Preventing BOINC from using GPU

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Message 95621 - Posted: 3 Feb 2020, 6:45:56 UTC
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Saw a thread or two about this. But I have no idea how to reply to a thread! No Reply button.

I just set the Options/ Computing Preferences Suspend GPU Computing timeout to 9999 minutes, which is nearly 7 days.
Graphics adapter is an NVIDIA GeForce GT 610

My reason for trying this is that something is causing my Windows PC to freeze - no BSOD, no response to keyboard or mouse, display frozen. I think I have narrowed it down to BOINC. But it only happens every few days, so not 100% yet.
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Message 95622 - Posted: 3 Feb 2020, 7:21:25 UTC - in response to Message 95621.  

Go to the project's website, your account, project preferences, edit them for the correct venue (default, work, home, school) and uncheck "Use Intel GPU?", save changes to the website. The next time BOINC contacts that project it will get those preferences in.

You will have to do this at all projects you don't want to use the Intel GPU.
Please do not private message me for tech support, these will be ignored!
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Message 95656 - Posted: 4 Feb 2020, 16:05:50 UTC
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I would go about in reverse.

There should be a setting in config, where you can (only) use a specific graphics card (or cards).
See:
https://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/GPU_computing
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Message 95662 - Posted: 4 Feb 2020, 17:08:24 UTC

Which would be great if all projects made exactly the same use of GPUs, and all users wanted to use the same combination of GPUs for all projects they run - but neither is the case.
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Message 95667 - Posted: 4 Feb 2020, 18:12:39 UTC - in response to Message 95656.  

I would go about in reverse.

There should be a setting in config, where you can (only) use a specific graphics card (or cards).
See:
https://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/GPU_computing


I agree, but you should not stop at just a config setting

First, the <exclude_gpu> should be rename to "<use_gpu> so that a "0" or a "1" can be changed. Currently to re-enable use of an excluded GPU the xml code must be commented out or deleted and a "read config" command issued unless you want to reboot.

What could be be done is up to the imagination:

From boinc manager, select a project
Select "properties" of that project
Imagine observing a bunch of check-boxes, one for each GPU and in group boxes named "NVidia" or "ATI" or "Intel". If you uncheck a box [X] boinc is told to put a '0' on the appropriate <use_gpu> and issue a "read config". Would look something like the following
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