Posts by Juan

1) Message boards : Questions and problems : Older version cannot be removed (Message 42631)
Posted 20 Feb 2012 by Juan
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I cannot install Boinc updates. The installer keeps looking for an older MSI and says "older version cannot be removed". I did a registry cleanup, nothing. Deleted every single file in the boinc folder. Nothing. Win 7 64 bit, all updates applied. Help!
2) Message boards : Projects : Projects excluding GPU's (Message 36717)
Posted 3 Feb 2011 by Juan
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So just because you cannot upgrade your (proprietary Dell) videocard...


BTW, it is not a "proprietary Dell" video setup. It's an NVidia Quadro FX 1600M.
3) Message boards : Projects : Projects excluding GPU's (Message 36716)
Posted 3 Feb 2011 by Juan
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Second, I have a Dell Precision M6300 and I can't upgrade my video.

So just because you cannot upgrade your (proprietary Dell) videocard, project developers are pathetic when it comes to programming for these lower videocards?


If that's what you believe, that's pathetic too. But we all know you know exactly what I meant.

- Seti needs only 254MB on the card, 384MB when you update to video drivers over 190.38 and the CUDA 2.3 Software Development Kit (SDK). The side effect of CUDA 2.3 drivers and above is that they see less memory on the videocard than there really is. This is an Nvidia problem, not a BOINC or project problem.


No, it's not an NVidia problem. My system has 256mb and SETI was working just fine. Seems to me this is an effect of the Windows Programmer Syndrome, where memory can be hogged because... well, because you can. (sigh)

- Einstein has the continuing problem that the FFT algorithm does not fit in memory under 256MB. They've only temporarily set the requirement to 300MB, until they know how much video memory their latest BRP3 application is actually taking up.


Then this is a communication problem on the part of the Einstein team. Instead of alienating volunteers, the message about video memory requirements should explain the reason for the GPU task rejection and give a URL for that, instead of expecting people to figure out by sheer guessing that they should go check the web site.

- Milkyway has always been an ATI project first, anything else later. They require double precision in their calculations, something that your Dell proprietary Nvidia chip cannot do. So you don't even have to fret over this project's requirements.


Fine, I'll dump it from the list.

Is there a way to determine which projects will not allow me to participate with my GPU so that I can exclude them entirely from my computer time?

Normally BOINC will tell you as soon as you request CUDA work from the project. The project will give an answer back whether or not your GPU is OK.
Other than that, check their forums. Einstein has a sticky thread in their Cruncher's Corner forum that shows the latest requirements.

Milkyway has a GPU requirements thread in its forums.

Seti has a GPU forum where you can ask questions. Be polite, the people answering you are usually volunteers just like you are.

4) Message boards : Projects : Projects excluding GPU's (Message 36714)
Posted 3 Feb 2011 by Juan
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I'm seeing disturbing pattern of projects that are now excluding computers with NVidia GPU's from GPU-enabled work unless the GPU has more than 256mb of memory. Seti@Home, Milkyway and Einstein are three examples.

First, I think it's pathetic that a programmer can't make applications like these work with 256 MEGAbytes of memory.

Second, I have a Dell Precision M6300 and I can't upgrade my video. Is there a way to determine which projects will not allow me to participate with my GPU so that I can exclude them entirely from my computer time?
5) Message boards : BOINC Manager : 5.10.30 does not respect default browser (Message 15116)
Posted 25 Jan 2008 by Juan
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Any chance this is Vista giving you the headache?

http://forums.ceruleanstudios.com/showpost.php?p=695582&postcount=25

That's what I used as a work around.

It's actually not BOINC directly. Here's what I found out on the mailing list.

The reason for this is that Vista has a new place for keeping your "current browser" setting, and wxWidgets doesn't know about it.


Unfortunately, the post doesn't explain how to get to that dialog in the first place. My Set Program Defaults control panel does not show a Custom option. I am using Windows Vista Ultimate. Also, everyone else but Live Messenger and BOINC respects my default browser setting. ??
6) Message boards : BOINC Manager : 5.10.30 does not respect default browser (Message 15115)
Posted 25 Jan 2008 by Juan
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BOINC follows what Windows says is the default browser. You may have set in Firefox to check that it is the default browser, but did you also tell Windows?

Start->(Settings->)Control Panel->Add/Remove Programs->Set Program Access and Defaults, set Firefox to be the default web browser, click OK. (Windows at times forgets these settings as well, especially after you updated it or Internet Explorer).


This is not the problem. Every other application on the computer except Windows Live Messenger and BOINC respects the settings as I configured them for the default browser.

Dave Anderson told me this is a bug in WXWIDGETS. Someone needs to correct this.
7) Message boards : BOINC Manager : 5.10.30 does not respect default browser (Message 15095)
Posted 24 Jan 2008 by Juan
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I just noticed 5.10.30 does not respect the user's default browser selection. I have mine set to Firefox but when I select anything that requires opening a browser page, BOINC forcibly opens Internet Explorer. This is very, very bad form, and particularly for a product like BOINC. What is the workaround or fix for this?




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