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So here is my problem. i have been folding now for a few months and have a couple hundred thousand points. Ive been using a FX-6100 and a single HD6870. until this last week, my video card consistently performs projects worth 1835 points and the CPU doing anything from a few hundred to a couple thousand, usually netting me somewhere on the order of 8000-12,000 ppd (as shown in the control client).

For some reason this week, my video card continues to kick ass, but my CPU is getting hammered with a project 8021, worth 108 points and is taking days to complete a single project. is anyone else having this issue? is there something wrong with my setup? like i said, everything has been great for months and now this. i am at a loss.
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post #2 of 27
The difference in GPU folding could be due to the WUs that it is currently recieving. I have noticed a 20-30% increase on my 460 due to better work units that have just been introduced. It could however be due to the CPU folding. I have noticed a number of people with problem with work units. They have all been using the v7 client (I imagine you are to) not sure if its a bug on stanfords side or on purpose. But it is giving out a4 core work units that just do not perform very well in general. the WU 8021 is one of these a4 core units.

My only thought is to switch to the console client for CPU folding (my personal advice) or switch folding in a virtual linux machine (will probably net you more points but I think it is an increased hassle).
post #3 of 27
You are seeing the credit for the WU without the bonus. Try entering your time per frame in the bonus calculator here and see what comes up: http://linuxforge.net/bonuscalc2.php

It looks like the preferred deadline is 2 days on that WU. If you are taking longer to complete it you may not get the bonus points.
post #4 of 27
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yeah its not fast enough to get the bonus, even so, the bonus is very small. im just amazed at how i could go from folding projects worth 1800 points in 8 hours to 108 points in 3.7 days. is there any way to avoid these a4 core projects?
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My only thought is to switch to the console client for CPU folding (my personal advice) or switch folding in a virtual linux machine (will probably net you more points but I think it is an increased hassle).

like i said that seems to be a known problem with the v7 client. To avoid this my advice is to switch clients to either the console client or a linux vm
post #6 of 27
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which client is the best to use for the cpu and where should i get it? i am currently using the v7 client for the gpu and smp clients
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post #7 of 27
Could not fine a guide on OCN so here is one from stanford: http://www.stanford.edu/group/pandegroup/cgi-bin/edit/English/WinUNIGuide#ntoc3 search for "Installation (Console version)" it is about 3/4 down the page. It is relatively self explanatory. say yes to advanced options and when it asks for additional parameters add -smp 5 (or however many CPU cores you have -1 if you are running an AMD GPU). you can also run the v7 for the GPU just disable the CPU portion of it prior to trying out the console version. You might also want to consider HFM for monitoring how the CPU is doing
post #8 of 27
Keep the v7 client to run the GPUs and try the 6.34 client for your CPU. Here's a guide for installing the client and HFM so you can monitor it: [Windows 7] Setting up the SMP client (v6.34)
post #9 of 27
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ok so a little more help is required as i may have broke something? i got the version 6.34 client set up. it wasnt hard as thats what i was using not long ago before i found the link to download v7. my problem is this, after a half hour of folding, it has only completed 295 steps of 500,000. this is no where even close to the speed i was getting before which makes me thing something may be broken. the computer seems to run everything else just fine though which is what confuses me. i did over clock the cpu just a tad bit more but i have been watching the temps closely and i havent been over 43c. im currently at 4200MHz. could one of my bios settings changes caused this?
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post #10 of 27
Make sure you have it set for smp WUs and not the unicore ones. Any idea if it is using all of your cores? With temps at 43 I highly doubt it is actually utilizing all of the CPU
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