Question about SGI Silicon Graphics Silicon Graphics 320 PC Desktop
I have a SGI 320 is it possible to load or upgrade to WINXP from WIN2KPRO?
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 $9K - that was and is still a lot of money. But it ran the programs fast esp. ones written with dual processor support like Photoshop and Accurender...Dell, IBM and HP all had and still have "workstation class" machines. SGI just doesn't do Windows based machines, and it looks like they are in deeper financial trouble now.
Posted on Dec 23, 2008
It is NOT possible to run XP on an Silicon Graphics 320 Visual Workstation . (PERIOD!)
and, yes although xp and NT are similar in most respects (low level), SGI did not partner with M$ and hence there is no compatibility with XP and SGI320 bootloader. End of story. Additionally, SGI support no longer supports the 320/540 systems. So, you're stuck with Googling ;)
Posted on Oct 20, 2008
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