OK so I am going to install the F@H 'screensaver' (not console) client on my main (and only) machine and I just have a few questions:
Even though I'm a console junkie I'll try my best
1) Now, this is a 'background screensaver' application. Does that mean it just uses available CPU cycles at all times, when the computer is in screensaver mode, or if none of the above, then when?
It looks like there's two versions, the graphical console that runs all the time and the screensaver only version. Since I haven't tried either yet all I can say is try 'em and see.
2) Will this 100% load my CPU when I am not using the computer at all?
Ideally yes. The only time it wouldn't be at 100% is when it's transferring a work unit
3) Say I want to run a CPU intensive program, play a game, encode a DivX movie, etc. Will the F@H client only take free CPU cycles? Or do I have to suspend it or something when I want all of the cycles to be available for another program?
The client is very good at getting out of the way when you want to run something else. When I encode a DivX on one of mine, Core_65.exe gets 0% of the CPU.
4) We have an ancient P100 in the basement, 48MB RAM, no HD that I know powers up and gets into the BIOS. So, should I get that thing folding? If so, how can I do it without buying a HD for it? I'd be willing to throw a $5 NIC in it (I dunno it may be all ISA slots, lol) I know there are Linux distros that can boot off a floppy, can anyone point me to one to use for F@H? Or would that be a waste considering the ancient CPU?
I'm not sure a machine that old can get a WU done before it expires. I tried running it on a P166MMX and I don't think it ever returned a WU on time. Considering what you'd have to do to get that machine working, I don't think it's worth the effort.
One last thing: glad to be folding for someone. /me runs about stealthily and sees what other computers I can run this on.
Glad to have you aboard! (And don't get caught