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2.112 CPU Console Specific

Create a folder on your computer and name it FAH. If you create the folder on the C: drive, the path to it will be C:\FAH. If you create it on drive D:, the path will be D:\FAH. Like that ...

Click here to download Console client for your OS and save it in that folder.

Navigate to the folder and double click the file named Fahxxx-Console.exe, where xxx will be the current version number of the client. Currently the final, non-beta version number for Win 2000/NT/XP is 623.

Following window will open.

The first time you run the console client, you will be prompted for your specific configuration information. You have the option of leaving the settings at the default, which is indicated by the information located within the [brackets]. This is accomplished by pressing the return key for each prompt; however, in most cases you will want to enter your individual information.

User name [Anonymous]?
Enter your username here and press enter.
This username is case sensitive.
For example 'john' and 'John' will be considered 2 different names on Stanford stats server. It is advisable to use your BBR username so as not to confuse third party stats. It is probably best not to use a space as this will be interpreted as an underscore rather than a space.

Team Number[0]? 4

We are Team 4

Launch automatically at machine startup, installing this as a service (yes/no) [no]? (yes/no)

If you enter yes, FAHxxx.exe will then run as a service, and you will see the following message: The program will continue in non-service mode now, working in C:\Program Files\FAH502 (Or whatever you named the folder you put the client in,).
The next time the computer is starts up, you should see work automatically continue there. Note that when this service is running, you should not try to manually run F@H from that directory at the same time.

Ask before fetching/sending work [no] (yes/no)?
Entering yes here will cause the client to prompt you before sending completed, or retrieving new, work units.

Use Internet Explorer Settings [no] (yes/no)?
Please set this one to no to avoid upload issues.

Use proxy [no] (yes/no)?
You will only be prompted for this if you responded no to the previous prompt. If you enter yes here, you will receive these additional prompts:

  • Proxy Name [localhost]?
    If your Proxy name is "localhost" press enter; otherwise,
    enter the appropriate information.

  • Proxy Port [8080]?
    If port 8080 is the proxy port you are using press
    enter; otherwise, enter the appropriate port

  • Use username & password with proxy (yes/no)?
    Enter the appropriate response for your configuration.
    If you respond with yes, you will be prompted for:

    • Proxy Username?
      Enter your Proxy username.

    • Proxy Password?
      Enter your Proxy Password.

Allow receipt of work assignments and return of work results greater than
5MB in size (such work units may have large memory demands) (no/yes)?

Change advanced options [no] (yes/no)?
If you answer yes, you can set the following options.

Core Priority [idle] (idle/low)?

  • idle = priority 34 and nice level 19

  • low = priority 28 and nice level 13

    Low is actually at higher level of priority than idle.

CPU usage requested (5-100)?
Defaults to 100% which will use all CPU time if nothing else is running. Since the client will "play nicely with others and yield CPU time to other applications as needed, there is generally no need to modify this setting. Please note, changing this setting unnecessarily may actually cause the waste of valuable CPU cycles.

Disable highly optimized assembly code [no] (no/yes)?
This is a opposite of -forceasm as this will disable Gromacs optimizations.

This should be set to no to utilize optimal code when the Gromacs WUs are available.

Pause if battery power is being used (useful for laptops) (no/yes) [no]?
Only used if you are Folding on a laptop.

Interval, in minutes, between checkpoints (3-30) [15]?
Sets how often the client saves checkpoints onto the Hard Drive.

Request work units without deadlines (no-pref/no/yes) [no-pref]?
Allows you the option to work on either Regular FAH WUS (no),
To receive only FAH wus without a deadline (yes), (for slower machines)
Or to recieve whatever Stanford sends (no-pref)

Ignore deadline information (mainly useful if system clock frequently has errors) [no]? (no/yes)

Deadline information included with work (Printed to unitinfo.txt and available in queueinfo). Active units checked for expiration periodically all others checked for expiration at autosend time. Configuration option of ignoring deadline information (to use if system clock is bad -- not just telling incorrect absolute time, but having an incorrect conception of what one second is, for instance) if so desired.
See Recent Changes from Stanford

Machine ID (1-8) [1]?
This setting is intended only for dual processor machines.

* For use with dual processors please refer to this link »folding.stanford.edu/faq.html#run.dual.

* For use with clusters, please refer to this link »folding.stanford.edu/faq.html#run.cluster

Once all the information is entered and you are connected to the Internet FAH client will download a scientific core, fetch a work Unit and start folding.

If you installed it as a service, FAH will run in background after you restart the computer. (step three in configuration)

If you installed it as console, The window can be minimized and run in Taskbar.

Note:If for some reason client needs to be shut down, do a Ctrl+c and client will shutdown properly.

Alternately, follow the instructions in FAH Wiki here.

Congratulations on being a proud member of Team Helix.

Say hello to fellow Team Members here, they are a friendly bunch. Get your Helix Spinner here.

by Gizmo See Profile edited by sortofageek See Profile
last modified: 2009-05-21 15:11:13

FAH 5 has a new configuration setting that allows you to install it as a service in Windows 2000 and Windows XP. The advantage of running the client as a service is that it will load and run anytime your PC is on, even if no one is logged in.

In order to install FAH 5 as a service, follow these simple instructions:

1) Wait until the current frame has completed
2) Close the client
3) Remove the client from your start up group
4) Restart the client in "Configuration Mode" by creating a short cut and adding the -configonly switch
5) At the "Launch automatically at machine startup, installing this as a service" prompt select type Y and press enter
6) You will see this screen:

7) Finish making selections
8) Reboot (This is an important step to starting the service)

That's it!

Note: Do not try to start the client while it is running as a service. Always stop the service (Start Menu>Control Panel>Performance and Maintenance>Administrative Tools>Services>Select the service and Click Stop on the left hand side) before starting it through a shortcut or attempting to configure your client.

See the FAH Wiki FAQ on this if you still have questions.

by jazzman916 See Profile edited by sortofageek See Profile
last modified: 2008-05-15 18:30:07

There are two methods available.

    •Shutdown the client.

    •Right click on your FAH shortcut and select properties to access the dialog box like the one in the image below.

    •Click in the field highlighted (Target:) and go to the end of the line, skip a space after the last character, and type in -config. Then click the Apply Button and then the OK Button.

    •If you already have the -local switch in there, skip one space past it and type -config, i.e. "C:\Folding@Home\FAH3console-v3xx.exe -local -config".

    •Make sure you remove the -config switch after completing the reconfiguration or you will have to reconfigure each time you start the executable.


    •Stop the client.

    •Go to Start/Run.

    •Click "Browse".

    •Locate the client executable.

    •Add the -config switch at the end of the line as shown in the example image below.

    •Click "OK".

    •Enter your congfiguration information in the client window when it opens.

    See also the FAH Wiki FAQ.

    by Gizmo See Profile edited by sortofageek See Profile
    last modified: 2008-05-15 18:32:08

    Running F@H as a service now is a lot easier than the FAQ indicates. It is now listed in the config of the console version.

    See the FAH Wiki --> How do I run the console as a Service?

    by rfhar See Profile edited by sortofageek See Profile
    last modified: 2008-05-15 18:33:48

    The FAH Wiki answer!

    by sortofageek See Profile
    last modified: 2008-05-15 18:34:51

    Hey, look, it's in the FAH Wiki right here!

    by sortofageek See Profile
    last modified: 2008-05-15 18:34:19

    This FAQ is intended to supplement the wonderful material already out there on configuring your dual processor/HT PC to run two instances of FAH.

    If you want to run two instances of FAH, you need to run them -local. Problem is, there's no easy way to tell it to run -local...right?

    Not if you go into the registry. :-)

    DISCLAIMER: Always make a backup copy of your registry before making any changes. Incorrectly modifying your registry can render your computer inoperable...and an inoperable computer can't fold!

    After you set both instances to run as services...

    Go to Start - Run - type in regedit (hit enter).

    Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE - System - Current Control Set - Services.

    Find the keys Windows generated when you created the service.

    Under ImagePath on the right, you'll see the path for the console. Double-click, then add -local before the -svcstart switch. Find the second key (it'll be in the next folder right below the one you're working in) and repeat.

    Personally, I like to reboot once I make changes to my registry. (Old school?) The next time the service starts, it will run with the -local switch.

    by ehansman See Profile edited by sortofageek See Profile
    last modified: 2008-05-15 18:36:59

    If you configured the client to run as a service and have decided that you no longer want it to run as a service follow these instructions to stop and reconfigure the client to meet your needs.

      •Right click my computer on your Windows Desktop
      •Select manage
      •Open up the Services and Applications section
      •Click on Services
      •In the right panel, locate the FAH service
      •Right click it and stop it.
      •Then follow the directions here to reconfigure.

    by nozero See Profile edited by sortofageek See Profile
    last modified: 2008-05-15 18:37:36

    Things to remember before upgrading:

      •Download the new client for your OS from here
      •Shut down the client by pressing ctrl+c.
      •Add the -pause switch to the FAH shortcut. This will pause the client after current Work Unit is finished.
      •Restart the client and Wait until the current work unit is finished.
      •Shut down the client
      •Delete the FAH shortcut from startup folder or any other autostart options you chose. This is important as new executable will have a different name or version number.

    Double click the downloaded file and upgrade will begin. Choose current FAH folder when prompted.

    After upgrade is complete, start the client by clicking the executable.

    Important Note: It is a good idea to backup your current FAH folder first before upgrading.

    by pervez8 See Profile edited by sortofageek See Profile
    last modified: 2008-05-15 18:38:50

    Hit CTRL+C when the DOS/Command prompt window is the active window.

    Any other method of shutting down the client is considered to be less than graceful and may result in file (WU) corruption or other problems resulting in or from the unintentional running of multiple cores.

    by wafen See Profile edited by sortofageek See Profile
    last modified: 2008-05-15 18:40:00

    The FAH Wiki knows, of course. :)

    by sortofageek See Profile
    last modified: 2008-05-15 18:42:09