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1) Message boards : Number crunching : Astropulse v6 errors out every time?? :-/ (Message 1330654)
Posted 581 days ago by Profile Changeling
OK, thank you again. I installed the suggested AMD driver updates and reinstalled lunatics on the Vista machine. Will wait and see if this fixes the problem.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Astropulse v6 errors out every time?? :-/ (Message 1330275)
Posted 582 days ago by Profile Changeling
He has two computers with the opposite problem. One is using way too much CPU the other isn't using any CPU at all. Both are probably using the old version AP 555, at least one is. Maybe you can talk him through updating to at least AP r1316.

The computer using a lot of CPU is suffering from the ATI/AMD 100% CPU usage Bug that AMD had from Cat 11.7 to ~11.10, If he upgrades to Cat 12.1 (and no later, since OpenCL is deprecated for XP from Cat 12.2) CPU usage should be reduced,
but he then might want to free a core so he doesn't suffer from the low GPU usage Bug, ::)

Claggy


thank you for the quick response!

I have no idea how you can tell that my cpu usage is too much or not enough...
explain please. I run normal seti units on the cpu cores. Of my active 2 computers, one is an old 4 core running the XP os, the second is a not much newer 2 core cpu running vista 64bit. I checked my Vista machine and the amd driver for it is 11.6, for the xp machine it is 11.1. Both machines run fine as is for my usage, so I tend to do the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" with regard to drivers...I am not computer illiterate, I built both these machines from scratch, but in some areas my knowledge can be spotty...

So what do you think I need to do?
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Astropulse v6 errors out every time?? :-/ (Message 1330253)
Posted 582 days ago by Profile Changeling
OK, running optimized lunatics apps version .40.

On one of my computers I always have problems with astropulse v6. Not the enhanced 6.10, that always runs ok. I recently had to do a rebuild of the os, before the rebuild the v6's would always cause BSOD, so I stopped running them. Now with the os bumped up to 64bit and more memory (6gb)they just error out.

I have a radeon 6850 graphics card.

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/show_host_detail.php?hostid=6887782

the above computer

suggestions anyone?
4) Message boards : Number crunching : linux or windows best for optimised app? (Message 800610)
Posted 2197 days ago by Profile Changeling

Nice, $90 saved. "AK V8" already on our other boxes. Thanks for the info...:-D
Now if I can just get to sleep...insomnia is evil!!!!


If this is purely a crunching box, you save yourself some more $$$ by using on-board video or a low-end video card. No sense spending good money on a gaming video card if you're just going to be crunching.


The motherboard I ordered didn't have on-board video, but I only got a $50 video card. It will work fine for everything except the latest generation of shooters.

I was also able to recycle an old copy of windows xp from a 6 yr old Pentium 4 space heater that is going to charity. So it is now a dual boot linux/xp box, just finished it today. Everything worked right off that bat, holding my breath for stability. First time ever building from the ground up. WHEEEEEEEE...

That was fun.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : linux or windows best for optimised app? (Message 800362)
Posted 2198 days ago by Profile Changeling
My wife and I are building our first from the ground up computer, a quad 6600 SETI/Rosetta cruncher. On the cheap... Linux ubuntu 8.04 has a better price :-) than OEM Windows XP or Vista, but does anyone know which one will run the optimized SETI app faster. If the differences are really minor, we'll just use Linux, at least for now.

So, anyone have any info?


Check the Top Hosts... go ahead and start with Ubuntu...(it's free)... Optimized Linux SETI is about the same speed as on Windows... Just make sure that it's "AK V8" for best results... ;-)

Cheers,
JDWhale


Nice, $90 saved. "AK V8" already on our other boxes. Thanks for the info...:-D
Now if I can just get to sleep...insomnia is evil!!!!
6) Message boards : Number crunching : linux or windows best for optimised app? (Message 800338)
Posted 2198 days ago by Profile Changeling
My wife and I are building our first from the ground up computer, a quad 6600 SETI/Rosetta cruncher. On the cheap... Linux ubuntu 8.04 has a better price :-) than OEM Windows XP or Vista, but does anyone know which one will run the optimized SETI app faster. If the differences are really minor, we'll just use Linux, at least for now.

So, anyone have any info?
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Boincstats now updating (Message 799533)
Posted 2201 days ago by Profile Changeling
24/7 until it melts or the warranty runs out (in Nov this year). It does better than my quad cruncher which can't even get 2 times the credit even though it is .5 ghz faster, and has better memory. Must be the smaller cache on the Q9300.

I took a year off from crunching to "save the environment" some, but in the end the evil addiction got me again...

Later
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Boincstats now updating (Message 799468)
Posted 2201 days ago by Profile Changeling
My second best machine is a Dell laptop core 2 @2.0 ghz. It puts out 1700 credits a day. If you are a stat junkie (I admit I am) you might want to get the optimized Seti app. Your core 2 @2.5 ghz should do even better than mine. Of course it might get a little hot! I use a laptop cooler with 2 fans under mine.

Later...

Great! Now I can finally see how my rivals in my Sign Up Group fared during the last 5 days... ;)

9) Message boards : Number crunching : Boincstats now updating (Message 799434)
Posted 2201 days ago by Profile Changeling
working again, fixed on a Sunday? NICE!!
39,000+ credits in one pop....
10) Message boards : Number crunching : No updates to stats pages??? (Message 797533)
Posted 2205 days ago by Profile Changeling
Same here, no updates to stats and the few seti uploads I have seem to be unable to get through now. :-(

Anyone else having trouble with the stat pages? None of the pages have updated my SETI results for last 4 days.

11) Message boards : Number crunching : HT on or off? (Message 302223)
Posted 3031 days ago by Profile Changeling
One thing to consider, if the computer is a laptop with a p4 intel chip, you may get overheating problems. My fastest cruncher is a laptop, when I turn on HT, it gets way too hot, and the fan screams all the time. I leave it off. Just my opinion. :-)
12) Message boards : Number crunching : failed mem upgrade renders wu's invisible to boinc (Message 268427)
Posted 3078 days ago by Profile Changeling
BTW, I have a much too full life to respond to or engage in flame wars.

Enjoy your life, don't expect me to respond to you further.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : failed mem upgrade renders wu's invisible to boinc (Message 268425)
Posted 3078 days ago by Profile Changeling
Aactually..you asked for suggestions. You came here looking for help. If you don't want help, no problem. Kiss my A$$.


No sense of humor I see. I won't speak to your manners. The help I asked for came in the 1st 2 posts to respond to me. It was never about my computers, but about the workunits not being recognized by Boinc.

14) Message boards : Number crunching : failed mem upgrade renders wu's invisible to boinc (Message 268406)
Posted 3078 days ago by Profile Changeling
What is the model number of your Dell..


Well, I have a Dell Inspiron 105,550, with a nitrogen cooled 9.75 ghz quad core processor with 24 gb of ram and an Nvidia 4 video card solution sli'ed together.

My daughter's is a Dell Less-inspiredon 42, with a 50mhz pentium .5, 16mb of ram and integrated graphics solution that does 8 color. It's kind of a dud, but it knows the meaning of the universe.

Also, as per rule #50 of the evil overlord list, "My main computers will have their own special operating system that will be completely incompatible with standard IBM and Macintosh powerbooks."

;-)

Seriously Michael, I hardly know you. All this talk about my computers is getting way too intimate. And I don't want to talk about Dell anymore. It gives me indigestion.

Have a nice weekend,
Changeling
15) Message boards : Number crunching : failed mem upgrade renders wu's invisible to boinc (Message 268204)
Posted 3078 days ago by Profile Changeling
>Am I saying the ram problem is Dell's fault?<

Well, on 2 different computers (Dell) within 30 minutes, generic ram did not work as an upgrade. "Dell" recommended ram by Crucial that was twice as expensive as the generic ram. I was very carefull to make sure the specs on the generic ram were the same as the expensive "recommended" ram. On every other computer I have ever upgraded, generic ram worked fine.

Having a family, money is always an issue. This is one of the reasons I have purchased Dell in the past (good value for the money). But we have experienced a number of hardware failures with Dell, one came preinstalled with a spyware toolbar (you can read about that and all the complaints on the Dell support site), Dell no longer sends a OS recovery disk of any kind with it's new computers, they tend to use non standard parts making repair or upgrading somewhat hard (or impossible) to do.

So in summary, we have gone from being satisfied customers to the never again will one of those enter this house customers.

As far as the original question goes, why would a "value computer" insist on the most expensive Ram....

later
16) Message boards : Number crunching : failed mem upgrade renders wu's invisible to boinc (Message 268074)
Posted 3078 days ago by Profile Changeling
Before you make any changes to your system you should
1) Suspend boinc network activity
2) Backup your entire boinc folder
3) Make your changes
4) If boinc has problems because of os errors/ram errors etc you can replace boinc with your backup. After correcting your problems of course>
5) Enable boinc network activity and continue to crunch happily.


Yes, I know the drill, back up before changing anything. :-)

I read the forums quite often. It's just that in 18 years of messing with computer innards it was always the case of "figure out correct ram to install, shut down said computer, touch power supply to discharge static, insert ram, close case, start computer, continue happily with better computer..."

I have made changes to boinc and seti numerous times before, always backed up the folder. It just never occured to me that a ram installation could do something like this. Never caused a problem with seti classic (or anything else), first time I did this with Boinc, now it'll be added to my list of gotcha's, won't happen again.

later...
17) Message boards : Number crunching : failed mem upgrade renders wu's invisible to boinc (Message 268012)
Posted 3078 days ago by Profile Changeling
Maybe running scandisk will help repair your files if it's not to late.


The files are still there in Boinc/Projects/Seti folder, Boinc just does not see them, or accept them as valid, don't know which.

Besides, I have this silly little problem, this computer is a laptop, and it's backlight burned out about 3 months ago. Connected it to a crt, which works ok, except that the bootup screen does not show up on the crt. The first thing I see is the sign-on screen. Now I've never had to use scandisk before so I went and googled it, it appears to want to run in safe mode. I have no way of selecting that or deselecting it when it is finished. :-(

Small rant about Dell computer... Said laptop 2 years old, never use a screen saver, screen set to power off completely 3 minutes after I stop using it. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I wish it was possible to build your own laptop. Regardless, Dell will not get anymore of my business, as this is just the last of a number of problems I have had with their computers.

Sorry for the rant, Later...
18) Message boards : Number crunching : failed mem upgrade renders wu's invisible to boinc (Message 267544)
Posted 3079 days ago by Profile Changeling
Yes, it was generic ram but the specs were exactly the same as what came with the 2 computers. As far as putting it in right the computers were laptops, 2 slots each, the memory only fits in one way, there is no way to misinstall it. My daughters' wouldn't boot, mine would then start locking up repeatedly.
I have had home computers since an Amiga 2000 in 1988. Memory upgrades on too many to count, processor upgrades, one Mac overclocked (just to see if I could, hehe), 4 burnt out fans from running seti@home, all home done and repaired.
The memory offically recomended by "Dell" was 2x as expensive, we have always used generic, never had a problem with it before.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : failed mem upgrade renders wu's invisible to boinc (Message 267480)
Posted 3079 days ago by Profile Changeling
Sigh, ok, I'll toss them. I just didn't want other crunchers waiting for my results to time out. Next time I do a hardware upgrade I'll run my cache down to empty before I change anything.

The really sad thing is I tried to upgrade my daughters celeron 2.4ghz from 256 to 512 mb at the same time. It wouldn't even boot with the new memory. Both of these computers are made by Dell. I think my next computer I will make myself. Now I have to send back 1.5 gig of memory to the seller.

BTW, Crystallize, I looked at you site a while back, loved the female take with the boyfriend/husband upgrade joke. We were ROFL.

Thanks for replying Geek@play and Crystallize, later all...
20) Message boards : Number crunching : failed mem upgrade renders wu's invisible to boinc (Message 267454)
Posted 3079 days ago by Profile Changeling
I have 100 wu's in my seti project folder that Boinc is failing to see. This happened after I tried to upgrade my memory from 512 to 1024 mb. The computer didn't like the new memory and I had to replace the old. Afterwards the one unit waiting to upload was still showing but the 100 in the cache were not. Also, downloading new ones is not a problem.

I am using the Crunch3r seti app and his Boinc manager. The computer is running windows xp home with sp2. No viruses or spyware, I use nod32, spyware doctor, adaware, spybot seach and destroy, process explorer and several others along with firefox with the noscript extension. I'm also behind a hardware and software firewall.

I tried removing and reinstalling Boinc. This did not help. I really don't want to just toss the 100 units waiting to be processed.

Any suggestions, PLEASE????


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