On Sat, 19 Jun 2004 16:17:34 -0500, "sginewbie" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >
In theory, an I2 ought to boot from any 512-byte-sector SCSI CD-ROM,
but, in practice, some work and some don't. I don't know that there's
any "hardware update" to change that, though I suppose later PROMs
would be better than earlier ones.
Later OSes are better than earlier ones, too. You might consider
obtaining a recent version of IRIX 6.5.x (where x is anything up to
22) and installing from scratch. The "inst" installer is a
pathological example of Unix at its worst, but several websites detail
how to boot and install IRIX using it. Once you have the base OS
installed, you can use the GUI and Software Manager, which is very
If you can find a local SGI-head, especially one who can lend you a
known-bootable CD-ROM drive and some expertise, you should avail
yourself of his services. It will speed the process immensely, and
save your hair in the process. I'm in Seattle, if that helps.
An I2 was my first SGI, and, I expect, that of many other converts, so
you are treading a known path.