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1) Questions and Answers : Preferences : Cannot Update Computer Preferences (Message 48313)
Posted 6 Mar 2014 by Profile ex_brit
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Yes indeed. ;-)
2) Questions and Answers : Preferences : Cannot Update Computer Preferences (Message 48307)
Posted 6 Mar 2014 by Profile ex_brit
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I'm getting update failed page every time I try to update my computer preferences.

Problems?

Edit: False alarm...seems to have corrected itself.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : No Tasks Available (Message 48302)
Posted 6 Mar 2014 by Profile ex_brit
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I like that. ;-)
4) Message boards : Number crunching : MORE DOWNLOAD ERRORS (Message 47899)
Posted 30 Dec 2013 by Profile ex_brit
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It's explained rather well by Moderator Les Bayliss here:

Basically, it's an old task from July 2012, and, while the task zip is still on the server, all of the support files are long gone, and it's those missing files that causes the download failure.
You can see when a task was originally created by looking at the Work unit ID column of the model of interest.

As for why this type of model gets put into the download queue again, see Thyme Lawn's post here in the middle of the thread mentioned above.


5) Message boards : Number crunching : MORE DOWNLOAD ERRORS (Message 47889)
Posted 29 Dec 2013 by Profile ex_brit
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Yes, I realise that......it was simply to add a voice to the thread, that's all.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : MORE DOWNLOAD ERRORS (Message 47887)
Posted 29 Dec 2013 by Profile ex_brit
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Similar result here today with hadam3p_pnw_b1th_1997_1_008092419_2

Pity there isn't a facility to restart a download after a failure rather than having to Abort.
7) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Longer Deadlines - That's What I'd Like To See (Message 47877)
Posted 26 Dec 2013 by Profile ex_brit
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Thanks, I've already reset my preferences to that. Tine will tell of course.
8) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Longer Deadlines - That's What I'd Like To See (Message 47874)
Posted 26 Dec 2013 by Profile ex_brit
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0.9 + 0.1 for a total of 1 day. There are a max of 8 WU's processing at once. (4 cores, hyperthreaded for a total of 8).

If I make the buffer higher BOINC loads far too many WU's from some projects.

In answer to the comment earlier about running too many projects. I have that arrangement simply because often projects run out of work, and at least this way I'm pretty-well guaranteed of getting something from somewhere.

Before someone comments, recent WU's have been a disaster for a number of reasons including the fact that I had a hardware failure and had to reinstall Windows. Thereby losing everything.
Also I did abort one or two because they had exceeded there deadline by quite a wide margin.

Someone earlier suggested limiting it to certain CPDN projects only, not sure if that would help.

I'm loathe to give up on such a great project but if needs must, I guess I'll have to.
9) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Longer Deadlines - That's What I'd Like To See (Message 47871)
Posted 26 Dec 2013 by Profile ex_brit
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Normally mine would complete in that time but certain other projects have found out a way of circumventing BOINC and making every unit they put out high priority...will ditch same after I've had a fight with them.
10) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Longer Deadlines - That's What I'd Like To See (Message 47868)
Posted 25 Dec 2013 by Profile ex_brit
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Thanks. I do run it most of the time anyway and it is a fast machine however I do prevent BOINC tasks from using my graphics card which may or may not apply here. I'll look into your suggestions.
11) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Longer Deadlines - That's What I'd Like To See (Message 47866)
Posted 25 Dec 2013 by Profile ex_brit
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Yet another WU is about to miss it's deadline...a day from now and it's only 65% there, so has weeks to go at the rate it is going, even at high-priority (at which it has been running for quite some time now so BOINC agrees with me, or at least it can't be blamed). This never used to happen and I've always had multi-projects.
Are you absolutely sure that longer deadlines aren't in order or possible? Am I the only one this is happening to?
I seem to recall deadlines of almost a year at one time.
12) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Longer Deadlines - That's What I'd Like To See (Message 47079)
Posted 17 Sep 2013 by Profile ex_brit
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BOINC is a work in progress obviously.
13) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Longer Deadlines - That's What I'd Like To See (Message 47068)
Posted 17 Sep 2013 by Profile ex_brit
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Well I've been proven wrong and I apologise. CPDN just relinquished it's grip and now some other work, due tomorrow, has taken over.
14) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Longer Deadlines - That's What I'd Like To See (Message 47065)
Posted 16 Sep 2013 by Profile ex_brit
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Agreed and I have a feeling I'm guilty of that. I signed on to a lot of projects simply to guarantee work, but maybe I went overboard.
15) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Longer Deadlines - That's What I'd Like To See (Message 47063)
Posted 16 Sep 2013 by Profile ex_brit
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It's a weird system but must make sense to someone I suppose. Of course hanging on until that work is finished means others may miss a deadline as a result, but I'm learning (slowly) to disregard it.

Some project managers unfortunately exploit the situation as I mentioned earlier.
16) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Longer Deadlines - That's What I'd Like To See (Message 47061)
Posted 16 Sep 2013 by Profile ex_brit
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Sorry, I was a bit vague. I was referring to
It'll grab more than its fair share in the short term, but then other projects will get the priority for a long while until it has evened out again.


In my experience that doesn't happen. That could be a problem with BOINC itself.
17) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Longer Deadlines - That's What I'd Like To See (Message 47059)
Posted 16 Sep 2013 by Profile ex_brit
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"the chief cause of problems is solutions"
- yes indeed. At least CPDN is not carrying it to extremes as did another project I since left whereby several WU's would regularly arrive with just hours left for the deadline, naturally all would run at high priority. I complained and explained in detail why and was told, "tough", so left them to their own devices.
I guess it's striking a happy balance between deadline and the level of urgency.

However, contrary to an earlier statement, things don't seem to level off because CPDN's WU continues to run 100% of the time, so it really is depriving something else of "having a go" when the hourly changeover occurs and will continue to do so it seems, until 25 September deadline and beyond. It's only 1 WU so I guess it's not too serious a problem as I can run 8 at once.
18) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Longer Deadlines - That's What I'd Like To See (Message 47052)
Posted 15 Sep 2013 by Profile ex_brit
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OK, thanks.
19) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Longer Deadlines - That's What I'd Like To See (Message 47050)
Posted 15 Sep 2013 by Profile ex_brit
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Well I didn't mean to come across as whinging and whining - just opining and asking. ;-)

Thanks for the explanation. Not sure I totally understand it but I'll take your word for it.

I guess I'm thinking back quite a while. Not sure I'm happy with any project that decides to pre-empt other projects by going high-priority right from the start but it seems to be becoming more and more prevalent so I guess we have to put up with it.

It could mean people cutting back on numbers of projects and/or how much cache they decide to keep.
20) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Longer Deadlines - That's What I'd Like To See (Message 47046)
Posted 15 Sep 2013 by Profile ex_brit
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I've noticed lately that work units' deadlines are earlier than they used to be and somewhat unrealistic. We aren't all running supercomputers 24/7 and not all running CPDN only.

My current work unit which is now running at high-priority, meaning something else is waiting as a result, has run, at last check, for 213.13.30 with 147.34.56 to go and a deadline of 25/09/2013 which by my calculations it will not meet.

I recall much longer deadlines being given in the past which meant the work could progress at normal priority and get done, even allowing for other projects, and the fact that I like to conserve electricity, and money, by shutting down at night, not to mention give my machine a well-earned rest.

Why the sudden urgency?


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