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1) Questions and Answers : GPU applications : ATI GPU not processing WUs (Message 1289973)
Posted 665 days ago by Profile Kevin Beasley
Hi Jord,

Thanks not only for the information, but for also providing the link to the web page for the drivers.

I'll sort it all out tonight.

Thanks again.
2) Questions and Answers : GPU applications : ATI GPU not processing WUs (Message 1289896)
Posted 665 days ago by Profile Kevin Beasley
Hi,

I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction on this, as I couldn't see anything that applied on other similar posts.

I'm using an 1Gb ATI Radeon 5450 graphics card on a Win XP PC.
Catalyst Version 12.8
Provider: AMD

BOINC: 7.0.28

DirectX 9.0c

I recently had to reinstall Windows, and have pulled in all the latest patches, updated drivers, etc.

Previously, BOINC used to run things like Collatz Conjecture and Milkyway@Home on the GPU, but now doesn't - it runs them on the dual core Celeron CPU.

Am I possibly missing a driver or something?
3) Questions and Answers : Windows : BOINC Manager keeps losing selected computer (Message 952386)
Posted 1697 days ago by Profile Kevin Beasley
Just wanted to say Thank You.

Have installed the .21 version and all has been fine for 32 hours.

Cheers,

Kevin
4) Questions and Answers : Windows : BOINC Manager keeps losing selected computer (Message 951735)
Posted 1699 days ago by Profile Kevin Beasley
Any idea where I can get ver 6.10.19 from?

The download page is still showing the 6.10.18 version :-(
5) Questions and Answers : Windows : BOINC Manager keeps losing selected computer (Message 950675)
Posted 1702 days ago by Profile Kevin Beasley
How come BOINC Manager keeps losing the Localhost setting?

Every day or so, after working fine both uploading and downloading workunits quite happily, BOINC will report that it is unable to communicate with the system.

If I go into Advanced / Select Computer and set the Host to localhost, it all starts working again.

This has only been happening with the last two versions on BOINC manager that I've used - the current one being 6.10.18 with wxWidgets 2.8.10.

I'm running a fully-patched XP Pro machine, in case that helps.
6) Message boards : Technical News : Weirder (Sep 06 2007) (Message 636281)
Posted 2515 days ago by Profile Kevin Beasley
1. If you all had set your work creche to 10 day then you would be still crunching right now because i am i have plenty of work units why because i think about the number of outrages seti has so i planned.


Quick question - how do you (re)set the work creche?

Cheers
7) Message boards : Technical News : Feedback Loop (Aug 20 2007) (Message 625355)
Posted 2530 days ago by Profile Kevin Beasley
I'm getting the same issue for 3 SETI work units.

Is it related to the fact that all 3 SAH Splitters are not showing as "Not Running", or that 8 out of 12 of the MB-Splitters are Disabled?

Luckily, my Einstein project is still able to send/receive work units, so I'm still number-crunching at the moment...........
8) Questions and Answers : Windows : exited with zero status but no 'finished' file after logon (Message 593563)
Posted 2588 days ago by Profile Kevin Beasley
Yes, this is known. The error message is more informational than a true error. The WU will probably complete with no problem. By going into hibernation your system just forces the programs to go on hold but doesn't shut them down. This message is generated because the Boinc client is prevented from communicating with the project application for more than 30 seconds as it is expected to be able to do.


Are you sure this is really the case? The reason I ask is that I get exactly the same set of messages on my desktop PC, and that doesn't go into Hibernate mode at all.

25/06/2007 07:26:16|SETI@home|Starting 19jl99ab.28690.30993.1034646.3.72_2
25/06/2007 07:26:16|SETI@home|Starting task 19jl99ab.28690.30993.1034646.3.72_2 using setiathome_enhanced version 515
25/06/2007 08:12:28|SETI@home|Task 19jl99ab.28690.30993.1034646.3.72_2 exited with zero status but no 'finished' file
25/06/2007 08:12:28|SETI@home|If this happens repeatedly you may need to reset the project.
25/06/2007 08:12:28|SETI@home|Restarting task 19jl99ab.28690.30993.1034646.3.72_2 using setiathome_enhanced version 515
25/06/2007 12:11:11|SETI@home|Task 19jl99ab.28690.30993.1034646.3.72_2 exited with zero status but no 'finished' file
25/06/2007 12:11:11|SETI@home|If this happens repeatedly you may need to reset the project.
25/06/2007 12:11:11|SETI@home|Restarting task 19jl99ab.28690.30993.1034646.3.72_2 using setiathome_enhanced version 515
25/06/2007 13:39:21|SETI@home|Sending scheduler request: To fetch work
25/06/2007 13:39:21|SETI@home|Requesting 46 seconds of new work
25/06/2007 13:39:26|SETI@home|Scheduler request failed: HTTP file not found
25/06/2007 13:39:26|SETI@home|Sending scheduler request: To fetch work
25/06/2007 13:39:26|SETI@home|Requesting 46 seconds of new work
25/06/2007 13:39:31|SETI@home|Scheduler RPC succeeded [server version 509]
25/06/2007 13:39:31|SETI@home|Deferring communication for 11 sec
25/06/2007 13:39:31|SETI@home|Reason: requested by project
25/06/2007 13:39:33|SETI@home|[file_xfer] Started download of file 21jl99aa.18613.19424.753390.3.44
25/06/2007 13:39:37|SETI@home|[file_xfer] Finished download of file 21jl99aa.18613.19424.753390.3.44
25/06/2007 13:39:37|SETI@home|[file_xfer] Throughput 137482 bytes/sec
25/06/2007 15:09:54|SETI@home|Task 19jl99ab.28690.30993.1034646.3.72_2 exited with zero status but no 'finished' file
25/06/2007 15:09:54|SETI@home|If this happens repeatedly you may need to reset the project.
25/06/2007 15:09:54|SETI@home|Restarting task 19jl99ab.28690.30993.1034646.3.72_2 using setiathome_enhanced version 515
25/06/2007 16:24:17|SETI@home|Computation for task 19jl99ab.28690.30993.1034646.3.72_2 finished
25/06/2007 16:24:17|SETI@home|Starting 21jl99aa.18613.19424.753390.3.44_2
9) Questions and Answers : Windows : BOINC Disconnected (?) (Message 217260)
Posted 3144 days ago by Profile Kevin Beasley
Well, you're doing better than me - I rebooted my PC on Friday evening and haven't been able to get an attach to the localhost since then!!!!!
This has happened on several occassions where I've rebooted and it's taken ages to get a connection.
Oddly enough, this only appears to have happened since I loaded the 5.2.13 version...................
10) Questions and Answers : Preferences : BOINC Messages - Are they self deleting? (Message 142826)
Posted 3289 days ago by Profile Kevin Beasley
I don't remember the limit of the number of messages but anyway the content of that tab will be cleared once Boinc is closed and then reopened.


So what you are both saying is, that at certain points in time it is best to stop and restart BOINC, otherwise the Messages log is going to get massive?
Rather than a Number of Lines limit, I wonder why didn't they make it date based (say 30 days) or size based (like the Event Log)?

Anyway, thank you both for the info.

Regards,

Kevin

11) Questions and Answers : Preferences : BOINC Messages - Are they self deleting? (Message 142517)
Posted 3290 days ago by Profile Kevin Beasley
My question is, under the Messages tab you get all the information regarding uploads and downloads, etc., but is there a limit to how far back and/or how big this file gets?
Or this there a setting somewhere to define limits?
Thanks
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Damn You People Using Boinc 4.13 (Message 138593)
Posted 3297 days ago by Profile Kevin Beasley
Seti would sent out emails in Classic when the Application version changed. It didn't then have a Boinc Manager or Core Client. I haven't seen notes or anything else telling member to update and I think they should do something. Hopefully, when 5.01 (or some number) comes out the Major Version change will "Require" the users to upgrade since major version 4 core clients will no longer be able to get work, and then the users will ask "why can't I get work", or "why am I getting this message about "you are using major version 4 and need to upgrade to version 5 clients".

After problems with the upgrade to version 4.14, the devs furiously churned out one beta client after another, and if I remember correctly it only took them about a week to get up to 4.19. All versions prior to and including 4.19 do NOT use a GUI (graphical user interface). All versions after it DO contain the option of a GUI. They probably keep 4.19 around as an option to allow US a choice. Then Starting with 4.35 JM7 (John Mcleod 7) developed and implemented the "New Scheduler" which makes choices for us as to what to crunch next, how much work to get, When to get new work, and when to report it.

I hope this history helps some understand.

tony


Tony,
Thanks for the history lesson - most appreciated.

Okay, so here's Suggestion One - why doesn't the SETI team email everyone when there is a new version available? That would mean that most people would switch over as soon as they could. After all, they have all our email addresses.

Second Suggestion, when they release the next version, why don't they make the WUs twice the size? There's probably some sound explanation that I'm sure some kind soul can put in words of one syllable for me, but to my way of thinking, wouldn't that mean less splitting of the tapes and less loading on the servers of people uploading and downloading as they'd being doing it less frequently?

Regards.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Damn You People Using Boinc 4.13 (Message 138447)
Posted 3297 days ago by Profile Kevin Beasley
It may well be like myself (a few weeks ago) that they do not know that there is a "better" version available to them.
Please do not "damn" people out of ignorance.
They are not all dedicated crunchers like you & I!

Regards,
Graeme Murphy.
www.setiuk.com


Better version than 4.13? Holy cow where have you been? The last of the "best" versions was 4.19 and at that point in time the BOINC devs should have asked the projects to alter the min required release to 4.19 to overcome the severe problems with the consequences of 4.13 not being able to fully download a file. Well at least 2 months later.

The date stamp on the BOINC V4.13 on my system shows 29 Oct 2004. The problems with 4.13 were quickly highlighted on Predictor and we went through a few versions before 4.19 was found to be a very stable release (date stamp 27 Jan 05). This was the recommended release (and still is on some projects) for quite a while until 4.25 and the BOINC Manager came along (date stamp 21 March 05). Recently V4.45 (date stamp 10 June 05) became the recommended version. I think there has been sufficient time for people to have upgraded from 4.13 to at least 4.19 by now.

If folks don't have 4.19 and want it all they need to do is ask the question and a heap of people can point them in the right direction to find it.

DAMN YOU PEOPLE USING BOINC 4.13.

I'm lucky enough not to have been adversely affected just yet but this host http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/results.php?hostid=1184839 came pretty close. Check out the wu's and notice that each wu has at least 1 download error and each of those is due to a host running 4.13!

I can't wait for the major version change to take place, but then beta is only at 4.71 so we have a while to go.

Live long and crunch.


While I agree in principle that people shouldn't use older versions of S@H, if only to ensure accuracy of compared results, I must ask the following questions:

Where were the notifications that newer versions are available?

Where are the big banners on the home page?

I even remember a time when we used to get emails telling us when new versions were released.

Not everyone has the time or inclination to check for new versions, especially those people on dial-up, and when you consider that the latest version is 6.34Mb, for those people on dialup that can be a chunk of time and money.

I also find myself questioning how the updates are handled. According to my BOINC Manager, I'm running version 4.25. However, according to the downloads page at http://boinc.berkeley.edu/download.php, the latest version is 4.45 and the previous version is 4.19 - would anyone care to comment??????

(And before you ask, YES, I'll be upgrading in the next few minutes.)

Now, back to finding ET.......................


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