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  1. Abaddon

    Abaddon Chieftain

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    :folding:

    Ever wonder why CFC has that "smiley" ?

    It is because there is a collective team of over 200 CFC members helping to fight Parkinson's, Cancer and Alzheimer's. It began back in 2005 I started a Folding@Home Team here at CFC. I'd followed a link from someones signature, and wanting to get as many people as involved as possible, thought of TeamCFC.

    You have probably heard of the concept: A tiny program, running in the background, crunching numbers for medical research. Collectively we do what a zillion dollar computer could. Therefore diverting funds back where it should be spent- on the research, not the equipment. You do not need a powerful PC, The program carefully monitors how much processing power is available, it throttles back as other programs run.

    :banana:Download the programme here:banana:

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    Join up today, and I will send you digital-kudos-cookies!​

     
  2. Abaddon

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  3. Genocidicbunny

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    I love the smell of a new thread in the morning.
     
  4. Sahkuhnder

    Sahkuhnder Delusions of grandeur

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    That depends on exactly which type of F@H client you run (cpu single, cpu SMP, gpu, PS3, etc.).

    The download is usually small and the completed upload is normally from about a MB or so up to somewhere around 10MB but varies widely depending on which WU (Work Unit) type you draw.


    Yes, but exactly how depends again on the type of client.
     
  5. Genocidicbunny

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    You can set the program to be limited to 10mb WU's and less. COnsidering they take days to complete on the regular client, a day or so on the SMP and a few hours on the GPU client ( if the GPU is fast) the bandwidth is pretty minimal.

    You can also view what its doing ( as long as you're running a tray client, not a console client), but if you bring up the graphical representation, its going to slow down a lot due to a lot of CPU/GPU resources going to making the pretty picture. Best way to monitor it is through FahMon, which is freely available. That also somewhat helps with the addiction element cus you wont be looking all the time to see how far its progressed.
    They also post descriptions of what each project ( a set of WU's ) is about on the F@H website, so using FahMon you can find out which project the client is working on and then look it up on their site.

    Once you join Team CFC, you can monitor your points on a number of sites, one being Kakao Stats ( which is what I use ) : http://kakaostats.com/t.php?filter=all&col=2&t=47958&search_text=

    Most importantly though, have fun with this. Becoming dedicated to F@H is fun, if a bit expensive ( the urge to get better hardware becomes strong, prime example: me ) but you also learn how your hardware works and how to get the most out of it. Its also got the air of healthy competition, in that while you may not be the biggest contributor, you can always try for more and even if not, you're still contributing to a good program.
     
  6. Furiey

    Furiey No Longer Just Lurking

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    I fold with an old Pentium 4, so you don't have to have fancy hardware to contribute. Of course it does give you that extra excuse to go and splash out on some fancy hardware as you'll be using it for something more worthwhile than just playing games! I'm still saving though.
     
  7. Defiant47

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    I don't fold with laptops anymore since they overheat really badly. Unfortunately, I also only use laptops nowadays :sad:
     
  8. Genocidicbunny

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    Yeah, laptops are not made to dissapate that much heat for so long. unfortunate, but thanks for your contributions when you did fold.
     
  9. Abaddon

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    This thread attracting anyone new? Please speak up! ;)
     
  10. IglooDude

    IglooDude Enforcing Rule 34 Retired Moderator

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    And anyone interest in some very inexpensive 9600GSO video cards? :mischief:
     
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    Ziggy Stardust New Englander

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    I'll check out if I can get this thing going when I'm at home.

    It better not mess with my gaming too much though. :)
     
  12. Abaddon

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    If you will also build the rest of the computer too?

    @ Ziggy - it throttles back if you put anything else on...
     
  13. IglooDude

    IglooDude Enforcing Rule 34 Retired Moderator

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    If you want to buy the whole foldgardening beast (mobo, CPU, RAM, video cards, power supply, CD-ROM, and hard drive - gotta get your own OS, this one is site-licensed), let's talk. I'm in the middle of a problem with my server room cooling, so it is powered off at the moment anyway.
     
  14. Abaddon

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    Can you ship to New zealand?
     
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    IglooDude Enforcing Rule 34 Retired Moderator

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    I don't see why not. But as a practical matter, you might consider getting a power supply locally, the one I have is (obviously) US-standard 110V. PM me if you're serious about this. :)
     
  16. Genocidicbunny

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    PSU's can usually take input from 100V to 230V. Better question is weight. For some stuff, like HDD's and CD drives, it may be best to purchase locally to save on shipping and import fees.

    EDIT -- Well, the 9800's are in and running fine ( The boxes even state they're low-power ) but I cannot get them to Fold. I followed the guides, but one thing I havent done is the dummy plugs ( Dont have any 50-70ohm resistors on me) and was hoping that nvidia had fixed the whole issue. Now, interestingly enough, I cannot get one of the 9800's to run when I put a load on it through the vga input from my monitor. I cant even extend the desktop.
    Oh, and RivaTuner now says there are no compatible drivers. Maybe I should try to fix that too.

    Ill try to get my hands on some resistors tomorrow and build a pair of dummy plugs. For now though, im happy the damned things havent made my 260 burn itself.
    EDIT2 -- after some further research, it looks like 9xxx and 2xx series cards dont fold well together. Thats..a shame considering I have nowhere else to stick these cards into.
     
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    IglooDude Enforcing Rule 34 Retired Moderator

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    Good point.

    But anyway, I just went to UPS' site and the cost of shipping would be about $120 for the mobo/ram/cpu alone, which is two-thirds of what those three components are worth in the first place. So Abaddon, I wouldn't think you'd want them at a 50% markup (and I'm not going to cover that kind of shipping cost).
     
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    He aint shipping international anymore >.>
    Yeah, the GX2 and most of the innards for the folding beast are mine. Should put out more ppd than the 4x9600GSO System did. Ill have a GX2 and pair of 9800GT's in it.

    Now to buy a CD drive and fans.
     
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    Yep, GB is getting the foldbeast. :goodjob: Hope the GX2 works better with your 9800GTs than it did with my 9600GSOs.

    I'm now mulling over an i7 open-air system (that'll take at least three of the GSOs), with a mind to eventually putting it in a case and bringing it home (with only one of the GSOs at that point). A bit more expensive, but also usable for something besides folding in the long run. In the meantime, we'll see how quickly GB, Naskra, Izipo, AlanH, and schmiddi can overtake me. :)
     

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