Posts by dduggan47

1) Message boards : Promotion : Giving a Title to what we are doing. (Message 88573)
Posted 22 Oct 2018 by dduggan47
I just discovered this form today. I agree, Pete, that something along those lines would be a great idea.

I've been running BOINC since soon after it started. (My SETI@HOME page says 1999 but I think that was the pre-BOINC version.) I've recently seen data indicating that the number of BOINC users is declining and I hope there's something that can be done to reverse that trend. I talk it up to friends from time to time but they just think I'm an old nerd.

I just went and looked at the Publicizing BOINC ( article on the Berkeley Wiki. It appears though to have been dormant for the last 4 years.

Perhaps project admins could urge their volunteers to write letters (see the Publicizing BOINC suggestions) or whatever other possibilities they can think of. Maybe that could be done annually. What's the official birthday of BOINC?

Here in the US most schools have science clubs. Maybe the teachers who run those would be interested in a presentation for club members on what BOINC is and why it's a good idea.

A downloadable brochure was mentioned elsewhere here and that also would be a very useful idea.

(Pete, I apologize if I've sort of hijacked the thread you started with lots of other stuff. It's all related to helping BOINC get more volunteers though.)
2) Message boards : BOINC Manager : 2 Minor BOINC Manager Suggestions (Message 81595)
Posted 26 Sep 2017 by dduggan47
Thanks, noderaser. My tablet is an ASUS and that is exactly my problem. It's not all the time, but enough that I really can't run BOINC when I'm not sitting with the tablet. In that case though I'm probably using it, so the amount of time BOINC can run is minimal.

- Dick
3) Message boards : BOINC Manager : 2 Minor BOINC Manager Suggestions (Message 81284)
Posted 15 Sep 2017 by dduggan47
I'm not a power user, just a long time BOINC user (actually SETI@HOME pre-BOINC). There are a couple of things I'd like to see. If there's already a way to do either then I just haven't found them.

1. I recently installed BOINC on my Android phone. There's one option there I'd love to see on my Windows tablet. On the Android BOINC will suspend even when plugged into the wall outlet if the battery is not at least 90%. Great option.

2. This is a very minor tweak and maybe I'm the only one who'd advocate for it. I occasionally like to bring up the BOINC Manager just to see what it's working on. I'll go into the Activity tab and click the "always' options for everything. The problem is that I will get interrupted or otherwise forget and leave it that way. I only discover it when my machine (this being several machines over the years most with pretty good power) starts getting slow. On rare occasions it becomes totally unresponsive and I've had to boot and then quickly start the BOINC Manager and change it back to the "preferences" options. (There have been, over the years, 2 or 3 projects that acted that way no matter what your settings are. I'm not talking about the misbehaving apps.)

What I'd like to see is either a timer I could set for it to change back or, maybe better & easier, an option to have it go back to preferences when I close the Manager.

- Dick Duggan
4) Message boards : Questions and problems : Scheduling for Multi-CPU Jobs (Message 50801)
Posted 8 Oct 2013 by dduggan47
Thanks for your response, SekeRob2.

It seems like it ought to be possible for the scheduler to look ahead a bit and see what I see. If one processor is going to be busy for a very long time (days in this case), then why not make the mult-core WU wait until the impact of idle cores would be lower?

I guess my inability to answer that question is why I'm not a developer. :-)

BTW, the question wasn't prompted by loss of credits per se. Credits are a fun way to see how much work I'm getting done but not an end in itself.

Thanks again.
5) Message boards : Questions and problems : Scheduling for Multi-CPU Jobs (Message 50795)
Posted 7 Oct 2013 by dduggan47
I'm running Boinc 7.0.64(x64) on two machines, one Win 7 and the other Win 8, both with 8 cores.

What I've noticed is that when the next task that BOINC wants to start is one that needs multiple cores, no other tasks will start. Normally that's OK because in an hour or so when other tasks finish, the new task should get it (although it seems like this could be managed better).

It's a bigger problem though if you have a long running task which is getting priority due to the deadline. I had a Primegrid task the other day which was in priority state with several days to go. Since the next task in the queue wanted all 8 cores, 7 were sitting idle. I got around it by suspending the waiting task until the Primegrid task finished.

Is there a better way?
6) Message boards : Questions and problems : this application has requested the runtime to terminate it in an unusual way (Message 48614)
Posted 13 Apr 2013 by dduggan47
Since the problem stops when you stop CPDN, you'll have to ask them about it.

Agreed. Right after I posted my message I realized I was in the wrong forum

7) Message boards : Questions and problems : this application has requested the runtime to terminate it in an unusual way (Message 48427)
Posted 1 Apr 2013 by dduggan47
I apologize if this has been dealt with in another thread, but I searched and couldn't find it.

I'm getting the error above when BOINC is running. The error isn't specific enough to tell me which app is doing it, but when I stop CPDN, the error stops. When I restart a CPDN task I get the error almost immediately.

I'm running Windows 8.

The BOINC client is 7.0.28(x64).

The application is "UK Met Office coupled Model Full Resolution Ocean 6.07" and the Name is hadcm3n_u4rg_2020_40_008336734_0.

8) Message boards : Questions and problems : Cannot connect to localhost (Message 33849)
Posted 20 Jul 2010 by dduggan47
Did you reboot in between?

Is your windows explorer set to show hidden files/directories?


No and yes ... although I'll double check the latter when I get home tonight. Was a change made to hide them in more recent versions?

Also, I wasn't able to reproduce the earlier success in dropping back and making it work. I'll try to play with it more tonight and throw in some reboots here and there, but the whole process is so time consuming ... life always eventually interferes.
9) Message boards : Questions and problems : Cannot connect to localhost (Message 33838)
Posted 19 Jul 2010 by dduggan47
OK. Getting somewhere.

I installed 6.6.38 and it worked fine.

I installed 6.10.58 and I'm back to the problem.
10) Message boards : Questions and problems : Cannot connect to localhost (Message 33837)
Posted 19 Jul 2010 by dduggan47
I did a Windows search on drive C (my only drive) for anything named std*.txt. The only one found was the stdgrf.txt.

Meanwhile I removed again and installed 5.8.16. I picked the service option and it's running like a champ. I will do some more testing.

Oh, one more thing, all the std*.txt files are magically back.

I'm not making this up. :-)
11) Message boards : Questions and problems : Cannot connect to localhost (Message 33834)
Posted 19 Jul 2010 by dduggan47
I ran the 6.10.58 install again and removed BOINC, then reinstalled. Boinc.exe keeps trying to start, I see it in Task Manager but it quickly disappears.

The only pertinent log entry through all of this are in the application log where it says twice that BOINC configuration completed successfully and then than BOINC installation completed successfully. All those are obviously during the install.

12) Message boards : Questions and problems : Cannot connect to localhost (Message 33822)
Posted 18 Jul 2010 by dduggan47
This site, as with all project sites, will only send you an email when a subscribed thread is updated, if you have enabled that option (to be notified) in your account on the (this) site.

Got it. Thank's Les.
13) Message boards : Questions and problems : Cannot connect to localhost (Message 33820)
Posted 18 Jul 2010 by dduggan47
but when I check the services running BOINC is missing.

Did you even install BOINC as a service? (That's 3rd screen in the installer, Advanced button, checking the "Protected application execution" option)

If you never checked that, chances are high BOINC isn't installed as a service, so won't show up in the service applet.

Any error messages in stderrdae.txt or stderrgui.txt?

Hi Jord, sorry for the belated reply. When I subscribed to the thread I though it would send me an email so I didn't check back until today.

Re installing it as a service, you're right. I guess I didn't. There was a time when it took a fair amount of fiddling to get BOINC to run properly as a service, then one day a new release came out and it happened automatically. I assumed that was still the case. I don't necessarily care if it runs as a service, but in days of yore I think that was the only way to get it to run when I'm not logged in.

As far as stderrdae and stderrgui go, strangely enough they do not seem to exist on this machine. stderrgfx is there, but not the other two.

I must be doing something incredibly stupid, but I have no clue at all as to what it might be.
14) Message boards : Questions and problems : Cannot connect to localhost (Message 33665)
Posted 5 Jul 2010 by dduggan47
I'll chime is as another frustrated non-technical user with this problem.

I'm running:

- Windows XP Pro
- SAV 10.1 Corporate

I have local admin rights on the machine (a Dell Latitude D830).

When I start Boincmgr, Boinc.exe fires up for about 10 seconds and then dies. It does the same if I try to "attach to project or account manager". Strangely (to me), I'm no longer getting any messages from Boincmgr about localhost, but I had been getting those earlier in this battle.

The version of Boinc I'm running (or trying to run) is 6.10.56. I was running an earlier version when this problem started but that was a few weeks ago and I'm sorry, I don't remember what version it was. I also tried 6.10.57 and got the same problem. I've tried uninstalling and re-installing several times (and have rebooted). I removed BOINC using Windows (add/remove programs) rather than the Boinc install process, all to no avail.

I don't see anything interesting in the event viewer, but when I check the services running BOINC is missing.

I have no clue what to try next.
15) Message boards : Questions and problems : 6.2.19 won't install (Message 21462)
Posted 23 Nov 2008 by dduggan47
Thanks for responding Jord.

I left my laptop running BOINC 6.2.18 last night. When I came down this morning I saw your note and then found BOINC was not running ... then noticed the service wasn't even listed. When I went into add/remove, BOINC wasn't there. I only had two glasses of wine last night.

So ... I tried the other things you suggested and even went a step beyond. I deleted everything in the registry that said "BOINC". I got rid of the BOINC releated MSI's and emptied the RB.

Installing 6.2.19 still did the same thing. I reinstalled 6.2.18 with no problem and it's running now as a service. I'll see what happens.

My next try at 6.2.19 might involve all of the above plus deleting everything on the machine that appears to have anything at all to do with BOINC including project data.

I'm not a technical expert but I'm far (IMO) from being a computer illiterate. This baffles the hell out of me.

- Dick
16) Message boards : Questions and problems : 6.2.19 won't install (Message 21443)
Posted 22 Nov 2008 by dduggan47
I had 6.2.19 running fine under Windows XP but not as a service. I probably installed it wrong. When I reinstalled I used 6.2.18 in error. When I try now to reinstall 6.2.19 I get an error saying "Another version of this product is already installed. Installation of this version cannot continue. To configure or remove the existing version of this product, use Add/Remove Programs on the Control Panel."

Did that to no avail. I can install any version I want to except 6.2.19 (I haven't tried the beta versions).

What's getting in the way?

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