Posts by Seth351

1) Questions and Answers : Windows : screensaver doesn't animate (Message 702486)
Posted 21 Jan 2008 by Profile Seth351
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Off topic: Is that the ship from "Serenity" in your profile pic?

It's the Firefly from the Firefly series and the movie Serenity, yes.


Cool. I never saw the series, but I love the movie.

I don't think so. This (apparent) disk activity takes place even when the BOINC client is not running. It also takes place in safe mode and when nobody is logged in.

OK. :-)

Then it could be that it's the way that the hard drive makes sure it is not overheating by leaving the read/write head rest on one sector for too long. It'll move the head to another sector to prevent the first sector from heating up due to friction. Although during normal running, the head isn't in actual direct contact with the platter, it still creates a bit of friction from the air cushion that floats it. This can produce heat if it stays there long enough. This occasional movement is built into the drive to protect it.


I suppose that's possible, but this same disk didn't do this on my old system. I was running it in IDE mode on that system though. Now I'm running it in AHCI mode. Incidentally, the disk is a Maxtor 200GB SATAII/300.
2) Questions and Answers : Windows : screensaver doesn't animate (Message 702437)
Posted 21 Jan 2008 by Profile Seth351
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Also, the Seti@home screen saver does not always come up frozen; sometimes it runs for about one secend or less before freezing. Again, this doesn't seem to affect the client's ability to process work units. It's just annoying.


If the screen saver is running then locking, this usually indicates an overheated video card. Make sure the fan is blowing fine and is free of dust.


The computer and video card are brand new, so dust is not an issue, and the video card fan is working fine. This rig runs Call of Duty 4 just fine, so I don't think it's the video card overheating.

Edited for typos.
3) Questions and Answers : Windows : screensaver doesn't animate (Message 702433)
Posted 21 Jan 2008 by Profile Seth351
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Neither Systinternals File Monitor or Disk Monitor show any activity that correlates to my hard disk LED flashing once per second.

File Monitor should show you on the drive that BOINC is on that it writes several times per second to client-state_next.xml, before copying client_state.xml to client_state_prev.xml and writing the last information scoop from client_state_next.xml into client_state.xml

It may take a bit of rereading that sentence to get it, but that could account for your activity.


I don't think so. This (apparent) disk activity takes place even when the BOINC client is not running. It also takes place in safe mode and when nobody is logged in.

Off topic: Is that the ship from "Serenity" in your profile pic?
4) Questions and Answers : Windows : screensaver doesn't animate (Message 702413)
Posted 21 Jan 2008 by Profile Seth351
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After researching this further, I have discovered that lsass.exe is not the culprit. (Apparently it's normal for lsass.exe to show frequent I/O reads/writes when Task Manager is open.) When I view processes with Sysinternals Process Explorer, all processes are mostly quiet. Neither Systinternals File Monitor or Disk Monitor show any activity that correlates to my hard disk LED flashing once per second.

Also, the Seti@home screen saver does not always come up frozen; sometimes it runs for about one secend or less before freezing. Again, this doesn't seem to affect the client's ability to process work units. It's just annoying.


Now it's not working. This problem seems to be related to the fact that lsass.exe is hitting the disk once per second indefinitely. My system is clean, with only XP, the mobo drivers, and the XP udates installed. I am researching this, but I am not having much luck. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

5) Questions and Answers : Windows : screensaver doesn't animate (Message 700961)
Posted 18 Jan 2008 by Profile Seth351
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Now it's not working. This problem seems to be related to the fact that lsass.exe is hitting the disk once per second indefinitely. My system is clean, with only XP, the mobo drivers, and the XP udates installed. I am researching this, but I am not having much luck. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
6) Questions and Answers : Windows : screensaver doesn't animate (Message 700130)
Posted 15 Jan 2008 by Profile Seth351
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Never mind. It seems to be working now.

Thanks.
7) Questions and Answers : Windows : screensaver doesn't animate (Message 700117)
Posted 15 Jan 2008 by Profile Seth351
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Thanks for replying. Firewall is disabled. GPU is Nvidia 8800GT. And graphics lockup is consistent every time screensaver loads. Also, I seem to recall it working fine at first, but then it quit at some point.

Messages since last restart follow:

1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||Starting BOINC client version 5.10.30 for windows_intelx86
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||log flags: task, file_xfer, sched_ops
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||Libraries: libcurl/7.17.1 OpenSSL/0.9.8e zlib/1.2.3
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||Data directory: C:\\Program Files\\BOINC
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||Processor: 2 GenuineIntel Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6750 @ 2.66GHz [x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11]
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||Processor features: fpu tsc pae nx sse sse2 mmx
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||OS: Microsoft Windows XP: Professional Edition, Service Pack 2, (05.01.2600.00)
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||Memory: 2.00 GB physical, 3.85 GB virtual
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||Disk: 186.30 GB total, 164.53 GB free
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||Local time is UTC -6 hours
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM|SETI@home|URL: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/; Computer ID: 4125401; location: home; project prefs: default
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||General prefs: from SETI@home (last modified 17-May-2007 18:09:32)
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||Host location: home
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||General prefs: no separate prefs for home; using your defaults
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||Reading preferences override file
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||Preferences limit memory usage when active to 1023.21MB
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||Preferences limit memory usage when idle to 1841.77MB
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||Preferences limit disk usage to 93.13GB
1/14/2008 5:28:39 PM||Suspending network activity - user is active
1/14/2008 5:33:40 PM||Resuming network activity
1/14/2008 5:33:40 PM|SETI@home|Restarting task 27dc06ad.16512.9072.10.6.117_1 using setiathome_enhanced version 527
1/14/2008 5:33:40 PM|SETI@home|Restarting task 27dc06ad.16512.9072.10.6.142_1 using setiathome_enhanced version 527
1/14/2008 5:37:00 PM||Suspending computation - user is active
1/14/2008 5:37:00 PM||Suspending network activity - user is active
1/14/2008 6:09:33 PM||Resuming computation
1/14/2008 6:09:33 PM||Resuming network activity
1/14/2008 6:11:14 PM||Suspending computation - user is active
1/14/2008 6:11:14 PM||Suspending network activity - user is active
8) Questions and Answers : Windows : screensaver doesn't animate (Message 699026)
Posted 11 Jan 2008 by Profile Seth351
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Installed Seti@home on a new computer, and the screensaver does not animate; it comes up frozen. Other than that, the client appears to be working. And it works fine on all my other computers. I have reset the project a couple of times to no effect. Any ideas?





 
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