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Message 17630 - Posted: 3 Jun 2008, 7:27:30 UTC

Hello, I'm running boinc on my PC with a setup so that it suspends activity when the user is active. Only recently (the past few days or so) it has not been suspending activity, but running 100% when I am using the computer. It does however still suspend if the laptop is running on batteries.

I couldn't find any mention of anyone else with this problem - any ideas? I've added the log file output below:

03-06-2008 08:27:10||Starting BOINC client version 5.10.30 for windows_intelx86
03-06-2008 08:27:10||log flags: task, file_xfer, sched_ops
03-06-2008 08:27:10||Libraries: libcurl/7.17.1 OpenSSL/0.9.8e zlib/1.2.3
03-06-2008 08:27:10||Data directory: C:Program FilesBOINC
03-06-2008 08:27:10||Processor: 2 GenuineIntel Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T7250 @ 2.00GHz [x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13]
03-06-2008 08:27:10||Processor features: fpu tsc pae nx sse sse2 pni mmx
03-06-2008 08:27:10||OS: Microsoft Windows Vista: Professional Edition, Service Pack 1, (06.00.6001.00)
03-06-2008 08:27:10||Memory: 1.99 GB physical, 4.21 GB virtual
03-06-2008 08:27:10||Disk: 72.44 GB total, 10.71 GB free
03-06-2008 08:27:10||Local time is UTC +1 hours
03-06-2008 08:27:10|lhcathome|URL: http://lhcathome.cern.ch/lhcathome/; Computer ID: 9671440; location: (none); project prefs: default
03-06-2008 08:27:10|SETI@home|URL: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/; Computer ID: 4242953; location: school; project prefs: default
03-06-2008 08:27:10|World Community Grid|URL: http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/; Computer ID: 522995; location: (none); project prefs: default
03-06-2008 08:27:10||General prefs: from SETI@home (last modified 05-Nov-2007 21:21:59)
03-06-2008 08:27:10||Host location: school
03-06-2008 08:27:10||General prefs: using separate prefs for school
03-06-2008 08:27:10||Preferences limit memory usage when active to 1018.82MB
03-06-2008 08:27:10||Preferences limit memory usage when idle to 1833.87MB
03-06-2008 08:27:10||Preferences limit disk usage to 10.71GB
03-06-2008 08:27:10|World Community Grid|Restarting task X0000046571177200502220958_1 using hcc1 version 520
03-06-2008 08:27:11|World Community Grid|Restarting task R00012_fe5fc7019c97d102094de632857d3d8e_00_16 using rice version 615
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Message 17635 - Posted: 3 Jun 2008, 12:52:36 UTC
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What does it say under your computing preferences for your Host location: school, General prefs: using separate prefs for school on SETI@home?? Is boinctray.exe allowed to run and communicate with the various parts of BOINC?
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Message 17636 - Posted: 3 Jun 2008, 13:27:16 UTC - in response to Message 17635.  

What does it say under your computing preferences for your Host location: school, General prefs: using separate prefs for school on SETI@home?? Is boinctray.exe allowed to run and communicate with the various parts of BOINC?


the school prefs are correctly setup for zero cpu when busy, and it has been working fine for many months until recently. I think the problem may be security related: I installed boinc as administrator but this account is not an administrator account now - could that do it? BTW, I'm running vista x32 ultimate and it won't start boinc automatically and vista blocks it.

How can I check if boinctray.exe can communicate with the other parts of BOINC - is there another logfile with more information I should look in?

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Message 17637 - Posted: 3 Jun 2008, 13:38:22 UTC - in response to Message 17636.  

the school prefs are correctly setup for zero cpu when busy, and it has been working fine for many months until recently.

Before you installed Service Pack 1?

I think the problem may be security related: I installed boinc as administrator but this account is not an administrator account now - could that do it?

Yes. And you installed to C:\Program Files\BOINC .. Vista hates it when you run any programs that write to disk from the \Program Files\ directory. We advise people to install to C:\BOINC instead.

Then there's is the version of BOINC that you use. 5.10.45 has some Vista specific fixes. So when you want to move BOINC to c:\boinc anyway, consider upgrading as well.

BTW, I'm running vista x32 ultimate and it won't start boinc automatically and vista blocks it.

Vista does not like programs to start up at Windows log on, the Defender will block 'em. A workaround is to install BOINC as a service and not have BOINC Manager start up automatically.

How can I check if boinctray.exe can communicate with the other parts of BOINC - is there another logfile with more information I should look in?

No. But as far as I know it communicates with BOINC.exe on the same port as the other parts do: 31416. So you need to allow it through your firewall.
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