Posts by Erich56

1) Message boards : Questions and problems : can the "TdrLevel" check be switched off? (Message 87513)
Posted 8 Aug 2018 by Erich56
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In a forum someone pointed out that this may have to do with the TDR (Timeout Detection and Recovery), part of the WDDM which is part of Windows Vista and later, but NOT XP. Hence, the advice I got was to "switch off" this feature in Windows10 by adding the following registry entry in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\GraphicsDrivers: QWord "TdrLevel" with value "0". This, so to say, imitates what I had in WindowsXP, i.e. NO Tdr at all.

However, the problem is that once I add this registry entry and restart the PC and Boinc, Boinc tells me "no usable GPU found" in the event log.
So, it seems that BOINC is making a check regarding presence or absence of TDR - is this correct?
If so, is there a way to eliminate this check?



Edit: I now tried this registry entry as DWORD (vice QWORD as before), and after this, BOINC did NOT complain about any "unsuable GPU".
So I am wondering whether DWORD or QWORD is correct. I have been told that 64-bit systems use QWORD. However, all the other entries I saw in this specific section of the registry were DWORD.

Maybe the reason why BOINC doesn't complain about this DWORD entry is that it doesn't have any effect. No idea.
2) Message boards : Questions and problems : can the "TdrLevel" check be switched off? (Message 87509)
Posted 8 Aug 2018 by Erich56
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Boinc version 7.12.1 (x64), OS: Windows10 Home. 2 GTX980ti. Intel i7-4930k, running @ 3.9GHz

On a WinXP machine with which I have been crunching various BOINC projects for the past 2 1/2 years without any problems, I now installed Windows 10.
When crunching GPU projects (any one) on Windows 10, it happens in irregular intervals (maybe after 1 hour, or after 8 hours, or at some time inbetween) that all of a sudden the monitor freezes, and crunching stopps.
Neither keyboard nor mouse react any more, so all I can do is pushing the off-button on the PC and make a reboot.

Then, the Windows event log under "system" shows the warning "the graphic driver nvlddmkm does no longer react and was restored".
This notice shows up every 4 seconds, from the time on the crash happened until I switched off the PC. So if this happens during night and I notice it only next morning, this entry is logged a few thousand times.
Under "details" it shows "eventID 4101", and under event data "nvlddmkm".

In a forum someone pointed out that this may have to do with the TDR (Timeout Detection and Recovery), part of the WDDM which is part of Windows Vista and later, but NOT XP. Hence, the advice I got was to "switch off" this feature in Windows10 by adding the following registry entry in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\GraphicsDrivers: QWord "TdrLevel" with value "0". This, so to say, imitates what I had in WindowsXP, i.e. NO Tdr at all.

However, the problem is that once I add this registry entry and restart the PC and Boinc, Boinc tells me "no usable GPU found" in the event log.
So, it seems that BOINC is making a check regarding presence or absence of TDR - is this correct?
If so, is there a way to eliminate this check?
3) Message boards : News : NSF funds new model for BOINC (Message 79075)
Posted 17 Jun 2017 by Erich56
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Not to be listened by boinc's admins is like a Dante's "contrappasso": gpugrid admins don't listen their volunteers. :-P
this, unfortunately, is very true :-(
One can observe this day by day when reading in their forum.
4) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 75152)
Posted 9 Jan 2017 by Erich56
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today, I tried to re-activate ROSETTA which I was crunching last several months ago. However, the server is not accessible. The homepage not either :-(
Can anyone tell me whether they have only a temporary outage, or whether the Rosetta project does no longer exist.
5) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 75151)
Posted 9 Jan 2017 by Erich56
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Since 12:30 hours today, GPUGRID is back :-)
6) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 75148)
Posted 9 Jan 2017 by Erich56
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GPU Grid is down. ...
In fact, access problems startet on Jan. 7 evening. From Jan. 8 morning on, no access at all :-(
7) Message boards : BOINC Manager : how to set snooze time for GPU? (Message 70481)
Posted 26 Jun 2016 by Erich56
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Going blind I would not know but a quick forum search reveals you can set gpu snoozing using boinccmd tool per https://boinc.berkeley.edu/dev/forum_thread.php?id=6071


referring to this part of the posting from your link:

You can set it using a GUI RPC command, e.g. on my Windows machine:
"C:\Program Files\BOINC\boinccmd.exe" --set_run_mode never 15


I have to do what exactly?
8) Message boards : BOINC Manager : how to set snooze time for GPU? (Message 70468)
Posted 26 Jun 2016 by Erich56
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I think to remember that with a former version of BOINC, I was able to set the snooze time period (at that time, only for the CPU).
Now I would like to set a certain snooze time period for the GPU, but I cannot find this anywhere in the Options (neither for CPU nor for GPU).
Am I blind, or can such a setting no longer be made by the user?
9) Message boards : Projects : GPUGRID down? (Message 69817)
Posted 30 May 2016 by Erich56
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Just because somebody is a wizard at protein binding energies, doesn't necessarily mean they're red hot at computer security! That's a problem which affects all small-staff BOINC projects.

When I contacted them the other day with regard to a specific IT-technical matter, I was told that the only one who could look into that is out for the time being, and they don't know when he will be back.

So let's hope that now someone else can fix the current problem. Otherwise, the GPUGRID servers may be down for quite a while :-(
10) Message boards : Projects : GPUGRID down? (Message 69812)
Posted 30 May 2016 by Erich56
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Their website security certificate expired

yes, earlier today I got messages to that effect, regardless of what browser I used.
Later then, no connections were possible at all.

Just too bad that they let the certificates expire :-( Should not happen
11) Message boards : Projects : GPUGRID down? (Message 69808)
Posted 30 May 2016 by Erich56
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For several hours, I have not been able to open any GPUGRID page; also, no finished tasks can be uploaded, nor can any new tasks be downloaded.

Any idea what happened to GPUGRID?
12) Message boards : Questions and problems : How to update BOINC whithout losing all data in the data folder ? (Message 69759)
Posted 26 May 2016 by Erich56
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Yes, the only thing that the BOINC installer does (for Windows at least) is to remove the old BOINC program files (boinc.exe, boinmgr.exe, boinccmd.exe etc.) and libraries and then install the new ones.

thx, worked out fine :-)
13) Message boards : Questions and problems : How to update BOINC whithout losing all data in the data folder ? (Message 69755)
Posted 26 May 2016 by Erich56
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Sorry for my dumm question - I have been with BOINC long time, but whenever updates were available, I started "from scratch".
Now on one of my PCs I should finally update from 7.6.9 to 7.6.22. But I have a lot of ongoing projects with WUs being crunched in the data folder ("Slots") and various app_config.xml in the "Projects" folders, as well as a "cc_config.xml" in the main BOINC data folder.

I would guess that the update as such is only for the BOINC programm Folder, correct?

Is there a way to only update the program part, and leave the data part as is?
14) Message boards : BOINC client : allow multiple clients (Message 69484)
Posted 6 May 2016 by Erich56
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Yesterday late evening, a disruption happened on my system - I could not re-activate the monitor, neither by mouse nor by keyboard :-(
So I had no other choice than pushing the hardware exit button and re-boot the PC. And of course, the RAMDisk was emtpy, BOINC was gone.

This incident was kind of a sign for me to now change to the external USB3 HD (as I had planned it anyway if I can't get the second BOINC client to run).

So, this morning I re-installed BOINC on the external HD, and I do no longer need to care about observing unrealstic disc size requirements when downloading GPUGRID and ATLAS tasks, etc.

Again, many thanks to all of you who put in their time by providing these many hints and suggestions, in order to get my second BOINC to function.
15) Message boards : BOINC client : allow multiple clients (Message 69480)
Posted 5 May 2016 by Erich56
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If you're using a modern client, like the recommended v7.6.22, the easiest way to update configurations is to use the Event Log Options tool (Ctrl+Shift+F) - make a trivial change and click 'OK'. That creates a template cc_config.xml file with every possible tag present, and all spelled correctly :-) Then just modify 0 to 1, or whatever, for the tag you need. Did I say I restarted the primary client after making that change? It feels like one which would only take effect at startup, rather than through 'read config files' like some others.

sorry, I read your post too late. When I do Ctrl+Shift+F, a window called "BOINC Diagnostic Log Flags" opens, rather than what you were describing.
Concerning making changes: in fact, each time I made these in the cc_config.xml, I had closed down BOINC before and then restarted it.
16) Message boards : BOINC client : allow multiple clients (Message 69479)
Posted 5 May 2016 by Erich56
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could you please tell me what exactly the cc_config.xml would look like then?
I now have as follows:

<cc_config>
<options>
<allow_multiple_clients>1</allow_multiple_clients>
<allow_remote_gui_rpc>
</options>
</cc_config>

When I open the BOINC manager, I get notices like
Unrecognized tag in cc_config.xml: <allow_remote_gui_rpc>
and
Error in cc_config.xml options
and
Missing end tag in cc_config.xml
17) Message boards : BOINC client : allow multiple clients (Message 69476)
Posted 5 May 2016 by Erich56
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You are very close, but your cc_config.xml is not formatted correctly. See http://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Client_configuration
You are missing some tags.


okay, I guess I found out what you talk about. It now looks like this:

<cc_config>
<options>
<allow_multiple_clients>1</allow_multiple_clients>
</options>
</cc_config>

(again, the various lines are moved to the right, for some reason this cannot be reproduced here in the forum).

However, this did not help, either. The failure must be somewhere else, and I doubt that I'll find out.
18) Message boards : BOINC client : allow multiple clients (Message 69474)
Posted 5 May 2016 by Erich56
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I now created this cc_config.xml and put it into both BOINCs. Then I restarted the first one, then the second one.
Same failure as before: on the right-hand lower corner (in kind of a "status bar"), the two notices "connecting to 127.0.01" and "disconnected" change in intervals of a few seconds.

Just to be on the safe side, as I am surely not a specialist in creating xml-files. The one I did looks like this:

<cc_config>
<allow_multiple_clients>1</allow_multiple_clients>
</cc_config>

correct?

One one hand, it seems to me that I am just a tiny step away from succeeding, on the other hand, I suspect that for some unknown reason, it simply cannot made work here :-(

So, with the trial period of my RAMDisk ending in a few days, I'll give up the idea of having two BIONCs (one on the RAMDisc, the other one on the internal SSD). I will install it on an external USB3-SSD.

P.S. Unfortunately, the cc_config-xml text structure is not shown correctly here. In the second line, the arrow is placed exactly unter the underbar of the text in the first line.
19) Message boards : BOINC client : allow multiple clients (Message 69472)
Posted 5 May 2016 by Erich56
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OK, as I suspected, curiosity got the better of me. I created the two batch files BobCat13 suggested in the message I'm replying to.

And it failed. Watching the changes in the second data directory, I saw a file stderrdae.txt being created, with the contents

05-May-2016 15:50:59 Another instance of BOINC is running.
GLE: Cannot create a file when that file already exists.

 (0xb7)

Armed with that information, I edited the cc_config.xml file for the first (originally running) instance, with the

<allow_multiple_clients>1</allow_multiple_clients>

option, and restarted the first client. After that, everything worked as advertised. Two different clients running (two instances of boinc.exe in Task Manager), two different instances of boincmgr.exe in Task Manager as well, two different displays on screen with different project lists, etc. etc.

hm, sounds interesting.
However:
- there is no cc_config.xml in the "first" BOINC (in fact, in the "second" not either). But as far as I understand, I would just need to create one.
- the file "stderrdae.txt" here is two days old, and it's empty. No text at all.
So, the behaviour here seems to be different to what you got while testing.

I guess I now just create the cc_config.xml and put it into the first BOINC, right?
20) Message boards : BOINC client : allow multiple clients (Message 69468)
Posted 5 May 2016 by Erich56
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@Erich, what firewall do you use, and did you add boinc.exe and boincmgr.exe to it? If just the Windows firewall, what are the settings used?

I am using Symantec Endpoint Protection. In the chapter "Network Thread Protection" I now opened "configure firewall rules" and added a rule to allow all traffic for boincmgr.exe and boinc.exe
However, this did not help :-(


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