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post #1 of 11
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Hey there guys.

Well Firstl Heres a Screenshot of my Console running the GPU folding but im not convinced its actually started or has it ?



Also ive noticed when i have it running i ger screen Lag...The Mouse will lag aswel as scrolling Internet pages...Whats up with that ?
post #2 of 11
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Hey there guys.

Well Firstl Heres a Screenshot of my Console running the GPU folding but im not convinced its actually started or has it ?



Also ive noticed when i have it running i ger screen Lag...The Mouse will lag aswel as scrolling Internet pages...Whats up with that ?
Hi Enterprise,

I can't tell from your screen shot what exactly is being written. I do know a couple of things. You're obviously running the console version, which according to Stanford is the "preferred" version. I personally don't like the console versions and found that my gpu "folding only rig" was unstable with it. However, remember I was using the gpu cores BEFORE thay came out with their version 7 program, so that might have been it as well.

Secondly, the gpu cores do not record, or look like the cpu cores. The only way I could tell if the core was running was to use the graphical core and watch the frames go up at about 500 per 15 minutes or about 2,000 frames per hour. I seem to be completing the gpu cores about every 13 hours or so.

Remember also that the gpu does the calculations, but the cpu is used to complete the check sums and roll up the WU. That's why Stanford added more points to the gpu WU's because of this 30% cpu use during the WU completion process. Originally the gpu WU's were given 220 points each, but now have 330 points awarded to them.

I don't not use this gpu folding rig for anything but folding. I and others found out that using the rig for anything else really makes the gpu folding unstable, at least a month ago it was. The gpu cores had several flaws initially. One flaw was when they re-started, they started from the beginning and second, they would quit after completing 85% of the work which meant a lot of EUE's (early unit ends). I believe they have fixed both of those problems. At least for me, I've had none over the past month, but again my X1950 XTX does nothing but fold...

BTW - this folding rig has just 3 items loaded unto it. Windows XP, Catalyst 6.10 drivers, DirectX 9.0c and Folding at Home. Absolutely nothing else! No AntiVirus, games, programs, etc.... and everything is stock right now. No overclocking at all on any component. Not the cpu (AMD 64 3500), not the DDR, not the video card.

I hope this helped, :-)
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Got to start using rigshowcase or rig gallery to host pics! Imageshack is SO SLOW right now!

I couldn't fold on multiple GPU's, even following Stanford's guide, the second card kept getting "interrupted".

My CPU usage when folding with the console gpu client is pegged at 100%, which is a bit odd based on your very informative post Buick!
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post #4 of 11
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Got to start using rigshowcase or rig gallery to host pics! Imageshack is SO SLOW right now!

I couldn't fold on multiple GPU's, even following Stanford's guide, the second card kept getting "interrupted".

My CPU usage when folding with the console gpu client is pegged at 100%, which is a bit odd based on your very informative post Buick!
Hi xavier,

Thanks!! I just posted what I've read at Stanford. I don't use the console version so I don't have any first hand info. I try to just leave mine alone and keep my fingers crossed. As for Stanford, they were the ones that reported only a 30% or so cpu usage on their benchmark machines. If it's more, that would explain more things (EUE's, interrupts, etc). As for the dual gpu folding. I've been playing with that idea, but like you, others have had difficulty according to their FAQ's and forums. I've been spending some time there just reading up on stuff. I'm in a wait and see mode with dual gpu's...

The big thing is that using the computer for anything other than folding seems to upset the gpu. So buying an expensive video card (X1900 series) might be a little over the top. However, my OCD on folding has placed me there! I will have 2 rigs folding only with the X1950XTX gpu's.

Take care, :-)
post #5 of 11
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Wow great Info there guys and thanks. However when you used these did it cause your system to perhaps lag abit...My mous lags and screen refreshing is slow and laggy...I blame this due to the GPU being used but can i get rid of it >?
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Wow great Info there guys and thanks. However when you used these did it cause your system to perhaps lag abit...My mous lags and screen refreshing is slow and laggy...I blame this due to the GPU being used but can i get rid of it >?
Hi enterprise1701,

Is that 1701A or 1701B? Just wondering... I like the updated fresh look in the first movie vs the old TV series... Anyway...
I did not noticed any slow down of the mouse or lags, nor was the refreshing rate laggy. However, with that said, the rig that has the gpu folding is set at a 800x600 resolution and 16 bit color. I tried lower settings but it looked awful and hard to deal with. It's also set up on a 15" HP monitor that I use with a KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switch I use to view 4 of the 10 folding rigs I have. So my rig might not be a very good comparision for you...

Sorry I couldn't be of more help. According to Xavier his console gpu folding rig was seeing 100% cpu useage. That might explain a few things...
The screen refresh rates are slow due to the gpu folding and the system lagging because of the high cpu use. Just a thought and I'm not sure how to correct it.

BTW - Is the video card in your sig correct? An X1800GTO? That might also be some of the problem. I know the original gpu programs were set up for the X1900 series and here lately the Stanford site has added other ATI video cards into the mix. However, I don't don't if they have completed their beta work on those yet or at least worked some of the major bugs out. The X1900 series of beta programs just got an extension from Dec 1st to Feb 1st. They are hoping to go world wide/public in March or 2007. The other video card versions will probably be a month or so behind that.

Take care and Fold On! Oh and "Live long and prosper", too! :-)
post #7 of 11
Zavier, when I tested the GPU client I had the same issue, my CPU was fully loaded (temps confirmed that it was running at 100%) even with nothing going but the GPU folding. Running a single CPU folding client with the GPU client made the system a little finicky and unstable. Running 2 CPU folding clients and the GPU client caused it to crash. I've had to place GPU folding on hold until they work out more bugs.

Enterprise, I also experienced the same thing.......the GPU client does not have the same settings and coding as the CPU one. Meaning, it does not use "idle only" cycles, so when you are folding on your GPU at 100% it is hard pressed to do anything else. I had mouse lag, windows would "melt" as I moved them around my desktop. one time I simply tried to change my screen resolution and the system re-booted!!!

The only thing I could think of to "fix" that would be to set the GPU to only fold at about 60% or so.........
post #8 of 11
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Lmao...ItS 1701-E. A and B where the Constitution class...Lol anyway. CHeers for yor help.

Its odd why it lags me...Real shame..I hope i can get it sorted.
post #9 of 11
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Oh cheers Thumper. Ill try that. I may stop it and use my CPU until it sorts itself out...If it does that is.
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Lmao...ItS 1701-E. A and B where the Constitution class...Lol anyway. CHeers for yor help.

Its odd why it lags me...Real shame..I hope i can get it sorted.
Hi Enterprise,

You're right the 1701-E! But they gave the original a class (Constitution)?? Now that I didn't know. You must be a "Real Trekkie" to know that!

Lmao - ?? I forget my Acronyms... where's my daughters when I need them??

Take care, :-)
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