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I'm very new to folding as I've only started about a week or so ago. I finished all my current WUs before asking this question in preparation of having to change around programs and settings. I"m using my sig rig for folding so I have a 1055t @ 2.8GHz and a radeon 6950 graphics card. I heard about folding and though it was cool but I never learned how to do it optimally to achieve the highest amount of PPD possible for my system. Ive heard of people running more than one program at a time etc. Im not sure if any of this applies to me so please let me know. Ive looked at many posts learning how to operate different programs. However, I cannot determine which is the newest/best one to ue for my setup. Please help. How many PPD should I expect to bring in?

Also should my SMP or video card be pulling the most points/workload?
post #2 of 22
Welcome and good job finishing your current WUs in preparation for changes. smile.gif

For the GPU you will want to use the v7 client with the client type set to advanced. For the CPU you have two choices, you can either use the v7 client same as the GPU for simplicities sake, or you can use a virtual machine (VM) of linux for about a 10% increase in CPU production. I personally prefer the VM as it's not really more difficult to set up in my opinion. Now whichever method you choose for the CPU we will only want to use 4 out of your 6 CPU's cores for folding, the reason for this is that folding on an AMD GPU uses about 1 whole core (sometimes more) of your CPU to keep itself fed with info and folding the CPU with an odd number of cores above 3 will cause some work units to fail.

Now for the VM this is the program and guide that I use, it's pretty straightforward. First you will want to make sure to go into your BIOS and turn on virtualization, it should be in something like CPU configuration. Once that is done continue following the guide as normal until you get to the web configuration page, at which point we are going to make a few changes from the sample picture in the guide. My picture at the bottom of this post should be the exact settings you want to use, except for 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 exact settings (including the "reboot on submit" option) and hit submit your VM will reboot and then begin 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 go into HFM and under the clients menu option, select add a legacy client and fill in the log folder address with the one shown in your VM window. You can now even use the latest version of HFM to monitor your AMD GPU in v7 if you'd like.

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 that 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. Step 2 is how to setup HFM monitoring with v7, and you can ignore step 3 as you won't need to add any other slot to v7, we just want your GPU on it.. Then the most important part of setting up your two AMD GPUs in v7 is to do step 4 for your GPU slot (not the CPU slot as shown, but it is the same other than that) as that is what set's up your GPU to get the WUs that are best for it.

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Edited by juano - 4/17/12 at 12:35am
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much appreciated!! repped

Ill have to get to work on this. I may have a few questions along the way!
post #4 of 22
No problem, post back here if you run into trouble or have questions.
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which flag would be best to use for my setup?
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What part are you at? For the GPU you want the client type advanced flag, and for the CPU VM you want the exact settings shown in the picture.
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Also, when I set up the hfm client, i added the locap IP address and then tested it but nothing happens. However, when I alter the local IP, then test, the client times out. When the configuration is finished, however, the single "progress bar" on the main page of the program still says 0% and has "unknown" for many of the different columns? did i do something wrong?
post #8 of 22
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Okay i got that part. sorry i was in the GPU client configuration page. I was jut wondering which one because there were like 10 different ones that were available on that setup guide page. I got it though.
post #9 of 22
You should add the IP address listed in your window of VMware under "log folder" in the HFM section, should look like "\\XXX.XXX.X.XXX\fah"

If that doesn't help then post a picture with both your VMWare window and the window to add/edit a client visible.

EDIT: Okay good, so is everything set up then?
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post #10 of 22
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Sorry i was talking about HFM for GPU in windows 7. I need to learn to specify better lol
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