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post #21 of 37
Bump for awareness. I'm going to try this out too.
post #22 of 37
Yeah, if I can get some spare boxes, I'm getting a stab at it. I thought Linux SMP was friggin fast, can't wait to see stripped down Linux SMP.
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Bump for awareness. I'm going to try this out too.
Sounds good csm11 and max302. In current testing the USB stick is the best route. Because it saves the info to the stick in case of power failure or shutting down the rig.
The 2nd option if the bios doesn't like to boot from the stick; is to generate an ISO to burn on a CD.
http://reilly.homeip.net/folding/
Then set the bios boot options to boot the CD first. And to boot the USB-HDD(or whatever the bios calls it) second.
The CD will load and start the linux. Then the folding info will be sent to the USB stick.
Since the CD/USB stick option seems to always work. It's the preferred option. But I have managed the USB Stick only option on a few computers that supported it in the bios. Good luck! PM me if you guys have any problems.
    
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Can this method be run without a video card on a motherboard without onboard graphics? I'm trying to think of the bare amount of parts needed to have a dedicated machine.
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Can this method be run without a video card on a motherboard without onboard graphics? I'm trying to think of the bare amount of parts needed to have a dedicated machine.
Yes. But most people use the graphics card for the initial setup. Then pull it after they see it's working. Once it goes through all the linux hardware detections and downloads the linux SMP client from Stanford it will finish "setting up instance 1". That means it's running and working. Look up a few lines from there, and it will show the IP address it detected. Just pop that IP address into a browser on the same network and it will show you all the stats. You can even remote reboot. Kill all cores. And check folding stats from another computer. In fact that's the only way to watch the progress.
After it says "setting up instance 1" you might see a junk message about not being able to mount the hard drive. "mount /hda failed". That's just because notfred never took out the code to detect a hard drive. It's still running perfectly.
Once you see it's running. Just pull the graphics card and fire up another

EDIT: I almost forgot. If you are running a quad and want to set up 2 instances. In the CD generator http://reilly.homeip.net/folding/cd.html make sure to check the box in SMP instance per: 2 CPU's instead of 4 CPUS. That will set up 2 instances on the quad.
Edited by JadeMiner - 6/6/08 at 2:49pm
    
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I am trying to get this to work with a few parts I have laying around (X2 3600+ Windsor, an ESC MoBo with onboard video and a gig of RAM) and I am not sure what I am doing wrong.
I DL the 2 files from the linked site (the .zip and the syslinux for windows), extracted the files onto a 1 gig FAT formated USB drive edited the file to have my info, moved the syslinux file to the drive, and then ran syslinux on the drive from the command line. Nothing seemed to happen (and I have show hidden files enabled). The command line said something (don't remeber what exactly, it was late last night), but it seemed like it was successful, and I went to boot with the thumb drive. All it said was "No OS found". I had my BIOS set to boot from USB 1st, and the USB drive showed up as the Master drive (no CD, HDD or floppy drives are attached).
The USB drive only has like 20mb? on it. Is that all it is supposed to be?
Am I supposed to DL something else?
I am at work right now so I can't check anything till tonight.
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post #27 of 37
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It should only take up about 16mb

Extract the files straight onto the usb stick so they arent in a folder or anything.

Then on your computer open a command prompt run "syslinux <device>" where <device> is the device or drive letter of the USB stick, e.g. "syslinux D:" for Windows
Edited by cognoscenti - 7/16/08 at 5:45am
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I might try this on an older machine...looks interesting.
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It should only take up about 16mb

Extract the files straight onto the usb stick so they arent in a folder or anything.

Then on your computer open a command prompt run "syslinux <device>" where <device> is the device or drive letter of the USB stick, e.g. "syslinux D:" for Windows
Thats what I did .

I will try again.
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post #30 of 37
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Thats what I did .

I will try again.
Hey blupupher, I had to use the generator in order to get it working on my boards. The generator method is alot easier also. You will need a optical drive while you set it up, you can disconnect it after it's running.
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