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Message 20479 - Posted: 19 Feb 2006, 12:00:21 UTC

This morning I enabled remote desktop connection on a Windows XP machine and then rebooted the machine, only to be greeted by the message \"BOINC Manager is not able to connect to a BOINC Client\".

It offers me the options of Retry or Cancel. Retry just brings back the same message and cancel opens BOINC Manager but unconnected to any projects.

As far as I know BOINC CPDN was running perfectly happily until I rebooted the machine and the only change that I can think of was enabling remote desktop connection - could this be the cause fo the problem?

How do I get the project running again?

Thanks, Brian
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Message 20483 - Posted: 19 Feb 2006, 13:25:02 UTC

Have you tried this: go to the File menu, and then select computer. A dialogbox should appear with two dropdown boxes. Click the top one and select localhost. The lower box you type in the password for your local machine, but on mine it comes up already filled in, when selecting localhost.

If you don\'t know the password, it\'s stored in a file in the boinc main directory, in a file called \"gui_rpc_auth.cfg\"

If this doesn\'t help, or I misunderstood your question, then just ignore this post.
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Message 20494 - Posted: 19 Feb 2006, 16:23:16 UTC - in response to Message 20483.  
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Ryle - thanks for the suggestion. I tried it exactly as you suggested, but to no avail. I\'m still getting the same message that it could not connect to a BOINC client. It is almost as though the client files have become corrupted or something of the sort.

Anyway, thanks again for the suggestion - it feels as though it *should* have worked!

Regards, Brian

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Message 20497 - Posted: 19 Feb 2006, 17:17:57 UTC

Hopefully you can use this;;

Do you have BOINC starting at boot? If so delete it from windows startup and reboot, that works for some people...

OK, the disconnected issue means that the BOINC manager is not able to talk to the BOINC daemon. Whether or not you are uploading/downloading/crunching at this point must be determined with the task list (I do not remember how to bring this up for 95/98/me).
The usual reason for this problem is that the BOINC manager is starting and trying to talk before the BOINC daemon is ready to listen. The usual fix is to wait a minute or two and see if connecting to \"\" or \"localhost\" or \"127.0.0.1\" works.
If the above fails, then there is a possibility that the BOINC daemon is not starting. If that is the case, then staring it manually may help. If it is installed as a service, run \"net start BOINC\" from a command line. If it is installed as single or multi user, cd to the install directory, and run BOINC.exe. If it is now running, you are the victim of a bug that has hopefully been fixed in 5.1.
If it is still not working, you have a problem with one of the XML files, and you will probably have to delete the directory and start over. (I have seen this problem much less with 5.1).
You might also go to the BOINC folder and look for this file \"gui rpc auth.cfg\" open with word pad and change the password to one you like make sure you enter a return at the end and then save and reboot computer then try the local host entry in select computer popup..... Check your firewall.
When all screens in Boinc Manager are blank, check that Boinc.exe is running. In Windows NT/2k/XP, rightclick on the Windows taskbar and choose Task Manager. Go to the processes tab and check if Boinc.exe is running. Check how many versions of Boincmgr.exe there are running.
If more than 2 of the latter, close them all down and restart one.
If Boinc.exe isn\'t running, please try a reboot of the computer first.
Close down BOINC.
Navigate to your Boinc directory.
Find the file called gui_rpc_auth.cfg, open it up with a word processor and delete password, then put a blank space followed by a carriage return, save file.
Then restart BOINC.
That will most probably fix it.
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Message 20501 - Posted: 19 Feb 2006, 17:37:52 UTC - in response to Message 20497.  

Jim - thanks for the impressive set of suggesstions.

A combination of time presure and a desire to reconfigure BOINC to run as a service, irrespective of whether anyone is logged in, meant that I ended up taking the cowards route - I uninstalled BOINC and then reinstalled using the latest code.

As soon as I reinstalled, BOINC started up perfectly happily, reconnected to the CPDN project and (as far as I can tell) continued work on exactly the same work unit that it had been processing.

So a somewhat bizarre experience, but fortunately I have the machine back up and running and being productive.

Thanks again, Brian
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