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  1. #1
    Aug 2003

    Post Folding@Home advanced user Console Set Up Guide

    Welcome Guests to PcPer's Folding frogs Pond

    This is a detailed guide for the advanced folder here on TEAM 734

    First you need to download the F@H program.

    Windows Console (Link) Version 4.0

    Console (Link) Version 4.0

    We will walk you through the Windows Installation version.

    Select the appropriate link above and click SAVE in the pop-up box

    Save your File into your desired location "My Documents"
    or make your own folder in "Program Files" or save to your current "F@H" folder if you already have a version installed and are changing over to the console version

    And click "Open"

    If this is the first time you install F@H or you saved the console version into a different folder than your current versing then follow the steps and F@H will install the necessary files.

    If you save the console download into your current folding folder
    and run it, the console version will continue in your current WU.
    Afterward close F@H so you can change your advance settings.

    1) Enter your folding name here (remember it is case sensitive)
    2) Enter Team number 734
    3) Ask before sending work unit (Enter your preference here) I use (no)
    4) Use Internet Explorer settings (Enter your preference here) Dial uppers may want to chose yes.
    5) Use Proxy # (Enter your appropriate settings here)
    6) Change your advance settings YES
    7) Client type? FAH
    8) Core priority? idle
    9) CPU usage requested? 100
    10) Disable optimized code? no
    11) Interval in minutes between check points? 15 is default you preference here
    12) Ignore deadline information? (mainly used if system clock frequency has errors) your preference
    13) Machine id? 1 for your first client and 2 if your setting up two instances of F@H or Hyper-threading
    can set up to 8 per computer (also helpful for Dual Processor users)

    Folding@Home will now self install and if it is your first installation it will set up the necessary files into your new folder.
    Benchmark your system and download your first WU (work unit)

    If you already had F@H installed on your PC it will begin at your current WU.

    Close Fold@Home so we can create shortcuts and add flags.

    Go into your computer and right click on FAHconsole and send to your desktop

    Now right click on your Icon and click on "Properties"

    If this is a fresh install and you completed the advanced set up above then skip the next step and goto the tags set up.

    If you changed to the console version and it started up with your current WU then when your properties box pops up
    In the "Target box" click after the last " marks
    type {space}-config
    like the pic

    Click apply and OK then double click your Desktop FAH icon
    and follow the steps 1-13 to set your advanced settings

    (AMD users) This will enable your CPU's SSE settings
    instead of the default 3dNow
    either is fine for folding
    Enabling the SSE will work your CPU a little harder but
    will complete your Wu's a little faster ....

    Next change the -config to -forceSSE (case sensitive)
    otherwise remove the -config in your target box

    (AMD users)
    when your properties box pops up
    In the "Target box" click after the last " marks
    type {space}-forceSSE (case sensitive)
    like the pic

    To make FAH automatically run at start up

    Right click on your Desktop icon and Copy it
    Then Right Click on your "Start" in lower right corner
    Click "Explore"
    open "local disk"
    open "documents and settings"
    open "start menu"
    open "programs"
    open "Start up" and in the right Paste short cut

    Quote Originally Posted by StompinRound
    if your pc is configured with multiple users such as mine (me, my wife, my son)

    you may have noticed that if you install F@H it only runs on the user that installed it is logged on and does not run while the other users are logged on.

    This works with Windows XP Home and Pro

    --If you want F@H to run for specified users on your computer,

    copy the shortcut from your startup folder to the startup folders of the other users on the computer.

    the startup folders are nomally located at the path

    C:\Documents and Settings\******\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

    ****** being the user's name

    --If you want F@H to run for ALL users on your computer,

    move the shortcut from your startup folder to the All Users startup folder

    this is normally located here:

    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    Don't forget to restart your F@H and get that Wu going...

    Your Program will run in an open log file box

    If your running an AMD powered PC and changed your Tag
    to -forceSSE look for the Extra SSE Boost OK
    in the log file

    This will only apply for a Gromac work Unit.

    You can minimize your F@H program but don't {X} out of it, this will close the program.
    You can close the program if you need all that power for gaming or etc. But don't forge to restart the client.

    If your looking to get rid of that Button in your task bar see below...

    You can opt to run fold as home as a hidden service...
    This will allow you to run the program in the background.
    Even if you change users

    To run Folding@home as a service or learn more about this program

    Click this
    EASY setup Service Link as presented by Coolrunr and download his program.

    Upon running F@H as a service and you want to monitor your progress into a WU, you can create a shortcut to FAHlog.txt, or
    use a monitoring program like Electron Microscope , or KDFold .

    Please feel free to post comments or Questions in our folding forum
    Last edited by kiddetoolman; 10-07-2004 at 06:10 AM.

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  2. #2
    Aug 2003

    Re: Folding@Home advanced user Console Set Up Guide

    Here is a list of the other flags to use in the target box
    Console Client Configuration Options (General)

    Allows users to change their configuration information. This includes user & team names (reflected in the stats), whether or not to ask before a network connection is made to fetch/send work, set up proxy servers, preferred work unit type (Folding/Genome), process priority, CPU usage requested (5-100%), whether or not to use assembly loops, whether or not to use deadline information, and Machine ID changes.

    Same as above, but quit following configuration instead of beginning work.

    -delete x
    Delete item #x from work queue. This option should only be used if there is a serious error with the current unit that the client does not automatically recover from (e.g. crash-inducing). This should not normally happen, and if it does, we would be grateful if you could send us the FAHlog.txt file from the unit that causes the error.

    Displays the end-user license agreement

    Get information on queued work units. Includes for each unit the status (READY/FINISHED/EMPTY), unit type (Folding/Genome), originating server, and date when the unit was received (local time in GMT), as well as deadline if the server sent that information.

    -send x
    Send result #x back to server. Exits after trying to send unit (successfully or unsuccessfully). Use "-send all" to send all results outstanding. If unit x is not a completed work unit then the client exits without doing anything.

    -verbosity x
    Sets the output level, from 1 to 9 (max). The default is 3. This option should be used if the user wishes to see more detailed client output, particularly useful if there is a problem which needs to be reported to the F@H client development team.

    Instruct the client to quit following the completion of one work unit.

    Instruct the core to use SSE/3DNow assembly instructions if possible, even if it has previously made the determination that the machine may not be handling this well.

    On machines with an AMD processor, Core_78 gives priority to 3DNow over SSE -- this overrides that.

    Request to be assigned any new Cores or work units.

    Use configuration files from local directory. This option has no meaning on Linux, but is vital on Windows and Macintosh for running multiple clients on a machine. It instructs the client to read its config information from the client.cfg file in the current directory rather than, on Windows, from the installation directory specified in the registry, or, on Macintosh, the Library/Folding@home directory. Information such as the user name, team name, proxy information, machine ID are maintained in the client.cfg file. The flag ensures that work does not conflict. Use "-local" only if you are planning on running more than one instance of Folding@Home on the same machine (this is only useful if you are running on a multi-processor machine). Create as many directories as there are processors on the machine, copy the exe files and client.cfg file into each of these directories, run "FAH3Console -local -config" on each and specify unique machine IDs for each directory (under the Advanced Settings option). From then onward you may run each copy by switching to its directory and running with the -local flag.

    Print out the command line flags available and then exit.

    Windows Specific
    The below options are accepted but ignored by the clients for operating systems other than Microsoft Windows.

    Pause after finishing and trying to send current unit. Allows a user to shut down after finishing a unit, by pressing Ctrl-C, without then getting new work to process. This is recommended if you are planning on shutting down your machine for a long time (e.g. for a vacation), or are planning to un/re-install F@H after finishing the currently processing work unit.

    Run in service mode (for programs such as firedaemon). This prevents the client from exiting when it detects the current user is logging out. If this option is used when the client is not run as a service then it will run normally, but will not shut down automatically if the user logs out, and a "Wait for program to close." dialog box will be displayed.

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