Posts by Vipin Palazhi


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1) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (91) Server Problems? (Message 1589979)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Vipin Palazhi
After lots of retries, the rigs have not reported the work, however, as others are experiencing, there are no tasks available. Restarted my backup project for now.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (91) Server Problems? (Message 1589907)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Vipin Palazhi
My rigs have not been able to report the competed WUs since almost 12 hours now.

10/22/2014 7:12:02 AM | SETI@home | update requested by user
10/22/2014 7:12:06 AM | SETI@home | Sending scheduler request: Requested by user.
10/22/2014 7:12:06 AM | SETI@home | Reporting 202 completed tasks
10/22/2014 7:12:06 AM | SETI@home | Requesting new tasks for CPU and NVIDIA
10/22/2014 7:12:29 AM | SETI@home | Scheduler request failed: Couldn't connect to server
10/22/2014 7:12:33 AM | | Project communication failed: attempting access to reference site
10/22/2014 7:12:36 AM | | Internet access OK - project servers may be temporarily down.


Something wrong I guess.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Correct delete of HDD before new OS install? (Message 1505653)
Posted 18 Apr 2014 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Unfortunately with all the power available via GPUs, cracking longer, full sentence passwords are a fairly trivial affair: http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/08/thereisnofatebutwhatwemake-turbo-charged-cracking-comes-to-long-passwords/, http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/03/how-i-became-a-password-cracker/, and http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/05/how-crackers-make-minced-meat-out-of-your-passwords/ show details on how just about anyone can do it these days.

Increasingly password vaulting software such as KeePass that will randomly generate difficult to crack passwords will also save them for you. The downside is that if you're using complete hard drive encryption and require a password at boot time (like my company does), having a software-based password vaulting software won't help much.


All I can suggest is Password Generator and Password Meter.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Android crunching going mainstream. (Message 1482173)
Posted 27 Feb 2014 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
I have been running the NativeBOINC app on my not so powerful android phone for a few months now. The app seems to be doing a good job in crunching, so far.
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5) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (86) Server Problems? (Message 1473040)
Posted 5 Feb 2014 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Although not directly related to crunching, I am getting the "Untrusted Connection" message while trying to open seti@home account using Firefox. Says the connection is unsecure and the certificate isn't valid. All seemed ok till yesterday, however, there seems no issue with IE. Anyone else having this issue or is it just me?

Edit: Please disregard, it was some issues with the proxy settings.
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6) Message boards : Number crunching : step by step guide to get working linux slackware64 14.1 with boinc running ? (Message 1473011)
Posted 5 Feb 2014 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
I am very much interested in trying linux, however, can this be done with Linuxmint?
7) Message boards : Number crunching : ATI Radeon R9 290X (Message 1466270)
Posted 19 Jan 2014 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Prices of 290 and 290X are well over recommended by AMD. People mining coins buys them like hot cakes. AMD advantage is gone. I can't see price wars (that I was hoping) in near future...


I did note the higher price tag on these cards compared to what AMD used to release before. However, I have never been able to understand the bitcoin stuff. Nevertheless, I really want a couple of ATI cards to cruch seti and the 290X seems to be the best one currently available, unless someone can point out another one.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : ATI Radeon R9 290X (Message 1466114)
Posted 19 Jan 2014 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Thanks for the info Mike. I shall try to get a couple of the 290X then.
9) Message boards : Number crunching : ATI Radeon R9 290X (Message 1465828)
Posted 18 Jan 2014 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Now that the new ATI Radeon R9 290X is out in the market, I am hoping there will be a good competition for nVidia's 780Ti. Here is a good review from Anandtech.

I have been using nVidia till now. Recently, one of my older GPUs, a GTX 285 went bad. I need to replace it and was thinking of getting something from ATI for a change. Does anyone out there have this card crunching Seti? Any suggestions regarding the performance and value for money?

Edit: The Windforce model from Gigabyte is listed for $700 by Newegg.
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10) Message boards : Number crunching : Upgrade Windows XP (Message 1462068)
Posted 9 Jan 2014 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Even though MS will stop the support for XP from April, you can continue to use the OS. The only thing missing will be the regular updates, and Boinc doesnt need them to function. Just install a good antivirus (even the free version of AVG is good enough) and the rig will be good for as long as you want to operate it. However, if you have planned to upgrade, Win 7 Pro is a good choice. Ubuntu is free ofcourse and does function well, however, since I am not that good with Linux, I will leave it for others to comment upon.
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Need help with XP SP3 (Message 1461890)
Posted 8 Jan 2014 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
With windows XP, the Administrator account is created by default and is shown during startup, as you were seeing it. The moment you create a new user, the Admin account will get hidden and you will only see the user account. You can switch off the graphic logon from Control Panel > Users Accounts



Deselect both the options.



You will be presented with something like this



Here you can type in the user name (Administrator) along with the password to login.
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12) Message boards : Number crunching : Quick question about the GPU count (Message 1459979)
Posted 2 Jan 2014 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
4 x 690 cards, 8 GPUs

[Edit:] well looking closer, that particular machine has 2 x 590s and 2x690s, but the counts stand at least.


Pardon me for the ignorance but how do you "look closer" to find the different GPUs installed?
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Happy New Year!!! (Message 1459542)
Posted 1 Jan 2014 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Happy New Year from India :)
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : John Clark (Message 1444649)
Posted 20 Nov 2013 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Although I dont know John like many other members here, I am indeed saddened by this news. RIP. My condolences to his family.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Won't matter much to me......... (Message 1382918)
Posted 20 Jun 2013 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
The current temperature here is hovering around 40C or 104F, and we are yet to hit peak summer, which is next month and 52C or 125F is quite common

What is the relative humidity at the time of those temperatures?

Right now it hovers between 60 to 80%. We get 95% to absolute humidity during the peak. 5 minutes outside and its like taking a sweat shower. Not uncommon to see people, especially women, go down like deflated balloons due to dehydration.
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16) Message boards : Number crunching : Won't matter much to me......... (Message 1382625)
Posted 19 Jun 2013 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
I CANNOT understand the fahrenheit scale, so after converting, 83F gives me 28.3 C, which is rather cool in my part of the world. The current temperature here is hovering around 40C or 104F, and we are yet to hit peak summer, which is next month and 52C or 125F is quite common (I have personally measured the highest of 54C or 129F). I have centralized AC in the apartment which runs 24/7 with half the supply air diverted directly over my rigs.

But... each of us have our own unique issues. So hope all goes well over there and see you soon after the summer fades away.
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17) Message boards : Number crunching : What to do with old computers? (Message 1380699)
Posted 13 Jun 2013 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Came across this announcement for the new AMD CPU, in case you are interested.
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18) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (84) Server Problems? (Message 1378190)
Posted 7 Jun 2013 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
Few of my crunchers have fallen back on Einstein. And looks as though the beer companies in Juan's neighborhood would be a happy lot.
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19) Message boards : Number crunching : What has your RAC done......since..... (Message 1377980)
Posted 7 Jun 2013 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
@Vipin - If someday i go to middle east i will leave some for you, it´s a promise, i just need to win the lottery before...

Thanks for the offer Juan, however, I may just make another trip to Sao Paolo to meet my friends there and drop in to say Hi to you, provided I have saved enough, lol...

My RAC continues to fall, not that it bothers me, although it pains to see that lots of folk out there are in this just for the sake of credit and forget the true purpose behind all this - Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence.
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20) Message boards : Number crunching : What has your RAC done......since..... (Message 1377778)
Posted 7 Jun 2013 by Profile Vipin Palazhi
While nothing compared to the RAC gurus here, I had peaked at 130k and have now come down below the 100k mark. Not that I am bothered about the RAC falling, I would crunch regardless, I am a hardcore seti cruncher.

Edit: I am not much fond of beer, but would love some Guarana, which unfortunately is not available in this part of the world.
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