Well, I finally laid my hands on one of the former holy grails of workstation class computers: The Silicon Graphics Inc., Indy.
For the first time in a long time, I have a computer that I know absolutely nothing about. As a matter of fact, it probably took me at least 20 to thirty minutes just figuring out how to open the case and peek inside.
This particular Indy has two one gigabyte SCSI hard drives and an unknown amount of RAM. I do know that four of the eight 72-pin SIMM slots are occupied. Just how much memory that makes available to the machine is unknown at this time.
The processor has a fan/heatsink combination but the fan does not appear to be connected to anything. I've yet to figure out exactly where this fan is supposed to get its power from.
I've turned the machine on and heard the little tune that the SGI Indy plays at startup but have yet to determine whether this chime is good news or bad news.
When the Indy is first powered up, the power LED glows red for a brief time before momentarily flashing green and returning to a solid red glow. Again, I have no idea what this colour sequence means or if it is a bringer of good news or bad.
I don't presently have a monitor for this machine although I do have cables that will allow me to connect the Indy to either an Apple monitor or a monitor using BNC type connectors. It was interesting to see that the monitor cables had the Apple logo on them.
Looking at the back of the Indy, I can see that it has two Macintosh compatible serial ports although I do not yet know if these are LocalTalk compatible. My initial instinct would be that they are not.
Gotta get a monitor...