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Message 30450 - Posted: 9 Sep 2007, 3:46:06 UTC

Here are the messages that BOINC logs when it starts-up:

9/8/2007 10:44:14 PM| |Starting BOINC client version 5.10.13 for windows_intelx86
9/8/2007 10:44:14 PM| |log flags: task, file_xfer, sched_ops
9/8/2007 10:44:14 PM| |Libraries: libcurl/7.16.1 OpenSSL/0.9.8e zlib/1.2.3
9/8/2007 10:44:14 PM| |Data directory: C:\\Program Files\\BOINC
9/8/2007 10:44:14 PM| |Processor: 1 AuthenticAMD AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2400+ [x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1]
9/8/2007 10:44:14 PM| |Processor features: fpu tsc sse 3dnow mmx
9/8/2007 10:44:14 PM| |Memory: 1.94 GB physical, 2.29 GB virtual
9/8/2007 10:44:14 PM| |Disk: 57.26 GB total, 23.85 GB free
9/8/2007 10:44:15 PM|climateprediction.net |URL: http://climateprediction.net/; Computer ID: 753323; location: (none); project prefs: default
9/8/2007 10:44:15 PM| |No general preferences found - using BOINC defaults
9/8/2007 10:44:15 PM| |Preferences limit memory usage when active to 991.68MB
9/8/2007 10:44:15 PM| |Preferences limit memory usage when idle to 1785.02MB
9/8/2007 10:44:15 PM| |Preferences limit disk usage to 9.31GB

I hope that makes more sense than it appears to make while I\'m writing this message. Why does it say \"No general preferences found - using BOINC defaults\" although I have created a record of my preferences on the BOINC website -?- or perhaps in my online account with the CPDN website. Regardless, BOINC is obviously looking for something and not finding it, although, AFAIK, they do exist.
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Message 30453 - Posted: 9 Sep 2007, 4:33:31 UTC
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The BOINC website is NOT a project. It\'s just a forum where people can get help for BOINC problems.

If you really want to use an option set to something other than the defaults, you can change them in General preferences, which is on your Account page at each of the projects.

You can change the defaults in the \'main page\', which is what is called BOINC defaults, or in one of the 3 special areas at the bottom of the page: home, school, work.
When you\'ve finished, click on \"Update preferences\" at the bottom; then go to the projects tab of your BOINC manager, click on the same project name, and then click the Update button.
Your Manager will now know about the changes.

To use these preferences, you need to select the Run option in the menu which says: based on preferences.

With the version of BOINC that you have, you can also set up preferences locally on your computer.
However, I don\'t use prefs, so I don\'t know how to set this, or how to use the 3 special areas of the project prefs.


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Message 30559 - Posted: 18 Sep 2007, 20:59:49 UTC - in response to Message 30453.  

[quote]The BOINC website is NOT a project. It\'s just a forum where people can get help for BOINC problems.[quote]

Your statement has nothing to do with anything that I wrote. Then everything that you proceed to tell me is what I already know. What I don\'t know is why BOINC and/or the climate model programs apparently ignore the preferences even if their own messages say that they have accessed them. I REALLY DO want to set some options to values other than the defaults, but the default values are no doubt what the creators of the software would prefer. It is easy to replace the the default values with others, but that doesn\'t mean that the software will, in fact, execute according to those other values.

For example, the BOINC messages routinely claimed that they did not find anything but default values online although I had, in fact, replaced many of them. Then I used the BOINC manager\'s \"Advanced/Preferences\" feature to specify values for this computer on which BOINC is executing, and lo and behold, suddenly BOINC reports finding those that I had specified online. It claims that the ones which I specified directly for this computer \"override\" the online values. In my experience so far, that does not appear to always (if ever) be true.

For example, online I left the maximum percentage of CPU time that the model can use as 100%, but I set it to 80% \"locally\" by using the \"Advanced/Preferences\" tab of the BOINC software that I\'m running. I\'ve since turned the computer completely off, then restarted the next morning. So, can you guess which value for the \"use at most\" CPU time that is being used to execute the model??

--- Stardance

P.S. Nope, it ain\'t 80%, it is 100%.
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Message 30560 - Posted: 18 Sep 2007, 21:15:19 UTC


I answered your question as best I could.

As you still have problems, it would be best to ask here on the BOINC/dev forums, where people who are experienced in these matters visit.

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Message 30771 - Posted: 30 Sep 2007, 11:21:55 UTC

location: (none); project prefs: default

Means you are using the default online preference, not School, Work or Home.

No general preferences found - using BOINC defaults

Means you do not have a local preference file on your computer to override the website values you have determined.

None of this means you are using default values. It means that you are defaulting to the website to pick up your values. It\'s not the best wording but because BOINC is international, they have to sometimes sacrifice what we thing of in English, to allow the translation to be smoother in other languages.

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