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Message 19190 - Posted: 12 Jan 2006, 1:32:45 UTC

My PC application are becoming slower to open up, and when closing down Windows (shut Off) the applications take for ever to close. Generally I\'m forced to close them when the window comes up to manually shut down each appplication . The PC seems to be asleep between operations.

If I kill Bionic before it starts work, ie. close it down, my PC runs normally. So its something Bionic is doing.

I\'m running ThreadMaster and have allocated 50% to the Climate app and 10% to Einstin which leaves me some resources to run anything else. I do have a lot of SysTray apps alive (and never had a problem in the past), and Task Manager says they impact very little on CPU usage. Page Usage is about 300Mb average.

Normally the problem manifests itself over night when its running by itself without interuption. In the morning its all but locked up.

The PC is not connected all the time to the Internet.

The PC is a WinXP SP2 and BIONIC ver 5.2.13

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Message 19191 - Posted: 12 Jan 2006, 2:06:08 UTC

perhaps thermal throttling, how are your temps?
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Message 19194 - Posted: 12 Jan 2006, 3:39:36 UTC
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What screensaver, if any, are you running. Are there any processes scheduled to run overnight, such as AV scan of hard drive, or defrag?
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Message 19356 - Posted: 16 Jan 2006, 9:02:47 UTC - in response to Message 19194.  

What screensaver, if any, are you running. Are there any processes scheduled to run overnight, such as AV scan of hard drive, or defrag?


The screensaver is the BIONIC Climate S/Saver. I\'ve disabled it now and this seems to have stopped the problem. However, I would like to run it if at all possible as it is informative.

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Message 19358 - Posted: 16 Jan 2006, 10:25:47 UTC
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With some computers, especially those with integrated graphics or older graphics cards, the screensaver takes up a great deal of processing power. But you can still view the graphics from the work tab of BOINC Manager. Select the line showing the climateprediction workunit, then click on the graphics button. Close the window when you are finished.

There is more about it here in the BOINC-Wiki.
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Message 19359 - Posted: 16 Jan 2006, 11:37:36 UTC - in response to Message 19358.  

While the screensaver is fun, it can really slow things down as it will be a full-screen OpenGL -- so most of the CPU time is going to graphics and a few percent, if that, going towards the model calculation. I usually just use a \"Blank Screen\" screensaver and do a \"Show Graphics\" from BOINC to interactively see a workunit\'s progress.
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Message 19361 - Posted: 16 Jan 2006, 14:21:15 UTC - in response to Message 19356.  

The screensaver is the BIONIC Climate S/Saver. I\'ve disabled it now and this seems to have stopped the problem. However, I would like to run it if at all possible as it is informative.

Depending on what type of video card chipset your system has, the visualization can take anywhere from less than 30 (for a decent nvidia type card) to 95 percent of your CPU time. So it\'s really not a good idea to run it. But if you are going to, it\'s possible that updating your video card drivers might decrease the amount CPU percent the visualization takes (once again, depending on what type of video card you have).
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Message 19388 - Posted: 17 Jan 2006, 10:30:46 UTC - in response to Message 19361.  

The screensaver is the BIONIC Climate S/Saver. I\'ve disabled it now and this seems to have stopped the problem. However, I would like to run it if at all possible as it is informative.

Depending on what type of video card chipset your system has, the visualization can take anywhere from less than 30 (for a decent nvidia type card) to 95 percent of your CPU time. So it\'s really not a good idea to run it. But if you are going to, it\'s possible that updating your video card drivers might decrease the amount CPU percent the visualization takes (once again, depending on what type of video card you have).



Hi

I have a Gforce4 Ti 4200 Graphics card with 64 Mbs memory. Sounds like a need a grunty card with lots of Memory ?

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Message 19391 - Posted: 17 Jan 2006, 14:11:37 UTC - in response to Message 19388.  

I have a Gforce4 Ti 4200 Graphics card with 64 Mbs memory. Sounds like a need a grunty card with lots of Memory ?

No, that should be quite good. What driver version are you running?
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Message 19420 - Posted: 18 Jan 2006, 21:23:06 UTC - in response to Message 19391.  

I have a Gforce4 Ti 4200 Graphics card with 64 Mbs memory. Sounds like a need a grunty card with lots of Memory ?

No, that should be quite good. What driver version are you running?


The driver is dated 28/7/03, version 4.5.2.3 from NVIDIA. If I remember correctly I downloaded this driver from NVIDIA about 6 mths ago.
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Message 19423 - Posted: 18 Jan 2006, 22:17:08 UTC - in response to Message 19420.  

I have a Gforce4 Ti 4200 Graphics card with 64 Mbs memory. Sounds like a need a grunty card with lots of Memory ?

No, that should be quite good. What driver version are you running?


The driver is dated 28/7/03, version 4.5.2.3 from NVIDIA. If I remember correctly I downloaded this driver from NVIDIA about 6 mths ago.


I\'ve just downloaded the most recent which was released at Christmas, version 8.1.9.8. I\'ll see if this make a difference.

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Message 19432 - Posted: 19 Jan 2006, 3:48:18 UTC - in response to Message 19423.  

I\'ve just downloaded the most recent which was released at Christmas, version 8.1.9.8. I\'ll see if this make a difference.Kim

Good luck. I\'m running with 45.33 on two of my computers without problem (old GF2 MX video cards), but never tried 45.23.
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Message 19524 - Posted: 22 Jan 2006, 10:05:30 UTC - in response to Message 19432.  

I\'ve just downloaded the most recent which was released at Christmas, version 8.1.9.8. I\'ll see if this make a difference.Kim

Good luck. I\'m running with 45.33 on two of my computers without problem (old GF2 MX video cards), but never tried 45.23.


Well this version of the Driver is definitly better. It doesn\'t seem to hang or give the stop start display of before. Its amasing what 6 mth can provide :-)

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