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Installed the software and it appears to be working correctly. And yes, I did use the search function here as well as the folding home site, but didn't see the answers to a couple of questions. First is, once I turn on my computer the program loads up. It starts at the last step I left off at. After it finishes, does it connect automatically back to the internet to get a new protein, or does it do that the next time I manually connect? I really don't want to leave my internet connection on all the time with norton disabled (to get increased performance)

The second question had to do with the SSE2 disabled on the folding home site. I looked at my setup and mine is enabled while they have their setup as disabled. Does that make a difference?

Looking forward to getting my 1.8 P4 up and running to do some 24hour folding.

Thanks guys. Oh yeah almost 3 WU's!!!!!

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First question: Folding only needs your Internet connection to retrieve or receive a New or Finished WU. During the steps, it only uses your CPU, nothing more.

 

Second question: IDK about SSE2, on all my machines its Enabled with no problems. Never heard of needing to disable it.

 

Also are you running the tags? -advmethods -forceasm

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Ok, so I only have to be connected to the net to get a new project and to submit it when it is finished. As far as tags go, I believe it asked me which of the three I wanted when I installed it, but I didn't choose any because I did not know what they were. Do I need any of those? or more importantly, will they help me fold faster and get more points for the team?

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Welcome to folding :D glad to have you aboard. Those tags help to insure that you don't get "tinkers" too often and one to help with P4/hyperthreading I believe. With hyperthreading enabled, you could run two instances of folding using each logical cpu. I am told that this will give you a net increase of around 25%. I personally have not done the math on that, but I do run two instances on my rig that runs 24X7.

 

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Presently I am working on a 400 frame "Tinker". Can I add those two programs now, or do I have to uninstall and re-install the folding program? I do like the idea having two sessions on the same rig (at least when I am sleeping, or at work).

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You would just have to stop the folding instance, add the parms to your shortcut, and restart folding. Don't need to uninstall and re-install. Tinkers can get you higher score sometimes, but I would rather be contributing to more serious work. With those tags added, you will still get tinkers, but probably not as many.

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I will add those two -advmethods and -forceasm sometime later in the week :D . An observation I made this morning was that 1 frame of the tinker took 6 minutes to complete, and there are 400 frames. That ends up being like 40 hours to complete. That is a long time. My first WU only had 100 steps, and only took about 3 minutes for each step for a total of like 5 hours. I now see why you might not want the "Tinkers."

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As far as tags go, I believe it asked me which of the three I wanted when I installed it, but I didn't choose any because I did not know what they were. Do I need any of those? or more importantly, will they help me fold faster and get more points for the team?

Welcome to folding and OCC team, If you are using the program that Linux made that has the options to check the tags you want you may have to uninstall and reinstall it, if you are just using the console version in a folder somewhere on your PC with a shortcut to the desktop you can add them there by right clicking on the shortcut and choose poperties and add the flags. If you are running the system in your sig with hyperthread you can run 2 versions, but I have not timed it either to see just how much of an increase it is but I also run 2 versions on all my hyperthreaeds, I looked at it like this why let one version use 50% of the cpu cycles and the other 50 just sit sit there. I choose to run 2 versions, I have seen someone say turn hyperthread off and run 1 version, if I am going to do that I do not even need to use a hyperthread for folding and buy a cheaper CPU. But I also read it is supposed to be about 25% by using 2 versions.

Oh the tags use -advmethods on amd or intel, but also choose forceasm for intel, if its amd use the -advmethods and -forceSEE

 

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I have used Linux's program, and yes I did uninstall it and reinstalled it with those two commands checked. Everything is working perfectly. Props to Linux for such an easy install :D . Am still reading about adding the second instance of the program to take full advantage of the hyperthreading. I am waiting for my new power supply and my P4 1.8 w/384 RDram will also be folding 24/7. Might have a P3 600eb also, :( but it needs some work.

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