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    Thumbs up Folding At Home - fold to cure! (and get cool blue flowers)


    OK - if you wondered what's all that fuss over folding and what are
    those flowers, read the below guide. I've made it simple and short
    as possible.

    (For full details, read this thread in DevHardware.)

    What is this?
    Folding at home (aka Folding@home, F@H in short) is a distributed
    computing project designed to perform computationally intensive
    simulations of protein folding. Bottom line, it help research medical
    projects which their goal is curing people.

    Are there any risks to my computer?
    Not really, however it's not recommended to let F@H
    run 24/7 on laptop
    . No problem with desktop computer.


    OK, I wish to help. How can I start folding?
    • download the client.
    • It is recommended you download the text-only console as it
      fold faster and can be run in the background. So that's the one
      I'm going to explain and work with.
    • Download the program (e.g. FAH502-Console.exe) into its
      own directory (e.g. C:\FAH) as it's creating and using its own
      files.
    • Double click the program to activate it - you will now be
      able to configure the settings. Use the defaults, except for
      Start As Service - I recommend activating this option, as it
      would make F@H run in the background whenever the computer
      is restarted, and you won't have to mess with this.
    • Choose yourself nickname, and put 12912 as the team number.
      (this is our team!)
    • Very important: F@H will not slow down your computer!
      It use only the spare cycles and replace the "System Idle" process.
    • Let it run - make sure you're connected to the internet so
      that F@H can get work to compile and send the results.
    • If you have it running as Service, do not execute the
      console application manually
      - it's already running in the background.


    I am folding. How can I see my progress?
    • Go to the directory where you saved FAH502-Console.exe
    • You will see two text files: unitinfo.txt and FAHlog.txt
      • unitinfo.txt - information about current "unit" being compiled.
        In there you will find unit name, time it was downloaded to your
        computer, due time and progress in percentage completed.
      • FAHlog.txt - main log file of F@H where you can see full
        details about your progress. The log record every 1% of progress,
        you can estimate how much time current unit is going to take.
    • You can also use FahMon application:
      • Download FahMon application.
      • Add your F@H client by right clicking the left panel (where
        you see Progress, Name and ETA) and typing your name and
        the location of the F@H client on your computer.


    I want more details. Where can I see what I'm really doing?
    Here you will find the list of all Fold At Home projects - each
    project is also known as Work Unit or WU in short.

    I have another computer. Can I use the same username?
    Yes of course, and all work done will be added under your name.

    You promised me blue flower. How can I get it?
    First, you must finish your first Work Unit (aka WU) so that
    you will be recognized by F@H server. Their server updates
    every 3 hours or so, so it won't be instant.
    Second, you have to find your F@H User ID:
    • Go to this page.
    • Type your nickname into the text box and click Search.
    • You should see your name as link - click it. Your ID will
      appear in the left menu as User: [your number]
      (the number also appear in the URL)

    Now you should have your 6 digits number. Go to your User CP
    here in the forum and click Edit Options. In the bottom you
    should see "Overclockers Club Folding@Home" panel - put your
    number in the text field and Save.
    The forum update the F@H status every midnight - so be
    patient, it's not instant. One blue flower is given for every
    10,000 points, gold flower for every 500,000 folding points.

    I have Hyper Threading. Can I run more than one instance of F@H to boost speed up?
    You have to have each instance running out its own folder (thus
    and therefore you would want two seperate folders, each with a
    copy of the client) and for machine number you would have 1 for
    the first and another number (2 sounds good) for the other.

    Running two processes will show the processor running at 100%,
    but it will necessarily lengthen the amount of time a WU will take
    to complete. If you want to benefit the cause, then run only
    one instance; if you are in it for points, then run two.

    Note-- The above is specifically for HT-enabled machines.
    Single-processor machines should only run one instance period.
    (thanks Dngrsone for this information)

    My results are not being sent, and I see this in the log file:
    +Attempting to send results
    - Presenting message box asking to network.
    What's going on?
    You chose Yes in the setting "Ask before sending results" -
    that's not good for console version running in service mode.
    To solve this, change the setting to No by following those steps:
    [list=1][*]stop the service if running[*]type "C:\Programs\FoldatHome\FAH504-Console.exe -config"
    in the Start-->Run command line, change the path to the real
    path of course.[*]fill in the settings, and make sure to choose No in the
    "Ask before sending results".
    Now F@H will automatically send the results and get new unit
    when done working on WU.
    (thanks Dngrsone and Paul for bringing this issue and solving it)

    Some nice links:
    Our Team Stats
    Team Users List

    Want cool signature?
    1. go to http://www.amitbb.co.il/Downloads/te...nerate_Sig.asp
    2. in the Username text box write your folding username.
    3. fill five colors in the format of RGB, for example write FFFFFF
      for white color, or 0000FF for blue color.
    4. click submit, you'll see URL address.
    5. copy&paste this address to your signature.


    That's it for now, start folding and you won't regret it!

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    • matthuxtable agrees
    • Salman8506 agrees : That's a whole Lotta Info But i Did not Bother reading the whole thing Before :( But better late then never:)
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    in log file FAHlog file and in console i m getting this entry

    Could not get ID from server. Retrying...
    Nothing is Impossible bcoz IMPOSSIBLE itself says..
    I M POSSIBLE........................
    Be cool !!!!!!!!
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    Originally Posted by Guddu
    in log file FAHlog file and in console i m getting this entry

    Could not get ID from server. Retrying...
    make sure you're connected. try to disable the firewall, or at least unblock port 8080
    which F@H use for connecting to their server. make sure this port is available i.e
    close any program that might be using it as well.
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    very nice thread Shadow

    edit: Congrats Shadow for becoming 14th Plane God

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    Shadow
    i was using other version before.
    so i downloaded the "no-nonsense" 5.04beta version and did whatever u said!
    i just have one question : this application is running in front of me now, and it just minimises in my task bar and if i close it, it shuts down! Does it do this or have i done anything wrong??

    i said "yes" to the service option!!
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    Originally Posted by micky
    Shadow
    i was using other version before.
    so i downloaded the "no-nonsense" 5.04beta version and did whatever u said!
    i just have one question : this application is running in front of me now, and it just minimises in my task bar and if i close it, it shuts down! Does it do this or have i done anything wrong??

    i said "yes" to the service option!!
    check the Processes list in the Task Manager - if you see Fah_Core7a.exe running
    then it's all right and it's working. Otherwise, restart your computer and check again.
    Anyhow, you must not run more than one instance of the application - if it has already
    been executed by the Service, you should not execute the console. You can see the
    progress by using FahMon as explained above.
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    Shadow, ofcourse its working!!
    i can see the Fah_Core82.exe there in task manager.
    i was asking if this thing can be removed my task bar??
    i just clicked on the exe 1 time, then it asked me all the questions and then it started working. but it is showing in my task bar...... which i wudnt like

    or will it not show when i'll start my PC next time and just work in the back ground!!
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    Originally Posted by micky
    Shadow, ofcourse its working!!
    i can see the Fah_Core82.exe there in task manager.
    i was asking if this thing can be removed my task bar??
    i just clicked on the exe 1 time, then it asked me all the questions and then it started working. but it is showing in my task bar...... which i wudnt like

    or will it not show when i'll start my PC next time and just work in the back ground!!
    indeed, once you restart it would work in the background and will have no visible window.
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    Originally Posted by Shadow Wizard
    indeed, once you restart it would work in the background and will have no visible window.
    thought so!!
    and thanx for those 20 rep points
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    Originally Posted by Shadow Wizard
    make sure you're connected. try to disable the firewall, or at least unblock port 8080
    which F@H use for connecting to their server. make sure this port is available i.e
    close any program that might be using it as well.
    Hey Shadow, I've got a bit of a problem with the F@H console I set up at work, I set it up as a service and got it too complete its first wu, but its having a problem sending the data back -- this is the reponse I get in my log.

    [12:21:42] + Attempting to send results
    [12:21:42] - Presenting message box asking to network.

    This was after I restarted the service, I've allowed it access through my Firewall, but its still not connecting to the main host.

    The one I set up at home works fine, no problems with it, do you think its got something to do with the main buildings firewall at my work?

    Paul
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    Originally Posted by pws1970
    Hey Shadow, I've got a bit of a problem with the F@H console I set up at work, I set it up as a service and got it too complete its first wu, but its having a problem sending the data back -- this is the reponse I get in my log.

    [12:21:42] + Attempting to send results
    [12:21:42] - Presenting message box asking to network.

    This was after I restarted the service, I've allowed it access through my Firewall, but its still not connecting to the main host.

    The one I set up at home works fine, no problems with it, do you think its got something to do with the main buildings firewall at my work?

    Paul
    Yeah it does sound like a firewall issue maybe ask them to open it...
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    I think it's using port 8080 so ask them to allow you this port.
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    Originally Posted by Shadow Wizard
    I think it's using port 8080 so ask them to allow you this port.
    I dont think they'll do that as its a government run building.

    Although I do know that we have a server which is running outside the firewall, then I could ask my boss if it was ok to patch that into F@H instead of my own console.
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    Originally Posted by pws1970
    I dont think they'll do that as its a government run building.

    Although I do know that we have a server which is running outside the firewall, then I could ask my boss if it was ok to patch that into F@H instead of my own console.
    lol, i can see FaH taking over our lives (working lives anyway!)
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    Originally Posted by pws1970
    Hey Shadow, I've got a bit of a problem with the F@H console I set up at work, I set it up as a service and got it too complete its first wu, but its having a problem sending the data back -- this is the reponse I get in my log.

    [12:21:42] + Attempting to send results
    [12:21:42] - Presenting message box asking to network.

    This was after I restarted the service, I've allowed it access through my Firewall, but its still not connecting to the main host.

    The one I set up at home works fine, no problems with it, do you think its got something to do with the main buildings firewall at my work?

    Paul
    It looks like you answered "ask before sending results: yes" It should pop up a box somewhere asking you to allow it to send results. It won't send until it's given permission. If set to no, the console will try to access the Stanford website as soon as it's finished with the WU.

    If your web browser is set to access the internet through direct internet connection, then it shouldn't have a problem accessing (it downloaded a WU, didn't it?). If you go through a proxy, then you can program the console to use the proxy-- address and port, with or without username and password. The only issues I've had is my firewall proxy not allowing certain Stanford IPs, and I've added those to my exception list and it works hunky-dory.
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