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I am new to folding and installed the Folding@Home Control client and my 5970 is making great progress it has made 50% progress on its current work load and it has been running for about 2.5 hours. My i7 920 at 4.2 ghz has made only .04% progress and seems to have halted. What is wrong here it looks to be setup properly.

Here is a screen shot of my progress.

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post #2 of 30
Yikes not sure a possible restart of the client might help. Maybe a post of the settings page might help more. Not a ton of experience with that client as I mainly use the straight command line ones.


If you have any experience with command line I would suggest switching over to that as I have seen a several problems with that GUI interface in the past couple of days.
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Originally Posted by crystalhand View Post

Yikes not sure a possible restart of the client might help. Maybe a post of the settings page might help more. Not a ton of experience with that client as I mainly use the straight command line ones.
If you have any experience with command line I would suggest switching over to that as I have seen a several problems with that GUI interface in the past couple of days.

I appreciate the reply how easy is the command line setup? Also I have been doing a little bit more research, when should i start doing the -bigadv stuff. Do I need to wait for more SMP WUs to finish?
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Originally Posted by Specops53 View Post

I appreciate the reply how easy is the command line setup? Also I have been doing a little bit more research, when should i start doing the -bigadv stuff. Do I need to wait for more SMP WUs to finish?

You need to complete 10 smp wu's, using a passkey, before switching to -bigadv. The problem is that the -bigadv wu's for 8 cores/threads are almost non-existent these days.
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You need to complete 10 smp wu's, using a passkey, before switching to -bigadv. The problem is that the -bigadv wu's for 8 cores/threads are almost non-existent these days.

So should I leave it on smp then?

Also I have dumped the GUI setup and went with command line setup and have started to make some progress. I have a ATI 5970 that I also would like to start folding on what is the best way to go about doing that?
post #6 of 30
Stop making changes and switching clients for the time being. I am writing a post right now that will set you up with the optimal configuration for your system, just give me 15 minutes or so.
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post #7 of 30
Your going to need the V7 to run those 5970s to their full potential. though you will need to leave a thread for each instance. So rerun V7 and run the advance units on the cards, and then run smp6.

For why in 2.5 hours at smp-8 you had .04% done, I have no idea, unless something went stupid and instead of the gpus taking a entie core each they decided they wanted the entire processor instead.

Edit: Nevermind juano will beat me to it.
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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. smile.gif

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post #9 of 30
I know the problem zodac may chime in later but you do not have it set to SMP. it is currently set to uniprocessor which are older WUs.you need to change the cores to 4 in one of the settings

Hence the reason you are getting a4 core WUs and not a3
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I know the problem zodac may chime in later but you do not have it set to SMP. it is currently set to uniprocessor which are older WUs.you need to change the cores to 4 in one of the settings
Hence the reason you are getting a4 core WUs and not a3

Ive got it set to SMP and Im getting a4 core WUs.... If you go to the F@H forums several others are having the same issue. I'm done asking questions. I've been told that a4 WUs are for SMP and thats what it is. It reduced my 2600k to 8k to 12k PPD (depending) and my GPU gets 9k by itself.


THE POINTS SYSTEM HAS CHANGED since Feb 1 and I've read that multiple times on F@H forums.



I'm having Zodac double and triple check my system thursday via teamviewer. I'm 100% sure I have the settings right and sorry.. BUT if you expect to rock 26k points a day on your i7 you're SOL because its not going to happen on the 8001 8011 and 8021 WUs.. I get 400 to 600 points (with bonus without I was getting 80 to 100) per WU and changing to bigadv or any other slot edit/addon made no difference in that.

Each WU took about 90 to 120 minutes

the proof is in the pudding.

you can clearly see that a4 units are also SMP now.

http://fahwiki.net/index.php/Cores


EDIT---- Then again I can be a complete idiot sometimes and that may be the case here.
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