New (old) SGI Indigo2
Steven N. Hirsch
shirsch at adelphia.net
Tue Jun 20 07:00:50 CDT 2006
Just picked up an Indigo2 at a swap meet. It came with no drives
installed and, as a consequence, no operating system. I think it's
operational since I get the nice SGI ba-ba-dink! from the speaker when
SGI makes what they're calling Irix 6.5.22m available for free download.
It is in (3) tarballs containing a bunch of tardist files.
First question is:
Is it possible to do a bare-metal install of Irix over the network using
these packages? SGI manages to do a complete dance around the issue of
whether this release is a maintenance ONLY (designed to drop over a
previously installed system) or whether it can do a complete fresh install
onto a bare hard drive. If it cannot, would someone with the 6.5 Base CD
set be neighborly and contact me off-list?
Second question is:
The unit came with the EISA "Extreme" graphics adaptor. When I connect it
to my shop monitor with a 13W3 --> HD15 cable I get absolutely no display.
Are these boxes like the Suns and Alphas where they default (or can be
made to default) to a serial console under initial conditions? If so, any
pointers to the required null-modem wiring? (The unit has Apple-type
8-pin mini-DIN serial ports).
Any sage advice appreciated!
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