[AG-TECH] Last minute equipment questions

Many Ayromlou mayromlo at acs.ryerson.ca
Mon Jun 24 11:00:43 CDT 2002

Hi Bryan,

Just a couple of points. Like yourself I started by making a shopping list and 
went out to a vendor and bought everything. Well that was not a good idea. 
The shopping list on accessgrid.org is a bit of an overkill. Couple of things 
you might want to do without:

- You have 3 ensonique sound cards for audio box. You only need 1. They 
specified this so that eventually someday they might be able to do 
environmental (read "3d") audio.

- You have 1 PCI G450 dual head and a AGP version of the same thing in the 
DISPLAY machine. If you're only going to be using a Monitor and 3 projectors 
I would suggest replacing that with a single AGP G200 Quad Display. AGP has a 
lot more bandwidth and it's always easier to deal with one card only.

- You also have a Athlon processor machine and a copy of win2K for the control 
box. Way too much of an overkill. I use a old Sony Vaio 200 Mhz notebook 
running win98 to control the getner. Think of it this way the getner is 
controlled through a serial line at 56k, and once configured you will hardly 
touch the config unless you move it to another room that has very different 
dimension/acoustic characteristics.

- You will also need 2 x rca-2-ministereo cables to connect the output/input 
of MM100 to the audio machines mic/lineout connectors

- Make sure you keep the little barrel adapters that come with each win-tv 
card, that convert RCA video to SVHS. We thought we didn't need them and gave 
them away. That was not a good thing :-)

- You also forgot Audio Monitor (speaker) with XLR input.

- Kilometers of XLR cables.....hehehe.

and good luck ripping out the XLR ends and putting the Phoenix connectors on 
the audio cables. Make sure you buy all your XLR cable from ONE reputable 
place. We got them from 3 different places and the color coding on the wires 
was a nightmare (you have to transfer the X-L and R wires properly to the 
phoenix connector.....it's all in the Gentner manual but if your cables all 
use the same colors its a heck of a lot easier.

Hope all this helps.....


On June 24, 2002 10:34 am, Andrew Shewmaker wrote:
> Bryan,
> First a caveat, I have only read through the AG tutorials and put together
> my own modified parts list. I have no other AG experience.
> I just thought I'd mention I have a system with an ASUS A7M266-D
> motherboard and I have been pleased with its stability. I haven't tested
> the overheating protection, but it is still nice to have on an Athlon
> system for once.
> I think it will be interesting to try one of Matrox's Parhelia graphics
> boards when they come out after June 30th. The output options look very
> flexible, but I wonder why they only have triple output for rgb and not
> dvi.
> You may want to look at projectors other than the Epson 710c because it
> looks like it might be a discontinued model.
> Andrew
> On Sat, 22 Jun 2002 21:14:25 -0700 (PDT)
> "Bryan Kirkendall" <kirk5801 at cs.uidaho.edu> wrote:
> > First off, I would like to thank all of you who have helped me out with
> > my questions these past few weeks.  I've now gotten together a list of
> > everything I think I need to put together my node, but both my supervisor
> > and I thought it would be a good idea to run it by you guys first, just
> > to make sure I haven't forgotten anything.  I've posted a copy of my
> > equip list at http://www.cs.uidaho.edu/~kirk5801/ag , if anybody has the
> > time and inclination to check it out, I'd greatly appreciate it.  The
> > first file is a part-by-part list of what'll be put in each of the 4
> > computers, the second is a list of the other various equipment I need. 
> > (Quick note - I haven't gotten a final count on how many microphones the
> > room is going to need, hence the question marks there, and that number
> > will, of course, determine which Gentner I'll need).
> >
> > On a related note, I've recently been contacted by a company called
> > Imprint Systems, who offer a 'one-stop shop' for AGN purchases, taking a
> > single PO for the whole shebang.  (Website at ag.imprintsystems.com)
> > We're looking into this as an alternative to buying everything
> > seperately, depending on how pricing works out.  Have any of you had any
> > experience with buying from this company you'd like to share?
> >
> > Sorry for being a bit long-winded there.  ^^;;  Thanks in advance.
> >
> > -------------------------------
> > Bryan J. Kirkendall
> > AGN Administrator
> > University of Idaho CompSci
> > Moscow, ID 83844
> > kirk5801 at cs.uidaho.edu
> >
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