A Linux VM would be the best you could do for CPU folding and it should be better than Windows just because it gives a more direct access between the folding work and your hardware by being a less bloated OS and is basically just a better, cleaner, lighter weight OS for folding, and that all still applies even when running it in a VM. You will not be able to run native Linux if you plan to fold on the GPUs because AMD GPUs should be used in the v7 beta client and the v7 beta client only as it is the most optimized and reliable for them and allows you to fold work units (WUs) suited for them.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 (it should be in a CPU configuration or similar section), 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 full size settings appropriate for you. We are only going to be folding on 4 of your 6 cores because folding on an AMD GPU uses almost an entire core of CPU that you want to leave set aside for them or else they will interfere with the CPU and as a result it's folding and points per day (PPD) will be worse than if you had not set aside two cores for them. So you want those exact settings shown 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. Once you have those settings and hit submit your VM will reboot and then start folding. If you'd like to monitor the CPU VM's progress 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 example log folder address with the one shown in your VM window.
For the GPUs you will want to setup the v7 client and for that you will need the client itself (here
) and then you will want to follow this guide
. You do not want to setup the CPU to fold in the client v7 as the VM we just set up will be better for it and you don't want them to be conflicting, so in the initial installation of the v7 client, you would want your preferred mode to be GPU as shown here
and not SMP. You want to ignore step 2
as that relates to CPU folding which you will not be doing. Step 3
is how you will add your second GPU to the client (the first should have been added during initial installation). Then the most important part of setting up your two AMD GPUs in v7 is to do step 4
for each of the two GPU slots you have created as that is what set's up your GPU to get the WUs that are best for it.
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 were 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 can sign up for here now
, and I would appreciate if you would put my username as your referrer. Edited by juano - 3/3/12 at 6:10pm