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Message 3164 - Posted: 19 Feb 2006, 13:10:47 UTC

Hi all, i currently run climaterediction.net, Predicator@Home & Seti@Home but for some reason even tho non of the above are suspended it seems only climateprditor runs, does anyone know why this is, thanks.

I also don't wish to have Boinc start with my PC but will stopping this cause Boinc screen-saver to not work or will it be fine, thanks.
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Message 3165 - Posted: 19 Feb 2006, 16:37:41 UTC

OK, I've seen 11 views of this post but noone has tackled it yet.

Inside the client side boinc there is a scheduler/daemon (boinc.exe). It's purpose it to figure out what to run, when to run it, for how long to run it, how much work to get, when to get work or not, to upload finished results and to report uploaded work. It counts resource share by run time and figures out what needs to run next. There is a "long term debt" (LTD), Short term debt (STD), and a "work fetch policy". If you click on the "Wiki" link over my signature you can do a search for those terms. My guess (without actually being in front of your puter) is that you've either run seti and PPAH alot and need to payback CPDN with run tiime, or the CPDN deadline is looming (based upon certain criterion) and it's running exclusively CPDN to ensure a deadline isn't missed. By examining the STD and LTD and other factors you can figure out why it's happening.

Boinc.exe must be running for the screensaver to work. Boinc controls which projects screensaver to run when. You can uninstall/reinstall boinc and select "do not load at start up" if you wish to stop it from doing so.

does this help?

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Message 3170 - Posted: 20 Feb 2006, 11:15:44 UTC

Thanks for the help mmciastro, So there is no way to just have boinc run as a screensaver? i.e. not have it start up and not have it run while im using my PC, thanks.
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Message 3173 - Posted: 20 Feb 2006, 14:49:52 UTC
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So, If I understand you properly, you just want a Boinc Screensaver and don't want boinc, or to run projects under boinc? I'm not sure if a stand alone boinc screensaver has been made. It might have, I'm just unaware of one. When boinc has no projects running or a project with no graphics, it displays the moving "Boinc". When a project that has graphics is running, it displays the graphics for that project. Each projects graphic prefs can be adjusted within "your account" "project preferences".

I guess, I'm guessing as to what you really want.

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Message 3181 - Posted: 21 Feb 2006, 9:22:11 UTC
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I do want to run Boinc projects just non when im actually using my PC, i just want the projects to tun when the screensaer is active. The problem is tho unless i have Boinc running in the background(which is when i don't want ti running)then when the screensaver becomes active i get the error message boinc in not currently running.

Edit: If in the boinc options i set them like the below, am i correct in thinking tho the Boinc icon is in my task-bar no work is actually been working on uninstall my pc i idle for the set time. If yes then my problem seems to have been me not understanding, sorry.

Do work while computer is running on batteries? no
Do work while computer is in use? no
Do work only after computer is idle for 3 minutes

Also is it possible to have Boinc start in the taskbar because every time i start up it is always on my desktop.
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Message 3182 - Posted: 21 Feb 2006, 12:33:17 UTC
Last modified: 21 Feb 2006, 12:34:36 UTC

Point your cursor over the B in the systray, right click, do you have "run based upon preferences" selected? To be honest I've never configured it to run the way you want, but it's supposed to be possible. I'm just guessing now. Seems like you'll just have to play with it. Remember to do a Project Update, each time you make a change to the website preferences so the client can talk to the server and see the changes.

Boinc consist of 3 parts: the manager, the daemon, and the science application. You really don't need the manager except to make changes and keep an eye on it. The daemon does the management of the projects, and the project is where the actual crunching is done.

When boinc loads you can click the Red X in the upper right and the manager will close leaving the daemon running. To exit boinc entirely you need to do a "file" "exit".

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Message 3184 - Posted: 21 Feb 2006, 16:38:28 UTC

Thanks again for the info, so there is no way to start minimized automatically?
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Message 3186 - Posted: 21 Feb 2006, 17:08:23 UTC - in response to Message 3184.  

Thanks again for the info, so there is no way to start minimized automatically?

In the properties of your Boinc Shortcut add /s to the target file to send to tray.
e.g.
"C:\\Program Files\\BOINC\\boincmgr.exe" /s

You can also select the Run as minimize in the shortcut property.

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