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The DMediaPro DM5 daughterboard provides specialized, high-resolution, digital video imagery capabilities for SGI workstations with VPro graphics and a Dual Channel Display (DCD) option. Note that not every SGI workstation with VPro graphics may be upgraded to work with DMediaPro DM5. Contact your SGI sales or service representative if you have any questions regarding workstation compatibility with the DM5 option.

Note: Your workstation must have a V12 (or higher) VPro graphics board with a Dual Channel Display option installed. The system must be running IRIX version 6.5.16 or later. Systems running 6.5.16 require a software extension (patch) to support DM5.

The DMediaPro VBoBs will output diagnostic information on the serial port (#10 in the diagram above - it's the only male DB9). If it doesn't pass power-on diagnostics, or doesn't out put anything at all, you should at least have a better idea if there's a hardware fault. If in working condition, they should appear in a gfxinfo -v. See nekonoko's post for an example.

Use a serial terminal set at 9600/8/N/1, a null modem cable, then power up the VBoB with the serial terminal connected and running. Here's the output of one connected to a DM5:

VBOB bootloader version 1.1
Running power on diagnostics...

512KB external SRAM detected.

Press ESC to enter the RAM diagnostic mode OR load alternative image.

Diagnostic mode help menu:
  d     Run power_on external RAM diagnostics
  l     Load alternative image
  q     Quit diagnostic mode
  h     Help menu

Choose one of these options ...... [d,l,q,h]:

Start RAM data bus check:
walking 1 ...... DONE
walking 0 ...... DONE
PASS: RAM data bus check.

Start RAM address bus check:
Walking 1 ...... DONE
Walking 0 ...... DONE
PASS: RAM address bus check.

Start VBOB RAM cell test:
checking ......DONE
PASS: RAM cell check.

Choose one of these options ...... [d,l,q,h]:

Loading active image vbob_b.bin version 1.3.22.

VBOB firmware revision 1.3.22 built 20031107165902
Press <esc> to skip xilinx load
Initializing xilinx......               DONE
DM5 daughter card detected, rev 1
loading denali fpgas...
programming fpga out
programming fpga scxp3
programming fpga fmta
programming fpga dctl
programming fpga scxp2
programming fpga csc
programming fpga scxp4
programming fpga ecc
programming fpga scxp1
programming fpga fmtb
Initializing DENALI...
vbob> videomanager starting up.
video: no ENV found in flash. Using factory defaults

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