Windows S5R3 App 4.07 available for Beta Test

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RE: As a side effect you

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As a side effect you can now tell the App to run without graphics at all (for testing or performance reasons) by putting a file EAH_NO_GRAPHICS into the BOINC directory.
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How does one do this, in a clear step by step basis?

I would like to try it to see if I can speed up the application (I don't view the graphics anyway).

Thanks! :)

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RE: RE: As a side effect

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As a side effect you can now tell the App to run without graphics at all (for testing or performance reasons) by putting a file EAH_NO_GRAPHICS into the BOINC directory.
BM

How does one do this, in a clear step by step basis?


I usually navigate to the BOINC folder (usually in Program Files) with the Windows Explorer, right-click in the folder, chose "New..." -> "Text Document" and rename it to EAH_NO_GRAPHICS (you must have set to view the file extensions of known filetypes to make this work).
The App should look for the file whenever it is started. You can stop the Boinc Client (Exit the Boinc Manager) and restart it to restart the App and see the effect.

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RE: RE: As a side effect

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As a side effect you can now tell the App to run without graphics at all (for testing or performance reasons) by putting a file EAH_NO_GRAPHICS into the BOINC directory.
BM

How does one do this, in a clear step by step basis?

I would like to try it to see if I can speed up the application (I don't view the graphics anyway).

Thanks! :)

1) Stop BOINC. If you are running as Single User, you can Exit from the BOINC Manager, which will also stop the BOINC client. If you are running as a service, you will Exit from the BOINC Manager, if it is up, stop the BOINC service by going to Start, then selecting Run, then typing "net stop boinc" in the textbox and the press Enter. There will be a black box that pops up for a second or two until the service is stopped.

2) Create the file EAH_NO_GRAPHICS in the BOINC directory. The BOINC directory is located at C:\\Program Files\\BOINC by default, unless you installed it to another drive or location. You can create an empty file by creating a new text file and naming it EAH_NO_GRAPHICS. Note that if you do not view file extensions when you view files in Windows Explorer, renaming the file will default it to an extension of .txt. This will not trigger the beta application in any way, as the file EAH_NO_GRAPHICS.txt is not the same as EAH_NO_GRAPHICS. If you need help viewing your files with extensions, then reply back requesting that info.

3) Restart BOINC. If a non-service installation, then restart the BOINC Manager from your Start->All Programs->Startup, or by going to Start->Run and typing "net start boinc" in the Run textbox and pressing Enter.

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RE: I usually navigate to

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I usually navigate to the BOINC folder (usually in Program Files) with the Windows Explorer, right-click in the folder, chose "New..." -> "Text Document" and rename it to EAH_NO_GRAPHICS (you must have set to view the file extensions of known filetypes to make this work).
The App should look for the file whenever it is started. You can stop the Boinc Client (Exit the Boinc Manager) and restart it to restart the App and see the effect.

BM


I did this and have the file EAH_NO_GRAPHICS.txt in my general BOINC directory (not the Projects folder). But it does not seem to work (the show graphics tab is not grayed-out).

Am I correct that this should be a .txt file extension?

Thanks!

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RE: Am I correct that this

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Am I correct that this should be a .txt file extension?


You're wrong. It shouldn't have any extension at all.

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RE: RE: Am I correct that

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Am I correct that this should be a .txt file extension?

You're wrong. It shouldn't have any extension at all.

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Thank you, that worked like a charm! :)

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RE: RE: Question: Is the

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Question: Is the new "checkpointing mechanism" designed to survive the "System Restore" process (as I reported here and here)? If so, would you like me to test it?

It isn't designed for doing so, and I doubt that it will make any difference in that situation from the previous version. Would be nice to know, though.

BM

You were correct. The new checkpointing does NOT survive System Restore, although, for a moment, I thought was going to. That is, it's previous "percent complete" was displayed in the "Progress" meter while the app went through the "start-up" process again. But, when "start-up" was finished, "Progress" went back to zero. However, once again, SETI worked like a charm and picked up right where it had been.

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The easiest way to ensure

The easiest way to ensure that you create the EAH_NO_GRAPHICS file properly is to do it from the command prompt. Once you have a command prompt open, assuming that BOINC is installed in the default directory of C:\\Program Files\\, the following will work for the English installation of Windows:

echo > \\progra~1\\boinc\\EAH_NO_GRAPHICS

All you need to do is copy that line and paste it into the command prompt and hit ENTER. I used the short (8.3) directory names to ensure no issues.

FYI, you can find the short directory names by using the /X switch on the DIR command. This works on Windows XP, so the /X switch probably works on anything after XP (2003 and Vista), and likely works in Windows 2000, but not sure about Windows 95/98/Me...

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Early indications are that

Early indications are that adding the EAH_NO_GRAPHICS file increases efficiency of processing the S5R3 work units by approximately 15%.

But no unit has completed yet, so I will know better when a unit has finished.

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RE: Early indications are

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Early indications are that adding the EAH_NO_GRAPHICS file increases efficiency of processing the S5R3 work units by approximately 18-20%.


That is a huge difference. But just what are you comparing?

4.01 (standard release) on S5R3 vs. 4.07 with EAH_NO_GRAPHICS?

or 4.07 as-is vs. 4.07 with EAH_NO_GRAPHICS?

or something else?

Thanks. This sounds very interesting.

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