Release Notes for BOINC 7.6

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Version 7.6.12 of BOINC was released for general public use for the Macintosh on 29 September 2015.[br] Version 7.6.9 of BOINC is still recommended for Windows.

Previous version: release notes for version 7.4.

Changes in 7.6.12 (29 Sept 2015)

  • Tweak Mac screensaver for slightly better reliability.
  • client: Fix an issue which can sometimes cause client to take a long time to connect, especially on OS 10.10 Yosemite.

Changes in 7.6.11 (17 Sept 2015)

  • Bug fix for Macintosh screen saver.

BOINC 7.6 now compatible with Domain Controllers

With BOINC 7.6.1 the test whether BOINC is being installed on a domain controller no longer returns an error. In the past the installer would make BOINC limited user accounts for the client to run with whether you installed as a user installation or as a service installation.

Since some time now these limited user accounts only get installed when BOINC is installed as a service, no longer on user installations. Because these limited user accounts were a problem for DCs that run with a global user account, you can install the new client and see that it now works. Do make sure to install as the user install, not as a service. (It may be that the service install is disabled, we'd like to get feedback on that.)

Note: do know that when you only allow BOINC to do work when no one is logged on, that this only works with the service installation. Using the user installation will only allow BOINC to do work when someone is logged in.

For all changes, fixes and additions, see the BOINC Version History.

Known Issues

The following issues are already known to the developers:


BOINC 7.6 incompatible with Fedora: Due to a problem with incompatible wxWidget build options BOINC 7.0 will not work on Fedora 14 & 15.
This cannot be fixed, due to a difference in how wxWidgets is compiled between Fedora Core and Ubuntu. Ubuntu is the platform BOINC is built on.


Service Installation, GPU detection and Windows XP: Due to problems with up-to-date GPU drivers causing BOINC to crash or hang, it was decided that for all versions of Windows the GPU detection will no longer work when BOINC is installed as a service. This may change in a future version, but only after the GPU manufacturers have adjusted their driver code. So even in Windows 2000 and XP you can now no longer install BOINC as a service yet still have it detect your GPU(s) and run work on it. This change is present since 6.12.38

Error 1069: Service cannot be started because of a faulty login:

This happens after something has removed the "Logon as a Service" from the "boinc_master" user account that was created during setup.

Known reasons for why this might happen:

  • The administrator for your network has specified which accounts are allowed to "Logon as a Service" via Group Policy. Any account not on that list is stripped of that user right.

Macintosh OS X

BOINC ownership or properties are not set correctly: After you updated to Mavericks, you will need to reinstall BOINC to fix the permissions to groups and users. When you neglect to do so, you'll get the message BOINC ownership or permissions are not set properly; please reinstall BOINC. (Error Code - 1008), so just follow that advice and all will be well.