An old dream come true: Iris Indigo!
Joshua Alexander Dersch
derschjo at msu.edu
Mon Oct 22 16:39:00 CDT 2007
Alexandre Souza writes:
> Well, seems that now is my time...
> I have the oportunity of - at least - putting my dirty hands into a SGI
> indigo! :oD
> My questions:
> - How fast is it?
> - What can I run on that?
> - Does it use any kind of special memory?
> - Can I use a PC mouse/keyboard with that?
> - Are the monitor frequencies suitable for a modern PC monitor?
> (yes, in Brazil these are R A R E !)
Depending on the model, it's either a 33Mhz R3000, a 100Mhz R4000, or a
150Mhz R4400. You should be able to run IRIX up to 6.2 on an R3000, or 6.5
on the R4k models. There are likely Linux & NetBSD ports that will run, but
those are no fun to run on an SGI :).
You'll need a special Indigo Keyboard & Mouse. The connector looks like
PS/2, but it's not, unfortunately. It's possible to buy an adapter (for
about $40) which will likely be easier to find than the real thing. See:
R3000-based Indigos use proprietary (hard to find) memory, but the
R4x000-based ones take standard 72-pin, fast-page ECC SIMMS.
Any decent PC monitor that supports Sync-On-Green should be able to work
with the Indigo without problems.
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