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9 October 2009 14:23:10

Welcome to Tom's Hardware Guide Community Folding@Home Team 40051 !



The following links in the "Table of Content" leads to a guide on a different thread.

Table of Content:
1. What is Folding@Home?
  • 1.1 What is the goal of F@H?
  • 1.2 How does F@H work?
    2. How do I get started?
  • 2.1 Picking a User Name
  • 2.2 Download
  • 2.3 Passkey
    3. Client v7 Installation
  • 3.1 Windows Installation
  • 3.2 Linux Quick Install Guide
  • 3.3 OSX Installation
    4. Client V7 features and setup
  • 4.1 Slots
  • 4.2 Flags
  • 4.3 Remote Control
    5. Sigs
  • 5.1 Tom’s Hardware banner
  • 5.2 Pico Stat Badge
  • 5.3 EOC Stat Badge
  • 5.4 Other Badges and sigs
    6. Sites
  • 6.1 Additional guides
  • 6.2 Forums
  • 6.3 News
  • 6.4 Stats
    7. About THGC Folding Team.
  • 7.1 Team Rules
    8. FAQ
    9. Credit

    Please come in and join us against the fight of these diseases that affect many people!
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    9 October 2009 16:14:35

    Remember, nvidia gpus score much higher than AMD, and if you're careful, you can run SMP and GPU simultaneously.

    The best website I've found for monitoring stats is at extreme overclocking:
    http://folding.extremeoverclocking.com/
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    9 October 2009 18:32:38

    Also to get the most PPD for i7 and other quad-core setups, it is best to run the linux A2 client (or whatever is newer). Though this would be advisable for advanced users, as some setup a Virtual Box on top of Windows just to still be able to use the machine for day-to-day tasks.

    Related resources
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    9 October 2009 18:46:32

    This topic has been sticky in top of the forum by Mousemonkey
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    9 October 2009 19:25:06

    Here are some other great Folding@Home resources:

    The Best Stats Tracker on the Web

    Getting started:
    GPU2 Setup Guide
    Single Core Client Setup Guide
    SMP (for multi-core or multi-threaded CPU's) Setup Guide

    A little more advanced:
    Core i7 Folding - how to increase your PPD <= Works great with any dual core or better CPU.
    Optimizing your Folding - the importance of CPU Priority assignment
    ATI Folders- Want to drastically reduce your CPU load?
    Automatic Folding Recovery After Power Outage or Reboot <= Also works great if you want to start folding before leaving for work with the push of a single button :D 

    Remember everyone, helping with this research could help lead to many lifesaving treatments.
    All of your support may one day help save your life or the life of a loved one.
    If nothing else, do it for the pure SCIENCE :sol: 

    Stats tracker and all guides compliments of Xtreme CPU.
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    10 October 2009 07:39:56

    Excellent to see this back up again, my thanks to all who contribute here, and for others, feel free to ask questions
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    11 October 2009 04:06:51

    I was wondering when you guys were going to start one of these threads, I completely forgot about folding for the longest time and figured I'd start it up again whenI saw a THG Folding thread randomly on google.

    Just started folding for Toms a few days ago and I just past 5k [Raidur_TH] using SMP on my sig setup. Going to be adding in my moms PC in a day or 2 (Q6600/8800GT) SMP/GPU.
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    11 October 2009 10:51:55

    I have 2 computers folding@home 24/7 at work. makes me feel great because they leave their damn computers running all day anyway - might aswell make sure of the electricity!
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    13 October 2009 16:31:15

    Just edited the title so it's perfectly clear what this thread is about. It will also attract more Google hits this way.
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    13 October 2009 17:26:21

    Good job, a lil double exposure. Im just glad its back up
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    13 October 2009 23:26:20

    i really wish we could get past the 70's.... imagine how much ass we could kick as a forum if all of us folded for a full week. top 50 anyone? cmon!
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    14 October 2009 05:52:50

    Is anyone getting an 'attempting to get work packet' issue where it just seems to do nothing but try to contact a server that does not respond and if so what can be done to resolve it?
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    14 October 2009 15:27:55

    werxen said:
    i really wish we could get past the 70's.... imagine how much ass we could kick as a forum if all of us folded for a full week. top 50 anyone? cmon!

    If the whole forum folded we could do better than that.
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    14 October 2009 23:00:04

    prove it :)  send some mass pms out
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    14 October 2009 23:30:35

    Mousemonkey said:
    Is anyone getting an 'attempting to get work packet' issue where it just seems to do nothing but try to contact a server that does not respond and if so what can be done to resolve it?

    Yes, I get that from time to time.
    Usually, after restarting the client, I can get it to connect.
    Anyone have an explanation for this issue or a decent, preferably automated, workaround?
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    15 October 2009 00:47:27

    outlw6669 said:
    Yes, I get that from time to time.
    Usually, after restarting the client, I can get it to connect.
    Anyone have an explanation for this issue or a decent, preferably automated, workaround?

    Mine just keeps retrying, restarting the client makes no difference in my case. Is it possible to 'force' another server to issue work or not?, I have trawled around various forums but have yet to find a way that works for me although to be fair it's not a major issue I just get cheesed off when it's on the 101st retry.
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    15 October 2009 04:58:38

    i got those issues when i tried to run a few clients on one machine... one just would NOT connect. have you tried using a different client? if you use cmd line version, try the install one and visa versa.
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    15 October 2009 05:44:06

    I've tried with the cmd line on it's own, the sys tray on it's own and the GPU1 & 2 clients on their own and in various combinations of clients running at the same time but the issue still crops up from time to time and I just wonder if anyone has found a way to force a connect to a different address.
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    21 October 2009 06:27:14

    Folding@Home seems to be making my video driver stop responding(im running the GPU client) it has done it a bunch in the last few days. I figure you guys might know, is there a conflict between the ATI 9.9 drivers and the folding client or something? I have just been leaving it on when i go to class but it seems when the driver crashes it stops folding which isnt very helpful.
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    21 October 2009 06:44:30

    hunter315 said:
    Folding@Home seems to be making my video driver stop responding(im running the GPU client) it has done it a bunch in the last few days. I figure you guys might know, is there a conflict between the ATI 9.9 drivers and the folding client or something? I have just been leaving it on when i go to class but it seems when the driver crashes it stops folding which isnt very helpful.

    I'm using Nv cards mate, so I can't help you sorry.
    21 October 2009 07:58:47

    hunter315 said:
    Folding@Home seems to be making my video driver stop responding(im running the GPU client) it has done it a bunch in the last few days. I figure you guys might know, is there a conflict between the ATI 9.9 drivers and the folding client or something? I have just been leaving it on when i go to class but it seems when the driver crashes it stops folding which isnt very helpful.


    Running xp 32? If so check here and follow the link for the experimental CAL DLLs.

    If not, post specs OS, VPU, etc.

    A good resource for ATI issues: http://foldingforum.org/viewforum.php?f=51&sid=979486a6...
    3 November 2009 06:13:38

    whats this folding@home? whats usefull about that.
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    3 November 2009 06:17:51

    Did you read any of the links in the OP?
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    7 November 2009 10:26:11

    outlw6669 said:
    Here are some other great Folding@Home resources:

    The Best Stats Tracker on the Web

    Getting started:
    GPU2 Setup Guide
    Single Core Client Setup Guide
    SMP (for multi-core or multi-threaded CPU's) Setup Guide

    A little more advanced:
    Core i7 Folding - how to increase your PPD <= Works great with any dual core or better CPU.
    Optimizing your Folding - the importance of CPU Priority assignment
    ATI Folders- Want to drastically reduce your CPU load?
    Automatic Folding Recovery After Power Outage or Reboot <= Also works great if you want to start folding before leaving for work with the push of a single button :D 

    Remember everyone, helping with this research could help lead to many lifesaving treatments.
    All of your support may one day help save your life or the life of a loved one.
    If nothing else, do it for the pure SCIENCE :sol: 

    Why are all our guides listed here?

    Just curious :p 
    7 November 2009 10:26:50

    Nice to see our guides are useful for folding. We welcome the challenge and the help. Fold on. Next time however, I would hope that we get credit for the work we put into perfecting those guides.
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    7 November 2009 17:42:29

    ElMoIsEviL said:
    Why are all our guides listed here?

    Just curious :p 

    Why list any but the best :D 
    I figure the layman will get quite a bit more WU's completed after reading those guides than simply running a standard CPU or GPU client.

    Sorry ninja, I thought the giant logo at the top of the linked pages would be enough to credit xcpus.
    I have edited my above post to credit Xtreme CPU for everything.
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    7 November 2009 18:42:23

    I was under the impression that the language filter for Xtreme CPU had been removed. Clearly it hasn't.
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    7 November 2009 18:49:10

    Unfortunately not :( 
    Seems you can type 'xcpus' just fine but as soon as you add '.com' or post a link it is filtered.
    Thank gods for tinyurl :) 
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    7 November 2009 18:54:12

    I'll see about getting that filter scrapped. It's as dumb as filtering Anandtech.
    10 November 2009 08:26:56

    It's going to be humiliating if we get passed by AMDZone.
    24 November 2009 02:11:04

    Client installed, joined the team :) . I have 2 computers at work running. When I get home, I will get 2 more computers up and going!
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    24 November 2009 02:55:28

    Welcome aboard, good to have you on the team.
    26 November 2009 03:19:01

    Hey guys, check this out: There is a new beta SMP client out there that is pumping out something like 25,000+ PPD! It looks like you need 8 cores, though some are running it on high end i7s with HT on.
    If anyone is interested and has the hardware.
    http://foldingforum.org/viewforum.php?f=55&sid=ea250232...
    The team could definitely use the boost.
    26 November 2009 03:23:22

    Also, Stanford is now accepting donations of storage space with storage@home, though it seems no one knows how the points will work. Discussion here
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    26 November 2009 07:18:12

    Bigadv WUs are pretty awesome. You get more points the faster you complete them. If you manage to do it in 2 hours (ie. you run a supercomputer) you get 10x the normal points. The big points bonuses start at about 30 hours an increase rapidly from there.

    002 hours = 10X
    003 hours = 9.8X
    004 hours = 8.49X
    005 hours = 7.59X
    006 hours = 6.93X
    007 hours = 6.41X
    008 hours = 6X
    009 hours = 5.66X
    010 hours = 5.37X
    020 hours = 3.79X
    030 hours = 3.10X
    040 hours = 2.68X
    050 hours = 2.4X
    060 hours = 2.19X
    070 hours = 2.03X
    080 hours = 1.9X
    090 hours = 1.79X
    100 hours = 1.7X
    110 hours = 1.62X
    120 hours = 1.55X
    130 hours = 1.49X
    140 hours = 1.43X
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    randomizer said:
    Bigadv WUs are pretty awesome. You get more points the faster you complete them. If you manage to do it in 2 hours (ie. you run a supercomputer) you get 10x the normal points. The big points bonuses start at about 30 hours an increase rapidly from there.

    002 hours = 10X
    003 hours = 9.8X
    004 hours = 8.49X
    005 hours = 7.59X
    006 hours = 6.93X
    007 hours = 6.41X
    008 hours = 6X
    009 hours = 5.66X
    010 hours = 5.37X
    020 hours = 3.79X
    030 hours = 3.10X
    040 hours = 2.68X
    050 hours = 2.4X
    060 hours = 2.19X
    070 hours = 2.03X
    080 hours = 1.9X
    090 hours = 1.79X
    100 hours = 1.7X
    110 hours = 1.62X
    120 hours = 1.55X
    130 hours = 1.49X
    140 hours = 1.43X


    :o  This is a pretty good excuse to get an i7! :D 
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    27 November 2009 07:36:02

    I don't think it affects the first few WUs that you turn in, you need to be a "reliable" -bigadv folder.
    1 December 2009 06:36:33

    THG have a GIMPS team?

    <<<<Is Folding for THG now.
    2 December 2009 16:09:25

    Nice job. I just started F@H with both of my GPUs. I'm up to ~173,000 pts and 319 WU. The points add up fast when using both GPUs. Usually 16K pts/day and 14K points/day when doing 1888pt units.
    3 December 2009 14:43:36

    Does anyone know if it is possible to add a 9800GT to fold with 2 GTX 260s?
    3 December 2009 23:09:19

    I think so, but you will need the latest core. I think Fahcore 11 requires manual download.

    Try this link: http://foldingforum.org/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=12215 for more info.

    Of course this is assuming your PSU has enough juice and you don't have a heat issue. :D 
    4 December 2009 03:05:32

    I think a 750W Corsair can handle it just fine. Thanks for the link.
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    22 December 2009 22:12:23

    why don't stanford give us a few bucks based on how much do we process??
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    23 December 2009 12:07:50

    sayantan said:
    why don't stanford give us a few bucks based on how much do we process??


    I think if they start doing that then they better spend the money on creating their own super computer instead because everybody would then start asking for money. The advantage with their current model is that it is mostly funded by human conscience or good will, which is technically free.

    That's why they have the printable certificate. :D 
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    23 December 2009 12:14:26

    amnotanoobie said:
    I think if they start doing that then they better spend the money on creating their own super computer instead because everybody would then start asking for money. The advantage with their current model is that it is mostly funded by human conscience or good will, which is technically free.

    That's why they have the printable certificate. :D 


    he he I was just kidding :whistle: 
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    30 December 2009 01:52:30

    mi1ez said:
    Remember, nvidia gpus score much higher than AMD, and if you're careful, you can run SMP and GPU simultaneously.

    The best website I've found for monitoring stats is at extreme overclocking:
    http://folding.extremeoverclocking.com/



    That depends on what project a person is attached to as there are some distributed computing projects where ATI cards score much higher than NVidia.

    Collatz Conjecture comes to mind as one.
    2 January 2010 09:05:59

    Here, Here.... just (12/25/09) finished my Emerald (1cpuYEAR) eBadge for processing ProteomeFoldingII with BOINC's WCG. Will return to Proteome for year 2 (Sapphire) when i've finished Emeralds in other 6 studies that are still active.
    Currently working on Emerald for AIDS(mid Jan) and Nutritious Rice (end Jan).
    12/25/09 was my 1st Anniversary with BOINC-WGC that i dedicated to my dear friend who passed away 08/09 frm colo-rectal cancer. AMEN, and RIP.
    The below listed machines produce 10cpuDays of work daily. All run 24x7.
    On 12/25 i got my 8th machine up and running (see post "Can eMachine be forced to boot frm USB"). Currently have:

    Intel dualcore 3.00Ghz w/2G RAM [Built (08/09) for daughter and runs remotely at her house]
    Intel D 2.79Ghz w/4G RAM
    HP Laptop(Dual) 1.81Ghz w/1G RAM
    Intel 1.24Ghz w/1.5G RAM
    Intel ?(HomeBuild) 733Mhz w/.5G RAM
    3x566Mhz Celeron eMachines (all the eMachines were donated to me for this cause. A 4th is promised in January)
    All but the eMachines are / were work machines.
    Folding and other studies seemed like a righteous way to burn out these unused cores

    Congrats on EVERYONE's crunching efforts.....let's hope distributive computing can make one of the current health scourges as historical as polio in 2010!! :wahoo: 

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    3 January 2010 16:54:38

    I would love to start folding however a crappy router is preventing me from downloading ATI Folding@Home GPU2

    can someone please download/then upload it to a mirror site?
    3 January 2010 19:04:50

    joinigng in about 3 hours.
    2 computers
    Hp laptop: c2d 2ghz
    other pc:c2d 2.4ghz
    yeah i know its not a lot and theyre not always on but every little bit counts!