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SGI Indigo2 Network Boot

I have gotten hold of an old Silicon Graphics Indigo2, a beautiful piece of machinery. While attempting to recover the root password, the harddisk failed. But by some extreme luck, I managed to create a copy of the root filesystem before this happened. By using an SGI manual and lots of trial and error, I finally managed to boot IRIX and run the entire thing over the network from some Linux boxes. I have written down everything required to configure this in a LaTeX typesetted PDF document here.

Here's a photo of the desktop of IRIX 5.3, the UNIX used by SGI:

SGI Indigo2 Desktop Photo.

And in case you are wondering, here is a dump of the "hinv" command, showing the hardware specs:

Iris Audio Processor: version A2 revision 1.1.0
1 200 MHZ IP22 Processor
FPU: MIPS R4010 Floating Point Chip Revision: 0.0
CPU: MIPS R4400 Processor Chip Revision: 6.0
On-board serial ports: 2
On-board bi-directional parallel port
Data cache size: 16 Kbytes
Instruction cache size: 16 Kbytes
Secondary unified instruction/data cache size: 1 Mbyte
Main memory size: 192 Mbytes
EISA bus: adapter 0
Integral Ethernet: ec0, version 1
Integral SCSI controller 1: Version WD33C93B, revision D
Integral SCSI controller 0: Version WD33C93B, revision D
Disk drive / removable media: unit 2 on SCSI controller 0
Graphics board: GU1-Extreme

Topic: Configuration, by Kjetil @ 08/09-2012, Article Link