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Message 1614350 - Posted: 15 Dec 2014, 20:49:40 UTC

My partner uses her machine pretty heavily for picture editing and facebook.
i would like to set up boinc (just for seti) so that it works when she afk and frees up all its resources as quick as possible when she comes back.

does the 'computer in use' auto detect work well enough?

are there any extra tweaks i could do to maximise the work while keeping boinc off her annoyance radar?
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Message 1614382 - Posted: 15 Dec 2014, 22:07:53 UTC
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You can create a cc_config.xml and exclude apps.
That means when specific apps are in use boinc will suspend work.

Example

<exclusive_gpu_app>app name.exe</exclusive_gpu_app>
<exclusive_app>app name.exe</exclusive_app>


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Message 1614421 - Posted: 15 Dec 2014, 22:58:04 UTC

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Message 1614433 - Posted: 15 Dec 2014, 23:25:25 UTC

An easy way to do that would be in computing preferences, just turn off use CPU and use GPU when computer is in use, and set it for an appropriate period of time.
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Message 1614472 - Posted: 16 Dec 2014, 1:27:02 UTC - in response to Message 1614421.  
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Run SETI@home only on authorized computers

Run SETI@home only on computers that you own, or for which you have obtained the owner's permission. Some companies and schools have policies that prohibit using their computers for projects such as SETI@home.
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I have full permission, she is mine and so is her computer, im just trying to make sure my ambitions dont affect hers ;)
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Message 1614474 - Posted: 16 Dec 2014, 1:33:36 UTC - in response to Message 1614433.  

An easy way to do that would be in computing preferences, just turn off use CPU and use GPU when computer is in use, and set it for an appropriate period of time.


Thanks. i have done this and it does indeed kill cpu usage, but does not let go of the memory.

conversly, is setting each option to always run, the best way to go from its stealthy state to its most productive?

im sure we have all had the use of family members computers before for extra work and got speeches like "my facebook loads too slow now, remove it please".

im just trying to use every second i can when the machine is idle and to be as slim as possible when she wants to use it. =)
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Message 1614476 - Posted: 16 Dec 2014, 1:45:17 UTC - in response to Message 1614474.  

An easy way to do that would be in computing preferences, just turn off use CPU and use GPU when computer is in use, and set it for an appropriate period of time.


Thanks. i have done this and it does indeed kill cpu usage, but does not let go of the memory.

conversly, is setting each option to always run, the best way to go from its stealthy state to its most productive?

im sure we have all had the use of family members computers before for extra work and got speeches like "my facebook loads too slow now, remove it please".

im just trying to use every second i can when the machine is idle and to be as slim as possible when she wants to use it. =)

Under disk and memory usage un-tick Leave applications in memory while suspended. ;-)

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Message 1614482 - Posted: 16 Dec 2014, 2:18:37 UTC - in response to Message 1614476.  

Doh....Thank you =)
i should spend a bit more time paying attention =/
i just set mine to full on and didnt really look ;)
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Message 1614483 - Posted: 16 Dec 2014, 2:26:19 UTC

You can also go to manager,
tools,
computing preferences,
there you find a box with Suspend processor and network usage when these applications are running,
select Add, and then goto folder where application is, (usually Program files or Program files(x64) folder)
and select the application of file that launches application.
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Message 1614617 - Posted: 16 Dec 2014, 11:33:35 UTC
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But keep in mind that BOINC will not crunch at all while those apps are running. You mentioned facebook, that is, browser. I think these days most use browser opened constantly (bad habit actually, but perhaps most have it me including). If this is the case with exclusive app option configured BOINC will never crunch at all.
Better to stick with user activity monitoring per se and also increase number of minutes to start when idle (to not interrupt long clip watching over youtube when keyboard and mouse stay idle ;)

So, IMO your best options are:
1) to use CPU and GPU only when PC is idle.
2) to remove apps from memory when suspended.
3) to set idle period to let say 10 or 20 minutes.

Also, I would set BOINC CPU usage monitoring to zero. Quite useless option and pity it was made default. It actually did not help with lags if any but leaves PC unused when it could be used.
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Message 1614646 - Posted: 16 Dec 2014, 12:36:01 UTC - in response to Message 1614617.  

But keep in mind that BOINC will not crunch at all while those apps are running. You mentioned facebook, that is, browser. I think these days most use browser opened constantly (bad habit actually, but perhaps most have it me including). If this is the case with exclusive app option configured BOINC will never crunch at all.
Better to stick with user activity monitoring per se and also increase number of minutes to start when idle (to not interrupt long clip watching over youtube when keyboard and mouse stay idle ;)

So, IMO your best options are:
1) to use CPU and GPU only when PC is idle.
2) to remove apps from memory when suspended.
3) to set idle period to let say 10 or 20 minutes.

Also, I would set BOINC CPU usage monitoring to zero. Quite useless option and pity it was made default. It actually did not help with lags if any but leaves PC unused when it could be used.


Thanks! was thinking the same with app exclusion, your bang on, her os choice would be 'boot to firefox' lol

the other apps are pretty constant too. i think this is the perfect advice.

if cpu monitoring is off, how does it know when its idle?
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Message 1614682 - Posted: 16 Dec 2014, 14:03:44 UTC - in response to Message 1614646.  
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if cpu monitoring is off, how does it know when its idle?

No keyboard or mouse activity is the definition of BOINC of idle computer

If she watches movies and don't touch keyboard or mouse for longer periods you may need to increase ( Computing preferences ):
'In use' means mouse/keyboard activity in last 30 minutes

"Suspend work when non-BOINC CPU usage is above" should be 0 (zero)


If you use Local preferences the wording is:
"Only after computer has been idle for 30 minutes"

"While processor usage is less than 0 percent"


BOINC Manager Menu
Activity Menu have to be set to
"Run based on preferences"
"Use GPU based on preferences"
 
 


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