1) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC v7.2.28 has been released! (Message 34007)
Posted 147 days ago by Profile MarkJ
BOINC 7.2.31 is now the recommended version. The only change since .28 was to suppress image display as part of notices. This was to correct an issue with one particular project where the images cause the manager to crash.
2) Message boards : Graphics cards (GPUs) : New GeForce BETA v331.40 drivers available (Message 33329)
Posted 200 days ago by Profile MarkJ
I've heard unconfirmed reports it fixes the 36 hour TDR issue.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Why am I getting TOO MANY WU's? (Message 32881)
Posted 221 days ago by Profile MarkJ
I believe you need a load on the intel VGA (or DVI) port. One way is to plug a monitor in. Another way would be to use a dummy vga plug. The way most bios's are set up is if they don't detect a device on the iGPU and you have another graphics card they simply disable the iGPU

Also if you get the intel GPU driver through windows update its not usable for crunching. You need to get the 'full' package from the intel download centre.

Probably a bit late but maybe it will help someone else.
4) Message boards : Graphics cards (GPUs) : All WUs on GTX660 failing (Message 31429)
Posted 282 days ago by Profile MarkJ
Have just built a new system with a GTX660 with the intention of running GPUGRID (encouraged by another system with a GTX660 that is working well). So far all 4 WUs that I have got start processing but fail after between 2 and 10 minutes. I think they have all had the "Driver has recovered after stopped working" message in Windows which I guess is an indication that the GPU hardware has failed. Both the old and new cards are factory overclocked (old one 1006 (1072 boost), new one 1033 (1098 boost). Memory on both is 1502.3 (which I think is not overclocked). GPU Core clocks reported by GPU-Z when running are 1162.7 (new) and 1123.5 (old) respectively. The new 660 is fine running PrimeGrid (two concurrent - pegged at 99% busy according to GPU-Z). Environmentals on both systems seem fine (temp about 60 degrees).

I tried reducing the clocks on the new card to the same level as the old one (1006 (1072 boost)). Still failed (but did run for nearly 10 mins - longer than the others).

So does this look like I just need to keep backing off the factory overclock, or is there anything else to look at? Here are the two systems:

old (working) system: 145220
new (failing) system: 155065

Thanks..


I'd suggest drivers. I notice the failing system has an ATI as well as Nvidia card. From memory you had to install ATI driver first followed by Nvidia. Also get drivers from Nvidia.com or GeForce.com and do clean install, don't rely on windows to install drivers.
5) Message boards : Wish list : Donation (Message 29280)
Posted 387 days ago by Profile MarkJ
I have just sent 500 euros their way. Given the situation in Spain (and around the euro zone) I am sure the project need whatever help we can send their way.

The donations page allows you to pay via a credit card or use PayPal.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Long Running NOELIA Short Run Task (Message 28927)
Posted 413 days ago by Profile MarkJ
I just had a NOELIA_TRYP that was sitting on 100% for a fair while. I tried to suspend/resume it but it started back at the beginning, so I aborted it. It was a resend and my two other wingmen seem to have "error while computing".

Link to wu here
7) Message boards : Server and website : "[Upload] size will go down by a factor [of] 3 in January" (Message 28865)
Posted 416 days ago by Profile MarkJ
I got a notice today in the BOINC client saying it now has compressed files. Dated the 27th of Feb. Sure enough the work unit it downloaded the files were a lot smaller than normal.

Unfortunately transfer speed was normal (around 30-36k/sec).

Its a TONI_AGG work unit with a prefix of Ann186
8) Message boards : Graphics cards (GPUs) : Is it possible to run Multiple GPUs in one Tower? (Message 28790)
Posted 418 days ago by Profile MarkJ
You can use the exclude_gpu to restrict one card from long work units and another entry to do the opposite, so that way the faster card can run the longs and the 640 can run the short WU.. He'd need two exclude_gpu statements, one for each device.

Please post the appropriate exclude_gpu statements to do this for long and short WUs?


<exclude_gpu> <url>http://www.gpugrid.net/</url> <device_num>0</device_num> <type>NVIDIA</type> <app>acemd2</app> </exclude_gpu> <exclude_gpu> <url>http://www.gpugrid.net/</url> <device_num>1</device_num> <type>NVIDIA</type> <app>acemdlong</app> </exclude_gpu>


This says device 0 can't do acemd2 (short tasks) and device 1 can't do acemdlong.

He would need to get the device numbers from the BOINC start up messages as to which card is which in his system.

If you only have 1 sort of device in your system (ie only Nvidia or only ATI) it says in the doco that you can omit the <type> tag
9) Message boards : Graphics cards (GPUs) : Is it possible to run Multiple GPUs in one Tower? (Message 28758)
Posted 419 days ago by Profile MarkJ
You can use the exclude_gpu to restrict one card from long work units and another entry to do the opposite, so that way the faster card can run the longs and the 640 can run the short WU.. He'd need two exclude_gpu statements, one for each device.

You'd probably be better off doing this with the current alpha test BOINC client as it has some fixes around excluded devices and work-fetch issues. That is 7.0.52 at the moment.
10) Message boards : Server and website : Server problems (Message 28740)
Posted 420 days ago by Profile MarkJ
We are having some problems with the server disks.
The server may go down soon trying to recover from the problem.

gdf


Can you give us an idea of how many drives and what sort they are? Sounds like you might need a replacement program of some sort where the older ones get replaced with new ones.

One of the problems with a server is the drives being mechanical tend to wear out. You are lucky to get 3 years out of them these days.


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