an update. I tried the serial cable suggestions and
I was able to determine from that the system does work. It has the
ill fated TOD error but I searched the web and found two or three
links that deal with this issue so all I need to do now is buy a new
battery and have one of the guys at work who knows how to solder in
the new one. I will most likely make it easier to change out by
placing it somewhere it can be accessed easier, than it current
location.
I did buy the correct video 13W3 connector for this unit from
www.deepspacecables.com and it works great it gave me a better view of
the TOD error. I would suggest using eBay to buy from them as it is a
few buck cheaper than their web site. But that is just me.
Anybody know where I can find a bootable cd-rom drive cheap for this
unit? As I might need to re-install Irix on it. Also know where I
can get Irix 6.5?
I've install 6.5.22 on indigo2 R4400 with 128MB RAM and 4.6GB scsi HD. I did
it via ethernet boot... 6.5.22 is the latest installable version of IRIX on
that kind of computers.
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Angelo Rossi

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