About This Guide

This document is designed to help you understand and operate your Onyx® rackmount graphics workstation. The information contained in this document is organized as follows:

Chapter 1 

“The Power Onyx and Onyx Rackmount Graphics Workstation” provides an overview of the basic system and its capabilities.

Chapter 2 

“Touring the Chassis” describes all of the system components and reviews all of the controls, indicators, and connectors.

Chapter 3 

“Getting Started” describes the connection of the appropriate hardware and provides the power-on and boot procedures.

Chapter 4 

“Installing and Using Optional Peripherals” supplies the information needed to install and configure various peripherals.

Chapter 5 

“Having Trouble?” describes some common problems and possible solutions. The operation of the system controller is also explained.

Chapter 6 

“Safety and Comfort” describes basic human factors and guidelines for system operation.

Appendix A 

“Hardware Specifications” lists physical and electrical specifications.

Appendix B 

“Drive Maintenance” describes the procedures required to properly maintain 1/4-inch, 4-mm DAT and 8-mm tape drives, as well as CD-ROM players.

Appendix C 

“System Controller Error Messages” lists all of the possible error messages.

Appendix D 

“Onyx IO4 PROM” supplies information about the IO4 PROM monitor.

Appendix E 

“VMEbus Implementation” provides guidelines to help select third-party VME™ boards for the system The section also lists maximum allowed configurations using the new InfiniteReality graphics pipes.

Appendix F 

“Configuring a Multipipe Onyx System” provides information on setting up an Onyx rackmount system with up to three graphics subsystems.

Start at the beginning to familiarize yourself with the features of your new system, or proceed directly to the information you need by using the table of contents as your guide.

Software-specific information helpful in operating your Onyx rackmount graphics workstationis is located in the following software guides:

Style Conventions

This guide uses the following conventions:

  • References to other documents are in italics.

  • References to other chapters and sections within this guide are in quotation marks.

  • Names of buttons are in italics.

  • Names of menu choices are in quotation marks.

Compliance Statements

This sections lists various domestic and international compliance statements that pertain to the system.

FCC Warning

This equipment has been tested and found compliant with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference, in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at personal expense.

VDE 0871/6.78

This equipment has been tested to and is in compliance with the Level A limits per VDE 0871.

International Special Committee on Radio Interference (CISPR)

This equipment has been tested to and is in compliance with the Class A limits per CISPR publication 22.

Canadian Deparment of Communications Statement

This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class A limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus as set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.


Le present appareil numerique n'emet pas de bruits radioelectriques depassant les limites applicables aux appareils numeriques de Classe A prescrites dans le Reglement sur le Brouillage Radioelectrique etabli par le Ministere des Communications du Canada.

Japanese Compliance Statement

Figure 1. VCCI Compliance Statement

Figure 2. CE insignia

Manufacturer's Regulatory Declarations

This workstation conforms to several national and international specifications and European directives as listed on the “Manufacturer's Declaration of Conformity,” which is included with each computer system and peripheral. The CE insignia displayed on each device is an indication of conformity to the European requirements.

Your workstation has several governmental and third-party approvals, licenses, and permits. Do not modify this product in any way that is not expressly approved by Silicon Graphics, Inc. If you do, you may lose these approvals and your governmental agency authority to operate this device.