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Message 1362744 - Posted: 30 Apr 2013, 2:26:31 UTC

For about a week now the SETI@HOME on my computer has not been working at all. No projects being worked on (?) and I can't find why. I've clicked update a few times in the project commands to see if that will help, but have not noticed anything. I went ahead and found another project to help out on until I find out more about what might be going on. Any help is greatly appreciated :) keep in mind that I'm not computer savvy, so any answer/commands please make it simple to understand :) Thanks!
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Message 1362801 - Posted: 30 Apr 2013, 6:40:56 UTC - in response to Message 1362744.
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Exit BOINC, then restart it.
Post the first 30-40 lines from the Messages tab, that shopuld people some idea of what might be going on.

Also- have you set it to cache work? How many hours a day does the system run? Is Seti set to run all the time or only when the system isn't busy/ less than x% of the CPU is being used?
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Message 1363068 - Posted: 1 May 2013, 3:21:59 UTC - in response to Message 1362801.

I'm not clear on what you what you mean by setting it to cache work (sorry). I let the programme run all the time, as much as possible; I really want to help out :) I do maybe every other day shut down the computer, mainly just to let it cool down and give it a "break." I'm not sure if that is the same thing as EXIT that you mentioned. Before I shutdown my computer I close out all programms first then logout. I was getting a message that there was no work to be done or something like that, but that can't be! Thank you for getting back to me Grant, I really appreciate it. I have a feeling that I might have to reload the programme (?).
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Message 1363074 - Posted: 1 May 2013, 3:49:53 UTC - in response to Message 1363068.
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By "cache" here we mean these two values:
Maintain enough tasks to keep busy for at least XX days
... and up to an additional YY days

(total "cache" is XX + YY days and means all the work (total sum of tasks) from all projects in calendar days)

Set them to e.g. 3 + 0.1 days here:
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/prefs.php?subset=global

(You may want to set Einstein@Home to 'No new tasks' first if you want to load mainly SETI@home tasks:
http://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Advanced_view#The_Projects_tab

Since SETI@home is now in 'Initial Catch Up' after 'Weekly Outage' tasks are grabbed fast (as soon as created) so you may see often:
SETI@home 01.05.2013 07:02:11 Message from server: Project has no tasks available

See 'Results ready to send' (Results = tasks):
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/sah_status.html

But Graphs show they are flowing:
http://fragment1.berkeley.edu/newcricket/grapher.cgi?target=/router-interfaces/inr-211/gigabitethernet6_17&ranges=d%3Aw&view=Octets
)

You now have 2 Einstein@Home and 1 SETI@home tasks 'In progress':
http://einstein.phys.uwm.edu/results.php?hostid=7108251&offset=0&show_names=1&state=1&appid=0
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/results.php?hostid=6927146&offset=0&show_names=0&state=1&appid=


EXIT: Right-click the BOINC icon near the clock

To see and copy the Messages find 'Event Log' in menus or use Ctrl+Shift+E
http://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Advanced_view#The_Event_Log_window

Switch to 'Advanced View' first (SHIFT+CTRL+A and SHIFT+CTRL+V switch between the 2 Views)
http://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Simple_View#Top_Bar_Menu
http://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Advanced_view#BOINC_Manager_Menus


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Message 1363231 - Posted: 1 May 2013, 14:43:40 UTC - in response to Message 1363068.

I do maybe every other day shut down the computer, mainly just to let it cool down and give it a "break."

If your CPU gets hot, it may lack sufficient cooling, which may in turn cause crashes and work here to err. Shutting it down to let it cool down and then starting it up again won't help, as as soon as the CPU is under load again it'll heat up again. It won't get hot gradually, but almost instantly.

By hot, I mean anything under its maximum of 100° Celsius, but above its normal operating temperature of ~34° Celsius.

If this is a laptop, look at cooling pads (example given) to add external cooling to the CPU.

If it's a desktop, shut the computer down and open it up. If there's a lot of dust in there, that's causing the heat to be trapped. Removal of the dust is then adamant. Be it by yourself, if you dare, or by a computer-repair company. But the latter will charge money for that.

While at it, you may also want to see if the cooling that is on the CPU is adequate. If no fan at all, for instance, the cheapest of fans will do wonders already.
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