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post #1 of 11
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my grandparents run a large apartment buisness in town and have a TON of old computer parts, everything from old Pent 2 and 4s to early 2004s Computers

if i managed to clean them up (hardware and physically) and got them all folding, would this help a large amount for us and for my own stats. im new to folding and i really still don't know a lot other than i let the program run and that's it.. i know its helping for a greater good but i wish to do more with these Pcs, as there going to be trashed and that would hurt, because i hate seeing things getting thrown out. as for power consumption in my home, its included in my rent so its not an issue. now. would this benefit at all or is it just not worth it

thanks
post #2 of 11
If you're not paying for the power, then it's all good.
post #3 of 11
They wouldn't generate that much PPD compared to the power consumption. However since you stated they are already there and money is not a issue. I say try it out sure wont hurt, as long as you have the time on your hands to set them all up. iirc you can get a program to remote view them so you wont have to have a monitor hooked up to all of them so you can be sure they all are running 24/7.
    
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post #4 of 11
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i will have VNC all setup on them. now for the issues of them being old:
should i wipe them clean and install a small linux setup, or use windows on them.... or something else. i have 7 ulti on my main machine, not sure if VNC is able to work across different OS... just more questions to be answered. as for time.. when im not working on on my pc, or tinkering on something at home, im 22 i have no life other than computers and working at zippo
post #5 of 11
Wipe them clean and install Linux.
You'll get a bit more PPD than you would in Windows.
Install TightVNC on them and you should be good.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
ok the last question. obviously there going to all be online, i only have a 5 port netgear craprouter, im going to be upgrading to a new ausu router, BUT it only has 5 ports, and thers already 3 on my home network.. im going to need a few more.. i do not understand switches as well as i think... and im not sure how to go with this
post #7 of 11
Switches are basically the same as routers. One cable goes into the correct port on the device and splits it to more cables. So, on a router you have the WAN port with the cable into it for internet, for a switch it's the same.
post #8 of 11
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sweet, ill have to get one for the farm. this should be a fun project for the next few weeks
post #9 of 11
hit eBay for a cheap switch for this - you can snag some great cheap deals, especially as for a folding rig you don't need gigabit etc.

I bought a 24-port Dell 10/100 managed switch for $3...

I really can't see the point in this 'farm' though, whether you pay the power or not. The PPD from the lot will likely be lower than from a single GT 240, but the power consumption will be through the roof. And you need to live with the heat & noise of it all, plus spend the time keeping it all running. Not to mention to dubious overall benefit to society - is a tiny amount of folding worthwhile if your burning copious amounts of fossil fuels with the associated pollution etc to achieve it?

Just because you don't pay for power doesn't mean its worthwhile...
post #10 of 11
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fair enough beast. i see your point. i am just a huge network enthusiast and sought to kill 2 birds with one stone.
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