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Sat Feb 28 11:52:39 CST 2009
In article <49A97726.70903 at gmail.com>,
John Ball <ball.of.john at gmail.com> writes:
> So you bought those twin tower systems. We were all crying over them.
Who's "we"? :-) There was one other bidder that appears to have maxed
out at $100, so I got them for $105 ea. On ebay these things would
have gone for considerably more I'm guessing.
> Those are Twin Tower 4D systems as you can already see and they are
> not the most powerful things out there as they are pretty old.
Yeah, but they are a nice addition to my SGI collection; I didn't have
any of the Power Series 4D machines, although I do have a Crimson and
a couple Onyx machines.
> They should be able to run Irix 4.0.5 but that is it and I don't know
> much about Irix software older than version 5.3 so you better hope that
> there are some GL demos installed.
Yeah, these things predate OpenGL, so I imagine that only Iris GL
programs will run on them. Fortunately I have the expertise to write
such programs to be able to make some cool demos :-). It would be
nice to get ahold of an Iris GL doc set though. I'm guessing that the
man pages are probably installed. sgistuff says that IRIX 5.3
supports a 4D/220.
> In all honesty I recommend you go talk to the folks over at
> http://www.nekochan.net as they are the last people on the net really
> to tame these old beasts. I also recommend
> http://www.martnet.com/~bobd/sgi/4dfaq.html as it contains a nice FAQ
> and tells you how to make a serial terminal cable adapter which is
> essential for any SGI system.
Yep, I've been on nekochan before (although I prefer mailing lists
over web forums, since mailing lists are push instead of a web forum
pull). Looks like the 4D FAQ page is the one I've been seeing on
"The Direct3D Graphics Pipeline" -- DirectX 9 draft available for download
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