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21) Questions and Answers : Preferences : 3 projects - but .............. (Message 1615309)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Ageless
I might uninstall everything and start again, I suspect a possible conflict

Aside from what Ozzfan said, uninstalling BOINC doesn't remove the file(s) that the problem is in.

So instead, can you post the contents of the global_prefs.xml file, and if it exists the contents of the global_prefs_override.xml file? Both can be found in the BOINC data directory -- the directory that stays put when you uninstall BOINC -- and can be read with a normal text editor such as Notepad. No fancy XML editor needed.
22) Message boards : Politics : The price of oil (Message 1615193)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Ageless
Gasoline, diesel and LPG prices are finally falling, yet we're still paying loads more than neighboring countries. And then our government is upping the tax on gasoline and diesel per January 1st, so that of every €1.509 we'll pay €0.766 on taxes and VAT. Unbelievable. We have the most expensive gasoline in Europe.

Nothing said about the natural gas used for cooking and electricity. Over that we pay an 'energy tax', which is about half of the energy bill. Over this 'energy tax' we pay separately extra tax and over all of that we pay 21% VAT.

So whatever you do, do not come live or have vacation in The Netherlands. Or if you must, be sure to hitchhike everywhere. Because you do not want to figure out how the public transport card works, why you have to pay for an empty one, why you have to have one per person, why it needs a minimum of €20.- to 'load', and what happens if you can't 'log out' when you get out of the bus or train. Oh and of course each and every transport supplier has their own card, and you cannot use the card of one with the other.

So no, you can't travel on one card with your wife and 4 children, everyone needs their own separate card per €7.50, add a minimum fee of €20.- per card, and then you have to watch out where you travel to, as it may all of a sudden happen that you have the wrong card and thus haven't paid and are in violation. You and your whole family will then be fined.
23) Questions and Answers : Windows : Seti says my GPU is missing! Help! (Message 1615157)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Ageless
When BOINC reports the GPU is missing:
1. you either installed a new BOINC version and did so as a service. When BOINC is installed as a service, it's running in a different plane than the videocard drivers. This is a Windows security feature. Can only be remedied by uninstalling BOINC through Add/Remove programs and reinstalling it, this time in the third installer screen clicking Advanced and then taking the checkmark off of "Service Install" before continuing the installation.

2. you or Windows installed newer videocard drivers that do not have part of the required components included (CUDA, OpenCL). Can only be remedied by installing videocard drivers from the GPU manufacturer.

Intel drivers download (Graphics drivers, Desktop graphics, choose CPU with GPU combo)
ATI/AMD drivers
nVidia drivers

3. you added a condition for your GPU in the cc_config.xml file via the <coproc/> container. Can only be remedied by removing the section from cc_config.xml and restarting BOINC. If you haven't a clue what I am talking about, it's not likely you have this problem.
24) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (93) Server Problems? (Message 1615150)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Ageless
Hold on to your profile and other images (e.g. avatar) that need to be uploaded to the server, as for the moment that doesn't work. It would seem a disk is write protected on muarae1.
25) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (93) Server Problems? (Message 1614931)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Ageless
Silly servers. Sending out APs to people who will not get credit for it then if they ever finish it: Workunit 1630051551

3813108006 7421131 1 Nov 2014, 16:53:18 UTC 1 Dec 2014, 22:28:11 UTC Completed and validated 67,962.11 25,560.96 591.71 AstroPulse v7 v7.01 (sse3) 3813108007 6065655 1 Nov 2014, 16:53:18 UTC 1 Nov 2014, 18:48:01 UTC Completed and validated 1,794.57 101.53 591.71 AstroPulse v7 Anonymous platform (ATI GPU) 3838228263 7437976 26 Nov 2014, 16:53:23 UTC 21 Dec 2014, 16:53:23 UTC In progress --- --- --- AstroPulse v7 v7.00
26) Questions and Answers : Macintosh : Increase the number of concurrent tasks beyond 8 (Message 1614785)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Ageless
I have been in contact over this with the BOINC developers. They say that the present BOINC versions (7.0 and above) do no longer use the shared memory segment, unless the project uses applications that have a fall back to the 6.0 API. It would seem that the science applications for the Mac do exactly that.

I still have to contact the project & Lunatics people to find out who built the Mac apps and if they used a fall back to the 6.0 API when they built it.
27) Questions and Answers : Macintosh : Increase the number of concurrent tasks beyond 8 (Message 1614169)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Ageless
...and the rest has the status "Waiting for shared memory".
Note that I have 24 GB of RAM

RAM is something different than shared memory. From Configuring Shared Memory on Mac OS X :

Shared memory is a form of Inter-Process Communication (IPC). Separate programs running on the same computer are able to communicate with each other by reading from and writing to a commonly allocated memory block.

The amount of shared memory available on a Mac is configured at boot time. Once the shared memory system has been initiallized it is not possible to change the shared memory configuration. At present the same amount of shared memory is configured on any Mac (about 4MB), regardless of the number of processors or the amount of total memory available.

You can view the shared memory settings on your Mac by opening the Terminal application (it is in the Applications -> Utilities folder) and giving the command

sysctl -A | grep shm


which should produce something like:

kern.sysv.shmmax: 4194304 kern.sysv.shmmin: 1 kern.sysv.shmmni: 32 kern.sysv.shmseg: 8 kern.sysv.shmall: 1024


As of Mac OS X 10.3.9 a relatively simple mechanism has existed for configuring shared memory at boot time. If the file /etc/sysctl.conf exists then the settings in this file are applied at boot time, before the default shared memory settings.

To change the shared memory settings you need to be comfortable with creating and editing files using a text editor such as Emacs, vi, or pico. If you are not familiar with a Unix text editor then you can learn to use Emacs from this "Introduction to the Emacs Editor" (PDF format), which includes simple instructions for taking the Emacs tutorial.

To change the shared memory settings you also need to be able to give commands as the "root" user on your Mac. If you like, you can follow these instructions on "How to Enable the root Account on Mac OS X". However, you can also simply log in as the "Admin" user, open up the Terminal application (it is in the Applications -> Utilities folder) and giving the command:

sudo emacs /etc/sysctl.conf


It is likely this file doesn't exist on your system, in which case an empty file will be created. Edit this file so that it contains the lines:

kern.sysv.shmmax=16777216 kern.sysv.shmmin=1 kern.sysv.shmmni=128 kern.sysv.shmseg=32 kern.sysv.shmall=4096


These settings increase the amount of shared memory to four (4) times the usual default.

These shared memory settings will be applied the next time the computer boots. You can verify the settings after the reboot using the "sysctl -A" command demonstrated above.

Here are what the particular shared memory kernel settings mean:

shmmax
Maximum size of a shared memory segment
shmmin
Minimum size of a shared memory segment
shmmni
Maximum number of separate shared memory id's
shmseg
Maximum number of shared memory segments per user
shmall
Maximum amount of shared memory (measured in pages). This is generally shmmax divided by 4096.

Allowing an arbitrary process to share memory with any other process on the machine would create a serious security problem. Restrictions can be imposed on which processes can use the shared memory segment, based on the userid and groupid of the processes, much as is done for Unix file permissions. See the shmget(1) man page for details
28) Questions and Answers : Web site : BOINC statistics for the world: not working? (Message 1613829)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Ageless
The most probably cause is an IE update that does not allow (malicious) code to be executed on a webpage.

From the PHP documentation on 'eval':
Caution
The eval() language construct is very dangerous because it allows execution of arbitrary PHP code. Its use thus is discouraged. If you have carefully verified that there is no other option than to use this construct, pay special attention not to pass any user provided data into it without properly validating it beforehand.


That's probably what's being blocked in IE.
29) Questions and Answers : Getting started : ATI GPU not crunching. (Message 1613825)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Ageless
That GPU is certainly capable, it's just that the drivers that you use dropped OpenCL support for Windows XP. So you need older drivers than 12.4, like these Catalyst 12.1, the last ones with OpenCL included.

OpenCL is the language of choice here at the project to do the calculation in.
30) Questions and Answers : Preferences : 3 projects - but .............. (Message 1613823)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Ageless
There are two places where one can set these 'memory and disk space' preferences. One is in the global preferences through the website of any of the projects, and the other is in the local preferences of BOINC Manager. These latter preferences override the ones from the website.

So either do:
- Open BOINC Manager->(View->Advanced view->)Tools->Computing preferences...->Disk and memory usage tab and set the same preferences here as on the website->OK will save these settings.
- Open BOINC Manager->(View->Advanced view->)Tools->Computing preferences...->click the Clear button top right corner. This will delete the override preferences (not the exclusive programs settings though) and reread the global preferences file from disk.
31) Questions and Answers : Web site : BOINC statistics for the world: not working? (Message 1613820)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Ageless
It isn't caused by Seti. Seti has nothing to do with the BOINC Synergy page either. That Seti went out of work and the page broke in IE is pure coincidence. That page doesn't work from any of the other BOINC projects either. Heck not even http://www.boincsynergy.com will work.

The "setisy" in the path is just a directory name on the hosting server.
It could as well have stopped working due one or more security updates IE has gotten in lately, or due to the hosting company changing things, or due to the page maintainer changing things.
32) Message boards : Number crunching : Wica what? (Message 1613641)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Ageless
It's part of Windows Update KB2952664 and seems to be a file intended to help Microsoft check which files on your computer need help or not if you ever take the plunge to update to Windows 8.1

If you never do, you can uninstall the program or the update.

But do read this thread at the Microsoft forum for all on that.
33) Questions and Answers : Web site : BOINC statistics for the world: not working? (Message 1613623)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Ageless
It's a problem with the BOINC Synergy page. This page is not in any way affiliated or run by BOINC. It's a third party statistics and team site.

The problem also only seems to manifest itself to people running only Internet Explorer.
34) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (93) Server Problems? (Message 1613614)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Ageless
I think mine is much cooler:

14/12/2014 00:56:40 | SETI@home | Requesting new tasks for AMD/ATI GPU
14/12/2014 00:56:40 | SETI@home | [sched_op] CPU work request: 0.00 seconds; 0.00 devices
14/12/2014 00:56:40 | SETI@home | [sched_op] AMD/ATI GPU work request: 9599.84 seconds; 0.00 devices
14/12/2014 00:56:42 | SETI@home | Scheduler request completed: got 0 new tasks
14/12/2014 00:56:42 | SETI@home | [sched_op] Server version 705
14/12/2014 00:56:42 | SETI@home | No tasks sent
14/12/2014 00:56:42 | SETI@home | No tasks are available for AstroPulse v7
14/12/2014 00:56:42 | SETI@home | Tasks for CPU are available, but your preferences are set to not accept them
14/12/2014 00:56:42 | SETI@home | Tasks for NVIDIA GPU are available, but your preferences are set to not accept them
14/12/2014 00:56:42 | SETI@home | Tasks for Intel GPU are available, but your preferences are set to not accept them

:)
35) Questions and Answers : Web site : enermous amount of errors ? (Message 1613611)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Ageless
further to this i still have not gained my credit for the project going back to my original account before this wiz bang system was invented

None of us got credit for work done under Seti Classic. Seti Classic used a different method of counting work done, it just gave 1 point per workunit done, no matter how long your computer worked on them. Those points can be added to your account as a memento about Seti Classic, through the Claim your SETI@home Classic workunits page. Only one Classic account can be added to one BOINC account.
36) Questions and Answers : GPU applications : Postponed: Unsupported OpenCL runtime - since Driver update. (Message 1613439)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Ageless
Which means the drivers probably have to be from HP and not the 'generic' ATI AMD

Even HP Support people in their own forums acknowledge you can install AMD's drivers without problems (example). The trick apparently is to install the AMD drivers directly over the drivers already installed, without uninstalling the previous drivers first.

When I check around on the HP website for unspecific AMD Radeon xxx GPUs, I always get on the actual physical card descriptions "Downloads for this product are not available through this website."
37) Message boards : Number crunching : How To Do A "Headless Linux CLI Multiple GPU Boinc Server" Semi-Pro Cruncher ;) (Message 1612884)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Ageless
Hi Dan,
Happy to have been of help. Not sure what I did, as usually when I help on Linux problems it's part guess, part gamble, part looked up info. :)
I always think that if I am typing bollocks, that someone will tell me I did that. And at times people do. :)

If you want to leave the info in a reliable place, you can post it over on the BOINC forums. I'll make sure to sticky it then, so we can point others looking for such information at it.
38) Message boards : Number crunching : Astropulse crashes; task list says "computation error" (Message 1612833)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Ageless
Just to clear something up, as I was talking about the Omega drivers. There aren't downloaded from that Omegadrivers.net, but it's the official name of the Catalyst 14.12 drivers that you can get from the AMD site.

Name File Size Revision Number Release Date Catalyst 288 MB Omega (14.12) 12/9/2014 Software Suite


It is very probable that AMD worked together with the guys from www.omegadrivers.net to get this end result, also because of the addition of AMD Gaming Evolved (the Raptr app I mentioned).

For the number crunchers among us, who wonder about the version number:
12/12/2014 17:05:41 | | CAL: ATI GPU 0: AMD Radeon HD 7850/7870 series (Pitcairn) (CAL version 1.4.1848, 2048MB, 2008MB available, 6400 GFLOPS peak)
12/12/2014 17:05:41 | | OpenCL: AMD/ATI GPU 0: AMD Radeon HD 7850/7870 series (Pitcairn) (driver version 1642.5 (VM), device version OpenCL 1.2 AMD-APP (1642.5), 2048MB, 2008MB available, 6400 GFLOPS peak)
39) Questions and Answers : GPU applications : Quadro NVS140M memory problem (Message 1612819)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Ageless
Usually you can set additional memory to the onboard videocard through the BIOS, but in the case of BOINC I don't think this helps, as BOINC will only 'see' and use the amount of memory that's on the GPU, not any additional that's split from main memory and appointed to this GPU.

At least, that used to be the case. Not sure if it still is.
40) Questions and Answers : Unix/Linux : BOINC Manager - Statistics Tab - Date Resolution.? (Message 1612472)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Ageless
The default graph is 30 days long. If you want to see a bigger graph (if you have the plot points for it), you can add the following cc_config.xml file to BOINC:

<cc_config> <options> <save_stats_days>720</save_stats_days> </options> </cc_config>

The above will save plot points for 720 days.
Mind, BOINC will do this for all projects attached, and it will store those points in the statistics_*.xml file(s) in the BOINC Data directory (depending on whether you installed BOINC from repository or through the Berkeley installer, it depends on where your data directory is). These may grow to quite a size then.


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