Posts by Sparky

1) Message boards : Number crunching : How to pitch a good idea? ~ Positive News? (Message 283853)
Posted 17 Apr 2006 by Profile Sparky
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I can forward the suggestion for a Seti@Home Documentary to the proper Dept's in NBC Universal Cable (which includes SciFi). No promises though. For all I know it'll get filtered out with all the NBC junk mail, but worth a try. I'm not exactly top of the totem pole, but it may just bubble up.

give us an address, and we'll flood the department with mail, they can't ignore all of us forever. :)

Sparky
2) Message boards : Number crunching : How to pitch a good idea? ~ Positive News? (Message 283727)
Posted 17 Apr 2006 by Profile Sparky
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<bump>

Just wondering if any one has heard anything about this? As I do think it is a wonderful idea, and should be persued.

Sparky
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 101_tools (Message 283678)
Posted 17 Apr 2006 by Profile Sparky
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Tolerance is one thing...capitulation to ignorance is another matter entirely.

What he said.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Sulking thread (Message 283264)
Posted 17 Apr 2006 by Profile Sparky
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But in Europe your public transportation systems are better than ours will ever be.
That may be true for some parts of Europe, like London, Paris, Moscow, Berlin and other big cities, but I've lived most of my life in a place where the only public transport - a bus - went @ 6 PM Saturday night and the next one didn't arrive until Monday morning. This is in one of the most dense populated areas in south of this country. In the north, the situation is much much worse. Plus the gas is even more expensive in the north than here, after the government got rid of the special transport subdices for that part of the country. Large parts of North Norway is so desolate they must have a car to survive. Just imagine having 300 miles to the nearest doctor... and your wife is pregnant in her 9th month...

That's enough to make me sulk.

Sparky
5) Message boards : Number crunching : graphics! (Message 283203)
Posted 16 Apr 2006 by Profile Sparky
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The grphics are same as the screen saver but in screen saver mode. I don['t make judgements about other people's hardware, you have what you have, and it works for you, for what you need. Running the graphics adds many calculations that the BOINC program wouldn't normally have to make; hence, it slows down you machine. Whether or not you run them is a personal choice for aesthetics.

If you want to turn in big numbers, though, don't run them. Those of us that like large RAC's -NEVER- run them, unless we are trying to explain to a non-addict what it is we are doing. Upgrading machines, good thing.

Sparky
6) Message boards : Number crunching : pentium 4 2.80GHz stats (Message 283199)
Posted 16 Apr 2006 by Profile Sparky
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HOW can the following be doing wus so quickly..And how the hell do you get those figures using 1gig of ram?.


CPU type GenuineIntel
Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
Number of CPUs 1
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP
Professional Edition, Service Pack 2, (05.01.2600.00)
Memory 1014.07 MB
Cache 976.56 KB
Measured floating point speed 15354.81 million ops/sec
Measured integer speed 5270.92 million ops/sec


Does wu's in 2000s, thats just over a half hour to you and me..not just 1 or 2 wus, all.


I dont understand.


my guess:

he is running the Crunch3r optimized aplication(SSE-2), non-hyper-threaded, slightly over clocked, with an extreme ventilation (possibly water cooled) set-up. If I wasn't running HT, many of my machines would be turning WU as fast, or at least close to his times.

Sparky

[edited for spelling errors]
7) Message boards : Number crunching : graphics! (Message 283097)
Posted 16 Apr 2006 by Profile Sparky
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HI
I have a moderate PC, but it has a really poo graphics card! I like to have the graphics effects running, using the "Minimalist" scheme, so that I see the rotating 3D graph appear. How much CPU power does this use - does it detract from my processing capability? If I switched it off, would I see faster WU times?

Or, if I bought a new PC with a decent graphics card (nVidia FX6600 etc), would that run fine, and not affect the processing time of the WU?

Neil

Depending on your cpu, graphics card, and memory/memory bandwidth; running the Screensaver will definitly hurt your over all times. Having a decent graphics card will minimize the damge done to your times, but, still. . . if your are after better numbers, turn off the boinc graphics.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Which Dual Core? (Intel or AMD?) (Message 281137)
Posted 13 Apr 2006 by Profile Sparky
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if I wasn't waiting for the AMD FX60 I would SO be all over that!


grrrrrr

Sparky
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Under WinXP Pro, how do I set things so that... (Message 279669)
Posted 11 Apr 2006 by Profile Sparky
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...all s@h application instances spawned by the BOINC client run at a higher than default priority?

Please don't tell me anything out how (in)advisable this may be. I just want to know whether it can be done and how to do it if so.


You apparently know that upgrading the default priority is inadvisable. . . so:

Ctrl-Alt-Del to bring up task manager, 'processes' tab, scroll down to boinc.exe;

Right Click on boinc.exe Affinity selects which core, Priority tells xp how important it is. . .So you know, it doesn't effect processing time as much as you would think tried it, but run your own experiment and post the results here.


For any new people, Not Recommended, at all.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Stupid or Funny Signs [CLOSED] (Message 279492)
Posted 11 Apr 2006 by Profile Sparky
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Maybe not a stupid sign, more like a stupid dog!

Evolution at it's finest!


Laughed out loud for about 30 seconds. . .

Sparky
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Show off your computer desk, patch, or farm... (Message 277943)
Posted 8 Apr 2006 by Profile Sparky
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lol, thanks, that's a 97/100 card :)

Just an aside, what was the firearm?

Sparky
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Show off your computer desk, patch, or farm... (Message 271628)
Posted 29 Mar 2006 by Profile Sparky
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some nice kit on show here

my main workstation
and "handy" PC on the left (for playing music and stuff)
the black monitor is also a secondary for the workstation

other PC and servers

Nice Target shooting in the first pic!

Sparky
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Where does your cat live and what is it's name? (Message 269621)
Posted 27 Mar 2006 by Profile Sparky
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I have two cats who are decent enough to allow me a computer hobby.

KT, who pretty much stays in the bedroom unless I am remiss in her food and water quantities.

And, Samson, who stays wherever he darn well wants to, who am *I* - a mere mortal - to tell *His Majesty* any different?

Sparky

*edited to fix link*
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Show off your computer desk, patch, or farm... (Message 269620)
Posted 27 Mar 2006 by Profile Sparky
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Here's my Ranch: Starting on the left, just inside the double doors is
my router.
Moving clockwise; my AMD's, my P4 3.2's, and finally my P4 3.8 and 3.4EE.

Sparky
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Using BOINC on not connected computers (Message 269220)
Posted 26 Mar 2006 by Profile Sparky
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Hello everybody.

I found the solution !
It is perfect possible to run Boinc on not connected computer.

How ???
1. Download and install Boinc on the connected pc.
2. Also install the same Boinc on a not connected pc ( to update the registry )
3. Connect to Boinc and get new work for a few days ( depending the power of the not connected pc )
4. CUT/past ( yes cut, not copy )of the folder Boinc to a memo stick ( for example ) and reinstall Boinc
5. Copy past from the memo stick to the folder Boinc on the not connected pc
6. Let it run, but disable network connection !!!
7. On the connected pc, before the transfert, desactivate Boinc, cut/paste to a temporary folder.
8. When the work is done, the reverse procedure to the connected pc.
9. Update Boinc, again transfert to the not connected pc.
10. cut/paste from the temporary folder to Boinc folder on the connected pc.

The only we have be carefull is the amount of work downloaded !!
Of course if the connected pc is a dualcore HT, it can take a lot of work.
If the non connected is a Pentium 3 at 800Mhz, it will take to much time to run !!!

It works perfect. I hope my explanation are clear ???
Do not forget, my native language is french !!!



Bon!
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Validation Error (Message 269154)
Posted 26 Mar 2006 by Profile Sparky
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Ok, I gather that we are all systems go again now?

Full steam ahead, and darn the torpedoes.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Pending Credit Very Slow! Is it normal? (Message 268906)
Posted 26 Mar 2006 by Profile Sparky
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What good are the credits?



Bragging rights, CPU performance benchmarks, and that's about it.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Bad WU here (Message 268870)
Posted 25 Mar 2006 by Profile Sparky
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The second work unit, where only one computer returned the noisy result, means something in particular happened on that computer. Anyone can have one of these occasionally, but if you start having too many of them it could be a sign that you have a problem in your computer. It may be on the verge of overheating, the memory may be going bad, or any number of reasons (some being already mentioned in the thread.)


Thanks, Jim,

As I recall, it was tad warm in there that night (the first night I powered up the *big* router.)

Sparky
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic mode ON (Message 268863)
Posted 25 Mar 2006 by Profile Sparky
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For me, Panic Mode is still ON, I still have ~43 WU's that have validation error's


Ouch! I only lost two ... but looking at your RAC and mine, I guess we were hit about equally hard. :(




Percentage-wise, yeah, probably. I bet DB was hit hard, too.

Sparky
20) Message boards : Number crunching : My God.....It's full of stars!! (Message 268257)
Posted 25 Mar 2006 by Profile Sparky
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Seems the typical propeller-head is a little bigger than average...


Absolutely true in my case.

Depending on price, count me in.


Sparky


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