Just started folding - anything I should know?

Discussion in 'Distributed Computing' started by Heb1228, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

    Heb1228

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    Ok I think I got everything up and running without much of a problem. Any advice on how to get the best results? (I'm doing the folding@home one.)

    Also... I'm doing this on my Powerbook, which I take to class sometimes and will probably want to stop folding then to save battery life. Do I just quit terminal? Will it lose the work its done up to that point if it hasn't finished a work unit?

    Also, is there some kind of progress monitor or anything in the console version? In the graphical version? Any other things i should know?
     
  2. cyberddot macrumors 6502

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    That it runs like a charm (I've used the terminal and gui versions, but have only used the gui on my g5), and that the F@H FAQ has some good info.

    Check project summary to see details on the protein you're working on, including links to a description (my current protein), which may mean nothing to most of us, but is handy to show friends when describing the lil' app running hidden on the computer.:D

    Of course, one should also look at the linkity link in numerous sigs leading to the well written Macrumors Folding info page.
     
  3. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    Your powerbook will get hot and the fan will be constantly running while you are folding. I suggest a targus coolpad with fans to keep it cool and to keep the loud PB fan from running. I have one, and it works like a charm. Keeps my PB folding quietly :)
     
  4. Heb1228 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Heb1228

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    Thanks! Good info. Sorry for the confusion!


    I've got mine on an iCurve now so I think I'll be good. The fan's been running about half the time. I think I'm on "Automatic" processor setting right now. Changing it to highest probably would make it run constantly. You think I'd get a whole lot more done on the higher setting? I changed it the other day cause I was tired of my fans running too much.
     
  5. snap58 macrumors 6502

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    increase

    I've been running my powerbook a couple years straight now, cool pad, iCurve work great, keeping it raised helps cooling a lot.

    Increase is a great little program that allows you to set folding to pause when on battery and applications you list.
     
  6. Heb1228 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Heb1228

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    Great suggestion! Thats the kind of thing I was looking for! DLing now.
     

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