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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 1:37 am    Post subject: SGI Origin 200 Server Video cards options Reply with quote

I am looking for a video card for an SGI Origin 200 server(the rackmount model) any sugestions. Dont need super performance I just would like to get x up and running.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll be after a video card that doesn't require initialisation by an x86 BIOS. Such cards do exist... but which ones fit the bill I do not know.

AFAIK there will also be further complications as I'm not sure that 32-bit PCI cards work in the Origin... but I could be wrong here.

Incidentally, is there any reason why you're wanting X to run directly on this beast? Why not save some effort and use XDMCP?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a good idea:D I have no good reason to run X directly off the box. I would rather use it remotely. If I get this system running correctly, I have one of those Origin 2000 racks. The big refrigerator sized ones, If I can find the space in my server room do you think it is possible to get this up and running without a lot of SGI hardware knowledge?

I am going to start with the 200 as my first project, I think that will give me a good introduction to the SGI arch.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Without a lot of SGI knowledge? Well, they're one complex beast. You'll possibly want to go join us in #gentoo-mips on irc.freenode.net, as there's a special procedure needed to netboot these things.

And I hope you're prepared for the power bill that these things will generate.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2005 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I will keep it simple to start, I am sure that I will run into plenty of challenges getting the 200 Running. If that goes well I can start reading up on the Origin 2400 series.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So how went the Origin 200 installation?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure if this will work with a pci card, you should probably go for an Impact card (SI?).

You should ask this at www.nekochan.net.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Galahad: He'd need more than that I think. The Impact driver for Linux is totally untested on IP27, so it's highly unlikely that it'd work.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2005 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to Stan (IP30 Author), Octane-based XIO boards won't work in Origin-based systems due to a different design of the compression connector(s). I'm not sure if you can swap out the compression connectors, however, to make them fit. I think Stan is going to be attempting this eventually.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2005 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

XIO cards seem to work in a gigachannel option.

http://www.nekochan.net/weblog/archives/000178.html
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