O.K. I misunderstood when I thought that Kumba misunderstood. D'OH.
I think that our biggest hope is to find someone that maybe worked on
the O2 development, one of the engineers maybe, that would like to see
the O2 evolve to its ultimate potential. It might not involve getting
the source code if they did the mod for us, but knowing who in
particular to ask in the first place is the real challenge..
Robin H. Johnson wrote:
On Wed, Sep 08, 2004 at 03:46:24PM +1000, Glenn Barry wrote:
AFAIK, this ability isn't too supported anymore. The guy doing this
has apparently decided to quit. While I'm sure this doesn't make such
modifications impossible, it likely makes them more difficult and more
This modification is currently being done with RM5200 boards and
replacing the CPU. You can read more about it at
The RM7000C @ 600MHx chip currently works fine in IRIX, sorry I should
have specified that this isn't specifically related to Linux, I just
thought that you people would have the best knnowledge of the SGI's
outside SGI themselves, given that you've been able to port Linux to
some of their machines.
Kumba and I do know all about the RM7000C work, as we are frequent
visitors to nekochan.
What Kumba was referring to what the mid-August post by ChicagoJoe (on
page 14) stating that the company that had been doing the BGA chip
replacement is not taking on any more work.
This would quite likely require direct access to the source code of
the IP32 PROM. I think only IRIX developers have this access, and
there are likely license issues that would get in the way of modifying
such code to allow for detection of the RM7900
Hmmm...given that the O2 line is discontinued I wonder if SGI would
really object to having the code modified.
To get the PROM source, you'd really have to be in bed with SGI, as many
other folk from here have asked for a lot less and had no success.