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What do I need to Fold on both Cores with Vista x64?

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Hi all, I've been folding for a while now, though I've only been useing the graphical client on one core of my E6600. I know that I need two instances of the Console version to fold on both cores and did try what Pauldovi put in his guide. However, after 2 days of failing to submit work units I decided to uninstall and go back to the single graphical client.

I've seen in the Stickie that I may need an SMP client or VMware and with that in mind I have the following questions;
  • Do I need SMP, or VMware, or both?
  • Do I need to enable Virtualisation Technology from within my motherboard's BIOS?
  • When I run each version of the client it would ask questions as to how to set it up. I know about setting different machine numbers for each core but what other options do I need to set, such as Internet Explorer settings?

Rep to anyone who helps me get both of my cores doing work, one core @ 3.6Ghz is nice but two is always better.
post #2 of 10
SMP is multi threaded. With that, it uses both cores without any extra work. Just download the client off the FAH site.

As for in Vista, in XP you just make two separate folders - one named "Core 0", the other "Core 1." One FAH.exe in each, and set them up. One will need machine ID 1 (Core 0) and the other'll need to be machine ID 2.

Set RAM usage to at least 300MB for the normal client, and 512MB for SMP.
Set it to idle, and 100 requested.
Do not request work units without deadlines.
Say YES to advanced flags/WU's.

For SMP, you download the exe, install, go to the folder, run install.bat:
First question is just asking your Windows login name.
Second and third are asking your login password and you to verify it.

You need a password or you can't SMP fold.
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So do I actually need SMP to fold on Vista x64?

Like I said, I have read through all of pauldovi's Dual Core Folding Guide and everything seemed fine until I finished work units on each core It would just constantly keep trying to submit the finished units, after two days of that crap I went back to the GUI client. I just don't want to run the risk of screwing something up and wasteing a couple of days again.
post #4 of 10
If it can't send them but it fold (feld? ) fine, then it's a problem with the servers, not you.

Either that, or you were unstable and the work units are (were) corrupt and they didn't send.

SMP is meant for workstations (quads +) but it works fine on dual cores. It nets your more PPD. Other than that, it's nothing different. (Besides needing a dual core, 64-bit CPU, and a 64-bit Linux if you fold on Linux.)
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Righty oh.

I've got another 7 hours left on a work unit now, so I'll give the SMP a go this evening.

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If you SMP fold, I suggest using VMWare + 64-bit Linux (Ubuntu?) + SMP client. It folds much faster, for me at least. I was told Windows SMP and VMWare + SMP client were now matching in PPD, but it's much faster for me.
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I can run two instances of F@H on x64...vista x64 is not the same way?
post #8 of 10
The most common problem with being able to download and finish WUs, but not upload them, is the wrong setting for USE IE SETTINGS. It should be the default answer: NO

See also, F@H WIKI on installing CPU client in Vista, and running 2 CPU console clients, background info on SMP client.

http://fahwiki.net/index.php/How_do_...s_Vista%3F

http://fahwiki.net/index.php/FAH_&_S...onsole_clients

http://fahwiki.net/index.php/SMP_client
post #9 of 10
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Bumpage,

Righty oh, seeing as I've now got four cores and 4GB RAM, I'm looking at setting up SMP properly so that I can have two cores purely for folding and another two for programs and games under Vista x64.

What I want to know is what is the best way to install Linux and SMP to set this kind of system up? I currently have four HDD's, one 320GB drive has my operateing system and games/applications on, another 320GB has my data and gubbinz, and my two 120GB HDD's are pretty much free.

If someone could tell me in laymens terms what programs I'll need to setup SMP Folding, and what order to install them, I'd be grateful. I'm already downloading SuSe for installation onto my first 120GB drive, but would I need a boot loader program or will SMP do all that for me?
post #10 of 10
There's no particular magic to running the SMP client. In fact for Linux, he new client will run both standard and SMP WUs with no changes other than adding the -smp flag to it.
If you're going to dual boot with Linux, you'll just need the Linux distro and the folding program. You'll run it from a terminal console, which is built in to the OS.

Since you're only wanting to dedicate two cores, you may want to use Linux through VMWare. That will effectively keep two of your cores busy, leaving the other two to whatever uses you choose (the freebie VMWare software is limited to two cores, so you won't have to do anything special in that regards). If you want to go that route, follow through the guide we have in this forum, which will take you step by step through the installation process. The advantage there is that you can fold 24/7 while staying within Windows. With 4 GB of RAM, you could even game while folding full out unless you have a game that can effectively utilize all four cores. In that case, just pause VMWare (very convenient alternative to shutting down), game, and restart the VMWare session.
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