folding and my computer...

Discussion in 'Distributed Computing' started by howard, Sep 10, 2003.

  1. howard macrumors 68020

    howard

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    i have an ibook and i started folding last spring...i enjoyed folding although i didn't get a whole lot done, i liked being involved though and i think its a great thing to do...however

    after i had been folding for some time my computer's battery pretty much died. it would freak out and go to sleep at like 80% then it would say it was at 0% if i tryed to wake it up. i got a new battery under 1 year warranty and now its been working fine. i was curious if it died cause i was folding on it almost constantly. i would usually turn folding off if i unplugged my ibook however there were a few times when folding ran while i was on battery power. anyway when i joined macrumors folding initally we were pumping out a measly 2000 points a week and now its gotten ridiculous. i would like to join back up but i fear my battery will die again and i don't have apple care so it would come out of my pocket to replace....

    what do you think?
     
  2. MrMacMan macrumors 604

    MrMacMan

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    Folding uses battery life.

    But I haven't seen anything like that.

    If you turned it off when you un-plugged I don't see a problem!

    :eek:
     
  3. bertinman macrumors 6502

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    I think you should be fine.

    I doubt that the folding killed your battery, it was most likely defective.

    I don't fold on my laptop while it is unplugged because otherwise it would run out too soon (but not any faster than if I was running any other apps at 100% cpu usage!).

    I suggest using mc68k's scripts to start and stop it when you are switching back and forth.

    (note to mc68k: think you could make a version of the script that doesn't have the -advmethods tag? that way the G3's won't get gromacs as often -- I think)
     
  4. howard thread starter macrumors 68020

    howard

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    huh? his script will stop and start it when you switch from battery to power?? sheesh it has come a long way since i last used it if that is the case
     
  5. MrMacMan macrumors 604

    MrMacMan

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    No no no.

    You can acually type 'stop' and 'start' to do this.
     
  6. ColoJohnBoy macrumors 65816

    ColoJohnBoy

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    I'm finally going to swallow my pride and ask:

    What is folding?


    A thousand pardons begged for my ignorance.
     
  7. Vlade macrumors 6502a

    Vlade

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    Folding uses your extra CPU cycles to research protein folding. Actually click the Distributed Computing sub-forum and then click the FAQ thread, it will give you a much better idea.
     
  8. mc68k macrumors 68000

    mc68k

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    there's a option when u install that asks whether you want to run gromacs.

    basically there's a switch statement and an alternate crontab w/o the -advmethods.

    as for -advmethods on the fly, that could be done too...but i don't see much need for it.
     
  9. bertinman macrumors 6502

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    doh. (not the first doh of today...)

    Your script has been running so nicely on my mac that I forgot all about the install sequence :p.
     

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