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How To: Getting BOINC setup for WCG

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While this is a rather simple task, i do understand that it can be complicated to those of us that may be a little less tech inclined as others.

To get started first click HERE to register under TPU's team.



then download this... HERE



you should now have this installer..... (double click it to launch)



you'll see this screen first, click next to continue...



decide whether or not you agree and click next...



IF you want a standard instal just click next at the following screen. if you want to specify any specific location to store the data, disable use of the WCG screensaver or run BOINC as a service then click advanced...


(ADVANCED SCREEN)


click next and you'll be greeted with this fine screen...


click install and BOINC will install and you'll see this screen when its finished....


click finish.


once the installer closes you'll get this prompt...


your pc needs to be restarted before running BOINC for the first time. you may select yes to reboot now or no if you plan to reboot after taking care of something else first.


After Reboot

once the machine has rebooted you'll have this upon booting to the desktop... click next



you need to attach your machine to a project. the project we are working on is called World Community Grid. find it, select it, and click next.



type in your username and password and click next...



once connected you are set. click finish



you will now have this screen...



after a few seconds it should have downloaded the work unit data and begun to work and you'll see this screen...



now you can click the advanced view button at the lower right hand corner and you'll see all the details you may want...



this is a basic setup of BOINC. you can now explore and learn all the tricks to get your machine to run faster. one tip i will give you though... if you run a 64bit OS then you should use 64bit BOINC as its performs a bit better than the 32bit version. you can find it here... http://boinc.berkeley.edu/download_all.php

Enjoy :)

NOTE: you may or may not see all the screens depicted above. as BOINC gets updated some options may be combined onto one screen.
 
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Just did this with my computer at work. Thanks Fit! Good guide.
 
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what is this?
 
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erm.. no idea what it is
but i guess it's for a good cause so i'll sign up now
 
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oh.. nice haha
just saw it this morning
ill try and get friends to join as well
 
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The intallation screens now look different from the ones in the guide. I'm trying to set it up as a service on some computers, but it doesn't seem to work without the actual system tray client running at the same time :(
 
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Grrr... I pretty much bought a computer just for this and the mobo is crap!! So for now I'll give it a go on my regular machine. Just a question.. Will crunching affect my day to day web browsing, light usage performance?
 

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Grrr... I pretty much bought a computer just for this and the mobo is crap!! So for now I'll give it a go on my regular machine. Just a question.. Will crunching affect my day to day web browsing, light usage performance?
Absolutely not. It will affect your gaming "very slightly" but you won't even notice it.
 
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Is the same as a regular BOINC installation? Is there any way to combine the two?

Been running regular BONIC for years on all my computers, would love to help out with this, too.
 

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Is the same as a regular BOINC installation? Is there any way to combine the two?

Been running regular BONIC for years on all my computers, would love to help out with this, too.
Just attach to World Community Grid:D
 

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I'm in :toast:



Looks like it is working :)
 
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Can anyone tell me - how well does WCG point out a CPU's stability? Also, compared to 3.2Ghz, will 3.6Ghz on my quad return better results?
 

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If you are not stable you will get computation errors. It stresses your whole system when you run it 24/7. And yes, you will get more results done at 3.6 vs 3.2, therefore more points if that's what your asking. Also, 64 bit OS's seem to be a little faster.
 
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Great thread very easy :) I got it setup and running on my backup computer :D Since my main computer isn't up yet.
 

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I have never downloaded and used a client from WCG. I always get mine from the BOINC repository. 6.6.20 at the present, runs with absolutely no issues. 64bit FTW:rockout:
 
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