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Message 1171171 - Posted: 15 Nov 2011, 13:45:48 UTC

hi ! i have got a pentium 2 which is not being used . should i install boinc on it ?
PD: it runs Linux

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Message 1171176 - Posted: 15 Nov 2011, 14:05:00 UTC - in response to Message 1171171.

hi ! i have got a pentium 2 which is not being used . should i install boinc on it ?
PD: it runs Linux

I have a PII 400MHz I am using at the moment.
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It doesn't have much in the way of sans so it sits silently and crunches away.
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Message 1171184 - Posted: 15 Nov 2011, 14:49:18 UTC - in response to Message 1171176.

Wow ! your computer only takes 23 hours per WU !that is so strange! i have a IBM ThinkPad with Celeron @ 500mhz and it takes more than 60 hours ! . as i can see you are using an unofficial app , right ? when in the app name appears ''Anonymous Platform'' is not official

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Message 1171192 - Posted: 15 Nov 2011, 15:30:13 UTC - in response to Message 1171184.

Wow ! your computer only takes 23 hours per WU !that is so strange! i have a IBM ThinkPad with Celeron @ 500mhz and it takes more than 60 hours ! . as i can see you are using an unofficial app , right ? when in the app name appears ''Anonymous Platform'' is not official

I am using the MMX optimized application. Which I got from this posting.

Those tasks were shorties. Normal run time is 80-90 hours on that box.
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Message 1171211 - Posted: 15 Nov 2011, 22:07:49 UTC

I would think you would waste more power then it is worth putting anything P4 or below on Boinc.
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Message 1171214 - Posted: 15 Nov 2011, 22:14:13 UTC - in response to Message 1171211.

I would think you would waste more power then it is worth putting anything P4 or below on Boinc.

Sure you could go a year without running one of these slow boxes and save up enough to buy an Atom based system. Which would do about 200 times the work at 1/10th the power usage, but what fun would that be.
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Message 1171272 - Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 0:39:37 UTC - in response to Message 1171214.

Realistically we all know that we're not going to put aside the money we save from the power bill being lower from not running a computer, which is why I say crunch with whatever you have.

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Message 1171329 - Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 4:44:28 UTC

If the computer is doing the real job it needs to, why buy a new one?
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Message 1171345 - Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 7:05:40 UTC - in response to Message 1171192.
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But is interesting to install boinc on old machines ..

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Message 1171346 - Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 7:07:25 UTC - in response to Message 1171345.

I am using the MMX optimized application. Which I got from this posting.

Those tasks were shorties. Normal run time is 80-90 hours on that box.


o h thanks ! i'll try to use it !

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Message 1171356 - Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 10:17:57 UTC
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Me have two PIII.
Tried install FreeBSD (without gnome) into one of the PIII and install setiathome_enhanced(from dotsch.de).
But all WU produced error.
Tried install Fedora 15 but also un-success.

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Message 1171376 - Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 14:03:09 UTC - in response to Message 1171356.
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Me have two PIII.
Tried install FreeBSD (without gnome) into one of the PIII and install setiathome_enhanced(from dotsch.de).
But all WU produced error.
Tried install Fedora 15 but also un-success.

Better to get the Optimised apps from Downloads- 4 - Alternate hardware platforms - This category is for all non-standard platforms i.e Alpha, IA64, HPUX, FreeBSD

Linux Packages can be got from Crunchers Anonymous

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Message 1171419 - Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 16:50:21 UTC

My old P4 running lunatics does have a modest RAC, But the thing just juggs along like no get out. Very rarely do I have an error or an invalidated work unit. Plus thats the last box that runs out of work. The thing has been doing Seti since 2004 24/7. ( like an idiot I merged so only the new date shows up)

I had thought of shutting it down,But untill I see smoke or hear strange sounds, It will keep running.
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Message 1171442 - Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 18:09:01 UTC

I just re-built an old Pentium 4 640 (Socket 775, DDR2 667, 3.2GHz w/HT, 2MB L2, 800MHz FSB) as an early b-day present for Michele's nephew. It's only slightly faster than his previous computer (that I also re-built, Dell Dimension 4500S P4 2.6GHz Socket 478, DDR 266, 512KB L2), but he loves it. I stuck a Radeon HD 4650 in there and he can play WoW without stuttering effects and with some of the graphics options turned up.


I also told him I installed BOINC (SETI & Rosetta) on his computer with the screen saver option (no optimized apps) and he thinks it's the coolest thing. I explained to him what both projects are doing and he's very impressed that his computer is helping out with the goals of each project.


It cost me nothing to rebuild and it made him happy. Now I need to build one for his younger sister. :)

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Message 1171460 - Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 19:28:24 UTC

I have used a Deschutes PII at 400 MHz from 2004 to 2008 running Linux, SETI@home, Einstein@home and BBC Climate Change. I never missed a deadline with my 0.25 day cache.
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Message 1171480 - Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 20:39:34 UTC - in response to Message 1171184.

i have a IBM ThinkPad with Celeron @ 500mhz and it takes more than 60 hours


That's because it's a Celeron & they're not optimised for floating-point.

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