I'm downloaded the latest Ubuntu ISO and I'll set it up to run. How tight are the deadlines. Since this is a laptop, it won't be folding while I'm using it on battery, and it'll be turned off between uses for part of the day. What percentage would you say it has to be on to make the deadlines?
I would think the 64bit 'nix and switching between operating systems would be a pain in the butt. If it works good for you, cool.
The SMP WUs I've been getting are the 2651, '52, and '53. The 2651 and '53 are 1760 points with a four day deadline. IIRC, my e4400 C2D @ 2.0GHz ran them at about 1100 PPD. So you should be able to make deadlines with time to spare while only folding 50% of the time.
The 2652 is 1148 points with a three day deadline. They run slower (fewer PPD) than the '51 and '53, but will probably also make deadlines while folding 50% of the time.
Man, the SMP client is terrible. Almost every time I start it I run into some kind of trouble, the most common being this FILE_IO_ERROR. Once it actually starts working everything's fine and it goes at over 1800ppd, but it needs to be watched closely once it's time to start a new work unit.
Yep, I agree with Nitrodist. If you are getting regular "FILE_IO_ERROR" failures it's generally an indication your overclock isn't 100% stable under the load of folding.
After your reply I noticed you are running your memory at 2:3 with a 20% overclock. The SMP client seems to work the memory pretty hard on a dual core cpu system. At 2:3 your memory is waiting for something to do for more than 30% of the time, but is still clocking over spec and probably running fairly hot. Maybe try backing it down to 880MHz?
P.S. IIRC, drfish was plagued by "FILE_IO_ERROR"s during the BBQ Showdown with Leor. I don't recall if he ever resolved the issue completely, but a thread search and/or a PM to him might give you some things to try.
news edit: Yesterday we went from heatwave to chilly. I switched my AXP Sempron 2400 @ 2.0GHz with a 46% finished 500 point big packets WU over to TRFrankenbot. It's currently at 70% finished and 164 PPD. It will continue running 24/7 for the next few days and then a combination of night folding and 24/7 as the weather allows.