Posts by Keith Myers

1) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Question for Linux users of BOINC Manager (Message 108497)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Keith Myers
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Thanks guys. It turns out that the code for finding and loading the skin files dates back to 2007, and has probably never worked on Linux. If we haven't missed it until now, I don't think we need to start worrying about it now.

Seems logical. I haven't used Simple View till the issue arose and I investigated. Wouldn't have known of the background being missing until someone pointed it out to me.
2) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Question for Linux users of BOINC Manager (Message 108477)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Keith Myers
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I've built a Linux client from the current Master but am using an older Manager version. I'm guessing it is from the old 7.16 branch if I remember correctly.

I don't see any bitmapped background image in Simple View. Just a rotating image gallery for the project that is selected in the Chooser. I have the standard Skins folder.

I don't crash the Manager upon returning from Simple View to Advanced View.

I assume the issue is with the current Manager code.
3) Message boards : GPUs : Water cooling (Message 108395)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Keith Myers
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You don't have to be a gaming addict to want to water cool components.

Cooler temps = higher clocks plus more power headroom.

I don't game on my PC's but I do water cool every one of them for BOINC crunching.
4) Message boards : Questions and problems : Issues after every [L]Ubuntu system update. (Message 108394)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Keith Myers
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There are AMD fixes for cpus in the latest releases that warrant upgrading the kernel for performance increases also.
Not just for Intel Alder Lake cpus.
5) Message boards : Questions and problems : Issues after every [L]Ubuntu system update. (Message 108379)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Keith Myers
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To get Nvidia driver back without a reinstall just purge the Nvidia drivers and then reinstall them. When you purge them you automatically fall back to the Nouveau drivers after the rebooot. Then can install the Nvidia drivers again and reboot again to get them active.

sudo apt remove --purge *nvidia*
reboot
sudo apt install nvidia-driver-470 or
sudo apt install nvidia-driver-510
reboot

Both versions are in the current Debian and related distros.

If for some unknown reasons that the system doesn't automatically fall back to Nouveau, you can install them again with:

sudo apt install xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
6) Message boards : Questions and problems : Issues after every [L]Ubuntu system update. (Message 108376)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Keith Myers
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Looks like you are using the standard distro service installation. Try adding yourself to the boinc group.

First check to see who is in the boinc group

groups boinc

Then if you aren't in the boinc group, add yourself

sudo usermod -a -G boinc $(whoami)

Then see if you have access to the /var/lib/boinc-client directory
7) Message boards : BOINC client : BOINC 7.20.0 released for Windows (Alpha or pre-release version) (Message 108358)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Keith Myers
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Scroll down on https://github.com/BOINC/boinc/releases/tag/client_release/7.20/7.20.0 and find two executables. One 64bit without and one 64bit with vbox included.

Has the internet become so difficult these days that simply checking on the page linked has become impossible for people? There's no need to link to artifacts.

There is if the person wants the Linux releases. Which is what I thought the OP wanted since he mentioned using WINE which is a Linux program to emulate Windows.
8) Message boards : BOINC client : BOINC 7.20.0 released for Windows (Alpha or pre-release version) (Message 108339)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Keith Myers
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Is there a compiled version I can try? In particular, I would like to see if switching to advanced view along with various other actions causes it to crash under WINE. Unless I can do this I am stuck with an older 32 bit version for WINE. I have not had success with downloading the bits needed to compile it and then getting it to run under WINE.


I believe you are needing the 64 bit Linux client? If so:

https://github.com/BOINC/boinc/suites/6830246142/artifacts/263127624

Or if I am mistaken in what OS you run, then Windows64 here:

https://github.com/BOINC/boinc/suites/6830246141/artifacts/263122587
9) Message boards : BOINC client : BOINC 7.20.0 released for Windows (Alpha or pre-release version) (Message 108337)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Keith Myers
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My long-time https://github.com/BOINC/boinc/issues/1773 is finally fixed in this release.

Nvidia cards will finally show the correct amount of VRAM for the CUDA enumeration calls in the startup of the Event Log.
10) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory, Corona and All Your Off Topic Discussions (Message 108240)
Posted 26 May 2022 by Profile Keith Myers
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One area where even most ardent Windows fans agree Linux is better. If an update needs a reboot to take full effect, it just tells you, a reboot is needed to complete the update and gives you the option to restart then or later. I really don't understand why MS can't follow that policy?

Linux isn't entirely blameless either. Or maybe its just Ubuntu. I've had three teammates dump gpu work recently because the Ubuntu hosts pulled the Nvidia drivers out from underneath the running tasks without informing the user it was going to do that. Ubuntu deems Nvidia updates as security level updates normally and believes that takes precedence over asking permission to do so.

Thank goodness there is sudo apt-mark hold nvidia-driver* to prevent that from happening if the user cares about such issue.
11) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 108151)
Posted 19 May 2022 by Profile Keith Myers
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I have cleared all my uploads on all my host. Have fully restocked hosts now too.

Use the retry button on the stalled uploads. Then try an update.

It can also help to increase the number of project connections allowed from the default of two in the cc_config.xml file. I recommend increasing to eight.

Here is the entry I have on this daily driver.

<max_file_xfers>18</max_file_xfers>
<max_file_xfers_per_project>8</max_file_xfers_per_project>
12) Message boards : The Lounge : Einstein@Home is Slumbering (Message 108096)
Posted 15 May 2022 by Profile Keith Myers
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Still 100% failure rate accessing the Einstein website. Times out everytime. Tried about 200 times so far today.
13) Message boards : The Lounge : Einstein@Home is Slumbering (Message 108094)
Posted 15 May 2022 by Profile Keith Myers
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I haven't been able to access it this morning at all. Just times out.
14) Message boards : Projects : New project started: LODA (Message 108090)
Posted 15 May 2022 by Profile Keith Myers
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Well only when the BOINC source code updates the all_projects_list.xml file do new projects get picked up.
You normally can always add any new project in manually in the Join Projects picklist.
From what I have seen is usually a "welcome to the BOINC family" type of message from David Anderson at the BOINC site.
Whether any of the 3rd party aggregation sites read those feeds is unknown to me.
15) Message boards : Projects : New project started: LODA (Message 108088)
Posted 14 May 2022 by Profile Keith Myers
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First thing to check is whether the project is obeying GDPR rules and needs to have the account holder authorize exporting of stats to third party aggregation sites.

Second, most BOINC projects just accept the default location of the server software which has the stats.gz file in the normal location and where the 3rd party aggregations sites would scrape automatically in their stats pull cron job.
16) Message boards : GPUs : Water cooling (Message 108087)
Posted 14 May 2022 by Profile Keith Myers
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If a custom water block for a gpu doesn't cool the VRM and memory as well as the gpu core, it is a very poorly designed waterblock. No well known marque brand waterblock has those deficiencies.

Most waterblocks either can use the stock backplate from the air cooler or even have actively water cooled backplates for the cards like the original RTX 3090 or the Kingpin 3090 with RAM on the back of the PCB and has very high temperatures even on the stock air cooled solutions.

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0032/5530/4241/products/optimus-kingpin-gpu-block-backplate-2_2000x.jpg?v=1627528303
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0032/5530/4241/products/optimus-kingpin-gpu-block-front-2_2000x.jpg?v=1627528303

Or have custom backplates with proper cooling.

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0032/5530/4241/products/optimus-gpu-waterblock-ftw3-xl-backplate-1_2000x.png?v=1628103290
17) Message boards : BOINC Manager : boinc manager causes X server crash on startup (Message 108051)
Posted 10 May 2022 by Profile Keith Myers
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Happy you were able to fix the issue. Corruption of system files can be a bear to diagnose and trace down.
18) Message boards : BOINC Manager : boinc manager causes X server crash on startup (Message 108039)
Posted 8 May 2022 by Profile Keith Myers
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Doesn't look like there are any missing dependencies. Have you looked in /var/crash for any files yet?

The other simple thing to do is to navigate back to /usr/bin, open a Terminal and launch the Manager manually in the terminal with:

sudo ./boincmgr


and watch for any errors that it dumps to the terminal for any more hints as to why it is crashing.

You already said you didn't find any smoking gun entries in the syslog so I don't see any more chance that will help further.

So the next thing I would try is to reinstall the AMD drivers as they might have gotten corrupted. I would purge them all first and revert to the stock Nouveau drivers, reboot and reinstall them again and see if that allows the Manager to launch properly.

Also maybe the Manager got corrupted and a BOINC purge and reinstall of the Manager might be the fix.

sudo apt install boinc-manager
19) Message boards : Questions and problems : Statics gone from boinc-client gui (Message 108034)
Posted 8 May 2022 by Profile Keith Myers
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I know that is what he wants. But unless he made a backup of the BOINC data directory, those statistics files for each of his projects are long gone and never to be recovered.

He could try the data recovery applications but likely the reinstallation of BOINC software after the purge likely overwrote the locations that BOINC had saved the files unless his new installation was to a different disk or something.

The best he can hope for is to recover them from the project schedulers when he contacts them with his new host ID and uses the Merge function.
20) Message boards : Questions and problems : Statics gone from boinc-client gui (Message 108032)
Posted 8 May 2022 by Profile Keith Myers
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No. Go to your account profile page on each project and select your Computers. From the list, find the two computers Host ID's that share the same hardware. Click on the older host ID that you want to preserve.

Click Details for the host and at the bottom of the page is a Merge link. Click on that and it will show which computer matches the hardware/software of the other newer hostID.

When you click Merge these two computers, it will merge the older host ID into the newer host ID and pick up the stats from the older host that you purged. You'll get your credits back but will lose the creation date of the original host.

Read the BOINC Wiki page on merging. https://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Host_identification_and_merging


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