I got a Fuel!

Unxmaal

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After several years of stalking eBay, I finally got a Fuel!

This is a 600Mhz model with 1GB RAM, an intact working door, SCSI tape drive, and SCSI CDROM. The CDROM can't open its drive door.

hinv:
Code:
1 600 MHZ IP35 Processor
CPU: MIPS R14000 Processor Chip Revision: 2.4
FPU: MIPS R14010 Floating Point Chip Revision: 2.4
CPU 0 at Module 001c01/Slot 0/Slice A: 600 Mhz MIPS R14000 Processor Chip (enabled)
  Processor revision: 2.4. Scache: Size 4 MB Speed 300 Mhz  Tap 0xa
Main memory size: 1024 Mbytes
Instruction cache size: 32 Kbytes
Data cache size: 32 Kbytes
Secondary unified instruction/data cache size: 4 Mbytes
Memory at Module 001c01/Slot 0: 1024 MB (enabled)
  Bank 0 contains 512 MB (Premium) DIMMS (enabled)
  Bank 1 contains 512 MB (Premium) DIMMS (enabled)
Integral SCSI controller 0: Version QL12160, low voltage differential
  Disk drive: unit 1 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 1)
  Disk drive: unit 2 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 2)
  Disk drive: unit 3 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 3)
  Disk drive: unit 4 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 4)
  Disk drive: unit 5 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 5)
  Disk drive: unit 6 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 6)
  Disk drive: unit 7 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 7)
  Disk drive: unit 8 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 8)
  Disk drive: unit 9 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 9)
  Disk drive: unit 10 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 10)
  Disk drive: unit 11 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 11)
  Disk drive: unit 12 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 12)
  Disk drive: unit 13 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 13)
  Disk drive: unit 14 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 14)
  Disk drive: unit 15 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 15)
Integral SCSI controller 1: Version QL12160, low voltage differential
IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty3
IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty4
IOC3 parallel port: plp1
Graphics board: V10
Integral Fast Ethernet: ef0, version 1, module 001c01, pci 4
  PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1077, device 0x1216) PCI slot 1
  PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x10a9, device 0x0003) PCI slot 4
  PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1045, device 0xc861) PCI slot 5
HUB in Module 001c01/Slot 0: Revision 2 Speed 200.00 Mhz (enabled)
IP35prom in Module 001c01/Slot n0: Revision 6.210
USB controller: type OHCI
Here's a quick benchmark, compiling bash 5.0 on the Fuel vs the Origin 350:

Code:
# Fuel R14k 600Mhz/1GB RAM
## local
real    14m53.165s
user    13m1.046s
sys     1m28.300s

## with distcc
real    6m8.412s
user    3m35.259s
sys     1m23.937s


# Origin 350 R16k 4x700Mhz / 8GB RAM
## local
real    6m17.740s
user    11m27.339s
sys     1m31.505s

## with distcc
real    4m37.755s
user    3m29.870s
sys     4m4.728s
As expected, the Origin 350 wins with 4 newer, faster CPUs and 8x the RAM -- but distcc levels the playing field.

This is relevant, as the Fuel has 1 less running PSU than my Origin 350, which is part of a 2-node Onyx4 cluster.

Other notes about the Fuel:
  • The L1 port is on the motherboard
  • At least for me, the L1 port doesn't also display console output, until I did .. something.. and it started working
  • Then it stopped working, so
  • The console port is external, serial port 1
  • If you try to install IRIX via console, you must `setenv console d`, or you will get weird errors and the install will fail.
  • If you run the above command, then install IRIX, it'll install without any graphical stuff, like 4dwm or X.
 
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ghost180sx

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That's awesome you finally scored a Fuel! I'm pretty excited for you. Those are rare finds! Were you able to get it for a decent price?

Also, I just wanted to say, I have that same exact IKEA desk and it's epic! They don't make them like that any more... That desk is ultra deep and designed for heavy CRTs :D
 

Unxmaal

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That's awesome you finally scored a Fuel! I'm pretty excited for you. Those are rare finds! Were you able to get it for a decent price?

Also, I just wanted to say, I have that same exact IKEA desk and it's epic! They don't make them like that any more... That desk is ultra deep and designed for heavy CRTs :D
I saw this fuel on eBay for $550. I hit BIN immediately, fully expecting it to be dead on arrival.

I love these IKEA Jerker desks! I have an automated Craigslist search set up to notify me whenever someone is selling one. Although at this point 4 of them may be too many.
 

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