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*DISCLAIMER:  v6 is rather outdated, and v7 should be considered instead*

 

This guide will cover how to install the SMP client, and how to configure it to receive SMP2 or -bigadv WUs (for CPUs with 8 or more cores/threads). It will also cover how to set up HFM.NET to monitor the client, as well as how to use TrayIt! to minimise the SMP client to the system tray.

This version of the SMP client folds WUs which have bonus points. To receive these bonus points, you must first fold 10 eligible WUs. After these 10 are completed, you will start getting a bonus from each WU completed before the Preferred Deadline. The also bonus depends on how fast you finish it, so the faster it's compelted, the bigger the points boost you will get.
Again, you will need to submit 10 SMP WUs before you begin getting bonus points.

SMP Guide:

Files Needed:

1) Windows SMP Client. The 7th client in the list, under "SMP2 client console version".
(Direct Link)

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

3) TrayIt!. Optional. Used to minimise the console to the system tray.
(Direct Link)

Prerequisites:

1) Make sure the account is an Administrator.

2) Request a folding passkey from Stanford from here. This is necessary for WU bonuses:



Installation:

1) Go to C> Users> [Your User]. Create a new folder called "Folding".

2) Move the [email protected] file you downloaded into this new folder.

3) Make a shortcut of the .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 -smp, as below:

i7 users, if you wish to Fold -bigadv WUs, add the -bigadv flag after -smp (with a space). It should look like this:
[email protected]" -smp -bigadv

However, if this is your first time Folding, only Fold normal SMP WUs for the first 10 WUs. Then, you will qualify for bonuses, and then add the -bigadv flag.




Configuration:



4) Run the shortcut (not the application itself). You'll now be asked to enter some information. Press "Enter" unless the answers are in bold.

  • User name [Anonymous]? [Your Folding Name]
  • Team Number [0]? 37726
  • Passkey []? [Your Passkey]
  • Ask before fetching/sending work <no/yes> [no]?
  • Use proxy <yes/no> [no]?
  • Acceptable size of work assignment and work result packets <bigger units may have large memory demands> -- 'small' is <5MB, 'normal' is <10MB, and 'big' is >10MB <small/normal/big> [normal]? big
  • Change advanced options <yes/no> [no]? yes
  • Core Priority <idle/low> [idle]?
  • CPU usage requested <5-100> [100]?
  • Disable highly optimized assembly code <no/yes> [no]?
  • Pause if better power is being used <useful for laptops> <no/yes> [no]?
  • Interval, in minutes, between checkpoints <3-30> [15]? (If you're certain your OC is stable for Folding, you can change this to 30. Otherwise, leave at 15.)
  • Memory, in MB, to indicate <xxxx available> [xxxx]?
  • Set -advmethods flag always, requesting new advanced scientific cores and/or work units if available <no/yes> [no]? yes (Leave as no if planning to Fold -bigadv WUs.)
  • Ignore any deadline information <mainly useful if system clock frequently has errors> <no/yes> [no]?
  • Machine ID <1-16> [1]?
  • Launch automatically, install as a service in this directory <yes/no> [no]?
  • *The following options require you to restart the client before they take effect
  • Disable CPU affinity lock <no/yes> [no]?
  • Additional client parameters []?
  • IP address to bind core to <for viewer> []?

A picture in case you need a reference (note the "-smp" argument):



5) You're now ready to fold! You should start getting FahCore_a3 WUs now. Once you've completed 10 of these WUs, you'll start getting bonus points.

6) If you wish to change your settings at a later date (change username, add passkey, etc), simply add the -configonly flag in place of the -smp flag. When you run the client it will go through the set up again, then close. Now put the -smp flag back in and you're sorted.

NOTE: If you are also folding on an ATI GPU, make sure to check this guide too.

Take a look below on how to configure HFM.NET and TrayIt!.


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HFM.NET Guide:

1) Install HFM.NET.

2) Here's what you're first presented with:

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Now click on Clients> Add Legacy Client (v6). Fill in the following information.

 

Instance Name: [Your choice]

Log Folder: C:\Users\[Your User]\Folding\

*Leave the rest of the info as default

 

It should look like this:

12.png

 

5) Next, you need to save a config file. Go to File> Save Configuration As. I save it as "config.hfmx" in the HFM installation Folder.

 

6) Go to Edit> Preferences> Startup & External. Check the "Load Configuration File" box, and browse to the file you just saved:

10.png

 

7) Finally, head to Edit> Preferences> Web Settings. By default, this is set to the info of the developer of HFM. To set it to your own info, search for your username on EOC (link here). The number at the end of the URL is your ID. Your user ID is your Folding name, and the team number is 37726.

 

8) And you're done. Feel free to rightclick on some of the columns to make it look a bit more compact. Here's the info I keep (you can remove decimal points in Edit> Preferences> Options):

13.png

 

 

If you wish, you can also export your stats to a website through DropBox, using this guide:

https://www.overclock.net/t/865541/guide-making-a-website-with-dropbox-hfm-dyndns/0_100


Check below for TrayIt! information.


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TrayIt! Guide:

1) Extract the files from the zip file to a folder of your choice (C> Program Files> TrayIt! works quite nicely ).

2) Run the TrayIt!.exe, ignore the Windows warning, and press OK on the Welcome screen. Make sure the SMP client is running.

3) Rightclick the SMP client and choose "Place in System Tray":



4) To save this, go to Edit> Options. Check the "Always start minimized" and "Load TrayIt! at Startup" boxes:



Now minimise TrayIt! and you'll never need to see it again. Simply double click the protein icon in the system tray to open the SMP client again.

If you wish for the SMP client and TrayIt! to start up minimised, follow these instructions. Thank you lordikon:

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First, make sure you have TrayIt! installed. And I also made sure to run [email protected] once so that I could setup TrayIt! to work with [email protected] After TrayIt! is setup, do this:

1.) In the directory that the SMP client.exe is in, create a text file in Notepad.
2.) Put this in the file (for Vista/Win7 users), or the equivelent for you installation:
Code:
START /min C:\\Users\\[Your User]\\Folding\\[email protected] -smp 4
3.) In 'Save As...' in Notepad, change file types to "All Files".
4.) Name your file whatever you'd like, but make sure to put .bat at the end of it (you're wanting a batch file, not a .txt file).
5.) Now close your batch file, right click on it in Windows and click 'Copy'
6.) Now, go find the windows startup directory and open it, it is located here; AppData is a hidden folder:
Code:
C:\\Users\\[Your User]\\AppData\\Roaming\\Microsoft\\Windows\\Start Menu\\Programs\\Startup
7.) Now inside of that folder, right click and choose 'Paste as shortcut'.

Now when Windows starts up, it will run the shortcut to your batch file, and the batch file will startup your program minimized, which will cause TrayIt! to place it in the tray.

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Right, it's ready to go.

As always, if I've made any mistakes, you don't understand something, or you can think of some improvements let me know and I'll fix it as soon as possible.

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make sure use account control is turned off. i couldnt get it to work with it on.



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good guide - just to be clear:

Core Priority <idle/low> [idle]? yes

Do you mean to keep it at idle?



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Great guide mate! Free bump.
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make sure use account control is turned off. i couldnt get it to work with it on.
I'll add that in, thanks.

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good guide - just to be clear:

Core Priority <idle/low> [idle]? yes

Do you mean to keep it at idle?
Yeah, the SMP client is meant to use the idle cycles. Now, you can changethe priority of the FahCore in Task Manager and it speeds up the WU, but it does impact on computer performance. I normally bump the FahCore_a3.exe up to "Above Normal" or "High" in Task Manager and it cuts a few hours off the time.

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might want to add something about setpriority.



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I dunno... I will add the environmental variables, but I really don't think there's much need for SetPriority anymore. Unless you still see a PPD drop without it? (In which case the 5xxx series runs fine with the variables and the 4xxx series needs SetPriority)

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