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    SGI hardware Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This is one of the Silicon Graphics FAQ series, which consists of:

    SGI admin FAQ - IRIX system administration
    SGI apps FAQ - Applications and miscellaneous programming
    SGI audio FAQ - Audio applications and programming
    SGI diffs FAQ - Changes to the other FAQs since the last posting
    SGI graphics FAQ - Graphics and user environment customization
    SGI hardware FAQ - Hardware
    SGI impressario FAQ - IRIS Impressario
    SGI inventor FAQ - IRIS Inventor
    SGI misc FAQ - Introduction & miscellaneous information
    SGI movie FAQ - Movies
    SGI performer FAQ - IRIS Performer
    SGI pointer FAQ - Pointer to the other FAQs
    SGI security FAQ - IRIX security

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Topics covered in this FAQ:
   -2- Where can I get a copy of SGI's Periodic Table of the Irises?
   -3- What third-party vendors sell thus-and-such for SGIs?
   -4- Where can I get used SGI machines?
   -5- What is my old SGI machine worth?
   -6- What about my IRIS 2000 or 3000?
   -7- Should I shut off my Iris at night?
   -8- How fast is my R4000 or R4400 machine?
   -9- What is the IP number of each SGI model?
  -10- What graphics and audio options were/are available for each
  -11- What OS versions are supported on which platforms?
  -12- MEMORY
  -13- What type of memory does each SGI model use?
  -14- Can I mix 1MB and 2MB SIMMS in my 4D/20 & 4D/25 Personal IRISes?
  -15- Can I add 4MB SIMMS to my 4D/20 or 4D/25 PI?
  -16- How many 4MB SIMMS can be put into an Indigo?
  -17- How can I find a bad SIMM?
  -18- Why does my system tell me I need a revision C Memory Controller
       (MC) chip?
  -19- Should I worry about a "recoverable memory parity error"?
  -21- My monitor is maladjusted in some way. How to fix it?
  -22- Can I have 2 graphics displays on my Indigo?
  -23- What do I need to do stereo on an Onyx/RE2?
  -24- Can I use my SGI monitor on my PC?
  -25- Can I use my PC monitor on my SGI?
  -26- What video formats, scan rate, etc. do SGI monitors support?
  -27- How can I set my Indy to use 1280x1024 pixels on a third-party
  -28- What is the pinout for the Indy's 13W3 video connector?
  -30- What do all these SCSI technical terms mean?
  -31- How many SCSI devices can I have on an Indigo?
  -32- How do I install external SCSI disks on my SGI?
  -33- Can I use a non-SGI hard drive in my SGI workstation?
  -34- What kind of DAT drive does SGI sell for the Indigo?
  -35- Can I use a 3rd-party cartridge tape drive on my Indigo?
  -36- Which Exabyte drives work with SGI systems?
  -37- How to connect my 3rd-party tape drive to my SGI?
  -38- How should I set up my tape drive so tar's 'r' and 'u' options
  -39- What do I do when I can't read a tar tape made on another system?
  -40- Why can't I write a tape on my DEC DAT drive and read it on my
  -41- Why does my SGI think my DAT has audio on it when it actually has
  -42- How can I recover a partially overwritten tar tape?
  -43- When and how should I clean my tape drive?
  -44- Why don't no-rewind tape devices always work in IRIX 5.3/6.0.1?
  -45- What dump parameters should I use?
  -46- How can I eject a jammed tape or CD?
  -47- Can I use a non-SGI CD-ROM on my SGI?
  -48- Can I use an SGI CD-ROM on a non-SGI?
  -49- How can I write CD-ROMs on an SGI?
  -50- Why can't Joe User eject his CD-ROM?
  -51- How can Joe User mount and unmount his magneto-optical disk?
  -52- Why do SGI SCSI controllers have host ID 0 instead of the usual
  -53- What about Syquest and Iomega (Zip, Jaz) removable media drives?
  -55- How long can my monitor/keyboard/mouse/Indycam cables be?
  -56- How fast is the Indigo parallel port?
  -57- What are the differences between the Indigo R4000 and Indigo2?
  -58- What high speed interfaces are available for Onyx?
  -59- Why doesn't my modem work?
  -60- What about ISDN?
  -61- What mice (or other pointing devices) can I use with my SGI?
  -62- What about joysticks?
  -63- What about uninterruptable power supplies?
  -64- How can ordinary users control the multi-channel option (MCO)?
  -65- What laptop or notebook SGIs are available?

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