First off, what is Folding at Home? If you don't know check out the Folding at Home announcement here
Guide to Getting Started with F@H
Help you figure out which client is best for you
How to get them running
How to monitor each client's progress
Where and how to find your folding statistics
Risks of Overclocking and Folding/Stability/Increased Heat
-The CPU Clients
Classic Uni-core client
SMP (multi-core) client
VMware Clients (essentially an SMP client with a bit of a speed boost)
-The GPU Clients
Clients that use your video card's processing power
Making sure each client is running smoothly and contributing to the cause
-Your Folding stats
Track your points/statistics of your contributions
--The CPU Clients--
Classic Uni-core client:
Run this if:
-You have your computer on for a few hours a day or have a low end processor.
and download the client that corresponds to your operating system. For Windows most prefer the System tray client, though some prefer the console client which is slightly faster but a bit more of hassle to configure.
-Once you have downloaded the client, follow the instructions here
to get started.
Run this if:
-You have a strong dual/tri/quad core processor
-Your computer is on for all/most of the day
, scroll down to "Windows: V6 Beta SMP/CPU clients" and pick "Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008 SMP client console version" (MPICH). There is also a choice for DEINO. It was regarded as most stable, but if you get that, it is for 32bit only and must be run with the -deino flag.
-Follow the instructions here
. READ them!
-A new version of the SMP Client (6.29) has been released and along with it has come a new batch of SMP work units. The new work units require what's called a passkey; a "password" for your clients that adds a bit of extra security and prevents people from pretending to be you. You can get one here: Folding@Home
, just enter your F@H username and your email address and you are set.
-Another thing to note is that the SMP Client typically runs quite a bit slower than GPU clients (depending on your CPU), which means longer times between frames (%'s). For reference, an stock Intel E2180 can get up to 45min per frame (%), and the firstname.lastname@example.org I am folding on, gets about 3:20 per frame using 7 cores.
-When configuring the SMP Client and it asks you whether or not to change the advanced settings, be sure to type yes, and add the follow options when asked to do so:
1)When asked about work unit size, be sure to select BIG (It will offer small, normal, big).
2)When asked for "extra parameters" add the following: -smp -verbosity 9
-One last thing. The F@H folder doesn't like being put into the Program Files directory, so I would recommend that you place it in another location (eg. Make a folder for it in your User directory)
--The GPU Client--
Run this client if:
-You have an ATI 2xxx or newer graphics card, or
-An nVidia 8xxx or newer card (any card that supports CUDA).
. Select either the system tray or console client, the console client is a bit more of a hassle to work with but has the option of being run as a service.
-Follow installation instructions here (Folding@home - WinGPUGuide
-Folding + Gaming at the same time = bad. If you want to play a game pause F@H, doing both at the same time can cause stability issues.
-If using 2 or more GPU's, follow the Multi-GPU instructions
. Stanford advises that, if using Win Vista/7, you need to either have a monitor connected to each card or have a VGA dummy plug to fold with 2+ GPU's. A guide on making a dummy plug can be found here (The 30 Second Dummy Plug - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net
-If you are folding with ATI: ATI uses a lot more CPU than Nvidia does and can cause slow downs if you are using your CPU to fold also. Check out this page
about minimizing CPU usage using environmental variables.
You will need:
-A F@H client to monitor (obviously...)
-Download and install/extract FahMon.
-Once you have the FahMon window open, go to the "Clients" tab and click "Add a new Client." You will be asked for a name and location.
-Choose the name to be whatever you like, and for location click the "..." button and navigate to the directory of your F@H client.
-For GPU clients, an easy way (for the system tray client) is to locate the F@H icon in your taskbar, right cick->status->logfile and copy the launch directory into FahMon.
-For a notfreds VM, the location is a bit different. For location, the format will be \\Fold-xxxx(or IP if static)\C\etc\folding\1(instance #)\ where xxxx is unique to your VM (it will show on VM startup). Also check the "Client is on a Virtual Machine" box.
-FahMon has several options for monitoring which you can change to more accurately show what PPD you are getting.
-To customize, go to the FahMon tab and click "Preferences."
-Settings I recommend to change are:
-Calculate PPD based on [All Frames]
-Ignore asynchronous clocks [x] <- Prevents clients from being shown as *Hung* when its clock aren't in sync with your machine.
--Your Folding Stats--
-There are a couple of sites that host stats for F@H. My personal favorite however is done by Extreme Overclocking
-Simply enter your username and click search.
--Notes on Overclocking/Heat/Stability--
-Something to note when overclocking and folding is that just because your overclock is LinX, Prime95 and OCCT stable, does NOT mean it will be for F@H. I personally have found F@H to stress the CPU more than any of those programs so if you want to overclock and fold, use F@H as your 24/7 clock test, NOT Linx/Prime/OCCT.
-Because folding is very intensive (both on CPU and GPU) you way want to upgrade your heatsink (really only an issue when overclocking) or turn up the fan speed on your video card. GPU's tend to get pretty hot when folding on stock fan speed.
-Again because F@H is very intensive and bogs down the rest of your system, if you are going to play a game/run another intensive program I suggest that you pause F@H.
That's It!!! Happy Folding!!!
If you need additional help or have questions, post in the F@H forum or feel free to shoot me a PM and I'll try to help out.
***Credit to MadCatMk2 at overclock.net for much of this info***
***Comments are Welcome!***
***If this helped you, please rep me