Getting Sun Sparcstation 10 to recognize its graphics card

systems_glitch systems.glitch at
Wed Jan 10 07:56:25 CST 2018

Yeah, I use a 13W3 adapter and a VGA Samsung SyncMaster LCD on my bench.
The adapter is generic and happens to work on both Sun and SGI machines (as
mentioned, this is not guaranteed).


On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 7:03 AM, Jonathan Katz via cctalk <
cctalk at> wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 7:54 AM, Rico Pajarola via cctalk <
> cctalk at> wrote:
> > I assume it's just the screen staying blank. Note that using an SGI
> monitor
> > on a sun using a 13W3 to 13W3 cable will not work. There's 2 ways around
> > it: you can either use a 13W3 to BNC cable connected to a BNC to 13W3
> cable
> > to connect the monitor, thus disconnecting all non-RGB pins, or you can
> cut
> > off the extra (non-RGB) pins on either side of the cable (I've
> successfully
> > done that to connect SGI machines to SUN monitors but it should work the
> > other way around too).
> >
> >
> I may have gotten the SUNW system -> SGI Monitor thing backwards. There are
> cobwebs in this part of my brain!

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