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Message 1477914 - Posted: 16 Feb 2014, 9:39:35 UTC

I started with a dual Celeron machine. It was an overclocked dual processor machine, Asus BP6(?) motherboard with dual Celeron 300s running at 450. I believe I was running a flavor of Red Hat or an early version of Mandrake...

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Message 1477921 - Posted: 16 Feb 2014, 10:36:37 UTC - in response to Message 1477914.  

I started with a dual Celeron machine. It was an overclocked dual processor machine, Asus BP6(?) motherboard with dual Celeron 300s running at 450.

It must have been an ABIT BP6
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Message 1477925 - Posted: 16 Feb 2014, 10:54:57 UTC - in response to Message 1477432.  

My host 1033899 is what I used all through SETI Classic and came to SETI_BOINC with. In that time period it had 80 MB RAM, I upgraded to 128 MB when SETI@home Enhanced was being tested at SETI Beta.
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Did you use an registry 'hack' so your CPU type is shown as "200 MHz. Pentium MMX OverDrive"?

I think 'old' BOINC versions get this info from (on XP, the place may be different on Windows 95):
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System\CentralProcessor\0]

... and 'new' BOINC versions - from CPUID
 


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Message 1478032 - Posted: 16 Feb 2014, 16:18:31 UTC - in response to Message 1477914.  

I started with a dual Celeron machine. It was an overclocked dual processor machine, Asus BP6(?) motherboard with dual Celeron 300s running at 450. I believe I was running a flavor of Red Hat or an early version of Mandrake...

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Oh the days of the BP6. Did you ever get the adapters to run dual coppermine cellerons or go for the single tualatin?
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Message 1478034 - Posted: 16 Feb 2014, 16:26:19 UTC - in response to Message 1477925.  

My host 1033899 is what I used all through SETI Classic and came to SETI_BOINC with. In that time period it had 80 MB RAM, I upgraded to 128 MB when SETI@home Enhanced was being tested at SETI Beta.
                                                                   Joe

Did you use an registry 'hack' so your CPU type is shown as "200 MHz. Pentium MMX OverDrive"?

I think 'old' BOINC versions get this info from (on XP, the place may be different on Windows 95):
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System\CentralProcessor\0]

... and 'new' BOINC versions - from CPUID

Yes I did, well spotted. Win95 didn't set that registry key, so the CPU type was "unknown" without some help. I chose to add the key with that human readable description.
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Message 1478124 - Posted: 16 Feb 2014, 22:11:03 UTC

I joined SETI@Home in 1999 using a 300MHz AMD K6-2 system with 32MB RAM that I built. It would usually take maybe 3-4 days to complete a work unit.
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Message 1478153 - Posted: 17 Feb 2014, 1:10:31 UTC

Started with an Pentium (P54CS) 200 MHz, 96 MB RAM and Win95B (later Win98SE).
Even my older dual core smartphone is x times faster today. ^^
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Message 1478210 - Posted: 17 Feb 2014, 4:26:47 UTC

I don't remember what I started with; most likely whatever the "Wintel" flavor of 1999 was. A new PC was the norm every two years or so back then.

The earliest computer I have listed in "my computers" is an "Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 1500MHz" with Rambus DRAM.
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/show_host_detail.php?hostid=2360001
I did some rough math and what I use today crunches 250 times faster.
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Message 1478904 - Posted: 19 Feb 2014, 0:24:48 UTC

I started with three AMD K6-2, 350's, a K6-300, (later upgraded to an Intel P-III, 600), with one system on Win 2K, and the rest on Win XP Pro SP-2. The K6-2, 350's all had 10GB HDs, and I don't remember what HD was in the P-III, 600...

Excelsior, K6-2, 350

Andromeda, K6-2, 350

Intrepid, P-III, 600

One of the K6-2, 350's is now missing from my computer list...

Then I got a hold of my first Athlon system:

Excalibur, Athlon (original... Speed: Unknown/Don't remember)

Now, I only crunch on two machines:

Constellation, Athlon XP 1.79 GHz

Farragut, Athlon II

Constellation is on Ubuntu Linux 12.0.4, and Farragut is on Win 7 Home Premium x64.

(Probably more than you wanted to know...)
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Message 1478940 - Posted: 19 Feb 2014, 3:08:43 UTC

@ Link,

You must be right - looking back in the pile of "spare parts" it was more likely a DX4-100 or a slot1 350 or 400... I found a slot1 800 as well with a triple fan cooler - Ha!


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Message 1479058 - Posted: 19 Feb 2014, 9:37:10 UTC

Hmmmm....if memory serves, the cpu cache was a separate chip on the mobo, which I replaced. 233mmx. The board sqwaucked at much over stock.

Baby's first mobo...LOL.
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Message 1480525 - Posted: 22 Feb 2014, 7:16:04 UTC

I started with Classic SETI on January 8, 2001 and moved to BOINC when Classic SETI shut down with the following hardware:

  • 200 Mhz Intel Pentium w/MMX
  • 32 MB RAM
  • 2 GB Hard Drive (for Operating System), 20 GB Hard Drive (for Programs & Data)
  • Windows 95 B (OSR2)
  • 56K Dial-up modem (Later upgraded to DSL when it became available)
  • 3rd party program (don't recall name) that allowed me to download multiple SETI Classic workunits at a time.



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Message 1480551 - Posted: 22 Feb 2014, 8:33:40 UTC - in response to Message 1478032.  

I ran the dual Coppermines. I wish I could recall what I had to do to get the cpus to each run the old seti classic work units. But what the heck, I couldn't even recall the motherboard manufacturer. <grin>.
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Message 1480637 - Posted: 22 Feb 2014, 14:49:59 UTC

My first computer to run SETI@home was an AMD K6-2 368MHz with 128MB RAM, running first Windows 98, then later ME, and then I think I squeezed XP on it.
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Message 1480672 - Posted: 22 Feb 2014, 16:52:01 UTC

I started with a Pentium 233 overclocked to 266 w0000t!!!!!
64 megs of ram, she was a screamer......
I read about SETI in Maximum PC magazine, and new I had to take part....
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