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I just got a hold of a brand new Mac Pro base model. I set up folding on it, which was plenty straight forward.

I started with -bigadv, and yes I do have a passkey, the TPF is about 1 hour; that meaning I will not be eligible for bonuses. Is there any way to optimize the OS X so it takes less resources?

Btw, this is my father's machine, so he will run the computer 24/7.

Programs already installed:
smcFanControl
Folding@home SMP
Fahmon
post #2 of 26
Hi there, welcome to OCN.

Optimising OSX would be the same as any other OS really; cut down on any non-essential programs and services, and leave as much of the CPU free for the SMP client as possible.
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Well, I did close everything I could, and it still sucks up resources, like the System based programs suck 5% of it. Knowing that the switching of tasks, really slows down the folding process, I still wonder how mac os x people are folding on Bigadv...
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Originally Posted by ThatsABigOne View Post
Well, I did close everything I could, and it still sucks up resources, like the System based programs suck 5% of it. Knowing that the switching of tasks, really slows down the folding process, I still wonder how mac os x people are folding on Bigadv...
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Which CPU is it? If quad with hyperthreading, then you'll need another ~1GHz. If it has more than 4 physical cores, then you might have a shot.

Can Macs be overclocked?
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Have you completed 10 SMP work units, in order to be eligible for bonus points? If not-then don't do bigadv yet, do straight SMP. Once you get bonus points then switch to bigadv. Depending on which bigadv WU you're crunching it is quite possible that ~1hr TPF is normal. Even with 1hr TPF, you can still qualify for bonuses depending on the WU.
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post #7 of 26
actually nvm, at 1 hr tpf on a p6900 u get no bonus points, lol

you need a tpf of ~57:30 or lower to finish within 4 days, i.e. get bonus points on a p6900
Edited by koven - 2/20/11 at 11:40am
post #8 of 26
Thread Starter 
It is a Xeon W5830 or something like that, a substitute of Core i7 930.

I tried searching for overclock for a mac, could not find anything.

I did complete 10 or more SMPs, because I also fold on 2 other machines that are crunching Bigadv's.
post #9 of 26
JedixJarf has an iMac doing bigadv... might want to ask him

http://miniserver.me:8080/summary.html
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Where could I find him?
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