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Message 10469 - Posted: 26 Nov 2010, 15:14:35 UTC

In my search to heat up my apartment this winter, while doing something useful with my two 4870's I found collatz. I believe I've correctly installed the optimised app, but I can't get collatz to reveice any work units. any suggestions?

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Message 10482 - Posted: 27 Nov 2010, 9:13:16 UTC - in response to Message 10469.

There are no ATIs listed at http://boinc.thesonntags.com/collatz/hosts_user.php?userid=11266
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Message 10491 - Posted: 27 Nov 2010, 15:05:09 UTC

I had a lot of trouble getting BOINC to recognize my GPU. Make sure that you have installed your card's latest video drivers, as well as installed the app correctly. I had to view a bunch of forum threads and such before I was able to get it working. Once it does, as the previous poster mentioned, your computer's GPU will be displayed on your hosts page.

I used the following tutorial: http://elect86.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/howto-ati-cal-on-karmic-64-bit-with-boinc-collatz-project/ though I installed the drivers using commands:

sudo chmod +x <fileyoudownloaded>

sudo sh <fileyoudownloaded>

sudo aticonfig –initial -f

... then reboot.

You'll probably want to navigate to the folder you put the lib* files in and set their permissions to BOINC.

After installing the drivers and rebooting, you might also need to restart your BOINC client to get it to recognize your GPU using commands found here: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Stop_or_start_BOINC_daemon_after_boot

You can also add a sleep command to your BOINC init.d file but I'll be damned if I can remember where I found that advice. I think it's in this forum somewhere.

I'm a total newb at this, so I feel your pain. Hopefully you can get this working. It would be nice if the GPU-enabled projects had very explicit step-by-step tutorials on the front page for those of us who aren't hackers.

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Message 10493 - Posted: 27 Nov 2010, 19:00:37 UTC

If you're running BOINC not as root (which is highly recommended) you must grant BOINC access to the running X server:

xhost local:boinc


This will for example allow the user "boinc" to access X.

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Message 10504 - Posted: 29 Nov 2010, 4:05:30 UTC

So I fooled around with some of your suggestions and I'm not sure what worked, but I was able to get some work units and crunch on my cards for a moment. I added boinc to the video groups, I used your command xhost local:boinc, and I stopped / started the boinc client with those commands. Then, figuring I had it figured out, I disabled crossfire (due to prior issues with f@h) because I thought it would make the work units go faster. When I rebooted, I opened the client manager to find this:

... GPU missing, Ready to start


So, it's lost my gpu's again. I'm not sure what to do next. That's what I get for thinking.. :)

Where to go from here?

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Message 10505 - Posted: 29 Nov 2010, 11:01:47 UTC - in response to Message 10504.

Which linux distribution? Driver version?
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Message 10509 - Posted: 29 Nov 2010, 14:16:11 UTC - in response to Message 10505.

I'm using Ubuntu 10.10, kernel 2.6.35.8 (vanilla, compiled with drivers removed), Using ATI's newest drivers 8.791 (CCC 10.11).

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Message 10534 - Posted: 1 Dec 2010, 17:49:47 UTC - in response to Message 10509.

I'm using Ubuntu 10.10, kernel 2.6.35.8 (vanilla, compiled with drivers removed), Using ATI's newest drivers 8.791 (CCC 10.11).


I heard that multiple people are having problems with ATI drivers v10.11. You might want to downgrade to an earlier version.


It would be nice if the GPU-enabled projects had very explicit step-by-step tutorials on the front page for those of us who aren't hackers.


Yep. It would be nice. And easy, too. Here you go:
1. Reformat your hard drive and Install Windows 7
2. Install the latest ATI drivers and reboot
3. Install BOINC

I don't have a Linux box with a GPU and wouldn't run Ubuntu on it even if I did. So, to help you out, please send me a computer just like yours with the same graphics card installed and provide the specifics as to what OS, ATI driver, and BOINC version you which to use. I'll write down the instructions and post them after I figure them out. But, with Ubuntu and ATI changing versions every few weeks, I'll probably be too busy keeping the instructions up to date to be able to ship the computer back to you, so I'll just keep it. ;-)

If someone would like to volunteer to write up instructions for their distro, we could certainly create a library of instructions or make them a sticky topic on the MB.

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Message 10700 - Posted: 22 Dec 2010, 19:30:29 UTC - in response to Message 10534.

If someone would like to volunteer to write up instructions for their distro, we could certainly create a library of instructions or make them a sticky topic on the MB.

I would ask the guys at http://ubuntuforums.org...
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