Posts by Vipin Palazhi

1) Message boards : Number crunching : Radeon Vega Frontier Edition (Message 1930982)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Vipin Palazhi

I am using the Pro driver from this link:

I will try that link after I am all set with the new house, hopefully in a couple of days.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Radeon Vega Frontier Edition (Message 1930912)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Vipin Palazhi
I have tried the below versions with the same result.


After further search, I also found this one, but due to house shifting, haven't had a chance to try it yet.

3) Message boards : Number crunching : Radeon Vega Frontier Edition (Message 1930341)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Try installing it in "Safe Mode"

I could install the driver in the Safe Mode through the device manager. But after restarting, the PC went into an endless BSOD - restart loop. Had to get back into safe mode and remove the driver. Now I am trying to search for a possible solution to this issue :( . Hope someone out there has a solution.

Edit: The issue is caused by atimkdag.sys file
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Radeon Vega Frontier Edition (Message 1930322)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Vipin Palazhi
I finally got the Vega Frontier edition GPU but seem to have run into a roadblock. I am unable to install the driver (latest version). It always give me BSOD part way through the installation. All previous drivers have been uninstalled. I read somewhere that it could be due to the HBM2 incompatibility with the motherboard. I am running Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 Rev 1.0 with the latest BIOS. Couple of other motherboards I have are also either the same category or older.

What could be the issue here? It will be a real bummer if I have to shell out more for newer mobo, processor and RAM.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Radeon Vega Frontier Edition (Message 1928814)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Heatkiller seems like a good alternative to EK. I will still try to see how good the card performs with the built in air cooler first.
I have never tried running more than one equipment with water cooling at a time so just to get more info... can two or more GPUs be connected in series to a single cooling system? How will the temperatures be on the last card on the loop? Or is there any option to do a parallel connection for all the GPUs. Wont the pump also need to be of higher capacity to handle the excess tubing?
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Radeon Vega Frontier Edition (Message 1928672)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Thanks for the info. I shall check the performance once I get my hands on the card.
I did come across a site that has custom liquid cooling blocks for the vega cards, but these would be for later if I am not able to get a proper cooling with the standard cooler it comes with. I could not find any air cooled solutions yet.
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Radeon Vega Frontier Edition (Message 1928646)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Vipin Palazhi
I should be getting a vega frontier edition (air cooled) in a week. Its a 1 month old used card but still as good as new and will cost me $680. I was wondering if there is any aftermarket coolers available for this card. I could not find any tangible results through google. Has anyone any experience using this for crunching?
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Who uses or has experience with Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut? (Message 1923389)
Posted 8 Mar 2018 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
I am still using just plain old Vaseline. Cheap, doesn't evaporate, just use enough to make the IHS barely sticky, never had a problem on any of my crunchers. Fills those micro hills and valleys and doesn't get in the way of the metal-to-metal contact. Never have had to redo it, either. Cheap (like me), too.

I wasn't aware Vaseline had such a use. We learn something new everyday :) ... but I don't think I will use Vaseline over a good thermal paste.
9) Message boards : News : Richard Lubrich has passed away. (Message 1903395)
Posted 29 Nov 2017 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
My condolences to his family and loved ones. May his soul attain nirvana.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : FAST (Message 1819856)
Posted 26 Sep 2016 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Google translate for me too. Thanks for the information Raistmer.

I was reading about it in today's newspaper and thought of sharing the link about FAST.
11) Message boards : Number crunching : USB Risers (Message 1801716)
Posted 9 Jul 2016 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Thank you for the info Al and Jeff. It will surely help in making my decisions.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : USB Risers (Message 1801549)
Posted 8 Jul 2016 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Is there any specific brand of pci-e riser that is good to use, or can any unbranded model ok for use? On several forums I have read how the bad soldering on these risers have blown the motherboards or the GPUs. Even the Thermaltake ones have received bad reviews on Amazon.

Also, is there any limitation on how long these can be? I came across this site indicating various lengths.

Many sites gave good review for 3M Riser cables from Digikey, but the costs are exorbitant compared to the others for both 25cm and 50 cm length.

13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Brightest Spotlight (Message 1768592)
Posted 29 Feb 2016 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
I have been in search of good and bright spotlight since the last one I had went kaput. My searches led me to a page on Vector Sportspot VEC 192. This design is perfect for me to use on the farm at night, and the additional LED on the handle would be really useful. The bad part is, that nowhere can I find one to purchase. The closest I could find was the Cyclops C18MIL Thor X Colossus, which is a humongous piece of hardware.

I have tested a few others that boast 25 and 40 million candle power but are much dimmer than the one I had which was only rated 15 million. Would anyone have information on where I can get the VEC192? Another spotlight mentioned on the same page Vector SLH100P also seems not available.

Any help would be appreciated.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : SLI crunching? (Message 1749683)
Posted 16 Dec 2015 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
This is good information, thanks to everyone. I am planning to get a couple of GTX 970s for my new rig. Would there be any difference in using the mini ITX version compared to the regular ones?
15) Message boards : Number crunching : What is the grand total points? (Message 1748920)
Posted 13 Dec 2015 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Your stats page from BOINCstat will give you a pretty good idea about what you need to know.

16) Message boards : Number crunching : AVG creating havoc with seti rig (Message 1748672)
Posted 12 Dec 2015 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
My main PC runs Bitdefender Internet Security, which I have been using since 2009 without any issues. However, since my seti rigs are 24/7 crunchers and not used for anything else, I didn't see the need for such a high end (?) antivirus for it.

I am yet to test Nanopro. In the meanwhile, I have been checking the rig with the issue and have come to the conclusion that AVG web tuneup is the culprit behind all my troubles. It creates a shadow copy of all the other files on the PC thereby sucking up the available disk space. Quick google search has corroborated this. I remember not selecting this feature of AVG during install, but I guess a latest update might have installed it. The solution is to uninstall the AVG web tuneup. Then manually delete everything under AppData\Local\Packages\windows_ie_ac_001.

I gained 33GB on my second rig by doing this and things are now back to normal. AVG seems to be running ok too. I wonder why AVG isn't doing anything about this, given the number of complaints about it on their forum.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : AVG creating havoc with seti rig (Message 1748665)
Posted 12 Dec 2015 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
From both your replies, I will now have to exclude Avast and Comodo. I have looked up PCMatic and the lifetime license for $150 looks tempting, but they do have a free version which I will test on one of my rigs. I have also checked ClamAV, but since it doesnt have a real time scanner, I will exclude it as well. I also came across NanoPro, might give it a try in a spare PC.

Edit: I did a quick search about PCMatic and came up with loads of negative reviews about it. This Amazon review page has given a pretty clear picture of what this software is. So this too is off my list.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : AVG creating havoc with seti rig (Message 1748638)
Posted 12 Dec 2015 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Recently I have noticed my crunching rigs running out of space and giving me the 'not enough memory' messages. Upon inspection, I found that AVG antivirus has been filling up my hard drives. The empty space that I gained by deleting temp files would again be filled up by AVG. In the end I decided to uninstall it on one rig, which unfortunately, caused the entire WU cache to error out and the project had to be reinitialized.

Now it is back to crunching again, however, 503 WUs were trashed. This rig doesn't have any antivirus on it now, and I am not very keen to use AVG again, even though my AVG license is still valid for another year.. My question is, should I really install another antivirus or just let it be? If yes, are they any good business edition ones? Free ones would be better as I would like to try them out first. Is Avast recommended?
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Show and tell your machine. Here's mine. (Message 1746265)
Posted 2 Dec 2015 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
I have been following this thread since long. Never built a super cruncher, however, here are my rigs.

I am still in the process of building my 3rd rig. So far, it is just a CPU cruncher. Got the motherboard cheap on ebay so I could reuse my old CPU. GPUs will need to wait till I have the budget. Currently uses an old Radeon X1300 since there is no onboard video.

The second card on my main rig GTX 285 gave out a couple of months back. These were the very first GPU that I purchased way back in 2009. Rigs 1, 2 & 3 are controlled through this via VNC.


20) Message boards : Number crunching : Migration of BOINC within Linux Installations (Message 1723215)
Posted 7 Sep 2015 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Hey Vipin, quick off topic question, what prompted you to switch from Zorin OS to Mint? You mentioned that you thought it was easy to handle, are there big differences between them? I tried Redhat in the late 90's and again in the mid 2000's, but it never really clicked with me. I saw Zorin (I think it was version 6 a few years back and donated so I could get the full version. The big thing for me was that it has the traditional Win XP Classic (95?) interface available, which I know and to this day am still most comfortable using, and installed it on a backup machine to play with. Life got busy, and I never really used it much, tried running BOINC on it, seemed to work fine, but then it fell off the plate. Anything you can say about it, and Mint now as well? Thanks!

Even though I have been using Linux for quite some time now, I still consider myself a rookie. After having tried both Zorin and Mint, I feel that the interface of the latter, especially the Mate version is more user friendly. The menu is almost identical to what you would find on a windows machine and so are most of the applications and settings, or the control panel like setup so to speak. Although identical in their core operations, I felt that Zorin required more user input compared to Mint and thats what made me settle for the Mint Mate. I am yet to try the Cinnamon flavor but from the screen shots and reviews, it is kinda similar.

Previously I have tried Redhat and Fedora, but both of these I feel are for Linux Gurus. Also, installation process for Redhat is way to complex for me.

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