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Ok so im looking to start maybe folding and i have a few questions.
Firstly i will be mainly using my sig rig (i have 2 graphics cards HD5770.. not sure if i have that in the specs thing)... there is CPU and GPU folding right? can i only run one or the other?

Also is there some minimum requirement specs for folding? i have like 6 P4 PC's laying around that i can use... if they will work that is.

Another question, can a laptop fold? my laptop is a Core i5 460m 4gb RAM, ATI 5650.

That's all i can think of now... thanks
    
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Another question... should folding be giving me full load? Here it is running on my laptop (Im not at my sig rig atm)
Not getting full load as you can see.

    
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CPU and GPU is indeed possible. Here's the guide you'll need:
http://www.overclock.net/overclock-n...-v7-guide.html

Bear in mind, you need:
1) Post 1 to install the client and get the CPU set.
2) Post 3 to add the GPUs.
3) Post 4 to enable the Core16 WUs for AMD.

And after that, you'll need to edit your CPU slot to only use 2 cores (since each GPU will take up a core), so it might be an isea to only do GPU Folding...

For your laptop, I;d recommend only doing CPU Folder; GPU Folding on a laptop is rarely a good idea.
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You can fold on both, CPU+GPU

P4s will only be doing like 100PPD, wich may not be worth the electricity bill increase
You can fold on a Laptop, but i don't think that anyone recommends it, cuz it wil heat up a lot.

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Laptop folding on the CPU is fine as long as you keep it well ventilated. Propping up the side of the laptops with the vents on even something as small as a pencil will help temps a lot. You could also look into buying a cooling pad for your laptop. GPU folding on laptops though is not really a good idea because of how hot they get.
    
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post #6 of 36
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Well the laptop folding was just a test as im not near my desktop. Although should i be getting full load? i ran the client i found on stanford's folding website and im only getting like 40% load. you can see by my screenshot. Its sitting on my lap now... no venilation at all and im @ 70c max atm.

So P4's are totally useless then? I think i have them all clocked at 3.5Ghz.

I also have my other pc... i5 2500k @4ghz, 4gigs of ram ATI 5750.


EDIT LOL my laptop got to hot and my wifi card shut off. Yea. Going to need to get my cooling pad out.
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I'd have thought you'd mention that one first! 5ghz that i5 and fold some bigadv!
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I'd have thought you'd mention that one first! 5ghz that i5 and fold some bigadv!
Well yea its a Media PC so i cant clock it THAT high. lol.

Also how would i join this foldathon? i need a passkey or something right?
    
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Yep, then you need to fold 10 smp units to qualify for bonus points, then hit that foldathon. If you start smp units on the 750 and 2500K, you will qualify by the time the foldathon start, no prob.
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Go here to request your passkey. The star folding SMP units with it. When you have completed 10 WUs you'll start getting bonuses from them
You don't need a passkey for GPU clients.
For the foldathon, you just need to sign-up
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