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As new core versions come out for Linux and then natively to Windows, this is meant to compliment SniperXX's bigadv guide so someone who usually folds A3s in Windows can get a trimmed down version of how to set up their VM. It's step-by-step with pictures to keep things stupid simple.


Step 1: Download VMware Player

VMware Player v3.0.0

Ensure that you're set to download v3.0.0 and hit "Download This Version". Later versions do not support more than 4 threads.


Once downloaded, run it and Next through the installation. Once complete, you will be prompted to restart. Restart.



Step 2: Download and extract the image

Linux FAH Image v1.2.7

Extract the folder within. I personally run it from my User folder, but you can use C:\\ if you so choose. Go ahead and create a shortcut to "Linux64_FAH.vmx" on your desktop for later.




Step 3: Configuring VMware for first run

There should now be an icon for the player on your desktop. Double-click it.


Click "Open a Virtual Machine"


Navigate to wherever you extracted the image and open "Linux64_FAH.vmx".


Click "Edit virtual machine settings"


Reduce the memory allocation to 1000MB since we are not folding bigadv.


Go down to "Network Adapter", ensure the VM's network connection is bridged, and click "OK".



Step 4: Running the VM and configuring the folding client

Click "Play virtual machine"


Allow the VM to boot, and this is what you should end up with.


You have two options from here. You can either start the folding client manually by typing a command string, or you can open up the web configuration in a browser and make the client start automatically when the VM is run.

(a) If you choose to start manually, this is the string you should use. You of course need to edit the smp value depending on your processor and setup.

Code:
./fah6 -advmethods -smp 8 -verbosity 9

Now I occasionally get an error message saying that client ID is currently in use, or something along those lines. Just type the command in again, and it'll work.

(b) If you choose to set the client up to start automatically, go to the address listed at the VM startup.


Check the same boxes as below (Nehalem = i7) and Submit. Once the VM reboots, the client should automatically download a WU and begin folding.


But note: The folding log will not be listed in the VM if set to start up automatically. You will need to type the following string if you are not using monitoring software and wish to see it.

Code:
tail -f FAHlog.txt

Capitalization matters. You need to type FAHlog.txt and not fahlog.txt, or it will throw you an error message.


If you use monitoring software, look for the "Log Folder" line at startup for setup.


When you need to pause the VM folding, go to "VM -> Power -> Suspend and Exit" in the top menu.

Everything is good to go now. You can just double-click the shortcut you made earlier in the guide to resume folding.


You can setup this backup script if you wish. It's meant for bigadv, but I'd imagine it works for A3s just the same.

foxtrotniner's Backup Script

That's it!

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Looks great, I'll give this a shot tonight and let you know how it works!
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Excellent Guid+ Rep!
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Hey guys, maybe ya'll can help me... i'm trying to use your guide to fold on the linux virtual machine from a windows 7 64bit system. after i install the vmware player and setup the linux client, i run the client, but i can get no internet connection. i followed the steps outlined for setting up the network, and still nothing. i get an error right after the INIT: entering runlevel: 3 and it reads:

INIT: entering runlevel: 3
err, eth0: timed out
warn, eth0: using IPV4LL address 169.254.99.249

i tried running the vlient anyways, but it can't connect to stanford to download the cores. any ideas?
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The image won't work out of the box anymore, from what it looks like. It may need to be updated.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ShtKck View Post

The image won't work out of the box anymore, from what it looks like. It may need to be updated.

There's another version here
http://www.linuxforge.net/docs/crunching/fah-vmware.php
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This worked out great for me. The only thing I would recommend changing is to add some pictures on setting up the HFM client. Everything else is very well laid out and explained but I pretty much ended up having to figure that out on my own. That would make it a truly complete guide. +rep
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This guide is locked. The images are missing. OP PMd to fix it.


Edited by BWG - 9/18/12 at 10:26am
 
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