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This guide will cover how to install the GPU client for nVidia GPUs (AMD users, please check here), as well as using HFM to monitor the PPD.


Users with AMD 5 series or newer GPUs must use this guide instead:
http://www.overclock.net/t/977079/windows-7-v7-gpu-folding-guide

 

GPU Guide:

Files needed:

1) Windows GPU Client. The first client in the list, under "System tray client".
(Direct Link)
(Direct Link - console)


2) HFM.NET. Under "Featured Downloads".
(Direct Link)

Installation:

1) Install the GPU client:



 

2) Move the shortcut in the Start Menu (in Folding@home-gpu) into the Startup folder (if using an 5xxx series ATI card, check below). This way it starts folding straight away.




3) Start the client, and you'll now need to edit your information.

  • User name: [Your Folding Name]
  • Team number: 37726
  • Passkey: Leave blank.

 

 



NOTE: You don't have to change any of the other settings in the other tabs.
 


4) Your client should now be working fine. Check the system tray icon to make sure it's running.



 

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ATi Users:

1) If you want to fold on a 5xxx series GPU, you will need to add a flag. To do this, go to the install location of the GPU client (in C> Program Files (x86)> Folding@home> Folding@home-gpu).

Make a shortcut of the Folding@home.exe file into the "Startup" Folder in the Start Menu. Rightclick the shortcut and choose Properties. At the end of the "Target" field, add a space and "-forcegpu ati_r700", as below:
ATi 6xxx series users should use "-forcegpu ati_r800" instead



2) Run this .reg file to change the environmental variables, to lower the CPU usage of the GPU2 client.

NOTE: To fold on multiple GPUs, please follow this guide.

 


Pausing the client:

The GPU2 client has the ability to pause folding (during those times when you have to game). To do this, rightclick the client, and choose pause work. The icon shoud change like this:



Don't forget to start it up again when you're finished!

(You could also close the client and start it up again if you wish. The client will save the WU and continue when it starts.)


Warning:
Do not use the client viewer. It severly impacts the performance of your computer, in both folding and other applications. It may also cause your client to crash and lose its WU.
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HFM.NET Guide:

1) Install HFM.NET.

2) Go to Client> Add client:




Fill in the following information:

• Instance Name: [Your choice]
• Client Processor Mhz: [Shader clocks of the GPU] This is not needed for the client. It only gives values for the PPD/Mhz column in HFM
• Log Folder: C:\\Users\\[Your User]\\AppData\\Roaming\\Folding@home-gpu\\


It should look similar to this:



3) To save the client information, you'll need to save a configuration file.
Click File> Save Configuration:



Save it in the install location (just to keep it out of the way). Now you need to configure HFM.NET to load that file each time it starts.

4) Go to Edit> Preferences> Startup tab> Check "Load Configuration File" and select the config file you just saved ("Startup" options are optional):



And you're done!
Edited by zodac - 4/10/10 at 5:53am
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Nice guide. Once I get a valid windows 7 iso, I will be following this.
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Nice guide. Once I get a valid windows 7 iso, I will be following this.
I'd like to make a couple of guides for the other OSs (not sure how I'd do the Mac though). Maybe in the next couple of weeks.

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Very good Zodac
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Guide #2: complete.
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I'd like to make a couple of guides for the other OSs (not sure how I'd do the Mac though). Maybe in the next couple of weeks.
If need be, I can either do like team viewer or some screen share to take the pictures you need and you can edit them into a guide.
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I might take you up on that. I'll go over the client instructions and look into making a guide tomorrow.
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I might take you up on that. I'll go over the client instructions and look into making a guide tomorrow.

Aight works for me. Shot me a PM or something when your ready to do that.
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