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Message 52532 - Posted: 13 Feb 2014, 19:34:59 UTC
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BOINC 7.3.2 is available for (alpha) testing. When you want to run this version and you use a different language than the default your BOINC starts with the first time (usually the language of the country you're in), then be aware that this version of BOINC Manager is built with the new wxWidgets 3.0

This means that BOINC Manager will reset all your previous settings at the time of its first 7.3.2 start. This means that it'll start in the language defaulted for your country, as well as that any resizing you did to the manager window will be reset to default (full) size. Most columns will reset to default size as well.

It'll only do that this once, at the start of this BOINC Manager, at any next version the reset won't happen again.
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Message 52538 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 0:13:12 UTC

Where do I find version 7.3.2 to download?
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Message 52540 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 1:00:43 UTC - in response to Message 52538.  
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Where do I find version 7.3.2 to download?

Normally in the changeset thread once the Alpha testers haven't found any Major Bugs.

If you can't figure out the url for an alpha build from the url's posted for normal Boinc versions, then you're not suitable for doing Alpha testing (No offence ment)

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Message 52551 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 17:43:16 UTC - in response to Message 52538.  

Where do I find version 7.3.2 to download?


http://boinc.berkeley.edu/dl/?C=M;O=D
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Message 52584 - Posted: 16 Feb 2014, 17:07:18 UTC

When upgrading to 7.2.39 (it also happened upgrading to 7.2.38) from 7.2.33, yoyo@home no longer communicates with it project's site. WU uploads become abandoned, and no new work can be retrieved. reinstalling 7.2.33 makes this condition immediately disappear, and download/upload becomes normal. Already tried to reset project with no positive result. Also tried to detach project, and reattach, but then I could not reattach yoyo@home, until I downgraded to 7.2.33, then reattach worked perfectly. Not sure why, but thought I'd let you know. Occurred on all 5 of my Windows 7 desktops.
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Message 52585 - Posted: 16 Feb 2014, 17:14:00 UTC - in response to Message 52584.  

The developers know about the situation, but are waiting for someone to send them the sched_request_*.xml file for yoyo, from a 7.2.39 installation. Thus far, after the initial hiccup, yoyo works again for those that did report this.

if you feel you can help them out, please do so. The email addresses of David and Rom can be found here.

Apropos, we're asking everyone who posts in this thread to do so without their signature. Can you please edit your post and disable it (uncheck "Add my signature to this reply")?
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Message 52879 - Posted: 28 Feb 2014, 21:50:14 UTC
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Rom Walton wrote:
A new version of BOINC client is ready for public use.

Bug fix over previous public release:
* Fix problem that was causing scheduler RPCs to fail on Yoyo@home (HTTP status code 400)

Download: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/download.php
Release Notes: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Release_Notes
Version History: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/trac/wiki/VersionHistory

Thanks to all the alpha testers and community at large for helping us figure this issue out and get a hot fix released.

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Message 52957 - Posted: 4 Mar 2014, 15:01:46 UTC
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BOINC 7.3.8 is now in testing phase, available for Windows and Mac.
It has a change that will make a lot of people happy, it will only install the BOINC user accounts and -groups when you install BOINC as a service, no longer in private installation.

But of course, you now have those groups and users on your system, so how to get rid of them? Well, you can go do it manually, but old Jord here has a long time ago written a little script that does that all for you.

To do so, do the following:
Open Notepad.
Copy and paste the lines below into it and then do Save As...
Filepath: Desktop.
Filename: something easy. I just named it bgr.bat for boinc_removal_groups.bat
It does need the .bat extension, as it is an executable batch file.
Format: ANSI
File type: All files (*.*)

@ECHO OFF
Set CD=%CD%
Set SCRIPTDIR=%~dp0
Rem Removing of groups and accounts
ECHO Removing Groups and Accounts
net localgroup boinc_admins boinc_master /delete
net localgroup boinc_projects boinc_project /delete
net localgroup boinc_admins /delete
net localgroup boinc_users /delete
net localgroup boinc_projects /delete

Rem removing User Rights Assignments
ECHO Removing User Rights Assignments
%CD%:\ntrights -r SeNetworkLogonRight -u boinc_master
%CD%:\ntrights -r SeNetworkLogonRight -u boinc_project
%CD%:\ntrights -r SeDenyInteractiveLogonRight -u boinc_project
%CD%:\ntrights -r SeDenyInteractiveLogonRight -u boinc_master
%CD%:\ntrights -r SeServiceLogonRight -u boinc_master
%CD%:\ntrights -r SeServiceLogonRight -u boinc_project
%CD%:\ntrights -r SeDenyNetworkLogonRight -u boinc_project
%CD%:\ntrights -r SeDebugPrivilege -u
%CD%:\ntrights -r SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege -u boinc_users
%CD%:\ntrights -r SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege -u boinc_admins
%CD%:\ntrights -r SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege -u boinc_users
%CD%:\ntrights -r SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege -u boinc_admins

Rem Removing BOINC_Master directory
ECHO Removing BOINC Master Directory
cd %homepath%
cd..
RMDIR /S /Q boinc_maste*
chdir /d %SCRIPTDIR%

When you want to run it, right-click it, then do Run as administrator, and acknowledge.
It will only remove the BOINC user groups and accounts, it will not remove the BOINC programs or data directory, nor any registry entries. A reboot is not necessary. Well, not unless you really want to get rid of that boinc_master directory in C:\Users\
For best results, uninstall BOINC before you run the batch file. Then install BOINC 7.3.8
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Message 53144 - Posted: 13 Mar 2014, 0:24:05 UTC

Rom Walton wrote:
We've released version 7.3.11 of BOINC.

Changes include:

- A brand new mechanism for displaying notices.
To test: look at your list of notices and verify they are all there. At some point we will need to test pictures and video content.
- Recent changes to support Fast-User switching on Windows and Mac.
To test: if you use Fast-User switching, verify that BOINC Manager can start with Admin and Limited accounts.
- New icon sets from Jacob Klein.
To test: Our new icons should look good at various resolutions and various text sizes (DPI settings).

Please report test results using the BOINC Alpha Test web site: [url]
http://isaac.ssl.berkeley.edu/alpha/[/url]

You can (and should) report positive as well as negative test results. Please include test results for any of the visible areas of test you are able to test.
This information helps us decide when versions can safely be released to the public.

The complete test matrix can be found here:
http://boinc.berkeley.edu/alpha/test_matrix.php

The first time you use the BOINC Alpha Test web site, you'll need to create an account. Please let us know if you have any questions or problems.

Thanks in advance.

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Message 53154 - Posted: 13 Mar 2014, 15:38:22 UTC

Charlie Fenton wrote:
I have posted version 7.3.13 of BOINC for the Mac. It is basically the same as 7.3.11 for Windows and Linux, but with Mac-specific bug fixes.

Note: this version of BOINC requires at least OS 10.5.

Cheers,
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Download link and change log in this post.
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Message 53350 - Posted: 27 Mar 2014, 15:38:50 UTC

I have just linked to the World Community Grid BOINC installer for Windows. For those of you wondering what happened to 7.2.45 and 7.2.46, they were botched versions, so nowhere available.

There are no builds between 7.2.42 and 7.2.47 available.
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Message 53451 - Posted: 1 Apr 2014, 7:15:41 UTC

Yes, 7.3.14 will abort all known work out there. Just do not use it then, unless you managed to get the project to build a new splitter, which gives out work with more correct guesses as to how much memory a task takes.

So 7.3.15 is in the pen, with a sort of retraction of this code.
David Anderson wrote:
On further thought, I'm going to change things back to the way they were, namely

1) workunit.rsc_memory_bound is used only by the server;
it won't send a job if rsc_memory_bound > host's available RAM
2) the client aborts a job if working set size > host's available RAM
3) the client will run a set of jobs only if the sum of their WSSs
fits in available RAM
(i.e. if a job's WSS is close to all available RAM,
it would run that job and nothing else)

The reason for not aborting jobs when WSS > rsc_memory_bound is that
it requires projects to come up with very accurate estimates of RAM usage,
which I don't think is feasible in general.
Also, it will lead to lots of aborted jobs, which is bad for volunteer morale.

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Message 54097 - Posted: 13 May 2014, 13:49:08 UTC

v7.3.18 won't run OpenCL GPU tasks - device is detected, but 'unavailable'. Two reports, one for NVIDIA, one for Intel GPU, both Windows.

Bypass this one - how did it get out of the door?
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Message 54098 - Posted: 13 May 2014, 14:36:44 UTC - in response to Message 54097.  
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v7.3.18 won't run OpenCL GPU tasks - device is detected, but 'unavailable'. Two reports, one for NVIDIA, one for Intel GPU, both Windows.

Make it a third report. It explains why I could not run Einstein@Home Gravitational Wave S6 Directed Search (GWopencl-nvidia-Beta) on my GTX 660 Ti (Win7 64-bit).

I had to abort them all and just run the CUDA tasks.
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Message 54099 - Posted: 13 May 2014, 14:43:02 UTC - in response to Message 54098.  

v7.3.18 won't run OpenCL GPU tasks - device is detected, but 'unavailable'. Two reports, one for NVIDIA, one for Intel GPU, both Windows.

Make it a third report. It explains why I could not run Einstein@Home Gravitational Wave S6 Directed Search (GWopencl-nvidia-Beta) on my GTX 660 Ti (Win7 64-bit).

I had to abort them all and just run the CUDA tasks.

Best to enable <coproc_debug> logging and report that - with evidence - to the boinc_alpha mailing list. Especially when you're running pre-announcement test builds (Rom hasn't emailed availability yet, or added it to the download_all web page).

You didn't have to abort the tasks - they sit there, waiting to run, until you change back to the previous version, or Rom builds a replacement for us to test.
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Message 54495 - Posted: 17 Jun 2014, 15:09:33 UTC

Rom Walton, BOINC developer wrote:
Howdy Folks,

Last week we forked the source tree to begin stabilizing the 7.4 release. This release was primarily about adding image/audio/video support for notices and some setup work on Windows.

For the initial release of 7.4 we are going to focus on Windows and Mac. We will follow-up with a Linux release when we have some more experience with wxWidgets 3.0.1. wxWidgets 3.0.1 was just released yesterday.

Later today I'll build a 7.4.1 release on Windows and kick off testing that build.

We will need to cover all the test areas for the public release of 7.4 so I'll be re-enabling all the relevant test areas for 7.4.1.

Be sure to touch as many test areas and test cases as you can.

Thanks in advance.

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Message 54835 - Posted: 10 Jul 2014, 20:55:25 UTC
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Rom Walton wrote:
Howdy Folks,

We have released BOINC 7.4.8 for testing.
The major changes since 7.2 are:

- Notices can now contain images and video. (To test this you'll need to attach to the BOINC Alpha project; see the testing instructions).
- The advanced preferences dialog validates its inputs; e.g. it won't let you enter -1 or 110 for a percentage.
- We switched to a new major version of the GUI toolkit (wxWidgets). This caused many small changes in layout and appearance.

We updated the test instructions, especially the "BOINC Manager Notices" and "Preferences tests" sections. Please review the test instructions carefully:
http://boinc.berkeley.edu/alpha/test_matrix.php

Please report your test results to: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/alpha/test_form.php

Please report any bugs to boinc_alpha@ssl.berkeley.edu

Thanks in advance.

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Message 55239 - Posted: 5 Aug 2014, 21:03:14 UTC

Rom Walton, BOINC developer, avid STO gamer and all-round devil, really wrote:
Howdy Folks,

We have released BOINC 7.4.12 for testing.

Changes since 7.4.8 are:

- Warn volunteers when running a 32-bit version of BOINC on a 64-bit machine that VirtualBox cannot be detected. It should display an event log entry suggesting that you install the 64-bit version of BOINC.

- Reschedule jobs for later execution if they fail to start because the system is out of memory (there's no easy way to test this, but if you saw this problem
before, keep your eyes open for it).

- Remove virtual machine (VM) processes in several failure scenarios.
VM tasks consist of two processes; a wrapper (vboxwrapper) and the VM itself (vboxheadless). There were bugs where the VM continued to run after the wrapper had exited or crashed.
To test: run a VM task (RNA World, ATLAS@home, vLHC@home, etc.).
Kill the wrapper (e.g. using the Windows task manager).
Verify that the corresponding VM process exits.

- Generic detection of OpenCL devices.
BOINC should now detect all OpenCL devices and report them to the server. You can test this if you have a Parallela board. There should be a line in the event log saying the device was detected, and a <coproc> entry in scheduler_request_*.xml files.

Changes since 7.2 are:

- Notices can now contain images and video. (To test this you'll need to attach to the BOINC Alpha project; see the testing instructions).
- The advanced preferences dialog validates its inputs; e.g. it won't let you enter -1 or 110 for a percentage.
- We switched to a new major version of the GUI toolkit (wxWidgets). This caused many small changes in layout and appearance.

We updated the test instructions, especially the "BOINC Manager Notices" and "Preferences tests" sections. Please review the test instructions carefully: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/alpha/test_matrix.php

Please report your test results to: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/alpha/test_form.php

Please report any bugs to boinc_alpha@ssl.berkeley.edu.

Thanks in advance.

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Message 55245 - Posted: 6 Aug 2014, 21:16:48 UTC

Service installation warning

When installing the latest BOINC development versions as a service on top of an older BOINC service installation, it is quite possible that your system needs a reboot. This due to changes happening in the BOINC limited user accounts and -groups. This is in effect from 7.3.8 till 7.4.12 at the time of posting.

Not rebooting means you do not have permission to run BOINC.
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Message 55529 - Posted: 22 Aug 2014, 17:30:20 UTC

BOINC 7.4.14 released for testing

Rom Walton, BOINC developer wrote:
For anybody that has an Android phone but is not already on the boinc-android-testing list.

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Rom Walton, BOINC developer wrote:
Howdy Folks,

A few days ago we pushed out a new build of the Android software that contains a revamped attach process and social media sharing features.

Please review the test matrix for the Android GUI here: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/alpha/test_matrix.php

Specifically we need to test attaching to each project in the project list and attaching to Ralph@home (Rosetta@home's test project). You can manually attach to the test project using http://ralph.bakerlab.org/ for the project URL.

We would also like to cover the cases where people use two or more email addresses with valid and invalid passwords across multiple projects and properly handling attaching to World Community Grid in combination with other BOINC projects.

Be the first to brag to your friends about using your device for science by using our new social media features. After attaching to a project or account manager you can share with your favorite social media network.

Please report your test results to: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/alpha/test_form.php?version=7.4.14

Please include which projects you tested against.

If you have not already created an account to report test results, please follow this link to create a new account: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/alpha/create_account_form.php

Thanks for all your help.

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