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[Guide] How to install BOINC Projects - Windows/Ubuntu

1) Go to the BOINC homepage.

2) You can click on "Choose Projects" for a list of available Projects, but to install them, click on "Download and run BOINC Software":

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3) Install BOINC. Once that's done, run the BOINC Manager, and you'll be prompted to add a project:

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4) You can choose from a list of the Projects here. I'm going to start with Rosetta:

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5) Press "Next" and it will install. You will then be asked for your account information. For new users, enter your email address and a password:

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6) Let installation finish, and when you close the window, a page will open in your web browser. First you will be asked for your own info:

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Next you'll be asked for your team. In the "Key Words" section, just type in "Overclock.net" and then search for it:

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Now click "Join this team", and you're part of OCN's BOINC team. biggrin.gif

7) Now go back to the BOINC Manager. You can see the stats for your projects here. Doubleclick the main windows to open a graphic too if you wish:

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8) If you wish to add more Projects, press the "Add Project" button, and follow the same process as above.
Note: You will need to register for each seperate Project. They don't all use the same account.

You can then monitor all projects in the BOINC Manager using the tabs bar along the top:

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You can also try using the "Advanced View", which can improve computing performance:

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Enjoy! smile.gif

Comments (40)

BOINC newbie, this for a GPU or CPU? And does it matter which project you pick?
There are different teams for different projects from what I can tell. I think World Community Grid and MilkyWay are the main ones we support at the moment.And if you have a GPU (with the latest drivers), it will automatically be used, but only some projects have support:nVidia:• GPUgrid.net• SETI@home• Milkyway@home (Double precision GPU required)• AQUA@home (cuda offline)• Lattice• Collatz Conjecture• PrimeGrid (AP26) ATi:• Collatz Conjecture • Milkyway@home (Double precision GPU required) • DNETC@HomeSource.
I'll bug ya when I set this up Z, clean out your inbox
Pretty simpler to set up, and if you've managed Folding, I can't see where you might get stuck.But I'll be here for you.
Zodac, you might want to add something saying switch to "Advanced" view, I've found that I get marginally better PPD like that (a couple percent)
Right, I'll add that in (with SS).
can you fold on a ati card while folding on cpu for F@H?
Yes. When you're sent to the web page when you first join a project (and only 3 projects support ATi), go to Your Account> [Project Name] Preferences. There's an option that asks if you want to use your CPU for BOINC. Say no to that.I learnt a lot in my first day of BOINC.
Boinc is very easy to setup all gui based and you can modify each project to use cpu or gpu as needed.
BIONC home page down for anyone else?
Quote:Originally Posted by Aqualoon;9416444 
BIONC home page down for anyone else?Yes. It is for me
Ok glad to know it's just not me, will setup BIONC another night then.
Yep; down here too.
One thing that some people might overlook (I know I did), is when setting up projects to use the GPU, make sure to set it to use the GPU on the project's website configuration (and uncheck use CPU if you want to run another project on the CPU (or just don't want it to use the CPU)). Also, in BOINC's preferences you might want to check "Use GPU which computer is in use". It took me a while to figure out why the GPU projects weren't running, and that was why.
Quote:Originally Posted by kurt1288;9424817 
One thing that some people might overlook (I know I did), is when setting up projects to use the GPU, make sure to set it to use the GPU on the project's website configuration (and uncheck use CPU if you want to run another project on the CPU (or just don't want it to use the CPU)). Also, in BOINC's preferences you might want to check "Use GPU which computer is in use". It took me a while to figure out why the GPU projects weren't running, and that was why.The Projects use the GPUs by default (as long as the drivers are up to date). So as long as the GPU is recognised (you will see a note in "Messages"), it'll be used.And I was running 3 projects all on the CPU when I was setting them up; worked nicely for me.
Looking on where to join team Overclock.netAlso, how do I know this is using my GPU and not my CPU?
It will use CPU and GPU (if supported) by default. If you want it to use one or the other, click the project icon at the bottom of the BOINC Manager and click "My Preferences".A web page will open. You should see "[Project Name] Preferences". Click that, and you'll be able to turn off CPU or GPU.
Thanks Z, have it setup so it only uses GPU now...I have yet to see a "Join this team" button tho...maybe it just doesn't like Chrome, will try out IE
Which project(s) are you trying to join?
Miklyway as it supports ATI, I was right, the "Join this team" option wasn't showing up under Chrome.I have the BOINC client up and running, keeping getting this in the messages over and over...5/22/2010 12:42:28 AM|Milkyway@home|Message from server: (reached limit of 36 tasks in progress)Not sure if that's normal or not, and my TPF for CPU folding has gone up by 2 minutes.
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