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    Method 1
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post #1 of 12
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Okay, I can do either of these methods:

Before anyone says anything, no, I do not want to run Ubuntu in a VM or use Wubi. Just getting this cleared up.

1. Stay in Windows 7 and use the regular SMP client to fold. I get around 20k PPD. I'll be folding from midnight until 4 PM when I come home from school the next day, which is 16 hours. Then for the remaining 8 hours I will keep the folding client on and off, but lets say i'll be folding for another 2-3 hours average (since I might game, PPD will go down). That is 17 hours of folding.

2. Install Ubuntu and install the bigadv smp client, doubling my PPD. I'll still fold for 16 hours from when I sleep until when I get home from school. When I get home from school, I will close Ubuntu and boot into Windows 7 (Yes, I know closing the folding client will send me a few % back, I am aware of this). I will then continue folding in Windows 7 for another 2-3 hours. I know the clients will be different, but eventually I will have enough on both to send the WU's, which shouldn't be an issue.

Which of these two is the better option? I know the second option will give me more PPD but will I lose a lot of work if I close the client in Ubuntu? How many hours would I lose? I know in the Windows 7 SMP client I only lose like 10 minutes of work, which is not a lot.
post #2 of 12
who said regular SMP gives you 20k ppd? I would have guessed you might get HALF that.

Your lucky to get 25k ppd with bigadv on a 2500k.

Id suggest method 2 if I had to pick one, but honestly...installing vmware and running ubuntu in that is so so easy and if you chose to run bigbeta units, you can get upwards of 40k ppd.
post #3 of 12
SMP will be more reliable points, it finishes the WU faster. Bigadv takes some time and you dont want to miss the requested deadlines.
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who said regular SMP gives you 20k ppd? I would have guessed you might get HALF that.

Your lucky to get 25k ppd with bigadv on a 2500k.
i get 20k+ (SMP) on mine when NOT gpu folding as well. and also not touching it.
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post #5 of 12
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who said regular SMP gives you 20k ppd? I would have guessed you might get HALF that.
I'd say more then half, I get over 14k PPD on a Q9550 @ 4GHz proof

Either way, would you be able to finish bigadv/hugeadv without folding 24/7?
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post #6 of 12
Is the deadline still 4 days? You should be able to finish a bigadv unit with the 8 hours downtime per day. Option 2, unless you start losing units by restarting.
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Why not fold bigadv on your CPU in an Umbutu VMWare player?

I fold 24/7 on my CPU, even while gaming. The only clients I ever shut off are my GPU clients. Then again, I do run my CPU folding client on 7 out of my 8 threads, but still.

I would say that if the impact is noticeable, it's a lot easier to close a Linux VM box than to hope you make the deadline with only 16 hours folding.
 
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post #8 of 12
folks even if his rig would do 20k ppd, hes only gonna be folding on it for 17 hours...thats like a quarter of the points gone. So at best he could be looking at 15k ppd
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folks even if his rig would do 20k ppd, hes only gonna be folding on it for 17 hours...thats like a quarter of the points gone. So at best he could be looking at 15k ppd
Yep, I sure didn't take that into account. Thanks. Looking at it that way, you are absolutely correct.
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post #10 of 12
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Why not fold bigadv on your CPU in an Umbutu VMWare player?

I fold 24/7 on my CPU, even while gaming. The only clients I ever shut off are my GPU clients. Then again, I do run my CPU folding client on 7 out of my 8 threads, but still.

I would say that if the impact is noticeable, it's a lot easier to close a Linux VM box than to hope you make the deadline with only 16 hours folding.
Because when I tried Ubuntu in VMWare it made my PC very laggy and unresponsive, so I could not use Windows while folding in ubuntu.
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