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by vanhelmont
Sat Dec 01, 2007 10:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Minimum CPU for modern 'net usage?
Replies: 17
Views: 4301

Depends on whats running

Like the previous post, it depends on memory and software. I have a 1 G pentium 3 thinkpad with 512M of ram. Sometimes it will do youtube, etc. acceptably, and if it gets slow I can restart it. I run spybot s&d regularly and keep the software on it to a minimum. I had open office on it, but it liked...
by vanhelmont
Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:49 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: SPCR Folds Team Blog
Replies: 1664
Views: 590417

New SMP linux client:

Today I had to shut down to do some wiring, and when I restartedit said the client was expired, so I downloaded the new one. I didn't know it now requires an option -smp if you want to run it as smp (sounds silly, but they are merging it into the regular client, so you can run it either regular or s...
by vanhelmont
Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:48 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: SPCR Folds Team Blog
Replies: 1664
Views: 590417

Several computers on same wu

Angelkiller, "I'm looking for all of the computers to work on the same WU. Possible? Any ideas? (Computers are two 1GHz P3's, 1.7GHz P4, 2.6GHz Celeron, and possibly an Athlon 64 3200+.)" Probably not easy, but might be doable with smp workunits. They result in 4 processes. In theory you ought to be...
by vanhelmont
Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:48 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Setting up a network
Replies: 6
Views: 2397

pputer, For me, the practical way to set up a network depends on how I'm connected to the internet. When I used modems that provided a single interface to me (first a modem card in my computer, then a cable modem with a single ethernet connection) I used my linux box with either the telephone modem ...
by vanhelmont
Tue Jul 10, 2007 1:16 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: SMP segmentation faults
Replies: 4
Views: 2883

I did control-c to stop the folding processes, renamed the directory with the folding executable and data, made a new folding directory, opened the archive in it, and ran the executable. It got a different work unit, which finished today without problems. Must have been a bad work unit. I had done a...
by vanhelmont
Sun Jul 08, 2007 11:52 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: SMP segmentation faults
Replies: 4
Views: 2883

SMP segmentation faults

My last two work units terminated with similar errors at 67%. Here's what I copied from the terminal: [13:06:32] Writing local files [13:06:33] Completed 335000 out of 500000 steps (67 percent) [0]0:Return code = 0, signaled with Segmentation fault [0]1:Return code = 0, signaled with Segmentation fa...
by vanhelmont
Tue Jul 03, 2007 7:53 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Space Heater
Replies: 9
Views: 2332

Branko, Your room must have some vent that's putting out cold air. Why don't you get a piece of cardboard that can cover it, and a roll of duct tape to hold it in place. Or sometimes vent covers easily unscrew. Then you cut cardboard to fit behind it and screw it back on. A lot safer than running a ...
by vanhelmont
Sun Jun 24, 2007 9:34 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: CPU power consumption, single-core vs dual-core
Replies: 5
Views: 3267

What you say makes some sense, but unfortunately TDP isn't normally the power dissipation that would occur when the cpu is at 100%. AMD processors generally would never reach the advertised tdp unless you overclock and/or overvolt. Intel processors might exceed their TDP before 100% load. I think th...
by vanhelmont
Sun Jun 24, 2007 9:12 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Will SPCR be reviewing 690G and 7050 based mobo's?
Replies: 1
Views: 1960

I second the motion. A review on some of these boards would be very interesting.

BTW, there have been several threads on the forum on 690g boards, especially on the asus m2a-vm in the motherboard and cpu forum.
by vanhelmont
Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:55 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Help me safely lap a scuffed Scythe Ninja hsf
Replies: 9
Views: 3437

I agree. The scratch area is so small it won't matter, unless they are deep scratches with raised ridges at their sides. If they really worry you, I would say get a sheet of 400 or maybe even 600 wet or dry sandpaper, put it on a smooth surface, like glass, hold the heat sink near the bottom so it s...
by vanhelmont
Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Folding machine
Replies: 14
Views: 6100

I agree with the mATX motherboard with integrated graphics and the dual core processor, but if you want to do smp, 512M might be a little tight. I have 2G, and the most total memory I have seen used by the 4 folding processes was about 16.5%, or about 338 MB. On board video will use some (my MSI k9v...
by vanhelmont
Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:07 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Different perspectives
Replies: 17
Views: 7763

Computers are for doing stuff

A lot of your suggestions make sense, but I have to disagree with this one: - Reduce system load: Idle system produce less noise. Seti@home, folding, prime95 must go. Sure, don't load down your computer doing things without purpose, but what is worth doing? To me folding is very worth doing. It may ...
by vanhelmont
Thu May 31, 2007 3:00 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD? Intel? Single Core? Dual Core? Gulp!
Replies: 43
Views: 15942

motherboard with two ata channels

If you want to keep your ide drives, the MSI k9vgm-v has 2 channels, and everything, including video and audio, works with Ubuntu 7.04. It has a passively cooled via chipset, and the northbridge feels just slightly warm to the touch. I need to figure out how to monitor temperatures in Linux.
by vanhelmont
Wed May 30, 2007 3:58 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Most effective (points per dollar) upgrade
Replies: 32
Views: 19248

folding memory usage with smp

I'm doing smp on 64-bit linux, and have 2 G of ram. One time the total ram usage of the four folding processes was 16.5%, which would be 330M (I guess it's a little more than that, I'm treating the numbers as decimal). My 2 G is probably overkill, but 1 G might not be, unless you use the machine onl...
by vanhelmont
Tue May 29, 2007 12:34 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fanless low power, low cost home server
Replies: 12
Views: 3970

Yes, via chipsets work well with Linux these days. I have used several over the years. The first one with built in audio and video, I could not get either one to work and just used seperate sound and agp cards. I just built a system with MSI k9vgm-v motherboard, which has K8m890 nb and chrome9 video...
by vanhelmont
Mon May 28, 2007 5:36 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Home[made] HTPC chassis
Replies: 8
Views: 2970

more fans or less fans

Fewer fans at higher speed are generally louder than more fans at lower speed. Of course it depends a lot on which fans you use, too. Whether the psu fan should have its own cool air or be used to ventilate the case may depend on how much heat the computer generates. With older cpu's that create mor...
by vanhelmont
Mon May 28, 2007 4:59 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: can i plug my 2.5" sata drive to a standard sata power
Replies: 8
Views: 2859

I'm running two 2.5" sata drives in a desktop, using the normal sata power plugs, and it works fine.

Don't worry, be happy.
by vanhelmont
Wed May 23, 2007 10:58 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Dual-Channel Memory "Real World" Performance
Replies: 9
Views: 4202

Everybody else talked about the advantages of dual channel, but 512 MB of ram isn't a lot in these days of multimedia. I think you will notice an improvement just due to the increase in ram, especially if you tend to have several programs going at once. Should be a worthwhile upgrade at today's ram ...
by vanhelmont
Wed May 23, 2007 10:34 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Which of these AMD or Intel builds for audio server?
Replies: 10
Views: 3170

You shouldn't see any difference in performance for your application between the two systems. If the difference in computing power concerns you, you could substitute a 65 nm athlon x2 for the sempron, (and use it for folding@home when you aren't doing audio streaming) and still save a few francs, or...
by vanhelmont
Sat May 19, 2007 9:28 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Welcome new members
Replies: 561
Views: 446417

Now folding with smp client on Athlon 64 x2 3600+

Hi Folders, I became aware of folding via the forum post on spcr being passed by a Russian team, and started out on my old duron applebred, using the name silent_applebred. I think I did 2 work units before I got the stuff to upgrade (not just for folding, but that gave me one more excuse. ) Recycli...
by vanhelmont
Thu May 17, 2007 8:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What was your first computer?
Replies: 65
Views: 23621

Atari XE

My first computer experience was Fortran programming on punched cards. My commmunity college shared some sort of IBM computer with several local colleges. We had a card reader and printer connected to it over a phone line. The first computer I owned was an Atari XE, which was an 8-bit machine with e...
by vanhelmont
Thu May 17, 2007 8:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Digital Camera Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 6209

Canon A540

I have an Alpa 35 mm (Japanese, not Swiss, but still has a nice macro lens, and a couple of Zeiss-Jena lenses, but haven't even used it for several years. You are right, it doesn't take great pictures in the closet. We had a coolpix which always drove me crazy it was so slow. New ones are probably m...
by vanhelmont
Sat May 05, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a basic PC
Replies: 6
Views: 2018

Cheap mother board

I just did an upgrade to am2 with an msi k9vgm-v motherboard. It is passively cooled, and has on-board video. New Egg has it "open box" (but I think it's OEM, not a return) for $34.99. It needed jumpers for the audio, and I had to correct the memory setting in bios, but then it installled 64 bit ubu...
by vanhelmont
Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:58 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Need help chosing AM2 mother board / Heatsink combination
Replies: 8
Views: 2871

heat sink/fan

Your cpu choice happens to be the same as mine (on order, not yet received) and I'm going to cool it with an Arctic Cooling alpine64 92mm. I used the same on a Athlon 4000+ system I built about a month ago, and besides being cheap, it is quiet and sufficient for these processors that don't dissipate...
by vanhelmont
Wed Apr 25, 2007 9:18 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: OS for new build: XP or Vista?
Replies: 20
Views: 6347

Open Office can edit MS office files

"I need to run MS office to edit files for work." Have you tried open office? We use it even on our windows machines, and I haven't come across MS office files it won't edit. You may have other issues requiring windows. Much as I hate to, it looks like I will have to contribute to Bill Gates and set...
by vanhelmont
Sat Aug 05, 2006 7:31 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Need a new PSU
Replies: 5
Views: 2668

Seasonic S12 series

d00ku, I just got a seasonic s12-330, and I'm really pleased with it, it's by far the quietest supply in its power range I have dealt with. The seasonic s12's have a big 12 cm fan on top of the supply, but it sucks air into the psu, which is blown out the back. If I understand your arrangement, this...