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by just brew it!
Wed Apr 02, 2003 6:02 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Just busted into the top 100
Replies: 47
Views: 7687

I imagine it is a case of "you add what you have available to you"...

A couple of my folding nodes are running K6-III+ CPUs... they don't do much compared to Athlon XPs (or even Durons), but every little bit helps.
by just brew it!
Mon Mar 31, 2003 9:44 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Just busted into the top 100
Replies: 47
Views: 7687

Yep, it is rather addictive... even moreso than RC5 was, since it is for a worthy cause. Watch your back, lgeis! :lol: (And Swamp, if you're reading this... I'll finally be taking a look at that Abit motherboard I was gonna try and repair for you... if I get it going, I'll run Folding@home on it in ...
by just brew it!
Wed Mar 26, 2003 2:21 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Helping T-R folding team by advertising on T-R
Replies: 41
Views: 12882

You will be giving new hope to many living things around the world. Well... I don't know if non-humans can be said to have "hope", so I'm not sure I like that one. A few other ideas for the first line of the slogan: Your PC could save someone's life! -or- Together we can help rid the world of disea...
by just brew it!
Sun Mar 23, 2003 3:09 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Raising app priority for F@H
Replies: 8
Views: 2506

eckslax, as long as you don't have any other CPU-intenstive background tasks running, you are probably best off leaving the priority of the folding client the way it is. It is designed to take all CPU cycles that aren't needed for anything else; raising it to high may cause problems. On my my system...
by just brew it!
Fri Mar 14, 2003 5:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I hate...... AMD......
Replies: 19
Views: 3040

Hey, I bet if you contacted AMD, they'd send you a replacement sticker...
by just brew it!
Fri Mar 14, 2003 4:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I hate...... AMD......
Replies: 19
Views: 3040

Well... you do realize that an Athlon XP is really just an Athlon MP with the last L5 bridge cut, right? So the sticker isn't really that far off base... :D
by just brew it!
Fri Mar 14, 2003 4:31 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Score per WU question
Replies: 17
Views: 5836

Hmm... OK, my bad; I must be misremembering. So what is the purpose of having a time limit listed for each type of WU on the Folding@home site?
by just brew it!
Fri Mar 14, 2003 3:15 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Score per WU question
Replies: 17
Views: 5836

Just to add to this... I believe I read somewhere that if you take too long to complete a WU, they lower the point value.
by just brew it!
Fri Mar 14, 2003 1:50 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Fold, Fold, Fold
Replies: 38
Views: 10262

if i could only install the client at work.. hehe i would be in deep **** if i tried that though.. Yeah, I was tempted too; there's a server that I administer remotely at one of my clients' office that I was tempted to add to the mix. Probably nobody would ever notice... but sometimes people get ki...
by just brew it!
Fri Mar 14, 2003 12:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Encoding?
Replies: 10
Views: 1499

I've been a big fan of LAME MP3 for a while... I'd like to switch to Ogg Vorbis, but my Rio Volt portable doesn't play Ogg files. :cry:
by just brew it!
Thu Mar 13, 2003 11:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I hate...... AMD......
Replies: 19
Views: 3040

Yeah, I'd definitely exercise some caution. The large capacitors might hold a fairly substantial charge for a while even after the PSU is unplugged.
by just brew it!
Thu Mar 13, 2003 11:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Encoding?
Replies: 10
Views: 1499

Ogg Vorbis format compresses at least as well as WMA for comparable sound quality, and is an open standard with a freely available codec, instead of tying you to Microsoft's proprietary format. Winamp will play the files just fine, and Ogg-compatible portables are supposedly in the works. You should...
by just brew it!
Tue Mar 11, 2003 9:02 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: You might be a folding addict when.....
Replies: 19
Views: 5083

when you have <a href="http://justbrewit.net/computing/misc_images/fold1.jpg">this monstrosity</a> cranking out work units on the floor under your desk.

(That's an Athlon XP 1700+ and a Duron 1100, running on "junk" motherboards I've managed to salvage.)
by just brew it!
Tue Mar 11, 2003 3:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Type of music
Replies: 48
Views: 6057

Hey, I see there are a few Satriani fans here... how's his new one? (Haven't picked it up yet.) I'm mostly into semi-obscure jazz/rock stuff... no, not "fuzak" like Kenny G, I'm talking about the slightly more "out there" stuff like Allan Holdsworth, Tribal Tech, Jonas Hellborg, Scott McGill, Wayne ...
by just brew it!
Tue Mar 11, 2003 2:25 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Fold, Fold, Fold
Replies: 38
Views: 10262

I think deleting queue.dat and the work subdirectory should do it.
by just brew it!
Mon Mar 10, 2003 4:55 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Fold, Fold, Fold
Replies: 38
Views: 10262

Keep in mind that you don't really need to build a complete system to run the folding client. This means you can turn spare parts into additional folding clients fairly inexpensively, if you get a little creative. Two of my folding systems are based on dead motherboards I've salvaged by replacing ba...
by just brew it!
Sun Mar 09, 2003 4:40 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: OK, what's going on with the TR fold team?
Replies: 105
Views: 34643

Steel -- Yes, I plan to try the procedure outlined at that site you linked (and maybe some of the other options like knoppix as well) once I've got some time to play around with it. I'm basically out of "spare" hard drives at this point! (Just cracked the TR top 25 a couple of days ago... who-hoo! :D)
by just brew it!
Fri Mar 07, 2003 2:47 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: OK, what's going on with the TR fold team?
Replies: 105
Views: 34643

What about using a floppy to boot Linux over a LAN? I know there's a way to do this, just haven't taken the time to dig into it yet.
by just brew it!
Sun Mar 02, 2003 3:04 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Strange Folding@home server problem
Replies: 2
Views: 3733

OK, thanks. The status page says servers that are down should be reported with a status of "DOWN". I guess that is incorrect -- apparently they just disappear from the list until they come back.
by just brew it!
Sun Mar 02, 2003 2:51 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Strange Folding@home server problem
Replies: 2
Views: 3733

Strange Folding@home server problem

One of my machines has been repeatedly attempting to turn in a completed work unit for the past day or two. It is attempting to send it to the server 171.64.122.107, and failing with a "Network send failure" error. The strange thing is, the 171.64.122.107 IP address does not show up at all on the se...
by just brew it!
Sun Mar 02, 2003 2:52 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: New proc help.
Replies: 8
Views: 984

If the board is becoming progressively more unstable, something is going south. Look at the motherboard and see if any of the capacitors are bulging or leaking; this is a very common problem with motherboards made in the past 2-3 years. Installing the faster processor could have accelerated the proc...
by just brew it!
Sun Mar 02, 2003 2:47 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: I850E chip Fan problem
Replies: 2
Views: 1698

Yeah, the quality of fans generally used on chipsets really sucks. Does the heatsink get really hot? If not, running without a fan on it should be fine -- just remove the fan and don't worry about it any more. Something else you can try... disassemble one of the noisy fans, clean everything really w...
by just brew it!
Sat Mar 01, 2003 9:13 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: computer slow down and very low temps
Replies: 7
Views: 2477

Yeah, if it wasn't for his drop in temperatures, my first reaction would've been to blame it on a Sandra bug... wouldn't be the first one. :D Do all of the other Sanrda tests score low too, or just the multimedia one? Does it show all of the appropriate multimedia instruction extensions as being ena...
by just brew it!
Sat Mar 01, 2003 8:43 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: computer slow down and very low temps
Replies: 7
Views: 2477

Does your BIOS boot-up screen still show the CPU as a 1GHz Athlon? Maybe your BIOS settings have gotten messed up and the CPU is running at a reduced multiplier (though I don't see how the multiplier could be low enough to make it perform like a Pentium/200). Also check in your BIOS to see if the CP...
by just brew it!
Sat Mar 01, 2003 8:38 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: NTFS vs Fat32
Replies: 17
Views: 2150

Unless you need to dual-boot with an OS that doesn't understand NTFS, NTFS is the way to go. Advantages of NTFS: - More reliable (journaling). Never wait for SCANDISK to run on bootup ever again! - More efficient at allocating space (smaller cluster size for a given size volume). - Allows per-file a...
by just brew it!
Sat Mar 01, 2003 1:01 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: OK, what's going on with the TR fold team?
Replies: 105
Views: 34643

...like your numbers need any improving! :D

Seriously... great to hear you're adding more firepower. Received Swamp's blown Abit board a couple of days ago... looks easily fixable. I'm waiting on some capacitors; once I get 'em, the board will go onto the "operating table". :)
by just brew it!
Fri Feb 28, 2003 12:00 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: OK, what's going on with the TR fold team?
Replies: 105
Views: 34643

Yeah, P1-166 would probably be pretty slow. My K6-III+/500 systems can take several days to complete some of the more computationally demanding work units. IIRC there have been a couple of instances where they have taken over a week.
by just brew it!
Fri Feb 28, 2003 10:17 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: OK, what's going on with the TR fold team?
Replies: 105
Views: 34643

BTW, speaking of inexpensive motherboards... MSI makes several integrated (with video & LAN) Socket A boards that sell for around $60. If you've got a spare Socket A CPU, an old stick of SDRAM, and $60 burning a hole in your pocket, it might be something to consider...
by just brew it!
Fri Feb 28, 2003 10:05 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: OK, what's going on with the TR fold team?
Replies: 105
Views: 34643

"Hillbilly Supercomputer"... that's great! :lol: It looks like he's got multiple AT-style mobos running off of a single PSU. Anyone know if it is feasible to do something like this with an ATX PSU? And if so, a cheap source for the connectors? As far as Slot A boards go... I don't have any extra one...
by just brew it!
Thu Feb 27, 2003 12:27 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: OK, what's going on with the TR fold team?
Replies: 105
Views: 34643

Hey, every little bit helps. I'm running stuff ranging from a K6-III+/500 to an Athlon XP 1800+ (my primary workstation). Couple of 'em aren't even complete systems -- they are bare motherboards with 1" long machine screws bolted thru the mounting holes -- the screws act as legs to keep the undersid...
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