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@msgclb, congrats on the 6903. The addiction is only going to get worse. Did you get the screen snapshot from the Ubuntu software center? If so the history might still might show what you were using.
 
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@msgclb, congrats on the 6903. The addiction is only going to get worse. Did you get the screen snapshot from the Ubuntu software center? If so the history might still might show what you were using.
I figured out that I was looking for "Take Screenshot" function in the Accessories. It took some poking to find Accessories. I also found out that if you press the PrtSc key it opens the gnome-screenshot program with a captured screenshot.

I have one rig that I could install a Core i7-970 if I had the cash. I'm going to start saving pennies, etc.
 
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SMP 4 vs 8 cores or 8 cores@50%

There's slider on one of the setup screens that allows you to select the amount the CPU is used.
Will I get better results if I run SMP with 4 cores OR run SMP with 8 cores but run the slider down to 50%?

Does this = same thing or is there a performance gain at 8 cores @ 50%?
 
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Will I get better results if I run SMP with 4 cores OR run SMP with 8 cores but run the slider down to 50%?

Does this = same thing or is there a performance gain at 8 cores @ 50%?
I have no idea. The rest of this is conjecture. I'm wondering if the V7 client allows changing the load level on the fly. If that is the case, I'd suggest that you use smp8 and slid the bar down when you're using the system and up when you're not.
 
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I posted a question at F@H site at main link: http://foldingforum.org/viewtopic.php?f=67&t=18302&start=180 , for this question, page 13.

I am hoping to get a valid reply regarding the use of the slider, as it appears not to work properly.

Any other insight to this question would be appreciated. I have limited experience in this area.

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REPLY FROM F@H FORUM:

Re: FAHClient V7.1.24 released (2nd Open-Beta)
by 7im » Sun Jun 26, 2011 7:35 pm

CPU slider works on 1 cpu core only. This tool is a legacy feature from the CPU client. Don't use it.

Use the -smp x setting to adjust processor usage. If -smp 8 is too much, try -smp 6. If still too much, try -smp 4.Please do not mistake my brevity as dispassion or condescension. I recognize the time you spend reading the forum is time you could use elsewhere, so my short responses save you time. Please do not hesitate to ask for clarification if I was too terse.
 
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Here's mine:

Code:
# Linux SMP Console Edition ###################################################
###############################################################################

                       Folding@Home Client Version 6.34

                          http://folding.stanford.edu

###############################################################################
###############################################################################

Launch directory: /home/corwin/SMP
Executable: /home/corwin/SMP/fah6
Arguments: -smp -bigbeta -verbosity 9 

[16:59:37] - Ask before connecting: No
[16:59:37] - User name: msgclb (Team 50711)
[16:59:37] - User ID: 2299B4A04FBED90F
[16:59:37] - Machine ID: 1
[16:59:37] 
[16:59:37] Work directory not found. Creating...
[16:59:37] Could not open work queue, generating new queue...
[16:59:37] - Preparing to get new work unit...
[16:59:37] Cleaning up work directory
[16:59:37] - Autosending finished units... [June 24 16:59:37 UTC]
[16:59:37] + Attempting to get work packet
[16:59:37] Trying to send all finished work units
[16:59:37] Passkey found
[16:59:37] + No unsent completed units remaining.
[16:59:37] - Autosend completed
[16:59:37] - Will indicate memory of 5979 MB
[16:59:37] - Connecting to assignment server
[16:59:37] Connecting to http://assign.stanford.edu:8080/
[16:59:37] Posted data.
[16:59:37] Initial: ED82; - Successful: assigned to (130.237.232.237).
[16:59:37] + News From Folding@Home: Welcome to Folding@Home
[16:59:38] Loaded queue successfully.
[16:59:38] Sent data
[16:59:38] Connecting to http://130.237.232.237:8080/
[16:59:44] Posted data.
[16:59:44] Initial: 0000; - Receiving payload (expected size: 24864566)
[17:00:12] - Downloaded at ~867 kB/s
[17:00:12] - Averaged speed for that direction ~867 kB/s
[17:00:12] + Received work.
[17:00:12] + Closed connections
[17:00:12] 
[17:00:12] + Processing work unit
[17:00:12] Core required: FahCore_a5.exe
[17:00:12] Core not found.
[17:00:12] - Core is not present or corrupted.
[17:00:12] - Attempting to download new core...
[17:00:12] + Downloading new core: FahCore_a5.exe
[17:00:12] Downloading core (/~pande/Linux/AMD64/beta/Core_a5.fah from www.stanford.edu)
[17:00:12] Initial: AFDE; + 10240 bytes downloaded
*** deleted lines ***
[17:00:20] Initial: 1641; + 2776254 bytes downloaded
[17:00:20] Verifying core Core_a5.fah...
[17:00:20] Signature is VALID
[17:00:20] 
[17:00:20] Trying to unzip core FahCore_a5.exe
[17:00:20] Decompressed FahCore_a5.exe (6272504 bytes) successfully
[17:00:20] + Core successfully engaged
[17:00:56] 
[17:00:56] + Processing work unit
[17:00:56] Core required: FahCore_a5.exe
[17:00:56] Core found.
[17:00:56] Working on queue slot 01 [June 24 17:00:56 UTC]
[17:00:56] + Working ...
[17:00:56] - Calling './FahCore_a5.exe -dir work/ -nice 19 -suffix 01 -np 12 -checkpoint 5 -verbose -lifeline 1518 -version 634'

[17:00:56] 
[17:00:56] *------------------------------*
[17:00:56] Folding@Home Gromacs SMP Core
[17:00:56] Version 2.27 (Thu Feb 10 09:46:40 PST 2011)
[17:00:56] 
[17:00:56] Preparing to commence simulation
[17:00:56] - Looking at optimizations...
[17:00:56] - Created dyn
[17:00:56] - Files status OK
[17:00:59] - Expanded 24864054 -> 30796292 (decompressed 123.8 percent)
[17:00:59] Called DecompressByteArray: compressed_data_size=24864054 data_size=30796292, decompressed_data_size=30796292 diff=0
[17:00:59] - Digital signature verified
[17:00:59] 
[17:00:59] Project: 6901 (Run 15, Clone 5, Gen 57)
[17:00:59] 
[17:00:59] Assembly optimizations on if available.
[17:00:59] Entering M.D.
[17:01:06] Mapping NT from 12 to 12 
[17:01:09] Completed 0 out of 250000 steps  (0%)
[17:39:04] Completed 2500 out of 250000 steps  (1%)
[18:15:30] Completed 5000 out of 250000 steps  (2%)
[18:49:47] Completed 7500 out of 250000 steps  (3%)
[19:25:46] Completed 10000 out of 250000 steps  (4%)
[20:01:11] Completed 12500 out of 250000 steps  (5%)
*** deleted lines
[23:33:31] Completed 232500 out of 250000 steps  (93%)
[00:08:26] Completed 235000 out of 250000 steps  (94%)
[00:43:31] Completed 237500 out of 250000 steps  (95%)
[01:18:53] Completed 240000 out of 250000 steps  (96%)
[01:54:48] Completed 242500 out of 250000 steps  (97%)
[02:30:33] Completed 245000 out of 250000 steps  (98%)
[03:04:58] Completed 247500 out of 250000 steps  (99%)
[03:40:30] Completed 250000 out of 250000 steps  (100%)
[03:40:40] DynamicWrapper: Finished Work Unit: sleep=10000
[03:40:50] 
[03:40:50] Finished Work Unit:
[03:40:50] - Reading up to 52713120 from "work/wudata_01.trr": Read 52713120
[03:40:50] trr file hash check passed.
[03:40:50] - Reading up to 46992260 from "work/wudata_01.xtc": Read 46992260
[03:40:51] xtc file hash check passed.
[03:40:51] edr file hash check passed.
[03:40:51] logfile size: 240022
[03:40:51] Leaving Run
[03:40:53] - Writing 100115350 bytes of core data to disk...
[03:40:53]   ... Done.
[04:23:16] - Shutting down core
[04:23:16] 
[04:23:16] Folding@home Core Shutdown: FINISHED_UNIT
[04:27:49] CoreStatus = 64 (100)
[04:27:49] Unit 1 finished with 59 percent of time to deadline remaining.
[04:27:49] Updated performance fraction: 0.587081
[04:27:49] Sending work to server
[04:27:49] Project: 6901 (Run 15, Clone 5, Gen 57)


[04:27:49] + Attempting to send results [June 27 04:27:49 UTC]
[04:27:49] - Reading file work/wuresults_01.dat from core
[04:27:49]   (Read 100115350 bytes from disk)
[04:27:49] Connecting to http://130.237.232.237:8080/
[04:35:48] Posted data.
[04:35:48] Initial: 0000; - Uploaded at ~204 kB/s
[04:35:48] - Averaged speed for that direction ~204 kB/s
[04:35:48] + Results successfully sent
[04:35:48] Thank you for your contribution to Folding@Home.
[04:35:48] + Starting local stats count at 1
[04:54:01] Trying to send all finished work units
[04:54:01] + No unsent completed units remaining.
[04:54:01] - Preparing to get new work unit...
[04:54:01] Cleaning up work directory
[04:54:01] + Attempting to get work packet
[04:54:01] Passkey found
[04:54:01] - Will indicate memory of 5979 MB
[04:54:01] - Connecting to assignment server
[04:54:01] Connecting to http://assign.stanford.edu:8080/
[04:54:02] Posted data.
[04:54:02] Initial: ED82; - Successful: assigned to (130.237.232.237).
[04:54:02] + News From Folding@Home: Welcome to Folding@Home
[04:54:02] Loaded queue successfully.
[04:54:02] Sent data
[04:54:02] Connecting to http://130.237.232.237:8080/
[04:54:15] Posted data.
[04:54:15] Initial: 0000; - Receiving payload (expected size: 57250754)
[04:55:02] - Downloaded at ~1189 kB/s
[04:55:02] - Averaged speed for that direction ~1028 kB/s
[04:55:02] + Received work.
[04:55:03] Trying to send all finished work units
[04:55:03] + No unsent completed units remaining.
[04:55:03] + Closed connections
[04:55:03] 
[04:55:03] + Processing work unit
[04:55:03] Core required: FahCore_a5.exe
[04:55:03] Core found.
[04:55:03] Working on queue slot 02 [June 27 04:55:03 UTC]
[04:55:03] + Working ...
[04:55:03] - Calling './FahCore_a5.exe -dir work/ -nice 19 -suffix 02 -np 12 -checkpoint 5 -verbose -lifeline 1518 -version 634'

[04:55:03] 
[04:55:03] *------------------------------*
[04:55:03] Folding@Home Gromacs SMP Core
[04:55:03] Version 2.27 (Thu Feb 10 09:46:40 PST 2011)
[04:55:03] 
[04:55:03] Preparing to commence simulation
[04:55:03] - Looking at optimizations...
[04:55:03] - Created dyn
[04:55:03] - Files status OK
[04:55:09] - Expanded 57250242 -> 71846524 (decompressed 50.4 percent)
[04:55:09] Called DecompressByteArray: compressed_data_size=57250242 data_size=71846524, decompressed_data_size=71846524 diff=0
[04:55:10] - Digital signature verified
[04:55:10] 
[04:55:10] Project: 6903 (Run 9, Clone 13, Gen 7)
[04:55:10] 
[04:55:10] Assembly optimizations on if available.
[04:55:10] Entering M.D.
[04:55:18] Mapping NT from 12 to 12 
[04:55:23] Completed 0 out of 250000 steps  (0%)
[04:59:37] - Autosending finished units... [June 27 04:59:37 UTC]
[04:59:37] Trying to send all finished work units
[04:59:37] + No unsent completed units remaining.
[04:59:37] - Autosend completed
[06:11:49] Completed 2500 out of 250000 steps  (1%)
[07:29:45] Completed 5000 out of 250000 steps  (2%)
[08:46:48] Completed 7500 out of 250000 steps  (3%)
[10:02:50] Completed 10000 out of 250000 steps  (4%)
[11:19:58] Completed 12500 out of 250000 steps  (5%)
[12:36:10] Completed 15000 out of 250000 steps  (6%)
[13:54:46] Completed 17500 out of 250000 steps  (7%)
[15:11:17] Completed 20000 out of 250000 steps  (8%)
[16:29:24] Completed 22500 out of 250000 steps  (9%)
[17:45:19] Completed 25000 out of 250000 steps  (10%)
[19:03:01] Completed 27500 out of 250000 steps  (11%)
[20:18:48] Completed 30000 out of 250000 steps  (12%)
[21:35:38] Completed 32500 out of 250000 steps  (13%)
[22:53:39] Completed 35000 out of 250000 steps  (14%)
[00:11:14] Completed 37500 out of 250000 steps  (15%)
[01:29:56] Completed 40000 out of 250000 steps  (16%)
[02:47:58] Completed 42500 out of 250000 steps  (17%)
Are you using the 64-bit version?

I used this guide to set up my linux client.

[Ubuntu] Setting up the SMP (CPU) client

This show how I start my Linux SMP client.

http://img.techpowerup.org/110628/SMP_Client.png

I noticed that you have an EVGA X58 system. What processor and memory?
I tried using Zodac's guide on version 10.10 and I cannot get neither the application launcher nor his HFM.net guide to work. I will see if it works on 11.04.
 
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I went here for the Ubuntu install and F@H.
That's the guide I used to set up my -bigbeta rig :toast:

I used a script like this in the past, to auto start Folding when my rig booted - NOT SURE IF THIS IS THE SAME ONE - but worth a try;

First, create a short shell script (using gedit or nano) to start your client.For this example the script is in the user's home folder and the folding@home client directory is named fah.

Code:
#!/bin/bash
cd fah
./fah6 -smp 12 -verbosity 9 -bigadv
You can use whichever flags you want, or set them up when configuring the Folding client.

Once you have created your script, give it the name of your choosing and use chmod to make it executable, or you can do so by right clicking and changing the properties/permissions.

The second step is to start the client automatically when logging into a Gnome session. In Ubuntu, this is quite easy. Under the System menu select Preferences, then Startup Applications. Click the +Add button. For name put something that accurately identifies the process, such as "Start F@H Client." For command put

Code:
/usr/bin/gnome-terminal --command ./[I]scriptname[/I]
where scriptname is the actual name of your script. This way the client will start when you you log into a Gnome session. You will still get a terminal window for your client, but you can logout, shut down or restart without needing to think about your Folding@Home client becuase it is now running as a service. It will shut down its processes properly without intervention. But you also have the flexibility to stop the client just by closing the terminal window or striking "ctrl-c" with the terminal window in the foreground focus.
 
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All of these Ubuntu installation methods must work or the OP would get an ear full.

I don't know why zodac used the shared library environment variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH but I'd guess you don't need it since all of the other guides I've look at don't use it. After doing some searching it looks like that variable is now out of favor to other methods on some distros.

It seems strange that so many of us have successfully installed Ubuntu 10.10 and you are having problems. If I was a betting man I'd bet you have some kind of hardware problem.

I've successfully gone back to Ubuntu 10.10 using the ext3 file system.

In looking for a how to my search turned up this guide.
[Ubuntu] Setting up big-bigadv (P6903) for dedicated 2600k

I don't own or want to dedicate a 2600K to bigadv but he does show how to install Ubuntu 10.10 using the ext3 file system. I even followed his methods of downloading FAH6.34-Linux64-SMP.exe and setting it up down to setting up folder sharing and then made a few changes.

Can you put that core i7-970 in another motherboard?
 

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All of these Ubuntu installation methods must work or the OP would get an ear full.

I don't know why zodac used the shared library environment variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH but I'd guess you don't need it since all of the other guides I've look at don't use it. After doing some searching it looks like that variable is now out of favor to other methods on some distros.

It seems strange that so many of us have successfully installed Ubuntu 10.10 and you are having problems. If I was a betting man I'd bet you have some kind of hardware problem.

I've successfully gone back to Ubuntu 10.10 using the ext3 file system.

In looking for a how to my search turned up this guide.
[Ubuntu] Setting up big-bigadv (P6903) for dedicated 2600k

I don't own or want to dedicate a 2600K to bigadv but he does show how to install Ubuntu 10.10 using the ext3 file system. I even followed his methods of downloading FAH6.34-Linux64-SMP.exe and setting it up down to setting up folder sharing and then made a few changes.

Can you put that core i7-970 in another motherboard?
Seems I might have conveyed the wrong message, my SR-2 now is folding on Linux 10.10:rockout: the issue/s that I've come across is that Zodac's guide is geared towards version 10.04 or earlier. I tried it, got the 6.34 loaded and configured but the associated application launcher steps stinks:confused: even after editing ~/Desktop to Home/User/Desktop. Also, I remember getting HFM.net working under 11.04 with some guide from harlam but Zodac's once again had me scratching my head.

I will try both Musky's guide on [H] as well as the 2600K guide that you linked tomorrow.

Right now the SR-2 picked up a 2684 and will be done tomorrow. I will tweak it some more and try to get it to 3.5Ghz (at 3.1 right now) at least.
 
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Seems I might have conveyed the wrong message, my SR-2 now is folding on Linux 10.10:rockout: the issue/s that I've come across is that Zodac's guide is geared towards version 10.04 or earlier. I tried it, got the 6.34 loaded and configured but the associated application launcher steps stinks:confused: even after editing ~/Desktop to Home/User/Desktop. Also, I remember getting HFM.net working under 11.04 with some guide from harlam but Zodac's once again had me scratching my head.

I will try both Musky's guide on [H] as well as the 2600K guide that you linked tomorrow.

Right now the SR-2 picked up a 2684 and will be done tomorrow. I will tweak it some more and try to get it to 3.5Ghz (at 3.1 right now) at least.
This is how I did my latest installation HFM.
[Ubuntu] Installing HFM.net in Ubuntu 10.10

If it says to install the FAH client or HFM on the Desktop then I change that to my user folder just as in the guide above.
 
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i dont seem to be able to get x16 WU for my 5870 despite a few reinstalls and cleans, every time i try i cant get a work server addy or return server addy? ive just been adding(and removeing )client-type advanced using v7 client?
 
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i had done the last 2 months on x11 WU on the 5870, i have now got it doing x16 by using the beta flag + disabling the physx card

before it wouldnt get x16 WU assign server addy then after reinstall as you say it needed to do 1 x11 WU before it would get x16(prob what ive been tripping up on) correctly which it did with a force gpu flag and beta flag but then the physx card started to do the work not the 5870 despite selecting the gpu in config

i eventually disabled the physx card now the 5870's doin what its supposed to do x16 woo cheers tho id forgot bout 1 x x11 first then x16:D
 
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i am having problems. here is my log:
http://pastebin.com/bYguBT8E

this is with a gts 450 at stock speeds. i ran furmark and it is stable even if i overclock it 100mhz core higher than what i have been trying to run it at in fah. when i installed i got that error about process 3956 and looked to find that there was another instance of fah installed from a previous time. i tried to delete the folder and it wouldn't let me, found it in the windows processes and closed the process. then i was able to delete that folder so i can confirm that no other folding@home stuff is running except for smp2 which i have set to machine id 1. i also tried fah gpu with smp2 turned off and still this is what i get. any ideas?
 
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F@H GPU tracker V2 is what i sugest using after uninstalling old and deleteing f@h folder from Appdata in your user data folder its easy to set up too
 
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i am having problems. here is my log:
http://pastebin.com/bYguBT8E

this is with a gts 450 at stock speeds. i ran furmark and it is stable even if i overclock it 100mhz core higher than what i have been trying to run it at in fah. when i installed i got that error about process 3956 and looked to find that there was another instance of fah installed from a previous time. i tried to delete the folder and it wouldn't let me, found it in the windows processes and closed the process. then i was able to delete that folder so i can confirm that no other folding@home stuff is running except for smp2 which i have set to machine id 1. i also tried fah gpu with smp2 turned off and still this is what i get. any ideas?
Are you running it as administrator?
 

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Is there a certain amount of ram needed for -bigadv? I know you need a cpu with 8 cores/threads like an i7, but wasn't sure if there was a minimum amount of ram that made it work best. Upgrading the kids' PC to Sandy Bridge with the Chimp Challenge in mind, and I still haven't bought the ram yet.
 
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I believe that 3GB is the minimum. The system that Buck just sold only had 4GB if you need a reference.
 

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Thanks. The system has a 2GB stick that I pulled from my WHS, but I am trying to score a 2x2GB set of Ripjaws for this. I didn't want to have to buy 6 or 8GB for this.
 
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Thanks. The system has a 2GB stick that I pulled from my WHS, but I am trying to score a 2x2GB set of Ripjaws for this. I didn't want to have to buy 6 or 8GB for this.
I heard they'll soon be selling RAM next to the bubble gum in the check-out lines at your local grocer. j/k
 

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I know - it's getting pretty cheap. A buddy of mine is kicking himself for paying nearly twice of a 2x4GB kit for his 2x2GB kits just a few months back. He's the one I'm trying to get the 2x2GB kit off of ;)
 
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On Aug 22 I posted this in our Folding@Home forum:

Yesterday I got a windows dialog that said my FahCore_a3.exe stopped working on one of my rigs while loading a 6068. I closed the program with the dialog and it picked up another WU. When that one completed I got the same dialog three times at which time I shut down the rig.

This morning I got up before the sun came up and just got home around 2:30 PM CST to find that another rig now has the same dialog but this time it's a 6071.

I closed the dialog and it pick up another 6071 and gave me the same error. I've closed the client for now.

Is there anything on the folding forum that I've missed yesterday or today? Suggestions?
No one here had any suggestions but luckily this morning I found posts on Stanford's Forum for both of these WUs. Below are the answers to those posts:

Re: Project: 6068 (Run 1, Clone 38, Gen 253)

New postby bruce » Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:36 pm
Thanks for the report. It was, indeed, a bad WU. I've reported it and it will be stopped at 8am. In the 11 days it has been in circulation, a LOT of people received it but you're the first to report it.
Re: Project 6071 (Run 0, Clone 171, Gen 384)

New postby bruce » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:08 am
Thank you for the report. Many people have had trouble with this WU. The WU (P6071,R0,C171,G384) has been reported as a bad WU. Note that the list of reported WUs are stopped daily at 8am pacific time.
From these replies I've come to the following conclusions:
1. If you get a bad WU and the server won't give you a different WU then the only option you have is to shut down until after 8am pacific time.
2. Even my first point won't work if the bad WU is not reported so don't do what I did and report it. If you're not a member of that forum then post it here so it can be passed on.

I'd suggest you add a quote from your FAHlog showing your problem such as I've added below.

[19:50:42] - Preparing to get new work unit...
[19:50:42] Cleaning up work directory
[19:50:42] + Attempting to get work packet
[19:50:42] Passkey found
[19:50:42] - Connecting to assignment server
[19:50:43] - Successful: assigned to (171.64.65.54).
[19:50:43] + News From Folding@Home: Welcome to Folding@Home
[19:50:43] Loaded queue successfully.
[19:50:47] + Closed connections
[19:50:52]
[19:50:52] + Processing work unit
[19:50:52] Core required: FahCore_a3.exe
[19:50:52] Core found.
[19:50:52] Working on queue slot 09 [August 22 19:50:52 UTC]
[19:50:52] + Working ...
[19:50:52]
[19:50:52] *------------------------------*
[19:50:52] Folding@Home Gromacs SMP Core
[19:50:52] Version 2.27 (Dec. 15, 2010)
[19:50:52]
[19:50:52] Preparing to commence simulation
[19:50:52] - Looking at optimizations...
[19:50:52] - Created dyn
[19:50:52] - Files status OK
[19:50:52] - Expanded 1761754 -> 2246261 (decompressed 127.5 percent)
[19:50:52] Called DecompressByteArray: compressed_data_size=1761754 data_size=2246261, decompressed_data_size=2246261 diff=0
[19:50:52] - Digital signature verified
[19:50:52]
[19:50:52] Project: 6071 (Run 0, Clone 171, Gen 384)
[19:50:52]
[19:50:52] Assembly optimizations on if available.
[19:50:52] Entering M.D.
[19:50:58] Mapping NT from 12 to 12
[19:50:58] Completed 0 out of 500000 steps (0%)
[19:51:40] CoreStatus = C0000029 (-1073741783)
[19:51:40] Client-core communications error: ERROR 0xc0000029
[19:51:40] Deleting current work unit & continuing...
I now have both of these rigs back up running different WUs on there summer schedule.:)
 

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Anyone else gettin this or is it just me ? Been folding for a while using gpu tracker with no errors till now. No matter what I do it keeps popping up. Even when I pop up from minimize. Hrs later I see see it shows running but not doing anything. Its just hanging there. I just did a complete wipe out and restarted fresh and I re-downloaded latest version.



Any ideas ?