Notfred Client, Corestatus = ff (255)

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Notfred Client, Corestatus = ff (255)

Postposted on Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:45 am

I'd like to once again thank Notfred for all of his hard work on creating the Diskless folding client. However the corestatus = ff (255) is just killing me. I lost a day's worth of folding...It was at 90% or something. I have now changed the VMware so that it suspends instead of powering off every time I press close. I have included the FahLog as well. I have no idea what's going on with the client. I can tell you that the computer was turned off last night because my sister shuts it down every time she goes to sleep.

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--- Opening Log file [July 17 15:58:15]


# SMP Client ##################################################################
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                       Folding@Home Client Version 6.02

                          http://folding.stanford.edu

###############################################################################
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Launch directory: /etc/folding/1
Executable: ./fah6
Arguments: -local -forceasm -smp 4

Warning:
 By using the -forceasm flag, you are overriding
 safeguards in the program. If you did not intend to
 do this, please restart the program without -forceasm.
 If work units are not completing fully (and particularly
 if your machine is overclocked), then please discontinue
 use of the flag.

[15:58:15] - Ask before connecting: No
[15:58:15] - User name: geokilla (Team 38296)
[15:58:15] - User ID: 51BF9B7E31882B4A
[15:58:15] - Machine ID: 1
[15:58:15]
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[15:58:15] - Attempting to download new core...
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[15:58:27] Verifying core Core_a2.fah...
[15:58:27] Signature is VALID
[15:58:27]
[15:58:27] Trying to unzip core FahCore_a2.exe
[15:58:27] Decompressed FahCore_a2.exe (4382312 bytes) successfully
[15:58:27] + Core successfully engaged
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[15:58:32] + Processing work unit
[15:58:32] At least 4 processors must be requested.Core required: FahCore_a2.exe
[15:58:32] Core found.
[15:58:32] Working on Unit 03 [July 17 15:58:32]
[15:58:32] + Working ...
[15:58:32]
[15:58:32] *------------------------------*
[15:58:32] Folding@Home Gromacs SMP Core
[15:58:32] Version 2.08 (Mon May 18 14:47:42 PDT 2009)
[15:58:32]
[15:58:32] Preparing to commence simulation
[15:58:32] - Ensuring status. Please wait.
[15:58:42] - Assembly optimizations manually forced on.
[15:58:42] - Not checking prior termination.
[15:58:44] - Expanded 4840521 -> 24033213 (decompressed 496.5 percent)
[15:58:44] Called DecompressByteArray: compressed_data_size=4840521 data_size=24033213, decompressed_data_size=24033213 diff=0
[15:58:45] - Digital signature verified
[15:58:45]
[15:58:45] Project: 2677 (Run 38, Clone 37, Gen 23)
[15:58:45]
[15:58:45] Assembly optimizations on if available.
[15:58:45] Entering M.D.
[15:58:51] Using Gromacs checkpoints
[15:58:54] Multi-core optimizations on
[15:58:58] Resuming from checkpoint
[15:58:58] Verified work/wudata_03.log
[15:58:59] File work/wudata_03.trr has changed since last checkpoint
[15:59:03] CoreStatus = FF (255)
[15:59:03] Client-core communications error: ERROR 0xff
[15:59:03] Deleting current work unit & continuing...
[15:59:17] - Preparing to get new work unit...
[15:59:17] + Attempting to get work packet
[15:59:17] - Connecting to assignment server
[15:59:17] - Successful: assigned to (171.64.65.56).
[15:59:17] + News From Folding@Home: Welcome to Folding@Home
[15:59:18] Loaded queue successfully.
[15:59:58] + Closed connections
[16:00:03]
[16:00:03] + Processing work unit
[16:00:03] At least 4 processors must be requested.Core required: FahCore_a2.exe
[16:00:03] Core found.
[16:00:03] Working on Unit 04 [July 17 16:00:03]
[16:00:03] + Working ...
[16:00:03]
[16:00:03] *------------------------------*
[16:00:03] Folding@Home Gromacs SMP Core
[16:00:03] Version 2.08 (Mon May 18 14:47:42 PDT 2009)
[16:00:03]
[16:00:03] Preparing to commence simulation
[16:00:03] - Ensuring status. Please wait.
[16:00:13] - Assembly optimizations manually forced on.
[16:00:13] - Not checking prior termination.
[16:00:15] - Expanded 4840521 -> 24033213 (decompressed 496.5 percent)
[16:00:15] Called DecompressByteArray: compressed_data_size=4840521 data_size=24033213, decompressed_data_size=24033213 diff=0
[16:00:15] - Digital signature verified
[16:00:15]
[16:00:15] Project: 2677 (Run 38, Clone 37, Gen 23)
[16:00:15]
[16:00:15] Assembly optimizations on if available.
[16:00:15] Entering M.D.
[16:00:23] Multi-core optimizations on
[16:00:27] Completed 0 out of 250000 steps  (0%)
[16:18:54] Completed 2500 out of 250000 steps  (1%)
[16:36:31] Completed 5000 out of 250000 steps  (2%)
[16:53:45] Completed 7500 out of 250000 steps  (3%)
[17:13:07] Completed 10000 out of 250000 steps  (4%)
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[17:48:32] Completed 15000 out of 250000 steps  (6%)
[18:05:34] Completed 17500 out of 250000 steps  (7%)
[18:22:26] Completed 20000 out of 250000 steps  (8%)
[18:39:30] Completed 22500 out of 250000 steps  (9%)
[18:56:24] Completed 25000 out of 250000 steps  (10%)
[19:13:21] Completed 27500 out of 250000 steps  (11%)
[19:30:17] Completed 30000 out of 250000 steps  (12%)
[19:47:12] Completed 32500 out of 250000 steps  (13%)
[20:04:49] Completed 35000 out of 250000 steps  (14%)
[20:39:35] Completed 37500 out of 250000 steps  (15%)
[21:17:38] Completed 40000 out of 250000 steps  (16%)
[21:47:32] Completed 42500 out of 250000 steps  (17%)
[22:08:34] Completed 45000 out of 250000 steps  (18%)
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[23:21:46] Completed 50000 out of 250000 steps  (20%)
[23:54:07] Completed 52500 out of 250000 steps  (21%)
[00:15:53] Completed 55000 out of 250000 steps  (22%)
[00:33:53] Completed 57500 out of 250000 steps  (23%)
[00:50:46] Completed 60000 out of 250000 steps  (24%)
[01:08:40] Completed 62500 out of 250000 steps  (25%)
[01:33:09] Completed 65000 out of 250000 steps  (26%)
[01:57:14] Completed 67500 out of 250000 steps  (27%)
[02:26:01] Completed 70000 out of 250000 steps  (28%)
[03:01:58] Completed 72500 out of 250000 steps  (29%)
[03:31:14] Completed 75000 out of 250000 steps  (30%)
[03:48:48] Completed 77500 out of 250000 steps  (31%)

Is there a way to prevent this from happening?
geokilla
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Re: Notfred Client, Corestatus = ff (255)

Postposted on Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:41 pm

Hmm that's not a code at the FahWiki http://fahwiki.net/index.php/CoreStatus_codes so I'm not sure if it's something my code is doing or whether you just got unlucky with a bad WU from Stanford. Did this just happen the once or does it happen repeatedly?
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Re: Notfred Client, Corestatus = ff (255)

Postposted on Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:46 pm

notfred wrote:Hmm that's not a code at the FahWiki http://fahwiki.net/index.php/CoreStatus_codes so I'm not sure if it's something my code is doing or whether you just got unlucky with a bad WU from Stanford. Did this just happen the once or does it happen repeatedly?

Happens a lot of times. We turn our computers off at night because of personal reasons such as sleep and stuff, and half the time we power it back up, I get some sort of error, like the Corestatus = ff (255). I've had this error a couple times and have lost a lot of WU already. As of now, I changed the VMware client so that it suspends instead of shuts down, but I'm still worried bout the client because now I have no idea what's going on in the FahLog.

I've posted like in a couple places, and I think might've reposted somewhere but I don't remember where. No one's replying to my latest thread that I made at Hardware Canucks and EVGA either.

I've got some sites here that might be of help...There might be more...

http://foldingforum.org/search.php?keywords=error+0xff
https://www.evga.com/forums/tm.asp?m=100739654&mpage=2&key=
https://www.evga.com/forums/tm.asp?m=100586490
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Re: Notfred Client, Corestatus = ff (255)

Postposted on Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:01 am

Got the error again...Getting sick and tired of this. 80% of a WU. Gone.

I upgraded to the latest version of the Notfred client....Let's see what happens.
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Re: Notfred Client, Corestatus = ff (255)

Postposted on Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:07 pm

Your error is not with notfred's software, it's almost certainly with your VMware setup.

When you're asking for help, it's a good idea to include as much useful information as possible, including your system's components (including CPU, RAM, & motherboard), their particular configuration including overclocking if applicable, and the operating system.

I've never had a problem with VMware in XP Pro, but others have had problems in other Windows operating systems, at least until they learned how to do certain things. Though I've never set my system to automatically suspend, I do manually suspend the Linux Virtual Machine I run before shutting down Windows.

Since we don't know anything about you, we do not know your level of knowledge, and can't respond as effectively without it. Further, your terminology, using the words, "I have now changed the VMware so that it suspends instead of powering off every time I press close." raises some flags with me. What do you mean by "press[ing] close" ? VMware has the option of automatically suspending as mentioned, but you have to wait a while for it to complete that suspension, and if you force it to kill VMware with "End task" or something, you're likely to have problems. But I'm just speculating. More information from you is required to get anywhere.
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Re: Notfred Client, Corestatus = ff (255)

Postposted on Fri Jul 24, 2009 3:13 pm

Ragnar Dan wrote:Your error is not with notfred's software, it's almost certainly with your VMware setup.

When you're asking for help, it's a good idea to include as much useful information as possible, including your system's components (including CPU, RAM, & motherboard), their particular configuration including overclocking if applicable, and the operating system.

I've never had a problem with VMware in XP Pro, but others have had problems in other Windows operating systems, at least until they learned how to do certain things. Though I've never set my system to automatically suspend, I do manually suspend the Linux Virtual Machine I run before shutting down Windows.

Since we don't know anything about you, we do not know your level of knowledge, and can't respond as effectively without it. Further, your terminology, using the words, "I have now changed the VMware so that it suspends instead of powering off every time I press close." raises some flags with me. What do you mean by "press[ing] close" ? VMware has the option of automatically suspending as mentioned, but you have to wait a while for it to complete that suspension, and if you force it to kill VMware with "End task" or something, you're likely to have problems. But I'm just speculating. More information from you is required to get anywhere.

System is a AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 2.65Ghz with 2GB RAM on an ASUS M2N-E. The overclock is stable. We're using Windows XP Pro 32 bit SP3 and the latest version of VMware Player that can be obtained at the VMware site.

In the VMware client, there's an option under "Preferences" (not sure if it's Preferences since I have no access to computer atm) that you can choose where you close the VMware client, you can either suspend the virtual machine, or you can close the virtual machine completely. I have it set to close the virtual machine completely right now since I removed the old Notfred client and replaced it with the latest one available.

When we turn off the computer, we close the VMware client first because if you don't close the VMware client, then you're not allowed to turn off the computer. The client is not closed via Task Manager, but it is closed by pressing the "X" button at the top.

I followed this guide at EVGA to setup the Notfred client.
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Re: Notfred Client, Corestatus = ff (255)

Postposted on Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:19 am

You should always eliminate possible sources of problems like overclocking when trying to solve them.

As for the EVGA guide, I haven't read it, and it will have to wait for later before I give it a look.
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Re: Notfred Client, Corestatus = ff (255)

Postposted on Tue Jul 28, 2009 4:16 pm

I haven't reverted the settings back to stock. I don't think I'll need to either. So far so good for the Notfred client. All I did was just update it to the latest one that Notfred released too.
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Re: Notfred Client, Corestatus = ff (255)

Postposted on Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:16 pm

Well, I haven't read EVGA's guide, and since notfred's home is here, I doubt they have anything that isn't more or less a commonplace on this forum for users of his setup.

I have begun using VMware Player lately, though, and have had a couple of system shutdowns and crashes for various reasons. I'm using a USB-based flash drive on that system, though, and it has no problem restoring its previous state and starting again fine. I'm not using the Virtual Appliance, so that may be enough of a difference to make it inapplicable, but the setup I generated from the EasyVMX.com site worked well for me, and that's enough to keep me happy.
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