I've heard, that I could analyze the system w/ a SGI-like serial line cable
on serial port #1? I don't hav' such a cable.
Please help me, to make the system working again, because next weeks,
I'll get an working SGI Indigo2 workstation.
Ingmar S. Horn
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When you supply power:
Will the PSU fan still start?
Will it continue to run?
The Indigo CPU board has a yellow pilot light
visible from the front. Will it come up? Stay alight?
Do you still get the startup-chime from the speaker?
*Any* output on the screen? (I've kept a Indigo2
with a failed IMPACT graphics board in service simply
by disabling the (X11) graphics system - it still gave
fine console output.)
Most importantly: do you get better behaviour when you pull
components (cpu & gfx boards, disks; memory modules)?
>I've heard, that I could analyze the system w/ a SGI-like serial line cable
>on serial port #1? I don't hav' such a cable.
serial(7) has the pin assignments you need to solder an adapter.
This may seem silly advice considering your Indigo is dead but,
fortunately, SGI is still doing an outstanding job of providing
all kinds of information even on its legacy systems:
While you're at it, you might check out the "Indigo Owner's Manual".
IIRC it includes a trouble-shooting checklist.
Because my own Indigo R3K just died last weekend, I certainly feel with
you. Mine used to run 24/7 in our server room; I was logged in from
remote when it happened and would have got any serious syslog messages
(such as ECC memory faults) on my screen; there weren't any. A visit
next day showed a silent box, PSU fan not running anymore. The fan
will start when flipping the mains switch, but just for a single second.
Likewise, the CPU board's pilot light. Boards look OK (no burned parts,
no funny smells). No screen output whatsoever. Pulling boards/disks
doesn't improve PSU behaviour. Next step would be to sub-set modules.
I'd also like to pull the PSU to have it checked but so far it resisted
to come out.
The Ebay spare market is currently void of Indigo parts. (Indigo2 parts
can be seen quite often, but classic Indigos have always been a rarity.)
Good luck, Martin Neitzel
Have you had any luck in the meantime? It's good to know people are
still using IRIX!
My SGI Indigo is still dead, but my SGI Indigo2 runs SGI IRIX 5.3
But my new-buyed SGI Octane is dead since this morning, because the
Pilot-LED blinks a short time in RED (after Power-ON, for 0.5-1 secs),
and then, the PSU-Fan goes down.
Any suggestions? I've no support @sgi.com yet :-)
I've cleaned the complete parts of the OCTANE. Now, the system works
I'm happy again,
> I've cleaned the complete parts of the OCTANE. Now, the system works
> again :-)
The system really works, but I'm looking for a damn stable SCSI-Subsystem
for my SGI OCTANE IP30 w/ 250 MHz mips R10k w/ FPU and 512M Memory.
Anyone can help me?
Please answer here, or drop me an e-mail to vax...@melanie.marway.org
P.S.: My SGI INDIGO2 IP22 works fine, running the SGI IRIX 5.3 Operating
System and misc additional stuff like xnview, xv, xpaint, xephem,
sendmail, irssi and elm (classic e-mail client)
Ingmar S. Horn, UNIX Hostmaster & OpenVMS HobbyAdmin | SGI IRIX
smail-mail: Brucknerstrasse 10, 71065 Sindelfingen (Germany) | Debian Linux
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phone: +4970314925738 (Festnetz) or +491724972944 (Handy) | UNIX
Check the internet for part 030-1281-001 (X9-SCSI-4P, 4-Port Differential
Ultra SCSI XIO card for Octane and Octane2). Various Octane part #s are at
with the top in German and the bottom in English.