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Topics covered in this FAQ: --------------------------- -1- GENERAL INFORMATION -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 model? -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"? -20- MONITORS AND VIDEO HARDWARE -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 monitor? -28- What is the pinout for the Indy's 13W3 video connector? -29- STORAGE DEVICES -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 work? -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 SGI? -41- Why does my SGI think my DAT has audio on it when it actually has data? -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 7? -53- What about Syquest and Iomega (Zip, Jaz) removable media drives? -54- EVERYTHING ELSE -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?