First of all, thanks for responding!
Do you know any way to make the Origin 200 operate more quietly? I'm a
hardware geek, so I know that there are cooling issues and air-flow issues,
but the darned thing is so loud that I can't just keep it running all the
time. If I keep it on, it's distracting, even when I put it in another room
with the door closed. (My hearing is pretty sensitive...)
It's in an air-conditioned house, and I don't mind putting in some
temperature sensors to shut it off when it gets too warm inside... I'd hate
to go to the trouble of creating a noise-muffling cabinet if there's some
known way of making the beast a bit quieter. (Since I don't beat the disk
drives up, they shouldn't generate much heat. I wouldn't mind pulling out
all the drives but one, if that would help...)
Since I have a couple of 'em (as well as another couple of loud rack-mount
boxes), I've even considered building a custom cabinet with a single
large-capacity fan in it to draw air through all four boxes, and mount a
dozen LM34-based temperature sensors at strategic points in the boxes to shut
'em all down if it gets too warm in the cabinet...
> They are running at reduced speed unless the temp is over ~90. I can
> answer most common questions about them.
> On Fri, 28 Jun 2002, Marco C. Mason wrote:
> > Hello, OSS @ SGI gang--
> > I need a little help, please! As a result of a company closing, I've
> > received a pair of SGI Origin 200 servers. Unfortunately, since the
> > support contract on them has expired, I can't seem to use any of the
> > support services at www.sgi.com.
> > I'm just a home experimenter who wants to run the things 'til they die.
> > I'm very pleased with the performance, software, etc., and I'm very
> > familiar with them (as I worked on them 8 hrs / day for a year and a
> > half until the office closed).
> > The only difficulty is that these things are LOUD! I'd like to find out
> > if there are any temperature monitors inside the thing, and if I can run
> > the fans at a reduced speed, or remove some of the fans to make them
> > reasonable in a home environment. They don't do a lot (as I just do
> > some CPU-intensive stuff on them every once in a while, and very little
> > disk-I/O).
> > Thus, I'd like to find a contact for simple (but technical) hardware
> > questions like these on the Origin 200. If you guys could send me a
> > friendly contact or two, I'd be very grateful.
> > (I'm also interested in making the thing dual-boot Irix & Linux, if the
> > Linux port is close to operating... I've also got a pair of Indys that
> > I'm planning on sacrificing to the Linux gods...)
> > Thanks in advance--
> > --marco