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Originally Posted by Greg121986 View Post
I'm building a Q6600 PC for my aunt and I was thinking about trying to get her to run F@H 24/7 or most of the time because she hardly ever uses her computer. But, she has dial up internet. So is it possible to run F@H without being connected to the internet all the time? Would she have to connect once a day or week to get new WUs and upload the data?
Hi Greg,

SMP does need to "feel" connected to the internet. JadeMiner suggested the loopback cycle. I have no experience there, so if that works then let your Aunt's Quad tear up those SMP's.

Two things to remember about SMP's and Quads. First - The WU's will complete once a day. So she'll have to connect every day. I don't know what if any thing needs to be completed each time this happens when the loopback cycle technique is used. Ask JadeMinor... Second - the SMP's are time dated and have a deadline of 72-80 hours or so. So if your Aunt doesn't not connect for a few days (like say 4 days or more), all work will be lost. Some of my family members don't get unto the internet but once a week... Imagine that!!!

If you go with the standard, older style WU's then no extra special work will be needed. The Quad won't fold it any faster, but if she doesn't get online for a few days, then no worries. The program will save it until she does.

I've tried the dial up on my brother's rig for awhile, but lost hours of possible work over a month's period of time, due to the WU completing in the early morning and then waiting for my brother to log unto the internet so it could upload the completed WU, and then download a new WU. That might be say 8 to 10 hours or so... again depending on when the WU completes. Within my team competition and my own points per day competition, I found that unacceptable. It might not make any difference to you or your Aunt. So go for it, and any completed WU is a plus in my book!

Just a quick heads up.... Take care and Fold On! :-)
Edited by 455buick - 5/14/08 at 2:23am
post #13 of 26
Also the older MPI had major stability issues with wireless and internet disconnects.
The new one is alot better.

I was losing WUs 8 hours through when the internet would drop out even for a few seconds.
post #14 of 26
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Also the older MPI had major stability issues with wireless and internet disconnects.
The new one is alot better.

I was losing WUs 8 hours through when the internet would drop out even for a few seconds.
Hi cognoscenti,

You are absolutely right! And the SMP will halt if it does not "feel" connected to the internet. I've lost time and WU's when our local cable company has outages or we have power bumps that knock the modem down...

Take care, :-)
post #15 of 26
For SMP folding I think you do need to have an IC..I could be wrong.
post #16 of 26
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For SMP folding I think you do need to have an IC..I could be wrong.
Hi Enterprise,

Do you know anything about the "loopback" cycle that was mentioned by JadeMinor??

BTW - It's good to be seeing you. Long time between our communications...

Take care, :-)
post #17 of 26
Been awhile sence i used dailup but if i remmber right you could get apps to dailup when needed then disconnect when the internet is no longer needed. I thk might even be part of windows when it needs internet would auto dailup and when it was idle for so many mins to hrs would disconnect.
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Hi Enterprise,

Do you know anything about the "loopback" cycle that was mentioned by JadeMinor??

BTW - It's good to be seeing you. Long time between our communications...

Take care, :-)
Yes I have heard of the loopback feature and from what I understand is that it does not need actual outbound access to the internet. To be honest I have not fully looked into it. I no longer fold lol. Oh noes.
post #19 of 26
I have a PC running without a connection atm (my wirless is down). So I just connect it when a WU in done and it doens't seem to have any troube in-between.
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I have a PC running without a connection atm (my wirless is down). So I just connect it when a WU in done and it doens't seem to have any troube in-between.
That makes sense because the loopback adapter is installed by default in Vista. (I believe) It's only Windows XP users using WinSMP that need to install it. Here's a good article on that. It's saved my WU's many times. http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1286217
    
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