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Message 7528 - Posted: 16 Mar 2009 | 21:21:26 UTC

I dated it just in case final version of 6.6.x comes out tomorrow, lol. Just curious if anybody has found a version that works properly after 6.5.0. There are 15 versions to choose from, after all.

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Message 7529 - Posted: 16 Mar 2009 | 21:39:54 UTC - in response to Message 7528.
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I'm using 6.6.15 on a 64-bit Linux box (openSuSE 11.1 and KDE 4.2). Nvidia drive 180.37, because 185.13 breaks CUDA. No issues with this driver setup or with BOINC.

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Message 7540 - Posted: 17 Mar 2009 | 9:19:43 UTC

There is a rather steady stream of reports on 6.6.15 and its issues... so ... watch it carefully ...

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Message 7608 - Posted: 18 Mar 2009 | 20:50:46 UTC - in response to Message 7528.

Just curious if anybody has found a version that works properly after 6.5.0.

I have no issues with 6.6.11 running it since February 25th.

(Since today I'm trying 6.6.17)

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Message 7609 - Posted: 18 Mar 2009 | 21:23:13 UTC

I have had used several versions lately and have had good success. I run a quad core with 2xGTX 260 core 216's, a quad core with a single GTX 260 core 216 and a quad core with a 8800GT. All are accepting work, both CPU (WCG only) and GPU based (GPUGRID). The fact that I only run a single CPU project likely explains my positive experiences vs. others that run multiple CPU projects concurrently.

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Message 7619 - Posted: 19 Mar 2009 | 1:56:58 UTC

I have tried several of the 6.6.xx versions but always go back to 6.5.0 due to multiple problems...........

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Message 7665 - Posted: 20 Mar 2009 | 11:26:22 UTC - in response to Message 7528.

I dated it just in case final version of 6.6.x comes out tomorrow, lol. Just curious if anybody has found a version that works properly after 6.5.0. There are 15 versions to choose from, after all.


Well 6.6.15 wasn't too bad. 6.6.17 seems to be better, more agressive about maintaining a cache for cpu work (gpu work has been fine since 15). I think they will be a while before they get a fully functioning one but its slowly getting there. They are still fine tuning the work-fetch side of things.
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Message 7680 - Posted: 21 Mar 2009 | 1:02:53 UTC

For me these newer versions arent very good since i don't want 4 workunits cached because of the slowness of my card.
It downloads 4 units even though i had set it not to download new work after i set it not to.
But also have problems with other projects which are in my list but set to no new work for instance seti and seti beta where set not to receive work since they crash ps3grid sometimes.
Now even though i set it not to receive it still downloaded units and i alos find that even though projects let you choose certain types of units to process they actually just download whatever the project sends.
With good old 6.5.0 all seem to work fine and give me the least problems
The previous recommended version 6.4.5 and 6.4.7 don't work fine as well but have different issues like not loading optimized applications and such.

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Message 7683 - Posted: 21 Mar 2009 | 2:27:52 UTC - in response to Message 7680.

I'm now on 6.6.17 on 64-bit linux. The INITIAL download was 4 tasks because I have a quad-core CPU. However, as those tasks have completed, I now only have ONE active task, and I do not receive a new task until it is about 75% complete. So currently, I only have one task, as I only have a 9600 GSO, single card. As I add additional cards to this I'm sure I will get more tasks. Seems to me it's working OK, except the initial download was based on the # of cpu cores, not GPU processors. FWIW.

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Message 7685 - Posted: 21 Mar 2009 | 2:53:20 UTC - in response to Message 7683.
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I dated it just in case final version of 6.6.x comes out tomorrow, lol. Just curious if anybody has found a version that works properly after 6.5.0. There are 15 versions to choose from, after all.


I'm on 6.5.0 works for me, staying there until a new final release.

All the ones after 6.4.7 are Development versions, not for Production use - they are just consolidations of the various development modules as they get to various stages, needing to recompile to move on with development.

Use any post- 6.4.7 at own risk - the latter is a statement of the obvious I am aware, but its often forgotten ....

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Message 7700 - Posted: 21 Mar 2009 | 12:27:18 UTC - in response to Message 7680.

Webbie, which is the last 6.6.x version which you tried? I'd think they should have fixed this "ignoring no new work" issue by now.

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Message 7754 - Posted: 22 Mar 2009 | 21:02:27 UTC

6.6.17 is now being tested

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Message 7868 - Posted: 26 Mar 2009 | 16:48:46 UTC
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Switched to BOINC v6.6.17 a few days ago. It's using about 30 minutes of CPU time with my 9600GSO on 2883 point WUs versus about 14 minutes with BOINC v6.6.15. One improvement is that the estimated time to completion now seems fairly accurate. WU fetch is working fine for both the GPU and CPU tasks. The first WU it tried would not start and had to be aborted but the next 4 have been fine. The only real improvement I see is the corrected estimated time. The downside is the greater CPU usage, still not too bad though. Running 5 tasks on a Phenom 9600BE with 9600GSO graphics card...

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Message 7886 - Posted: 26 Mar 2009 | 21:50:58 UTC - in response to Message 7868.

Using 6.6.18 (just started); nothing to report except BM is showing wall time for GPUGrid and estimations are pretty accurate.

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