Okay the problem you were having is that folding on a AMD GPU core takes up a whole lot of CPU resources, and you were folding on two so it was slowing the CPU folding down to the point where it couldn't get anything done on SMP8 (folding on all 8 threads). So what we are going to do is only fold on 6 of your 8 threads on your CPU, that is what you have to do when folding on AMD GPUs. Now it's too bad that I couldn't post sooner before you installed different clients because the v7 beta client that you were using first is the one that you want for the AMD GPUs, but you can get better folding out of the CPU via a different method. So we're going to have the two GPU cores folding in the v7 client same as you already had it, and then for the CPU we are going to set up a virtual machine (VM) of Linux to run inside windows.
A VM of Linux will increase production because Linux is a less bloated and better OS for folding, but from your perspective it runs like any other program so no ill effects of native Linux. This is the guide
for a Linux VM that I use and recommend, it's very easy to follow. First you will want to go into your BIOS and enable virtualization which should be under a CPU options or configuration or the like, then you just follow the guide as normal until you get to the web configuration part of the guide. At this point we want to make a few changes from the "base set of options" shown on the screenshot in the guide. Right click and open my screenshot at the bottom of this post in a new tab to see the settings appropriate for you in full size. You want those exact settings except for putting in your own folding name and passkey (go here if you don't have one yet
), leave the primary DNS I blacked out to it's default and be sure to follow my note to change the number of cores shown in the picture from 8 to 6. Once you have those settings and hit submit your VM will reboot and then start folding. If you would like to monitor the CPU's progress (not necessary but nice) the monitoring program HFM
is recommended, to set it up to monitor your VM follow step 7 of the VM guide
but just replace the log folder address with the one shown in your VMware player window.
For the GPUs you should have had that already set up correctly but we'll make sure. Go into your client v7 (the first program you were folding on) and follow this step of this guide
for each of your two GPU slots. While you are in there you want to click on the SMP slot and then click remove, because we don't want your CPU folding in the v7 client anymore, the VM is a much better choice. You can also now uninstall any other folding programs/clients you may have installed (the console client for example) as you won't need them.
That should be everything but post back here with any questions you have or if you need more help. If you haven't already and are wondering this
is how you sign up to have your folding info displayed under your username. We're having a Foldathon coming up on the 19th of March which is 48 hours where we all fold as much as possible which you should sign up for here
, and I would appreciate if you would put my username as your referrer. Edited by juano - 3/1/12 at 7:06am