Originally Posted by shajbot
Darn, what's wrong buick? Are you having hardware failures and unable to keep up the mending? Anything we can help? Sorry to hear that buick. You're like the core of our team, if you're gone, this team would seriously be dismissed soon or sooner.
Thanks for the kinds words... You guys are like my second family and I don't want to let you down, so.. When LBN started this team I wanted to contribute to the best of my ability. I do not want to be an anchor if the team can do better with another member. So I'll leave that decision to you guys. You have been, and continue to be the best team players, bar none!!
Here's the deal. The short version first.
Over the past week from Christmas to New Years I've lost or had problems with 7 of my 9 rigs. Only two have been stable. The FX-55 on a new Gigabyte M/B and the P4 2.53 OC'd to 2.8 on a new Asrock M/B.
All of the rest have had failures or problems with hardware. None are reliable enough for 24/7 folding for Folders Inc in the team competition. I do not want to let the team down, so I'll dismiss myself...
If the team wants to wait a month or so while I try and fix things and get everything back to reliable 24/7 operation, that will be fine. However, I have everything confirgured to me - 455buick while I work out the problems. Taeric and the others won't stand for that long, I would imagine.
As for the long story. Of the 10 rigs I have at my disposal, 5 are used by family members, myself included, and all of them are long in tooth. Anywhere from 3 to 6 years old. The XP1600 (brothers) has delveloped media driver issues. I don't know what it is. Nothing has changed on the rig. I replaced the video card with a PCI unit to find the problems but it keeps crashing.
The XP1800 of my middle daughter, continues to re-boot and have problems when she plays games or works on her computer. So for the time being folding is off that rig. My youngest daughter has the P4 2.6 and it also has been blue screening as of late. Page fault errors... I changed the DDR out but again it re-boots randomly. My oldest daughter had the P4 2.8 OC'd to 3.0+. It has just devleoped a video card problem, I think. The old 9700Pro card is giving up. The screen will go un-viewable and re-boots are the story of the day. This can happen two or three time in one day. Very frustrating!
My computer has been acting real flaky since I downloaded iTunes on it. What a mess! Again random freezes, reboots, etc. It hasn't run more than 48 hours without a problem in over a month now. So that's 5 of the rigs. All of them except the P4 2.8 folded for Team_Folders.
You know aboout the FX and P4 2.53. The other rigs are the OC'd mobile P4 and 2 gpu rigs. First the mobile P4 3.06. It was overclocked to 250 on the fsb for about a month, great stuff! It then started re-booting on a regular basis in November so I pulled the fsb back to 240. Now it's going through those issues again. I may have to pull it back some more, but with a 12 multiplier running it at 200 fsb only nets a 2.4Ghz cpu. It's a used M/B so I don't have high hopes for it, Not too good!
And now the most frustrating issue of them all. First the second gpu rig has never, and I mean never run. It continues to be a real sore spot with me. Although I set it up like the first gpu rig, it just won't run. So it sits idle. About $800.00 worth of idle. The first gpu rig quit on New Years Eve. It won't re-start on gpu folding. It runs Ok, but won't gpu fold. I got it folding a p2124 WU right now, but that's not what it's supposed to be doing.
So I've got a lot of work ahead of me over the next month or so. I was going to buy a Conroe rig for myself, but bought the second gpu rig instead to fold. So no new rig for me now. I've got to get those two gpu rigs going!! I just don't know when that will happen. I've been working with the Stanford folks and I think we've got it down to the ATI drivers. I'm still not real sure though.
So there you have it. 10 rigs and only 2 ready to fold 24/7... I think the team can do better. But like I said, if you guys want to wait that will be fine with me as well... Maybe in February we can make a run at them, I don't really know. I do know if I combined the FX-55 with the 2 - X1950XTX cards I'd have one hell of a gaming rig!! But that's not what I want. I want to fold and help this team, Folders Inc and Team 37726 do well in the folding arena. That's all.... I hope you guys will understand. Just let me know what you want to do and I'll agree to it. No problems! Really....
BTW - I think peroxide's in the same boat...
Take care and I'll keep in touch, :-)