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Conor
August 7th, 2006, 02:55 PM
You know the ones that have cool flashing lights? And there practically all over the SGC and Atlantis? What the hell are they for?!?

sueKay
August 7th, 2006, 03:01 PM
The technical name for them is 'blinky light units' and they cost $85 000 dollars...

j/k :)

I don't think they've ever had much of a purpose apart from to punctuate the grey decor of the SGC and to distract people.

BC - 303
August 7th, 2006, 07:00 PM
To make it look cool, and Earthie.
Probibly gate control devices and other basic tech incase any ancient stuff goes wrong.

Avatar28
August 7th, 2006, 11:31 PM
They're there for decoration and to duplicate all the blinky flashing lights of TV shows and movies of yore. They had them and so people have come to expect flashy blinking lights on big, powerful computers. It's the same reason we have sound in space. :)

Conor
August 8th, 2006, 04:48 AM
So theres no sound in space?? Ive been misled!

benjaminism
August 8th, 2006, 06:14 AM
The blinky things are called Computer Servers. Which are uesed to find new co-ordinates for stargates and to run the stargate itself.

Cory Holmes
August 8th, 2006, 04:22 PM
In the case of Atlantis, we probably need all those computers and power just to interface with the Ancient technology and access the database. Same reason why they're still using plasma screens instead of the Ancient displays.

Morgasshk
August 8th, 2006, 05:03 PM
You know the ones that have cool flashing lights? And there practically all over the SGC and Atlantis? What the hell are they for?!?

They are specifically for downloading porn, bootleg movies and copious amounts of mp3's to try and fill their massive terrabytes of space! :P

(drool, i want a harddrive that big!)

Seldini
August 8th, 2006, 05:55 PM
They are terrible terrible fascimiles of server racks or full enterprise servers.

Maastrichian
August 8th, 2006, 06:07 PM
Mr. Radar, Mr. Sonar, Mr. Coffee....

Metonic
August 8th, 2006, 09:13 PM
They are specifically for downloading porn, bootleg movies and copious amounts of mp3's to try and fill their massive terrabytes of space! :P

(drool, i want a harddrive that big!)
The Wraith didnt put a virus there... Damn it Mckay!

Avatar28
August 8th, 2006, 10:41 PM
They are specifically for downloading porn, bootleg movies and copious amounts of mp3's to try and fill their massive terrabytes of space! :P

(drool, i want a harddrive that big!)

So at least we're getting SOMETHING useful from the ancient database. That's it's big secret, 30% of the content is pr0n.

mburrows
August 8th, 2006, 11:43 PM
they are super computers that manage the power output and operation of the gate...and of course, they are the light you get when you need to get up and get a late night snack and not turn on the big bright light while the general is sleeping in the next room:jack:

mother-goose
August 9th, 2006, 07:47 AM
no no no no its clearly a cylon!

IcyNeko
August 9th, 2006, 07:52 AM
Pretty much what everyone said... they are super computers with massive hard drives. Though, I presume that when Atlantis initially came over, they brought Carter's dialing software as well, in case they had a situation like the SCG where there is no DHD. ..

The Doctor
August 9th, 2006, 09:35 AM
Yeah, they probably have some sort of function. But in the end they're just blinky light units.

genome
August 9th, 2006, 02:42 PM
Pretty much what everyone said... they are super computers with massive hard drives. Though, I presume that when Atlantis initially came over, they brought Carter's dialing software as well, in case they had a situation like the SCG where there is no DHD. ..

and Jack's gate address database? :D they never said if they were all MW gates...

IcyNeko
August 9th, 2006, 05:04 PM
Good Point! :D

Morgasshk
August 9th, 2006, 05:14 PM
I prefer to stick with Ancient Porn repository... (lmao, 80's hair maybe? haha)

And some fully sick games,
Warcraft 12
The Neverending Return of Leisure Suit Larry
You won't get rid of: Ratchet and Clank 35
Wolfenstein 6D
Doom 18 - Whats in the Radioactive Barrels?
Quake 9 - My New Railgun!

lol

Metonic
August 10th, 2006, 12:02 AM
and Jack's gate address database? :D they never said if they were all MW gates...
they...werent... second or third address was the Asgards home world Othalla in Ida... or the other way around...

IcyNeko
August 10th, 2006, 08:24 AM
Can you find proof of this? If I recall correctly, he inputted all of them at once, then subconsciously wrote a program to call up Othala. It wasn't "The second or thied address to be inputted."

It could be possible that there are addresses in the Pegasus Galaxy, but it seems to me like the ancient who made that wouldn't waste the disk space. If I were them, I would store one address (Atlantis), and then leave it up to the users to find the Lantien Database if they wanted the Pegasus gate addresses.

FallenAngelII
August 10th, 2006, 08:36 AM
Pretty much what everyone said... they are super computers with massive hard drives. Though, I presume that when Atlantis initially came over, they brought Carter's dialing software as well, in case they had a situation like the SCG where there is no DHD. ..

A Stargate needs a DHD to power it. A Stargate itself has no powersource. You cannot dial into a Stargate without a DHD because it wouldn't be powered (and I very much doubt it anyone thinks the Ancients would MacGuyver their own gate by creating a dialing program in DOS and power it with normal electricity.


and Jack's gate address database? :D they never said if they were all MW gates...

It's probably all MW addresses because so far, the only 8-digit addresses we've stumbled upon were the addresses to Pegasus and the old Asgard home galaxy.

genome
August 10th, 2006, 09:17 AM
A Stargate needs a DHD to power it. A Stargate itself has no powersource. You cannot dial into a Stargate without a DHD because it wouldn't be powered (and I very much doubt it anyone thinks the Ancients would MacGuyver their own gate by creating a dialing program in DOS and power it with normal electricity.



It's probably all MW addresses because so far, the only 8-digit addresses we've stumbled upon were the addresses to Pegasus and the old Asgard home galaxy.

the ancients would have gone -bang-thud- DHD workin again, or -thud-thud-bang- new DHD up and running.

IcyNeko
August 10th, 2006, 09:54 AM
A Stargate needs a DHD to power it. A Stargate itself has no powersource. You cannot dial into a Stargate without a DHD because it wouldn't be powered (and I very much doubt it anyone thinks the Ancients would MacGuyver their own gate by creating a dialing program in DOS and power it with normal electricity.


CARTER: We got visual confirmation of its presents, but the damage was obviously hidden. (Sam tries to enter in glyphs, but nothing happens. )It's not working.
EARNEST: It was like that when I got here.
CATHERINE: That's why you never came back. (Ernest nods. )

Torment of Tantalus. In that episode, the DHD was damaged beyond repair. If the power crystal is needed to in order to keep the wormhole open, and the interface was damaged such that the user couldn't dial out, it could be said that one could not rely on that power source to dial in. Though one could say that only the dialing mechanism on the DHD was damaged, so that people could dial in, but not out.. but then, when they try to hook the power directly into the gate...

O'NEILL: A fancy light show that maybe the key to our existence, or something like that. (Thunders crashes outside and more pieces of the roof falls down.) Ah, you want to pick up the pace on this a little bit? (Sam plays with some wires, and there is a hissing noise. We here the Stargate start to start up. The chevrons light up.)
CATHERINE: You did it! (The Stargate suddenly turns off. We here a cracking noise. )

The power source failed shortly after using it.

But I guess this could also help. From Wikipedia...


Power is always required to establish an outgoing wormhole, and is usually supplied by the DHD, but any Stargate can receive a wormhole whether it has a power supply or not; the dialing gate is the one that supplies power to both. In a few cases, Stargates have been dialed "manually" when more sophisticated means were not available. This was accomplished by providing sufficient raw power to the gate and then rotating the symbol ring by hand to lock each chevron.[28]

The episode they quoted is 2x03 "Prisoners".

So yeah, thanks for trying.

N8ball88
August 10th, 2006, 09:59 AM
Mr. Radar, Mr. Sonar, Mr. Coffee....

LOL! :)

They should stick labels on them that say that stuff.