SGI Indy

SGI Indy, a real unix workstation (Wikipedia: SGI Indy). INDYtech from Reputable Systems also have lots of good info.

  • Model no: CMN B006
  • System: IP22
  • PROM Monitor: PROM Monitor SGI Version 5.1.2 Rev B4 R4X00 IP24 Dec 9, 1993 (BE)
  • cpu: R4400 - 100 Mhz R4400, with FPU (SC - secondary cache: 1024 Kbytes)
  • memory: 64 Mbyte
  • disk drives:
  • graphics: Indy 8-bit (8-bit XL aka Newport graphics)
  • net: ec0 -
  • os: IRIX 6.2
  • other: camera - SGI IndyCam

resources: deBug Place - DINA, [DINA],, tgcware,

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Work log

2021-07-13: I re-created this page on my self-hosted web server.

2020-09-28: nekoware is offline. try deBug Place for DINA.

2009-08-29: turned off routed with chkconfig routed off. Turned dhcp on with chkconfig autoconfig_ipaddress on. Yes, that works. However, name resolution (using DNS) doesn't work. Must find out how to get that working. For now I just m,anually edited /etc/resolv.conf. It must include three lines:

hostresorder bind local
domain <your domain>
nameserver <ip address of nameserver>

2009-08-29: To configure the machine for dhcp, use chkconfig autoconfig_ipaddress on; this will configure the machine to start the dhcp client (proclaim).

2009-08-29: I had forgotten the root password again, so I had to get out crack again, and then I made a copy of the passwd file (only the line for the root user) on one of my bsd machines. It took me longer to remember how to use crack than cracking the password. Oh well. The keyboard (I am using a "normal" PC keyboard (with PS/2 connector)) is a bit odd; not all keys are in their normal place. Like this:

Key    Function
Ctrl    caps lock
Esc    num lock
win key    Escape
Scr Lock    *

2007-08-20: various output. hostname: indy500. uname -a: IRIX indy500 6.2 03131015 IP22. nvram eaddr: 08:00:69:07:dc:c4. netstat -i:

Name Mtu  Network  Address Ipkts Ierr Opkts Oerrs Coll
ec0  1500 88       indy500
lo0  8304 loopback localhost


Graphics board 0 is "NG1" graphics.
        Managed (":0.0") 1024x768
    8 bitplanes, NG1 revision 3, REX3 revision B, VC2 revision A
    MC revision C, xmap9 revision A, cmap revision C, bt445 revision A
    Display 1024x768 @ 60Hz, monitor id 15


Iris Audio Processor: version A2 revision 4.1.0
1 100 MHZ IP22 Processor
FPU: MIPS R4000 Floating Point Coprocessor Revision: 0.0
CPU: MIPS R4000 Processor Chip Revsion: 5.0
On-board serial ports: 2
On-board bi-directional parallel port
Data cache size: 16Kbytes
Instruction cache size: 16 Kbytes
Secondary unified instruction/data cache size: 1 Mbyte on Processor 0
Main memory size: 64 Mbytes
Vino video: unit 0, revision 0, IndyCam not connected
Integral ISDN: Basic Rate Interface unit 0, revision 1.0
Integral Ethernet: ec0, version 1
Integral SCSI contrtoller 0: Version WD33C93B, revision D
  Disk drive: unit 2 on SCSI controller 0
  Disk drive: unit 1 on SCSI controller 0
Graphics board: Indy 8-bit

2007-08-20: I bought this machine really cheap.