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Something I had been meaning to do for quite some time now is move as much of IRIX off of my Maxtor ATLAS II 15k 73gb Ultra 320 SCSI drive in hopes to keeping the small stock pile I have of them alive and well for years to come. The ideal solution would be to buy one of those SCA -> SATA II adapters for 2.5" SATA II/III Drives, but those are still $200+, which for me is not worth it. Looking around for alternative solutions, I came across an LSI SAS3041X-R 4 Port SATA PCI-X card that is IRIX 6.5 supported. Granted I wish it had SATA II ports, but alas for $25 shipped I really can't complain. I should note, this card is 133mhz/PCI-X, which means the maximum bandwidth is 1.06 gb/s. Silicon Graphics Origin 300s only have 64bit/66mhz PCI-X slots, so you'll be looking at a maximum bandwidth of 533.3mb/sec, while the Origin 350 has 2 64bit/100mhz PCI-X slots providing up to 800mb/sec. Keep that in mind if you need more than 533.3mb/sec of bandwidth. [caption id="attachment_1532" align="aligncenter" width="300"] What you'll need for adding SATA support and an SSD to your SGI Origin 300[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1533" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Y 4 pin Molex adapter[/caption] If you can't tell from the pictures, you'll need:
  1. The LSI SAS3041X-R card
  2. SATA cable, longer the better, I had used the standard length and had just enough length
  3. Y Cable that accepts the standard 4 pin Molex connector and provides 2 SATA Power connections
  4. Y Cable that accepts the standard 4 pin Molex connectors and provides 2 additional 4 pin Molex connectors
  5. SSD or other SATA drive, because the space constraints I'd highly suggest at the most a 2.5" mechanical drive.
LSI SAS3041X-R installed in the middle PCI-X slot: [caption id="attachment_1534" align="aligncenter" width="300"] LSI SAS3041X-R in the middle PCI-X slot of the SGI Origin 300[/caption] Back view: [caption id="attachment_1535" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Back view LSI SAS3041X-R in the middle PCI-X slot of the SGI Origin 300[/caption] Top view: [caption id="attachment_1536" align="aligncenter" width="300"] SGI Origin 300 with LSI SAS3041X-R installed[/caption] Unfortunately, Silicon Graphics didn't think about those wishing to add internal drives that wouldn't be driven off the built-in Ultra 160 controller. Getting creative, I found a spot in the far left fan grille that when running, the actual fan blades don't hit. You'll have to remove the fan to the SATA connector through, which I should mention again, you can swap the fans for much, much quieter fans. I detailed the post here back in February of this year. I took a picture of the SATA Cable going through the grille: [caption id="attachment_1537" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Running the SATA cable through the unobstructed 80mm fan grille[/caption] Once the cable is through, you can pop the 80mm fan back into place and then connect both the Y power cables and your SATA drive as shown in the picture below: [caption id="attachment_1538" align="aligncenter" width="225"] 240gb Sandisk Extreme SSD installed into an SGI Origin 300[/caption] After putting the Origin 300 back into my rack and starting IRIX, IRIX found the LSI card without a need for driver installation: [bash] IRIX Release 6.5 IP35 Version 07202013 System V - 64 Bit Copyright 1987-2006 Silicon Graphics, Inc. All Rights Reserved. NOTICE: Initialising Guaranteed Rate I/O v2 (Jul 20 2006 18:47:01) NOTICE: pcibr_attach: /hw/module/001c01/Ibrick/xtalk/15/pci Bus holds a usb part - settingbridge PCI_RETRY_HLD to 4 Setting hub ixtt.rrsp_ps field to 0x4e20 NOTICE: /hw/module/001c01/Ibrick/xtalk/14/pci/1a/scsi_ctlr/0: 949X fibre channel firmware version 1.3.23.0 NOTICE: /hw/module/001c01/Ibrick/xtalk/14/pci/1b/scsi_ctlr/0: 949X fibre channel firmware version 1.3.23.0 NOTICE: /hw/module/001c01/Ibrick/xtalk/14/pci/2/scsi_ctlr/0: 1064 SAS/SATA firmware version 1.6.0.0 [/bash] Having been removed from using IRIX for a few months, I preferred to do the disk initialization with the GUI over a TightVNC connection. You can initialize a disk through the System Manager, which can be accessed from the Toolchest System option like so: [caption id="attachment_1544" align="aligncenter" width="195"] IRIX System Manager[/caption] Then click on "Hardware and Devices" and then "Disk Manager" like so: [caption id="attachment_1547" align="aligncenter" width="300"] IRIX System Manager[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1539" align="aligncenter" width="300"] IRIX Disk Manager[/caption] With the SSD/SATA drive selected, click on Initialize and then click Next through the series of questions. Afterwards you can close that window, bringing you back to the System Manager window. Click on Files and Data and then Filesystem Manager like so: [caption id="attachment_1549" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Getting to the IRIX File System Manager[/caption] Afterwards you'll be presented with the Filesystem Manager: [caption id="attachment_1540" align="aligncenter" width="300"] IRIX Filesystem Manager[/caption] Click on Mount Local... in the bottom far left of the window, choose the newly initialized disk, the place where you want the drive mounted and click through the wizard. After a few minutes, you'll be presented with a refreshed Filesystem Manager window showing your SSD/SATA drive like in the picture above. Intrigued on how much of a difference the SSD would make in comparison to the Maxtor Atlas II 15k Ultra 320 drive, I ran diskperf and stacked the images side by side. The SSD is on the Left and the Maxtor Ultra 320 drive is on the right. [caption id="attachment_1541" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 240gb SanDisk Extreme SSD vs 73gb Maxtor Atlas II 15k Ultra 320 SCSI Drive[/caption] I actually expected the Maxtor to perform a bit better, but am not surprised overall by the results. About 30 minutes or work, majority of that simply pulling the server out of the rack, I think it is fair to say, if you're running a later generation Silicon Graphics machine with PCI-X slots (ie Fuel, Tezro, Origin 300, Origin 350 etc) you will see a huge performance boost. Next on my todo list is to move everything possible off of the Maxtor, leaving only the minimum boot data (as you cannot boot from an addon card in IRIX). Will post the details of that process at a later time.
After waiting about a month in a half, I finally got a numalink cable so I could numalink together two Silicon Graphics Origin 300s. The idea behind numalink is that you can take multiple machines and link them together in a cluster. In my case, I now have a 8 way R14000A 600mhz and 8GB of ram Origin 300. Like with many things I'm finding with Silicon Graphics machines it was pretty easy to setup. I tried to document it all below. First off I needed to update the "rack" position of my Slave (2nd) Origin 300: [bash] 001c01-L1>brick slot 02 brick slot set to 02 (takes effect on next L1 reboot/power cycle) 001c01-L1>reboot_l1 SGI SN1 L1 Controller Firmware Image B: Rev. 1.44.0, Built 07/17/2006 18:20:38 001c02-L1> [/bash] Next I needed to clear the serial based on the error I got: [bash] 001c02-L1> Not able to determine correct System Serial Number 001c02 == M2002931 Please use the command 'serial clear' on the brick which has the serial number you do not wish to keep Not able to determine correct System Serial Number 001c16 == M2100250 Please use the command 'serial clear' on the brick which has the serial number you do not wish to keep 001c02-L1>serial clear [/bash] Unplugged the power to both and then hooked them up with the numalink cable: [caption id="attachment_1089" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Silicon Graphics Origin 300s connected via numalink"][/caption] Then plugged both power cables back in and hit power button on both. To my surprise upon starting up IRIX everything worked. [bash] [SPEEDO2]:~ $ hinv -vm Location: /hw/module/001c01/node IP45_4CPU Board: barcode MNS886 part 030-1797-001 rev -B Location: /hw/module/001c01/Ibrick/xtalk/14 IO8 Board: barcode MJX813 part 030-1673-003 rev -F Location: /hw/module/001c01/Ibrick/xtalk/15 IO8 Board: barcode MJX813 part 030-1673-003 rev -F Location: /hw/module/001c02/node IP45_4CPU Board: barcode MNM964 part 030-1797-001 rev -B Location: /hw/module/001c02/Ibrick/xtalk/14 IO8 Board: barcode MHE546 part 030-1673-003 rev -E Location: /hw/module/001c02/Ibrick/xtalk/15 IO8 Board: barcode MHE546 part 030-1673-003 rev -E 8 600 MHZ IP35 Processors CPU: MIPS R14000 Processor Chip Revision: 2.4 FPU: MIPS R14010 Floating Point Chip Revision: 2.4 CPU 0 at Module 001c01/Slot 0/Slice A: 600 Mhz MIPS R14000 Processor Chip (enabled) Processor revision: 2.4. Scache: Size 4 MB Speed 300 Mhz Tap 0x1a CPU 1 at Module 001c01/Slot 0/Slice B: 600 Mhz MIPS R14000 Processor Chip (enabled) Processor revision: 2.4. Scache: Size 4 MB Speed 300 Mhz Tap 0x1a CPU 2 at Module 001c01/Slot 0/Slice C: 600 Mhz MIPS R14000 Processor Chip (enabled) Processor revision: 2.4. Scache: Size 4 MB Speed 300 Mhz Tap 0x1a CPU 3 at Module 001c01/Slot 0/Slice D: 600 Mhz MIPS R14000 Processor Chip (enabled) Processor revision: 2.4. Scache: Size 4 MB Speed 300 Mhz Tap 0x1a CPU 4 at Module 001c02/Slot 0/Slice A: 600 Mhz MIPS R14000 Processor Chip (enabled) Processor revision: 2.4. Scache: Size 4 MB Speed 300 Mhz Tap 0xa CPU 5 at Module 001c02/Slot 0/Slice B: 600 Mhz MIPS R14000 Processor Chip (enabled) Processor revision: 2.4. Scache: Size 4 MB Speed 300 Mhz Tap 0xa CPU 6 at Module 001c02/Slot 0/Slice C: 600 Mhz MIPS R14000 Processor Chip (enabled) Processor revision: 2.4. Scache: Size 4 MB Speed 300 Mhz Tap 0xa CPU 7 at Module 001c02/Slot 0/Slice D: 600 Mhz MIPS R14000 Processor Chip (enabled) Processor revision: 2.4. Scache: Size 4 MB Speed 300 Mhz Tap 0xa Main memory size: 8192 Mbytes Instruction cache size: 32 Kbytes Data cache size: 32 Kbytes Secondary unified instruction/data cache size: 4 Mbytes Memory at Module 001c01/Slot 0: 4096 MB (enabled) Bank 0 contains 1024 MB (Premium) DIMMS (enabled) Bank 1 contains 1024 MB (Premium) DIMMS (enabled) Bank 2 contains 1024 MB (Premium) DIMMS (enabled) Bank 3 contains 1024 MB (Premium) DIMMS (enabled) Memory at Module 001c02/Slot 0: 4096 MB (enabled) Bank 0 contains 1024 MB (Premium) DIMMS (enabled) Bank 1 contains 1024 MB (Premium) DIMMS (enabled) Bank 2 contains 1024 MB (Premium) DIMMS (enabled) Bank 3 contains 1024 MB (Premium) DIMMS (enabled) Integral SCSI controller 8: Version Fibre Channel LS949X Port 0 Integral SCSI controller 9: Version Fibre Channel LS949X Port 1 Integral SCSI controller 10: Version QL12160, low voltage differential Integral SCSI controller 11: Version QL12160, low voltage differential Integral SCSI controller 0: Version QL12160, low voltage differential Disk drive: unit 1 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 1) Integral SCSI controller 1: Version QL12160, low voltage differential Integral SCSI controller 12: Version QL12160, low voltage differential Integral SCSI controller 13: Version QL12160, low voltage differential IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty5 IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty6 IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty7 IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty8 Gigabit Ethernet: eg1, module 001c01, pci_bus 2, pci_slot 2, firmware version 0.0.0 Gigabit Ethernet: eg2, module 001c02, pci_bus 2, pci_slot 1, firmware version 0.0.0 Integral Fast Ethernet: ef0, version 1, module 001c01, pci 4 Fast Ethernet: ef1, version 1, module 001c02, pci 4 PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1000, device 0x0640) PCI slot 1 PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1000, device 0x0640) PCI slot 1 PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x10a9, device 0x0009) PCI slot 2 PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x10a9, device 0x0009) PCI slot 1 PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1077, device 0x1216) PCI slot 2 PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1077, device 0x1216) PCI slot 1 PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x10a9, device 0x0003) PCI slot 4 PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x11c1, device 0x5802) PCI slot 5 PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1077, device 0x1216) PCI slot 1 PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x10a9, device 0x0003) PCI slot 4 PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x11c1, device 0x5802) PCI slot 5 IOC3/IOC4 external interrupts: 1 IOC3/IOC4 external interrupts: 2 HUB in Module 001c01/Slot 0: Revision 2 Speed 200.00 Mhz (enabled) HUB in Module 001c02/Slot 0: Revision 2 Speed 200.00 Mhz (enabled) IP35prom in Module 001c01/Slot n0: Revision 6.124 IP35prom in Module 001c02/Slot n0: Revision 6.210 USB controller: type OHCI USB controller: type OHCI [/bash]
Picked up another Silicon Graphics Origin 300 (Dual 600/4gb ram), swapped in my Quad 500 board, replaced the fans and began my fun filled adventure into L1 Land. [caption id="attachment_1070" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="My 2nd Silicon Graphics Origin 300"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1068" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Original Silicon Graphics Origin 300 Fans out..."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1071" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Quad R14k 500 Swap completed"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1072" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Silicon Graphics Origin 300 1GB DDR Stick"][/caption] Off the bat I was presented with: [caption id="attachment_1069" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Silicon Graphics Origin 300 L1 - Unknown Brick Type!"][/caption] Upon hooking up my USB->Null Modem cable I checked the L1 Log: 001?01-L1>log 04/14/12 10:54:46 L1 booting 1.44.0 04/14/12 10:54:49 ** fixing invalid SSN value 04/14/12 10:54:49 ** fixing BSN mismatch 04/14/12 11:13:53 L1 booting 1.44.0 So, good it auto-fixed the invalid SSN and BSN mismatch. 001?01-L1>brick rack: 001, slot: 01, partition: none, type: Unknown [2MB flash], serial:MRH006, source: NVRAM Good again, it sees the brick, but doesn't know what it is. Then tried: 001?01-L1>brick type C brick type changed (nvram) (takes effect on next L1 reboot/power cycle) 001?01-L1>reboot_l1 Upon rebooting the L1, still not avail. Going to have to get creative with this problem...
[caption id="attachment_1022" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="SGI Origin 300 Quad 500mhz R14000"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1023" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="SGI Origin 300 Quad 500mhz R14000"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1024" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="SGI Origin 300 Quad 500mhz R14000"][/caption]
Been rocking my Quad 500mhz R14000 Silicon Graphics Origin 300 since replacing the fans in January, it's been great, but in preparation for the next 4 Quad 600mhz Origin 300s I plan on getting in May. That being said, I came across a Quad 600mhz R14000A on eBay. After going to Home Depot for a set of Torx drill bits, I was able to get the old board out and the new board in. Not only are each CPUs 100mhz faster, there is twice as much cache on the 600mhz versions. [caption id="attachment_1017" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Origin 300 MIPS Quad 600mhz R14000A Motherboard"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1018" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Origin 300 MIPS Quad 600mhz R14000A Motherboard"][/caption] [shell] 4 600 MHZ IP35 Processors CPU: MIPS R14000 Processor Chip Revision: 2.4 FPU: MIPS R14010 Floating Point Chip Revision: 2.4 CPU 0 at Module 001c16/Slot 0/Slice A: 600 Mhz MIPS R14000 Processor Chip (enabled) Processor revision: 2.4. Scache: Size 4 MB Speed 300 Mhz Tap 0x1a CPU 1 at Module 001c16/Slot 0/Slice B: 600 Mhz MIPS R14000 Processor Chip (enabled) Processor revision: 2.4. Scache: Size 4 MB Speed 300 Mhz Tap 0x1a CPU 2 at Module 001c16/Slot 0/Slice C: 600 Mhz MIPS R14000 Processor Chip (enabled) Processor revision: 2.4. Scache: Size 4 MB Speed 300 Mhz Tap 0x1a CPU 3 at Module 001c16/Slot 0/Slice D: 600 Mhz MIPS R14000 Processor Chip (enabled) Processor revision: 2.4. Scache: Size 4 MB Speed 300 Mhz Tap 0x1a Main memory size: 2048 Mbytes Instruction cache size: 32 Kbytes Data cache size: 32 Kbytes Secondary unified instruction/data cache size: 4 Mbytes Memory at Module 001c16/Slot 0: 2048 MB (enabled) Bank 0 contains 1024 MB (Premium) DIMMS (enabled) Bank 1 contains 1024 MB (Premium) DIMMS (enabled) Integral SCSI controller 0: Version QL12160, low voltage differential Disk drive: unit 1 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 1) Disk drive: unit 2 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 2) Integral SCSI controller 1: Version QL12160, low voltage differential IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty3 IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty4 Integral Fast Ethernet: ef0, version 1, module 001c16, pci 4 PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1077, device 0x1216) PCI slot 1 PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x10a9, device 0x0003) PCI slot 4 PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x11c1, device 0x5802) PCI slot 5 IOC3/IOC4 external interrupts: 1 HUB in Module 001c16/Slot 0: Revision 2 Speed 200.00 Mhz (enabled) IP35prom in Module 001c16/Slot n0: Revision 6.124 USB controller: type OHCI [/shell]
Having been years since I messed with MySQL on a non-Windows platform I had forgotten 2 simple commands after setup on my Origin 300: [sql] CREATE USER 'dbuser'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'sqlisawesome'; [/sql] [sql] GRANT ALL PRIVILEDGES ON *.* TO 'dbuser'@'%' WITH GRANT OPTION; [/sql] The wildcard (%) after the username is key if you want access from other machines (which in my case I wanted to the MySQL Workbench on my Windows 7 machine).
An idea came up over at Nekochan a few weeks ago to try and see if an RV280 (Radeon 9250) was capable of being installed into an Origin 300 much like the V10/V12 VPro hacks for an Origin 350. [Edit on 4/19/2013: I chose my words improperly, VNC is just one of the ways you can display X over the network from your Origin 300 to your PC or other Silicon Graphics machine.]As it stands currently, the Origin 300 does not have a graphics option, so you're limited to VNC to run X on it. It just so happens I have a Radeon 9250 that's been sitting around since last summer when I was going to try and hack it into a Cobalt Qube 3: [caption id="attachment_982" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="256mb Radeon 9250 PCI"][/caption] Installed it into my Origin 300, and immediately did a hinv -vm when it booted: [shell] Location: /hw/module/001c16/node IP45_4CPU Board: barcode MJP842 part 030-1728-002 rev -D Location: /hw/module/001c16/Ibrick/xtalk/14 IO8 Board: barcode MJX813 part 030-1673-003 rev -F Location: /hw/module/001c16/Ibrick/xtalk/15 IO8 Board: barcode MJX813 part 030-1673-003 rev -F 4 500 MHZ IP35 Processors CPU: MIPS R14000 Processor Chip Revision: 1.4 FPU: MIPS R14010 Floating Point Chip Revision: 1.4 CPU 0 at Module 001c16/Slot 0/Slice A: 500 Mhz MIPS R14000 Processor Chip (enabled) Processor revision: 1.4. Scache: Size 2 MB Speed 250 Mhz Tap 0xa CPU 1 at Module 001c16/Slot 0/Slice B: 500 Mhz MIPS R14000 Processor Chip (enabled) Processor revision: 1.4. Scache: Size 2 MB Speed 250 Mhz Tap 0xa CPU 2 at Module 001c16/Slot 0/Slice C: 500 Mhz MIPS R14000 Processor Chip (enabled) Processor revision: 1.4. Scache: Size 2 MB Speed 250 Mhz Tap 0xa CPU 3 at Module 001c16/Slot 0/Slice D: 500 Mhz MIPS R14000 Processor Chip (enabled) Processor revision: 1.4. Scache: Size 2 MB Speed 250 Mhz Tap 0xa Main memory size: 2048 Mbytes Instruction cache size: 32 Kbytes Data cache size: 32 Kbytes Secondary unified instruction/data cache size: 2 Mbytes Memory at Module 001c16/Slot 0: 2048 MB (enabled) Bank 0 contains 1024 MB (Premium) DIMMS (enabled) Bank 1 contains 1024 MB (Premium) DIMMS (enabled) Integral SCSI controller 0: Version QL12160, low voltage differential Disk drive: unit 1 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 1) Integral SCSI controller 1: Version QL12160, low voltage differential IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty3 IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty4 Integral Fast Ethernet: ef0, version 1, module 001c16, pci 4 <strong>PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1002, device 0x5960) PCI slot 1</strong> <strong>PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1002, device 0x5940) PCI slot 1</strong> <strong>PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1077, device 0x1216) PCI slot 1</strong> PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x10a9, device 0x0003) PCI slot 4 PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x11c1, device 0x5802) PCI slot 5 IOC3/IOC4 external interrupts: 1 HUB in Module 001c16/Slot 0: Revision 2 Speed 200.00 Mhz (enabled) IP35prom in Module 001c16/Slot n0: Revision 6.210 USB controller: type OHCI [/shell] It picked it up as noted by the bolded PCI entries, but nothing more than that. It was suggested to do an inst -m GFXBOARD=VOYAGER, but I couldn't get my O2 running as a BOOTP server. Maybe another day...
A picture says a thousand words: [caption id="attachment_48" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="IRIX-6.5.30-running"][/caption] Now to actually get MySQL, PHP etc on it like I wanted to last summer :)
Spent virtually every evening this week working on my Origin 300 I got last summer and finally got to this point: [caption id="attachment_41" align="aligncenter" width="761" caption="IRIX 6.5.30 Launching"][/caption] Called it a night at around 12:30 this morning after getting BASH, Samba, SSH, TightVNC on it, figuring I would wake up and get it running pretty quickly. And I did to some extent: [caption id="attachment_42" align="aligncenter" width="643" caption="IRIX 6.5.30 over VNC"][/caption] Not exactly exciting to see, but an improvement over a console/ssh/telnet session. After some more configuring, started to get when running 4Dwm (IRIX's Windowing Manager, think of it like GNOME or KDE) Media Error: Unrecovered data block read errors Googling the error (and just intuition), the hard drive I spent all week prepping, installing and getting frustrated on is on it's way out. Luckily I remembered from years back upgrading a drive in my origin Silicon Graphics Octane you can pretty easily clone a root drive. Pulled up this link over at the SGI Depot. Followed the steps, tons of errors followed when copying. Crossing my fingers upon pulling out the original installation drive...
Years ago when I was a kid I was enamored by Silicon Graphics. My father spoke highly of them and I saw what they were able to produce in the movies I loved. In high school I had wanted a then new, Octane 2. They were around $14,000 back then. A few years later in 2004/2005, I broke down and spent around $300 on an Octane I. Finally got an Octane II in 2007, but needed cash so I sold off all of my Silicon Graphics equipment. Fast forward until last summer, Origin 300s finally came down to a reasonable price point (~$120), picked up a Quad R14k, 2GB Origin 300 with a Fiber Channel PCI-X card. Only kicker was it didn't have any drives and being an Origin 300, no cd/dvd drive and no video card either. Busy with other stuff, I left it sitting in my "stack". Last night, UPS delivered, IRIX at last! [caption id="attachment_23" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="IRIX 6.5.4 Installation CDs"][/caption] Still waiting on the drives I bought, found a guy on eBay who had 3 Maxtor Atlas 15K IIs for dirt cheap. One step closer to getting it finally setup :)