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post #1 of 40
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I use FAH Tracker V2 (aka GPU Tracker) to set up folding on the computers at my work. (Note: I own my business... if you don't own yours, ask first) I find it super easy and quick to set up. I do the same settings on all the computers I set up.

I create a folder c:\f@h (you will notice in some of the screen shots, I call it fah... I made that directory to do the screen shots for this tutorial)

All screenshots are from my "F1" system, which is running Vista Home Basic. I use it because I had the CD and this computer sits in a cabinet, so I don't ever use it. Otherwise, I'd hate Vista. Folding has at least made the OS useful to me. wink.gif

I recommend having all of the cards installed on your motherboard and working. Get windows until it boots without needing to find drivers or restarting. In my case, I used the CDs from the card to install them. Then once finished, I installed the latest nVidia driver for my OS as downloaded from nvidia.com

THEN start on setting up FAH GPU Tracker V2.exe below... If you start swapping cards around AFTER FAH GPU Tracker V2.exe has been set up, you might need to delete the f@h folder and restart this process. I have needed to do this exactly twice.
01_make_fah_dir.png
Download FAH Tracker: go to http://fahtracker.com/ and click on Download

After it is downloaded, click on the Zip file then click on the folder in the zip file.

Drag the FAH GPU Tracker V2.exe to your c:\f@h folder

Sorry about the corny Arrow... I didn't bother to get a mouse pointer looking brush for Gimp and the OMG arrow gave me chuckles.
02_copy_fah_tracker_v2.png
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Click on the FAH GPU Tracker V2.exe executable and run the program.

The first thing it does is ask if you want to down load FAH the clients. Specifically, it will download the FAH, GUP2 and GPU3 console clients from Standford.
03_download_clients.png
Self evident pic.

But I always get big smile on this step.
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After downloading the clients, FAH GPU Tracker V2.exe creates all the client subfolders and builds out all the files it needs to run. Note that it also includes the cuda.dll files to run GPU2 and GPU3.

FAH GPU Tracker V2.exe gets BIG +1 from me for this. Stanford's GPU3 client can't be bothered to tell you that you've got to go and find some DLLs for it to work. They are a total non-issue in FAH Tracker.
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Run the menu Setup -> Configure
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Most of the meat of what FAH Tracker does is in this and the next tabs of the configuration dialog.

In here, I use these settings:
- Enable CPU folding
- Add -advmethods
- Add -verbosty 9
- Save FAGlog.txt

Note the "Disable hiding clients" option. If checked, when FAH GPU Tracker V2.exe starts and launches the clients, all of the command windows with the clients pop up and clutter your screen.

Click Enable GPU folding
Click Autodetect GPUs
07_configuration.png


It finds the GPUs for you and also keeps track of where they are located.

They are listed in order of GPU0, GPU1 from top to bottom. FAH Tracker keeps track of them so you don't really have to care which GPU is which GPUx or which PCIe slot they're in. On my 790FX-GD70, GPU0 is the bottom / farthest from CPU. GPU3 is the one closest to the CPU.

As I said above in the 1st step: If you start swapping cards around after FAH GPU Tracker V2.exe has been set up, you might need to delete the f@h folder and restart this process. I have needed to do this exactly twice. I have observed that if you swap cards in or out and they are of the SAME client type (GPU2 for GPU2 or GPU3/fermi for GPU3) you can do this without needing to delete folders and things.

Also, an observation, if you populate 3 of your 4 PCIe slots, those cards are GPU0, GPU1, and GPU2. This means FAH GPU Tracker V2.exe does not keep accounting of the actual PCIe slots. It and/or you might become confused if running FAH GPU Tracker V2.exe before you are done messing about with the cards in your folding system.
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After detecting the GPUs, I set the Add -advmethods flag.

I expanded the Force GPU option drop down so that you could see which GPU client types FAH GPU Tracker V2.exe automatically handles.
09_gpus.png




Now open up the Tracker Settings tab.

Select All Clients in the Auto-load client stats drop down.

At this moment, please see the "Oneunit Mode" option area in the bottom left. This is for when you are going to do the swap-a-roni with your video cards and it works without having to stop the client. Tick the box on one or all and Apply and Close. Then when that WU is done, the GPU goes idle.

What I have done is select one unit for a GPU that's going to change ... then after it stops, I stop all clients. Then I'll copy c:\f@h to c:\f@h_bu. Then after the video card has been swapped, I make a new c:\f@h folder and run FAH GPU Tracker V2.exe and repeat this install process again. THEN I copy the contents of the c:\f@h_bu sub-folders with incomplete work to c:\f@h so those WUs can continue. NOTE: you must not screw up the GPU# to PCIe slot relationship for this to work. (Yes, I learned this the hard way)
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post #6 of 40
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To continue on with setup...

I choose Do not check for updates because I have had it "close due to a problem" in windows. So I pay attention when new versions are rolled out and manually install them.

Type in your username and Team. You can select OCN from the drop down, too.

Then tick all of your clients in the Client Autostart option area. If you are having problems getting clients to run ... or know that you're needing to change settings after a reboot, it is handy to un-tick all of these and then reset them once your system is stable.
12_ts_autostart.png


Create a desktop shortcut from the c:\f@h menu by right-clicking then send to Desktop.
13_shortcut.png


Once on the desktop, edit the shortcut by right clicking on it and selecting Properties.

Click in the Target and add the command line option -gpupasskey if you want your GPU clients to have a passkey associated with them. This was added with Version 3.39

Now, if you want FAH Tracker to run upon startup, click and drag it to the start menu -> All Programs -> Startup. Press CTRL before letting go of the mouse and the shorcut will be copied there (rather than moved to the start menu from the desktop)

Note about V3.39: 3 releases have been rolled out for FAH Tracker in the last month. The developer is quite responsive to suggestions. Watch this thread for updates or to offer feedback:
http://www.overclock.net/overclock-net-folding-home-team/739408-fah-gpu-tracker-v2.html
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That's it for FAH Tracker!! ... you are folding!

This is my F1 system: AMD 1055T x6 with slight overclock and 2x Zotac 9800GT video cards.
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Now, we'll want to monitor our folding progress... so we share the main c:\f@h folder. Right click on it in the file explorer and select sharing or properties -> sharing.

Click Share

In the pop-up dialog, select Everyone, click Add, then Save.

That's not enough for Vista or Win 7 ... see next steps.
14a_everyone.png
Run Start -> Control Panel

Click on Network and Internet
18_sharing_center.png

Scroll Down and select Turn off password protected sharing.

Obviously, this is less secure ... if you are able to, configure your windows network so that the monitoring machine automatically connects to this shared folder blah blah. I did it the easy way.
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Make sure to get permission to fold at work/school. whistle.gif

Edit - Sorry I thought you were done, Z can delete this post.
Edited by LiLChris - 12/18/10 at 9:57pm
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HFM.net seems to be the preferred program for monitoring your folding clients' progress. If you only have one computer folding, then FAH Tracker is monitoring enough.

I've got 5 or 6 computers at my work folding. Several are just desktop computers that are just sitting there on someone's desk ON all the time. I bought a sub $100 video card, installed FAH Tracker and run GPU0 only.

On each of these computers, my employees can do their normal work while GPU0 is folding. I do connect their monitor to the GPU installed. A side benefit is that I could also upgrade their monitors to my new favorite standard, HDMI. This (usually) gives them more desktop 1920x1080 and then I can get their speakers off their desk, simplifying their workspace.

One of my people does occasional video editing, so they will pause their client while needing to churn video.

Another very useful tool for workplaces is the free VNC Viewer/Server. You might have it anyway but this makes it handy to un-pause an employee's computer when they go home. Or to remotely manage your F1 system from another office so that you can restart it or whatever. Ubuntu desktop has a built in VNC viewer under the Accessories menu.
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Here is an example of adding a client that is running on the same computer as HFM.net is.

This is on my F1 folding box. You repeat this for each subfolder of c:\f@h that has an active client. So for F1, we end up adding 3 clients pointing to 3 directories:
c:\f@h\SMP
c:\f@h\GPU0
c:\f@h\GPU1

I do NOT change unitinfo.txt or queue.dat.

Client processor MHz is the CPU's speed. I have read and people say to use the shader clock for GPU processor MHz.
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Adding a network "Windows Share" folder within HFM.net.

Same as above... add a cleint for each active directory.

F3 is my multi-GPU dedicated folding computer... it has these directories:
\\F3\f@h\GPU0\
\\F3\f@h\GPU1\
\\F3\f@h\GPU2\
\\F3\f@h\GPU3\
\\F3\f@h\SMP\

The test connectoin button is real handy for when you are trouble shooting sharing options on the target computer. VNC Viewer / Server is real handy adjusting that target computer's windows settings...
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