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Message 1319498 - Posted: 24 Dec 2012, 2:35:32 UTC

old computer died
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how do I shift work done to new computer?

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Message 1319530 - Posted: 24 Dec 2012, 5:19:41 UTC - in response to Message 1319498.

old computer died
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how do I shift work done to new computer?

You can merge computer records if they are similar enough -- go to the computer details page and there's a merge option down the bottom. Your 11 jobs "in progress" will be lost however.

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Message 1319534 - Posted: 24 Dec 2012, 5:38:03 UTC - in response to Message 1319498.


You can't strictly move work but you can trick it thinking the new one is the old through swapping drives. Take all drives out of the new computer, take the C: drive out of the old and put it into the new one. Chances are you will need to download get new drivers etc, but when it logs its first returned wu, it will change the profile of the "recorded" machine. You can check S@H to see when the profile has changed and then abort all wus on the old drive. Take old drive out of new computer and put all the new drives back in. Then reattached to Seti and then you can merge machines.

I know others will disagree but it's what I do when I change motherboards/processors etc... I get it to think that it is the same so that it will merge...regardless of what the boxes are...

It's a bit fiddly but it works...just depends on whether you want to go to the trouble or not...


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Message 1319549 - Posted: 24 Dec 2012, 7:03:12 UTC

I usually backup the BOINC data directory, install BOINC on new machine and the restore data directory followed by a repair install of BOINC to reset permissions.

Probably doesn't help you though as you may have lost the hard disk. If you haven't you could put it in as a 2nd drive and copy the files across to your C: drive and do the repair install.

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Message 1319574 - Posted: 24 Dec 2012, 8:15:21 UTC - in response to Message 1319498.

old computer died
got new computer
how do I shift work done to new computer?

Follow this FAQ entry:

How to revert to an older HostID number?

You've nurtured your low hostID number for a couple of years and all of a sudden BOINC decides it's time you got a newer one. Is it possible to revert to the older number? Well yes, here's how.

1. Make sure you have no tasks in your queue (Finish & Upload, abort, report them all)
2. Go to the web site of the project, your list of computers and find your old Host ID number.
3. Stop and Close BOINC.
4. Edit client_state.xml, find the <hostid> tags and replace the number here with the old ID.
5. Find the <rpc_seqno> tag and increment the number here with one or two.
6. Save client_state.xml
7. Restart BOINC.

Now whatever you do, do not merge the hostIDs on the web site, or else you'll be stuck with the higher ID number. Just wait for all the tasks in the new ID's number to time out, then delete the ID when it has no tasks listed anymore.


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