Posts by KD [SETI.USA]

21) Message boards : Number crunching : Multiple accounts on Boincstats? (Message 929140)
Posted 27 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
Post:
RE: Richard, thanks. I think (?) I see what you mean.

RE: dnolan, thanks, I just got everything "combined" using a PC.

Someone (=Lupus=) over at GPUGrid was awesome and told what need to be done:


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A small "how to converge the Cross Project IDs":

1. Make sure the mail addresses and the passwords are the same on all projects.

2. Join the GPUgrid project with your PC, even if you have no cuda-able gpu on it.

3. After joining, you can set the gpugrid project on your PC.

4. Hit the "update" button on some of the projects and also on the gpugrid button. By doing so your boincmgr reads the CPID from your projects and then tells gpugrid to save the CPID value if the boincmgr thinks most of your projects share the same CPID.

Thats it! I hope I've interpreted the boincmgr's behaviour in the right way...

=Lupus=

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22) Message boards : Number crunching : Multiple accounts on Boincstats? (Message 929137)
Posted 27 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
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Ah ok. So if I temporarily run both GPUGRid and SETI together on a PC it will all mesh together?

Damn, don't have any PC's with Nvidia cards. They are all ATI.
23) Message boards : Number crunching : Multiple accounts on Boincstats? (Message 929134)
Posted 27 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
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Confused because all the PC's have the same Cross-Reference ID for projects even though they are different machines. I thought that was how it worked, same email address means same Cross-Reference ID.

Don't understand why the PS3 wouldn't have the same Cross-Reference ID too if it is using the same email address. (?)
24) Message boards : Number crunching : Multiple accounts on Boincstats? (Message 929132)
Posted 27 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
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Started five days ago. I just compared the Cross-project ID's on my account pages both here and at GPUGrid and they are different even though the email address are exactly the same.

Even temporarily changed my GPUGrid email address and then changed it back to same one as here to see if it would "take".

SETI is running on PC's. GPUGrid is running on a Sony Playstation3.

Thanks.
25) Message boards : Number crunching : Multiple accounts on Boincstats? (Message 929125)
Posted 27 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
Post:
Hi,

I just started GPUGrid, but it is showing up as a separate account on Boincstats.


All projects are using the same email address.

Anyone know how to combine these Boincstats "accounts"?

Thanks.
26) Message boards : Number crunching : Multiple OS boot loader? (Message 928460)
Posted 24 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
Post:
Came across BootIT while googling, Considered it for a minute, but it looks like it needs it own partition. Plus, its $35. I'm not cheap, but for $35 would expect it to be near perfect.

Found some GPL/sourceforge stuff out there, like Smart Boot Manager (doesn't work with Vista) and GAG (too intrusive).

Found a perfect one: Boot-US

Its not intrusive and works great. Written by some German doctor who is asking for 15 EU, which I'll be happy to give.

Yeah, I like having a (Windows configurable) boot loader that will, in turn, call up LILO to load Linux. I'm sure GRUB works well, but "grew up" with LILO so trust it.

Definitely don't trust Window's built-in boot loader. Don't even know if it would boot Linux and don't really care. Even if does, it probably has a "feature" to remove Linux/FreeBSD/etc from the boot list the first time you do any Windows updates...

Downloading Slackware now. :-)

Used Partition Wizard Home Edition to resize and make free space for Linux and FreeBSD. Great free program, very similiar to Norton Partition Magic before it was gobbled up by that BS evil company Symantec.

Thanks...
27) Message boards : Number crunching : Multiple OS boot loader? (Message 928446)
Posted 24 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
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Any recs on a (Windows-based) multiple OS boot loader that will work with Vista64 (and Win7 later), Linux, and FreeBSD?

Something that behaves like Boot Magic used to. (Able to select OS on boot.)

I know Windows has a built-in boot loader, but I don't trust it. I want a stand-alone (Windows-based) boot loader.

I've always put LILO at the beginning of the Linux partition and had it called up by Boot Magic.

I don't want to use any Linux Bootloader in the MBR. I want it to be Windows based as Windows will be my primary OS on this laptop.

Thanks..
28) Message boards : Number crunching : Does this seem right for crunch speed? (PS3, Linux) (Message 928312)
Posted 24 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
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My PS3 just made a little under 4,000 credits on GPUGrid in about 24 hours.
RAC already jumped to 366 on first completed WU and based on other PS3's, will eventually level off around 4,500. Too bad it couldn't be on SETI. Going to be a nice RAC jump in Boinc Total though.

My PS3 over there:

http://www.gpugrid.net/show_host_detail.php?hostid=47992

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29) Message boards : Number crunching : why my boinc can't automatically running when I turn on my computer (Message 928269)
Posted 23 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
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Next time you login (and you don't see the Boinc icon in the notification area task bar), run task manager to see if boinctray.exe and boincmgr.exe are running or not.

I have a feeling that they actually are, but the icon isn't appearing, which will be the next step.
30) Message boards : Number crunching : Does this seem right for crunch speed? (PS3, Linux) (Message 928106)
Posted 23 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
Post:
Thanks for all the replies.

Crunching GPUGrid on the PS3 now...

31) Message boards : Politics : Lockerbie bomber released... (Message 927940)
Posted 22 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
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CBC Radio reported that this murdering coward has approx three months to live.

While many will disagree, with valid reasons, I believe releasing him to spend his last days with his family is the act of a compassionate state.

While this guy showed no such mercy to his victims, we need to get past the Old Testiment mindset of an eye for an eye.
I think acts of mercy such as this will yield benefits for the west in the long term.

Just my opinion.



So what about Ronnie Biggs? Where was the compassion there? Sorry life in the west counts for nothing......however, steal a large sum.................


Ronnie Biggs should have been released years ago, while he still could have bought his pint. What is he going to do? Rob another train? He didn't even have that big of a role, anyway. It seems your government just wanted to make an example of him because he got over on them for so many years.

Yup. Meanwhile, someone like Bernard Madoff will be released after only a couple years...


32) Message boards : Number crunching : Does this seem right for crunch speed? (PS3, Linux) (Message 927883)
Posted 22 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
Post:
Thanks. That explanation makes perfect sense. I won't change it.

So are there still any 5.00 AP WU's going out?

Just wondering if it makes sense ts keep both MB and AP (5.00) going.
I'm interpreting your reply as meaning that it will only download 5.00 AP WU's (if they are available).
33) Message boards : Number crunching : Convention to add comments to app_info.xml ? (Message 927880)
Posted 22 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
Post:
Thanks!
34) Message boards : Number crunching : Does this seem right for crunch speed? (PS3, Linux) (Message 927825)
Posted 21 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
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Just added Astropulse.
Getting a "file doesn't have a version of Astropulse v505" message though.
Is that something to be concerned with?

I think yes, because the message tells you that you have the wrong AP version (5.00 instead of 5.05)

How would one know what the "right" version is?
Is this saying that 5.00 isn't supported anymore?
There doesn't appear to be a 5.05 AP for Linux/PS3.
What is stopping me from just changing the version info in app_info.xml (and maybe even renaming the AP application) to 5.05?

The [pre] clause helps to keep the spacing.

Gruß,
Gundolf

Danke! Will definitely use that in the future.
35) Message boards : Number crunching : Does this seem right for crunch speed? (PS3, Linux) (Message 927806)
Posted 21 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
Post:
Just added Astropulse.
Getting a "file doesn't have a version of Astropulse v505" message though.
Is that something to be concerned with?
Will it still d/l AP units?
(I don't think any are going out at the moment, anyway).

Once I see how AP does, probably will remove MB.

This is my (hand-edited) app_info.xml
(Message board is going to mangle the spacings.)

Both setiathome_2.3A_bin and astropulse-5.00_powerpc64-ps3-linux are present in the directory with correct permissions.
(It is crunching MB right now.)

Thanks...

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<app_info>
<app>
<name>setiathome_enhanced</name>
</app>
<file_info>
<name>setiathome_2.3A_bin</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<app_version>
<app_name>setiathome_enhanced</app_name>
<version_num>515</version_num>
<file_ref>
<file_name>setiathome_2.3A_bin</file_name>
<main_program/>
</file_ref>
</app_version>

<app>
<name>astropulse</name>
</app>
<file_info>
<name>astropulse-5.00_powerpc64-ps3-linux</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<app_version>
<app_name>astropulse</app_name>
<version_num>500</version_num>
<file_ref>
<file_name>astropulse-5.00_powerpc64-ps3-linux</file_name>
<main_program/>
</file_ref>
</app_version>
</app_info>

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36) Message boards : Number crunching : Convention to add comments to app_info.xml ? (Message 927804)
Posted 21 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
Post:
Just a quick question.

What is the convention used to add comments to app_info.xml ?

Is it:

<!-- comment -->
(Makes most sense, but just making sure Boinc is standard xml.)

or

# comment

or

; comment

or something else?

Thanks...
37) Message boards : Politics : Lockerbie bomber released... (Message 927637)
Posted 21 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
Post:
They should have released him at 31,000' over Lockerbie.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Am_Flight_103
38) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Natural explanations for UFO's (Message 927623)
Posted 21 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
Post:
If you see an Object that is Flying and it is Unidentified, then it is a UFO by definition. Doesn't mean it is being flown by little green men though! I don't believe in any of that alien spaceship UFO nonsense. How come there has never been any real proof beyond blurry pictures? And in the days of modern digital cameras, how come these UFO pictures are STILL coming out blurry?

People look up into the sky and they think anything that they see flying has to be "official". It can just be litter. Those mylar "Happy Birthday" balloons make excellent UFO's against a setting sun. Or it can be a hoax. Even complex hoaxes can be pretty easy to pull off.

At the DZ that I skydive at, a group of RC aircraft enthusiasts (they can be a weird bunch) often fly (and crash) their latest investments. One of the more eccentric guys made a RC "flying saucer". It was complete with LEDs that made different light patterns, all controlled by his radio. I'm sure if he flew that thing at night, it would get a lot of attention.

I do find conspiracy theories amusing though.

The "Chemtrail" conspiracy people are the the best. I used to read a "Chemtrail" forum on a website for laughs. If you had *any* knowledge of aviation (especially if you were a pilot), you were immediately dismissed as a "government disinformation agent". Freaking hilarious.

Then you have websites that will have two conspiracy theories side-by-side. One will be that the Apollo Moon missions were a hoax. The Moon landings were all faked by the government. The conspiracy theory right next to it would be that the Apollo astronauts saw UFO's and aliens on the Moon.
39) Message boards : Number crunching : Does this seem right for crunch speed? (PS3, Linux) (Message 927599)
Posted 21 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
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Lets hope so. I've been wanting to get a PS3 and if I can run an OS on it too that would be fun. I never got around to installing linux on my PS2. I have the older model w/o a NIC. So not a lot of use in doing so anyway.


It runs decently on the PS3, I suppose. I just don't see myself having any "real" use for it, but I guess if you want a small "computer" hooked up to a TV (and have a PS3, anyway), it can be of use.

A couple "gotchas", that may or may not apply to anyone reading this, I had with YDL 6.1 ....

If you plan on using X, you not only need an HDTV, but it also needs to be LCD/Plasma/etc. I have an older CRT (480i/p, 1080i) HDTV that I installed it with. The text wasn't readable at 1080i. I had to install it at 480i. An SDTV will also work, but you will get quite a bit of flickering and artifacting around text at 480i. At the boot prompt, just press TAB to change between video modes as they are all entries in the boot loader. If you just press enter, it will automagically try to find the best resolution, but you know what that usually goes.

The setup installer is Anaconda. If you have installed RH/Fedora before, you will feel right at home. It worked without a hitch for me, although at 480i/p you have to use Anaconda in text mode. Anaconda will only run in graphical mode at 1080i/p. No big deal as I would have ran it in text, anyway.

Once you are installed and running, if you want to change (TV) video modes, the command is:

ps3-video-mode -m x

(x being the mode number. man ps3-video-mode first.)

This will only change the video mode for the virtual window you are in.

Later, I hooked up a small 24" LCD 1080p to it, so I was playing around with different modes. After hooking back up to the CRT HDTV, I wanted to permanently set it at 480p. This is done by editing the boot loader config file.

The documentation refers you to /etc/kboot.conf , but it is outdated and wrong for YDL 6.1. The correct boot loader config file is now /etc/yaboot.conf The format for yaboot.conf is straightforward if you have edited many lilo configs before. I.e., you can make as many entries as you want, or just change the existing one. Press TAB at boot to select between them.

This is my entry for 480p. As you will see, I added "video=ps3fb:mode:2". The 2 is the mode number for 480p. This is also the correct format. There is supposed to be a colon between mode and 2 and none between 2 and rhgb. The mode numbers are the same mode numbers you will find after reading the man page for ps3-video-mode.

(The message board is going to screw up the spacing, but you'll get the idea.)

image=/vmlinux-2.6.28-0.ydl61.1
label=linux-480p
read-only
initrd=/initrd-2.6.28-0.ydl61.1.img
append="video=ps3fb:mode:2 rhgb quiet root=LABEL=/"


The PS3 is going to automatically boot Linux once you have set it to boot another OS. To get back into the PS3, you can either:

- Type boot-game-os at the boot prompt.

- Run ps3-boot-game-os in a root shell once logged in.

- Turn off (front power button), tap (front power button) to turn back on , press and hold (front power button) until you hear two beeps while it is powering back up. This will reset the boot loader back to the PS3. (It also changes the PS3's Game video resolution back to 480i, so you'll want to change that back to whatever it was.) Nothing else is changed.

(Pressing and holding the front power button after doing a power cycle with the main power switch on the back does a complete restore. Restores the PS3 back to it's factory settings and also does a full format of the HDD. Never done this before and sure don't want to. This takes about 3.5 hours to complete!)
40) Message boards : Number crunching : Does this seem right for crunch speed? (PS3, Linux) (Message 927590)
Posted 21 Aug 2009 by Profile KD [SETI.USA]
Post:
Think I'm going to give AP a try. Got the newest app. Going to let the MB WU's run dry first...


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