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1) Questions and Answers : Windows : Need new boinc core version (Message 14006)
Posted 2 Jul 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
> Thanks crandles - after restarting a few times it resumed its work. I'll
> download vwesion 5 when this WU finishes.(presumably, if I understood
> correctly, to be released soon)
For now it still is marked as " Development version (MAY BE UNSTABLE - USE ONLY FOR TESTING)". Unless you like beta-testing I would not use it.
I assume that they will (try to) fix that issue next week....

Friedrich
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2) Questions and Answers : Windows : no trickles for 3 days? when will be up? (Message 13783)
Posted 23 Jun 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
&gt; Here they come!
&gt; Currently trickles are listed upt to 6/18/05...
&gt; :-)
Hmmmmm.....
Credit does not increase despite the incomming trickles...

I hope it will.

Friedrich
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3) Questions and Answers : Windows : no trickles for 3 days? when will be up? (Message 13745)
Posted 23 Jun 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
Here they come!
Currently trickles are listed upt to 6/18/05...
:-)

Thanks!
But please adapt a new information policy for the future. Either through the project news or a special forum (e.g. by a sticky note).

Friedrich

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4) Questions and Answers : Windows : no trickles for 3 days? when will be up? (Message 13679)
Posted 21 Jun 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
Hi!

&gt; News on the front page.
I just took a look at it. That's it!
A short statement:
- acknowledging that there is a problem on their end
- some information on when they will be able to tackle the problem
- an estimated time until they will have fixed it (if possible)
- any recommendations for the users, e.g. not to upload results or trickles
- a short note once the problem has been fixed

That is all I need to be a much happier cruncher!
;-)

Please make that a habit!

Thanks!

Friedrich

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5) Questions and Answers : Windows : no trickles for 3 days? when will be up? (Message 13606)
Posted 20 Jun 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
Hello,

&gt; A simple news posting on the WEB explaining that there is a
&gt; temporary problem but that all data is still being collected would go a long
&gt; way with the volunteer community.
&gt;
&gt; Yes, SETI does go down, much like all BOINC projects. However, SETI does, at
&gt; least, post news items when it happens that explain what is going one and let
&gt; folks know that the processed data is not being wasted.

I agree!
I don't know how the information policy of CPDN compares to other projects but Seti certainly does a better job at letting people know when they are down.

I think it shows some courtesy and respect for the people donating their computer time to keep them informed.
It does not need to be the full story. Just a note that there is a problem, what nature it is and when it is going to be fixed (like "Will be working on it monday morning...").

If I have to research the message groups and built a consensus first every time, just to determine if CPDN has a problem or my machine, that is annoying over time.

I definitely would appreciate it, if there was some information available. Thanks!

Friedrich

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6) Questions and Answers : Windows : Credit allocation has stoppped (Message 13487)
Posted 16 Jun 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
I just noticed that there are no more trickles listed since yesterday.

Friedrich


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7) Message boards : Number crunching : Announcement: Database residual problem - misallocated WUs (Message 13136)
Posted 5 Jun 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
I am not sure if I should report this, but the following applies:

&gt; 2. If there is a WU in your list of result <b>AND</b> there is work done by
&gt; another computer.

&gt; <b>Edits 4th June</b>
&gt; Removed intructions to report resultids, host numbers and WU names. We would
&gt; still be grateful for any reports that indicate a new aspect or different
&gt; affected time period eg affected resultids less than 719000 or greater than
&gt; 890,000.

I don't compute it but I get credits for:
Result ID: 890190
WU ID: 592420
Host ID: 88435

The trickles are listed for Host ID: 173084
(Who probably does the computing...)

Friedrich
8) Questions and Answers : Windows : Crashing consistently just after 30% (Message 12917)
Posted 27 May 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
Hi,

I had the first couple of modells crash with an error code -5 under BOINC 4.19, too.
Since I started defragmenting the hard drive(s) on a regular basis (about every 1-2 weeks), that has not happened any more and I am close to completing two more WU. (Keeping fingers crossed).
Before defragmenting the drive make sure you suspend &amp; exit BOINC first.

I have the idea that maybe BOINC 4.19 is not very patient when exiting and that it may terminate the climate modells before all the data has been properly written on the harddrive if the disk is too fragmented.
That would explain why the error code -5 always appeared right after start-up, i.e. when the model tries to load the data files they are corrupted.

Also, I always do suspend and exit BOINMC before shutting down the computer.

Just a thought, but worth trying.

Friedrich


9) Questions and Answers : Windows : Trickle missing - Will WU be credited? (Message 12828)
Posted 24 May 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
Hello,

I finished a CPDN WU a couple of weeks ago, but the result page still shows it as "in progress":
<a href="http://climateapps2.oucs.ox.ac.uk/cpdnboinc/workunit.php?wuid=426755"> </a>

Looks like on trickle from phase 3 is missing (TS 183634). I have no idea where that trickle might have gone. Maybe it was lost during one of the server problems at CPDN?

Will the WU still be usable to CPDN and wil I still get (to keep) my credits?

Friedrich


10) Questions and Answers : Windows : CPIDs linked - Can I detach from second project now? (Message 12584)
Posted 15 May 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
Thanks, Les!

Friedrich
11) Questions and Answers : Windows : CPIDs linked - Can I detach from second project now? (Message 12576)
Posted 14 May 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
Hello,

based on the long thread on unifying the CPID:
http://climateapps2.oucs.ox.ac.uk/cpdnboinc/forum_thread.php?id=1903

I believe the CPIDs for Seti and CPDN have been synchronized. (The settings migrate from one project to the other alright.)

I have one PC with CPDN and Seti, the other ones run CPDN only. I now realize that running CPDN on that old, slow machine just does not work out as it will never finish the WU before the deadline.

Will the projects stay linked even when I detach from CPDN on that machine?

Thanks!

Friedrich
12) Questions and Answers : Windows : Laptop Cooling Fan stops and starts when BOINC becomes active (Message 12575)
Posted 14 May 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
I agree.
My (desktop) CPU goes from 35°C to 50°C as soon as CPDN starts running and goes back to 35°C as soon as it stops.
There definitely is a good reason why the fan should be running as soon as CPDN starts. Especially as it will keep your laptop from throttling (or however that is spelled) down.

Friedrich
13) Questions and Answers : Windows : \"Run based on preferences\" Switch for BOINC 4.25 (Message 11850)
Posted 15 Apr 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
Hello

&gt; Some people were having problems with CPDN getting corrupted files without
&gt; suspending and exiting before.
Precisely, like loosing a WU. Especially if the drive was fragmented.

&gt; However, 4.25 is doing things differently, and there is a lag after
&gt; exiting the app as CPDN shuts down cleanly. So now I just exit before
&gt; rebooting and everything is fine.
That sounds almost too good to be true.

Thanks for the information!

Friedrich
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14) Questions and Answers : Windows : \"Run based on preferences\" Switch for BOINC 4.25 (Message 11838)
Posted 15 Apr 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
Hello,

I upgraded recently to BOINC 4.25 on an WinXP system.

When I shut down the computer, I usually "Suspend" and the "Exit". BOINC is started automatically after reboot.

While BOINC 4.19 would always come up as "Run based on preferences", BOINC 4.25 remembers the last state, which of course is "Suspend". I have to change it manually every time.

This is annoying because I run BOINC on a remote controlled computer which I just reboot after servicing it. Now I have to log in again just to have BOINC resume the calculations.

Is there a switch (like the "-min" to run minimzed) that tells BOINC 4.25 to run automatically after it starts?

Thanks!

Friedrich
15) Questions and Answers : Windows : Client errors. ( I did search too....:)) (Message 11368)
Posted 24 Mar 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
Hi,

I had the first three models crash, too. All with this famous exit code -5, mostly well below 15% or the work done. My system definitely is stable. Never ever any stability related problem with any application.

Then somebody suggested - and I tried - to regularely defragment the drive. (Of course while BOINC is not running!)
Since then the current two models have been running fine, currently at slightly above and below 35%. I keep defragmenting it about every two weeks, and everything seems fine. (Keep my fingers crossed!)

I am not sure what that means, what exactly was the problems and why it should make a difference. But since it is a real easy thing to do, it might be worth a try.

Friedrich


16) Questions and Answers : Windows : Error Code -5 keeps coming - Is CPDN suitable for me? (Message 9592)
Posted 20 Feb 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
Hello mo.v

&gt; Make sure that when you suspend and exit, you give it time - it does not
&gt; respond very quickly to these instructions.
I do that. I usually wait until the icon disapears and then check the task manager. Does not make a difference.

&gt; Other advice that has regularly been given to people who have this same
&gt; problem is to check your machine for stability, by running stability tests and
&gt; checking for overheating, even if it runs stably with everything else. This is
&gt; because cpdn is a very demanding programme.
I don't think it overheats since my Intel monitor software tells me that I am well within safe margins. Also I then should see other effects with other software while running CPDN. But everything else is running fine.
However, all references to what kind of stability tests I could do point to the phpBB which is currently off-line. But all that would tell me is that my system is unstable (if it really is), which does not change anything.

&gt; moment and adopted the solution of last resort. This is to uninstall boinc
&gt; cpdn and install classic cpdn instead. This is running perfectly at about the
&gt; same speed as a boinc model, trickles regularly, and the last finished model
&gt; uploaded automatically. At the moment classic models are equally useful to the
&gt; researchers.

That might be the right solution for me, too.

&gt; This is a method allowing continued participation in a most valuable project.
&gt; After completing another model or two I may try boinc cpdn again.

I am going to wait for a more fault-tolerant version of BOINC/CPDN.

&gt; But look first at the many posts (on both boinc message boards) about -5
&gt; crashes!

I have read a lot of them, but I could find nothing in there that really helps.
So I will wait for the next crash and then switch.

Unless somebody else has a good idea...

Thanks!

Friedrich

17) Questions and Answers : Windows : Error Code -5 keeps coming - Is CPDN suitable for me? (Message 9573)
Posted 19 Feb 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
Hello!

BOINC 4.19 just downloaded the 5th CPDN model after the third aborted with the traditional Error Code -5 way before its time.

I seriously asking myself if it makes any sense to run CPDN on this machine (P4 2.8 GHz HT, WinXP SP2).
I do turn on and off the machine quite a bit (2x a day) and maybe that is something CPDN can not handle? At least that is the only reason I can see why it should keep failing.
BOINC is the only software on my computer having trouble. It is an extremely stable system, so I tend to blame CPDN for the problems.

I would appreciate any feedback from the community on whether it makes sense to run CPDN under these circumstances or which other project can handle the frequent on/off switching.
And: Yes, I do supend and exit BOINC before turning the machine off!

Thanks!

Friedrich

18) Questions and Answers : Getting started : Location School, Preferences Home? (Message 9436)
Posted 17 Feb 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
&gt; If you're happy editing XML files you can force a venue change by stopping
&gt; BOINC and editing the client_state.xml file. Search for the string
&gt; <b>host_venue</b> in the file, and change the setting from <b>home</b> to
&gt; <b>school</b> if it's found. If It isn't found you need to add the following
&gt; line before the last line in the file:
&gt;
&gt; <b>school</b>
That did the job.

Thank you very much!

Friedrich
19) Questions and Answers : Getting started : Location School, Preferences Home? (Message 9369)
Posted 15 Feb 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
Hello,

I can't convince my computer that it is located at "School". It insists on using the preferences for "Home".

I went to my account under CPDN, then to My Computers, then to that specific computer and it says that location is "School". But whenever I update the project, the BOINC client says "General prefs: using separate prefs for home". Which of course are the wrong preferences for this specific machine...

Any ideas?
Thanks!

Friedrich
20) Questions and Answers : Getting started : Merging 2 Cross Project IDs? (Message 9368)
Posted 15 Feb 2005 by Profile Friedrich S.
Post:
&gt; Friederich: Did you het this solved?
&gt; I have exactly the same issue. How long
&gt; would it take for synch to take place? Resourcewise CPCN is on 100, SETI on
&gt; 10, EINSTEIN on 15.

I think the preferences are the same, which probably means that the accounts are linked now. I believe that was not the case yesterday, so it took 2 days, maybe because two of the computers are not running continously.

I just changed one setting, so I will see if that propagates in the next days...

Friedrich






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