Posts by Cliff Harding

1) Message boards : Politics : The situation in the Middle East is in chaos (Message 1929919)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Cliff Harding
Syrian air defense units had intercepted 71 cruise missiles out of the 103 launched, including all of the ones that had been fired at Dumayr military airport, located in the northeast of Damascus, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

It's curious that the above link shows daylight strikes, when the actual strikes were during the very early morning Syria time (03:00 - 04:00), total darkness. Remember that both times that Cadet Bonespurs did announce strikes were during this same time period. If you had paid any attention, Cadet Bonespurs didn't do anything until he got approval from Faux News. Even though there was structural damage at both locations, due to the fact that our president, announced several days ago that strikes were coming, which allowed the Syrian government to evacuate most if not all of its personnel from those 2 locations. I wouldn't be surprised if all of the chemical agents was removed from the storage site. It would have been more effective if no previous announcement was made.

Syrian air defenses are not that great, may have brought down some of the cruise missiles, but I doubt that it brought down 71 out of 103. The Syrian air defense system (S200) is primitive; it is the same system that was used in Vietnam. The S400 system, which is the current production Russian air defense system and very capable, is currently only used around the base(s) that have Russian military; which is/are in northern Syria. Where was the Syrian Air Force? It seems that they stayed on the ground after they moved to the Russian bases.

As his world is collapsing around him, because of the Russia probe, he had to let off some steam and this was his way to do it. We should name this action as Desert Stormy!!
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1929557)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Cliff Harding
Here's the reason why the Spring Creators update is being postponed.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1929412)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Cliff Harding
The Spring Creators update (Redstone 4/ ver. 1803) has been delayed until....?
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Nvidia ends support for Fermi GPUs and 32-bit drivers (Message 1928868)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Cliff Harding
For those who are still running Fermi GPUs, you may find this interesting.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Gone south (Message 1927975)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Cliff Harding
Hey Cliff, quick question, I've heard that newer machines with the latest procs aren't technically 'compatible' with Win 7, though there are ways (as you found) to get it working properly on that platform. My question is, why did you go the next step to 10, as it appears that you had 7 running properly? Do you like it better than 7, or do you have a bunch of software that is only 10 compatible? I ask because I'm curious, and it appears from the outside looking in that you had 7 successfully installed, but still moved on to 10 anyways. Enquiring minds want to know! ;-)

As far as getting Win 7 installed, I just kept attempting to do the install and I guess the machine said to he@@ll with it and allowed the install to occur. I never was able to finish all of the updates to Win 7, it stopped after the SP1 update and the OS was the only thing on the system at that point. It wouldn't even search for them. I couldn't go to the update directory because only IE 8 was installed and I kept getting popups whenever I opened it saying it was outdated, and it never functioned well. The popup about the OS being outdated kept appearing every couple of minutes, even when the system was idle, so I don't think I had a fully stable system. So I really had no choice but to go to Win 10 Pro (x64). It's all quite baffling as it seems that the Win 10 install needed some Win 7 drivers to do an install. I still couldn't use the Win 10 install stick, but the system builder install disk worked after several attempts. The system is still not completely stable as there are a slew of major errors showing in the event viewer some of them dealing with the kernel. I've never paid any attention to the event viewer before, but I believe that it was filled with so many major errors that it just refused to take it anymore and went bellied up .

As far as liking favoring 7 over 10 -- HELL YES!!!, I think I had better control over the system and it was much more responsive especially for someone who knows just enough about the PC to be dangerous. I can install different applications and get them to seemly to function correctly, but I know nothing abut the inner workings of the OS and how it functions. With M$S attempting to put everything, and I mean everything, in the OS to work cross- platform leaves much to be desired. This thing is so bloated with apps and games I have no desire to have or the need to have, to me makes it unmanagable. I can't get rid or disable anything that is linked to the OS so all of those apps are just taking up space that could be used for other things. Right now the system resides on a 128Gb SSD with approx. 62% free, which I believe is below the accepted 80% free space, so I guess I'll have to get a larger SSD for the system drive, which also means I'll have to get a larger HDD for my daily backups.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1927961)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Cliff Harding
I had a total meltdown on my 7700K on Monday morning and the Win10 Pro install stick would not work, it kept aborting with a missing or corrupted file msg. I have an old Win 10 Pro system builder disk that was never used and even it didn't work. After several frustrating hours I was able to get an old Win 7 to install by disconnecting all drives SSD (2) and the HDD, leaving just the system drive and the Blu-ray drive connected. Everything went well until I after the SP 1 update. I kept getting this popup stating that the OS was outdated and would not work on your machine. After I reconnected the drives, and had a more or less stable system and activating Win 7, the Win 10 install stick still aborted. I eventually got the system builder Win 10 disk to work without supplying a key, late Monday night. I finally got the system back up to a more or less stable yesterday morning, with the event viewer is showing a lot of major errors that I don't understand and don't know how to fix. But right now I'm standing on this side of the grass, vertical, and sucking air; and the machine is up and running and crunching. God, or whoever it is who is the main spokesperson up there, I would give my left one to have Win 7 back.
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Gone south (Message 1927955)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Cliff Harding
Well, now that the nightmare is over I'm back up, more or less, and crunching again as of mid afternoon yesterday. I guess I'll have to wait until Milkyway has finished before I can start crunching Seti again, but that will give the splitters enough time to get rid of the total thirst of everyone else trying to get WUs.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Gone south (Message 1927890)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Cliff Harding
Win 10 back up for now (00:17 eastern). I'm exhausted -- this old man needs his sleep. Will pick it up again later today (tomorrow) and should be crunching number sometime in the afternoon. I DON'T WANT TO GO THRU THIS AGAIN ANYTIME SOON
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Gone south (Message 1927871)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Cliff Harding
After most of the day and many games it looks like win10 is finally getting installed. I ended up installing win7 first, which was a bear to do seeing that the machine is win10 compatible only , getting as many updates as possible, then getting win10 to install. Right now it's loading the 1st 3Gb of udates (72%) so far.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Gone south (Message 1927814)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Cliff Harding
I'm posting this from my phone. My machine went south this morning, below the equator, and it doesn't look like it wants to come back home. Can't recover from backup and won't install from install stick. Keep getting (0x80070570) missing or corrupted file(s).
11) Message boards : Number crunching : 13 Security Vulnerabilities and Manufacturer Backdoors Exposed In AMD Ryzen Processors (Message 1924387)
Posted 14 Mar 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
Those of you that have AMD's Ryzen processors should read this.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Temporary down - Swap out (Message 1921715)
Posted 28 Feb 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
Hey all -- Getting ready for the hot and heady days of summer so I'll be offline for at least a day, maybe two, as I rebuild my system into a new case. Swapping out a Cooler Master HAF32 for a Corsair Obsidian 500D. Needed room for my liquid cooling, it was really cramped in the old case. May show pics afterwards.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1907747)
Posted 17 Dec 2017 by Profile Cliff Harding
I thought Internet Exploder went away with 10?

Thank GOD, it's still hanging around as Win 10 will install both (backward compatability). I use PC Matic as my anit-virus software and when I go to their website I can't use some of the tools using Edge, so IE 11 comes in very handy. I also have a problem with my HP 6968 Officejet Pro printer not being able to print interent pages, so I use IE for that also.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1906695)
Posted 13 Dec 2017 by Profile Cliff Harding
The December 2017 update corrupted one or more of the databases concerning system updates that my machine has become non-effective. The corruption(s) cannot be fixed via the 'Troubleshooter', and it can take from 1- 3 hrs. to recycle the machine. Even the system restore, prior to the initial update attempt did not work correctly as it recycled the machine @ 00:15 this morning, and at 02:30 it was still attempting to shutdown, but was up this morning when I signed op at 08:20.

I will be off-line for at least 24 hrs, as I attempt to do a complete clean re-install of the system.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : use 2 out of 3 GPU (Message 1901371)
Posted 16 Nov 2017 by Profile Cliff Harding
Michel -
Insert the appropriate one in your cc_comfig.xml

<ignore_intel_dev>N</ignore_intel_dev> or <ignore_nvidia_dev>N</ignore_nvidia_dev>. Subsitute "N" with the device #, which you can get from the beginning of your event log.

On the other hand, I see that you have an i7/4770K, go into your bios and select the iGPU for your primary monitor and recycle the machine and insert this instead <ignore_intel_dev>N</ignore_intel_dev>. That way you can use your monitor for just about everything unless you're also a gamer. Hey MOM, I now have 3 x 1070s crunching.

I've used the internal iGPU on both my 4770k & 7770K and have no problems with movies, simple games, etc. with no lagging. You might have to adjust your CPU % a bit and you might lose those tasks that were assigned to the iGPU , but everything should work out.
16) Message boards : News : Database slowness (Message 1900490)
Posted 11 Nov 2017 by Profile Cliff Harding
Eric - Thanks for the update. I don't know if this makes any difference in your troubleshooting, but I haven't gotten an CPU tasks for several hours, in fact I'm down to 17 from 100.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1897737)
Posted 27 Oct 2017 by Profile Cliff Harding
I've been running the Lunatics 0.45 beta SoG for a couple of weeks and am still having mouse and keyboard lag and especially streaming or playback video problems(framing). Can anybody suggest an alteration that will reduce or eliminate the problem?

Here's the command line:

-tt 1500 -hp -period_iterations_num 8 -high_perf -high_prec_timer -sbs 1024 -spike_fft_thresh 4096 -tune 1 64 1 4 -oclfft_tune_gr 256 -oclfft_tune_lr 16 -oclfft_tune_wg 256 -oclfft_tune_ls 512 -oclfft_tune_bn 64 -oclfft_tune_cw 64 -use_sleep

My only alternative now is shutting boinc down when using other programs, and then I forget to restart it.


Reading some of the posts it seems that some are still using their iGPUs for processing tasks. Your machines have an iGPU, why don't you do what I have done. First, go into your bios and set the iGPU as the primary for your monitor(s), then set <ignore_intel_dev>0</ignore_intel_dev> in your cc_config.xml and re-start BOINC or re-read the cc_config.xml. Even though you may lose a few tasks that may have been assigned to the iGPU, all of your lagging problems go away. Depending on what your "use at most % of you CPUs" is, you may be able to increase it. Unless you're playing GPU intensive games or video editing, the iGPU will function quite nicely for just about everything else, freeing up more resources to BOINC.

[edit] BTW, are you using 1 CPU or .5 CPU per GPU tasks?]
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Is graphics card memory size important for crunching? (Message 1889639)
Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Profile Cliff Harding
I run 2 SETI@home tasks at once on my 750 Ti with -sbs 512 and I don't believe the total video memory used has reached 1GB.
I have not run Einstein tasks on my 750 yet. So I'm not sure about the memory usage there, since I noticed you also run that project.

Interesting, how do you config SETI@home to run two tasks at once on a single graphics card? Maybe that's all I need to do is set it to two for my existing card.

You'll need to create a cmdline file via notepad and saved as a text file (i.e. mb_cmdline_win_x86_SSE3_OpenCL_NV_SoG). I'm running Lunatics so the name for your file will most likely be different. This is the cmdline that I've been running on my twin 750 Ti w/ 2 tasks each and .5 CPU, running under Lunatics, someone might have better settings -use_sleep -sbs 512 -spike_fft_thresh 2048 -tune 1 32 1 4 -oclfft_tune_gr 256 -oclfft_tune_lr 16 -oclfft_tune_wg 256 -oclfft_tune_ls 512 -oclfft_tune_bn 32 -oclfft_tune_cw 32 -hp
19) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC Statistics for the WORLD? (Message 1888817)
Posted 9 Sep 2017 by Profile Cliff Harding
I kind of liked this site back in the day and all I get is a black page or the page is not responding. does anyone know if the site is still active?
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1887634)
Posted 3 Sep 2017 by Profile Cliff Harding
Control Panel -> system -> Advanced System Settings -> Hardware -> Device Installation Settings -- set to "NO"
Interesting as that is the way I've always blocked Windows from updating device drivers since I first installed Win 7 and it screwed up OpenCL.

I've always left that option enabled as disabling it stops new devices connected from the system from getting device drivers if they aren't already available on the system.

If I install new devices to my system, I've always loaded the drivers/software that came with the device, then went to its web site to pull down the latest software/drivers and installed it/them if necessary. I recently installed a new printer and instead of letting the OS install the basic drivers for it, I installed the software & drivers with the CD that came with the device. After I recycled the machine I went to the web site to see if there was any updates that were required to be done.

The only exception to that is when I've upgraded my GPUs, since I only install NVidia supported GPUs and I go to web site and pull down the latest driver for the upgraded GPU(s) and do an advanced/clean install after I insert them if the version I'm currently using is too low for the new GPU and recycle the machine. All of my drivers are at a greater version then what M$S calls for anyway. It's a few extra steps, but I think it's worth it and if something goes wrong I can't immediately lay the blame on M$S.

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