[vcf-midatlantic] SGI Indigo help at tomorrow's workshop (Saturday)

dillera at gmail.com dillera at gmail.com
Mon Jan 14 08:46:24 EST 2019

The SGI Install area was actually a win, as we managed to go thru a bunch of drives and SCSI magic to get Adam's Indigo working with a fresh, full install of 5.3.

We also pulled out the VCF's SGIs and discovered they have a Iris 4d, Indigo 1 R4k (may be elan) and a Teal Indigo2.

I ran out of time, but I am targeting next Feb workshop to:

- bring up some SCSI2SD drives for the VCF's SGI systems
- boot them (if they work- we didn't test)
- install fresh OS of 5.3 or 6.5.22 depending on RAM via my netboot (so no CDROM are required)

If anyone else is interested in SGI please come up for Feb.

I will also have my RS/6000 43P by then and will bring it to mess around with. I've gotten rid of 95% of my stuff (thanks for everyone that bid, won showed up and paid and took the stuff) and now I can focus on actual repair work and slow prepping for the festival.

Some Photos:

Adam logging into his Indigo for the very first time ever, with IRIX 5.3

Behind there you can see my MacBook, which was running the virtual server (debian box) that ran DHCP/BOOTP and TFTP which allowed a complete netboot and install on the SGIs. It will work with the Iris 4D, as I have one and the PROM is capable of doing it!

See you Feb.


> On Jan 11, 2019, at 4:04 PM, Ethan O'Toole via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>> Just to you... thanks again!
>> Are you sure 6.* will work? I seem to remember that I was told this is one of earliest models of the SGI Indigo (maybe R3000?) and might only go work with 5.*?
> If it is a R3K CPU board then your optical drive has to be 512 byte blocks, and you are limited to IRIX 5.3 I think.
> Check the left board by model #.
> 			- Ethan

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