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Upgrade Sgi 320 To Windows XP

I have a SGI 320 is it possible to load or upgrade to WINXP from WIN2KPRO? I have an SGI Octane. Can I run Windows XP Pro on it?I would like to use Solidworks and catia on this hardware. I have been told that It is very good for design work. Though it is dated it apearently still has some use out of it. I am just trying to find out if I can run Windows XP Pro or even 2000. Thanks for your help.

This is an old Boeing Surplus Machine.
SGI Octane
Model #: cmnb015anf250
No Hard Drive. Picking up original 18 GB HD for it. soon.

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I got this from wiki

The 320 and 540 Visual Workstations shipped originally with Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. Due to the ARCloader PROM, a custom Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) for Windows was necessary. Windows 2000was the last release which included the required SGI-specific HAL.Because of that, and because SGI ceased supporting the VisualWorkstation series, installation of future Windows versions such as XPis unsupported.

So it doesnt support xp. if u use windows 2000 it might just work. Its hardware design makes it not xp compatible.

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That's true, I have a dual 1 GhZ SGI 320 and it can only go as far as Windows 2000 Professional and with an Orange Link adapter card can you get the the USB Fire Wire to work as intended. There are a few sites out there where SGI users can still exchange info. I upgraded the machine from a Dual 500 mhz processors and followed several sites walk throughs on the updates & software update. Keep in mind this machine can only run 1GB of ram which is specific to SGI and hard to find, and if you are still willing to pursue the dual processor upgrade they have to be matched and a specific voltage regulator has to be used for the higher speed processors. Will the sytem boot up and run now? If it does and you are not inclined to do all of the other upgrades it makes a good server w/ WIN2K. What did you pay for it? I noticed there are some mentions about finding them on ebay still. Problem is the sellar isn't going to tell you about the limited upgrade path that these once powerful machines have. A lot of scrapped or cannibalized 320 & 540's are out there. If you run older cad or visualization 3d programs it works great, games forget it esp. the newer ones that require the latest directX. If your machine came with a separate sound card with midi interface that works great with legacy sound editing programs but becomes inoperative with the WIN2K upgrade. When I say older and legacy, like around 1999 to 2003 programs. You have what's considered a hotrod of it's time, but it's easily overshadowed with the newer dual, quad-core, xeon machines. For reference sake when the 320 shipped to customers back in 1999 configured with dual 500 mhz processors 500mb ram, soundcard & speakers and a 21" sony CRT monitor it was just under $9K - that was and is still a lot of money. But it ran the programs fast esp. ones written with dual processor support like Photoshop and Accurender...Dell, IBM and HP all had and still have "workstation class" machines. SGI just doesn't do Windows based machines, and it looks like they are in deeper financial trouble now. 9d5e209.jpg

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