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Re: Origin 200

To: Eugenio Diaz <getnito@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Origin 200
From: Ralf Baechle <ralf@oss.sgi.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 16:01:52 +0200
Cc: linux-mips@oss.sgi.com
In-reply-to: <20010917075345.52314.qmail@web14007.mail.yahoo.com>; from getnito@yahoo.com on Mon, Sep 17, 2001 at 12:53:45AM -0700
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On Mon, Sep 17, 2001 at 12:53:45AM -0700, Eugenio Diaz wrote:

> > Its the rackmount version..............I will search for some
> > benchmarks to see how this system ranks compared to some
> > PIII and other systems.
> > 
> > Are there any graphics options available for these, or just console?
> > 
> > I realize the origin is more of a "server", used for serving files
> > and web pages, than a workstation.
> 
> I used to work for an SGI VAR, and we sold expensive (he, he) but SGI approved
> third party PCI video cards; I don't remember what manufacturer tough. I
> remember one particular customer (an NT shop) who was not comfortable with
> head-less servers, and required us to put a head on it :-)

Head-less users ;-)

With the firmware not supporting video that is just a halfbreed headless
system anyway ...

> However, I think that if Linux is currently handling the PCI Bus (I think it's
> a 64-bit) on that architecture, you can use any PCI video card supported by
> Linux ... am I right?

Yes.  In theory.  The usual problem with video card initialization through
the BIOS applies.  Aside of this PCI video cards should work fine.

  Ralf

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