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1) Message boards : Number crunching : Overheating on laptops (Message 1503718)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill G
I have given up crunching on my Dell laptop as even when I removed all the screws it was impossible to open the case to clean out dust. It gradually ran hotter and hotter and I gave up when it routinely reached 100 oC. The suggesting to stand the laptop on cofffee mugs is a good one, though I used two books to achieve the same effect with more stability.


I do not completely dismantle the laptop, I just remove the memory access and the HD access ports on the bottom of the laptop and blow it out from there with air from my compressor. This is where the dirt builds up as it is in the "flow path". You can (and should) of course also blow air in the intake vent on the bottom. Works wonders with the air flow.

And I do have the laptop mounted on a pad with a fan in it. It does overheat otherwise. (only crunch CPU as there is no GPU in the laptop.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : cpu wu's get stuck at around 95% (Message 1500784)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bill G
I do not think you have enough memory in this computer. You should have at least 2G IMHO.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Quick question on new build (Message 1495239)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Bill G
As long as the account is the same it should easily merge. Just remember that you will not be able to merge right away.....at least that is what I found. It takes a day or two before you will see the other units.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Quick question on new build (Message 1495215)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Bill G
From my experience, you should be able to merge the two computers without problem. I did like 4 builds to test both MBs and OSs and just kept merging them into the now running computer. (my names did not always match by the way)

I know others will tell you differently but I have had great success with just keeping everything going. You will probably loose those WUs in progress as you will have to change some MB drivers I am sure. But the WUs that have not started will do just fine. IMHO......
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Dual graphics card issues (Message 1493384)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile Bill G
I know you have said that both cards are running cool. But, it is possible that it is a position thing with air flow or cooling. I sometimes wonder if the sensors really are accurate in all cases. You might want to try an extra fan or open case with fan blowing right on the cards and see if that makes any difference. I know in one of my computers one GPU shows 60C and the other GPU shows 80C and that is with the fans running 90% which is the highest I can manually crank them up. (and there are extra case fans as well)
6) Message boards : Number crunching : how to debug? (Message 1488514)
Posted 36 days ago by Profile Bill G
It is in Program/data/boinc and it s xml.

Sorry to jump in here but, if this is where he is looking it is the wrong place Richard.
7) Message boards : Number crunching : MB and AP assignment (Message 1487119)
Posted 39 days ago by Profile Bill G
Thank you so much. It is working just as it should.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : MB and AP assignment (Message 1487003)
Posted 39 days ago by Profile Bill G
Sorry but I do not feel comfortable deleting anything as I am not sure what I am doing. I could post the entire file but that seems like a lot of bandwidth.

I will try an email, I hope that is OK?
9) Message boards : Number crunching : MB and AP assignment (Message 1486985)
Posted 39 days ago by Profile Bill G
I am not sure which to delete as I can not tell which app's apply to what exactly.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Missing on remote access (Message 1486984)
Posted 39 days ago by Profile Bill G
Remote Desktop will stop GPU processing. MS Remote Desktop video drivers are not compatible. You do have to go to a 3rd party remote access. (I have switched to TeamViewer as well and it does all, and then some, that I need)

The computer will work fine, doing CPU and GPU processing as long as you do not access it using Remote Desktop (personal experience).
11) Message boards : Number crunching : MB and AP assignment (Message 1486980)
Posted 39 days ago by Profile Bill G
Just a bit of history to start: this is the basic computer that we could not get to stop throwing GPU errors when I was running on Win 8.1. Well I put a new HD in and installed WIN 7 and basically had the same problems leaving me with no solution except it is probably some driver and the AMD CPU (remember I tried two different AMD CPUs and two different MBs).

Well I have found that with the current setup if I run a MB on the GPU it will error out with a -9 overflow. So I stopped accepting MBs and only accepted APs.

Now I can see that running APs on the CPU is just not efficient at all, they take close to 15 hours to complete while on the GPU they take 1-2 hours.

What I want to do is run the APs only on the GPU and MBs on the CPU. There must be some easy way to do that?

Current settings are no MBs but I will accept if nothing else is available which gives me a few every now and then.

This is the current computer in BOINC: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/results.php?hostid=7226971
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (87) Server Problems? (Message 1482508)
Posted 50 days ago by Profile Bill G
Everyone got WU except me. Why do the servers hate me?

It's the damn bug
13) Message boards : Number crunching : I/O bound workloads (Message 1478863)
Posted 59 days ago by Profile Bill G
Spoiler Alert

Well you could click on his name, then see his listed website and that would tell the tale......

Sorry if I am giving anything away.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : What did you start with? (Message 1477277)
Posted 63 days ago by Profile Bill G
Wish I could remember, but I think it was a local made Windows computer. Got that after my CPM NorthStar finally needed to be replaced.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC Manager 7.2.39 now available ! (Message 1476498)
Posted 64 days ago by Profile Bill G
Downloaded and installed.
I noticed that it does not log the "restarting" WUs so looking at the log I at first thought nothing had started running. I then looked in Tasks and they were all running.
Log seems to work when starting a new task.
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Help needed (Message 1474979)
Posted 68 days ago by Profile Bill G
I am hoping that I am not jumping the gun here but it looks like I might have found something with this computer.
I have increased the mbcuda files to run at abovenormal priority and it seemed to make a difference. Using Latency Mon, it stopped telling me that there might be some drop outs. Since making that change my RAC has shot up 1000. If this continues I will load optimized aps later this week, and put in the second GPU(well one at a time).

This is from the message: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=73916&postid=1469371

I have been working on this computer http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/results.php?hostid=7202896 every day trying to eliminate everything ASUS runs, like temp monitoring, fan speed, etc. and nothing ever changed. This is the only thing that has seemed to have any effect. (I even tried some different memory with much different timings with no change)
I also wanted to add that there has been no change in DPC Latency Checker's graph.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Is this really possible? (Message 1471592)
Posted 76 days ago by Profile Bill G
Thanks for the explanation.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Is this really possible? (Message 1471587)
Posted 76 days ago by Profile Bill G
Here is ....

Link please?


Sorry:

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/workunit.php?wuid=1416412785
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Help needed (Message 1471586)
Posted 76 days ago by Profile Bill G
Hi Bill G

I doubt its something in the bios, unless the system is overclocked, as generally all bios functions are taken over by the OS. Though if overclocking was failing then the system would likely be having other issues like lockups/blue screens of deaths, random minor software/hardware error messages etc.

Cheers

Mark


Mark, I do not want to rule out anything at this point. Overclocking is all set up in the BIOS so some setting my not be right. Setting all to Default seems to enable some things which I look at a they say overclock to me. Oh, and of course Default does not eliminate the problem.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Help needed (Message 1471584)
Posted 76 days ago by Profile Bill G
Thanks Jason. I will keep at it. What the monitor did show was that you should not even run with "cool and quiet" which is the lowest setting for performance in the BIOS. I am running at the mid one which is not supposed to be overclocking (and is not from the various graphs). You do have to pick one of the three performance settings. At times I wish I were an overclocker as I would know more about all the settings offered.


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