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As SGI hardware ages you are less and less likely to want to run your systems with the original graphics hardware especially if that hardware is only 8-bit or perhaps the hardware is a server (without graphics). This page will demonstrate how to get the most out of your SGI by running a full X session from another, better equipped, workstation. I'm using a SGI Indy as my example but most of this will apply to any class of older SGI computer with only minor variations in the setup.
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As SGI hardware ages you are less and less likely to want to run your systems with the original graphics hardware especially if that hardware is only 8-bit or perhaps the hardware is a server (without graphics). This page will demonstrate how to get the most out of your SGI by running a full X session from another, better equipped, workstation. I'm using a [[SGI Indy]] as my example but most of this will apply to any class of older SGI computer with only minor variations in the setup.
    
==Step 1: Setting up the Indy==
 
==Step 1: Setting up the Indy==
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==End Notes==
 
==End Notes==
Using these methods I get a full 1280x1024/24-bit desktop from my old Indy with no visible delays in redrawing or moving. This is way more than the 8-bit video card could ever give me. It allows me to enjoy most of the benefits of IRIX without having yet another keyboard/mouse/monitor setup. I use the same solutions with my Sparc 20 and Ultra 5 hardware and anyone who has every had to run older Sun video cards can understand how having some modern hardware handling the video is a huge blessing.
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Using these methods I get a full 1280x1024/24-bit desktop from my old Indy with no visible delays in redrawing or moving. This is way more than the 8-bit video card could ever give me. It allows me to enjoy most of the benefits of [[IRIX]] without having yet another keyboard/mouse/monitor setup. I use the same solutions with my Sparc 20 and Ultra 5 hardware and anyone who has every had to run older Sun video cards can understand how having some modern hardware handling the video is a huge blessing.
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And so was some other menus in other software. It was unusable and much worse than running without the fontserver.
 
And so was some other menus in other software. It was unusable and much worse than running without the fontserver.
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The alternative to using a remote fontserver on the IRIX box is to copy them to the Linux box so they are available locally.
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The alternative to using a remote fontserver on the [[IRIX]] box is to copy them to the Linux box so they are available locally.
 
It took me few hours of "how-to" reading before I eventually was able to get it working. I though I share it here should someone else want to try the same.
 
It took me few hours of "how-to" reading before I eventually was able to get it working. I though I share it here should someone else want to try the same.
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And now when I connect to IRIX computers with either X, Xnest or Xephyr the fonts displays correctly!
 
And now when I connect to IRIX computers with either X, Xnest or Xephyr the fonts displays correctly!
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See also the post by [http://forums.nekochan.net/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=16720614 Debug]
      
==Links==
 
==Links==

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