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cant run 2 instances as services

djshowdowndjshowdown London
edited May 2007 in Folding@Home
when i try to run two instances of FAH 5.04 as services (by selecting yes when asked run as a service when i first run it) it only decides to run one

two instances show up in task manager but while one is using 99 of my resources the other is using zero

i have a p4 with hyperthreading and i have always run two instances of folding at home because it works really well like that

why is it being stubborn?

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  • LeonardoLeonardo Wake up and smell the glaciers Eagle River, Alaska Icrontian
    edited Apr 2007
    Don't know what is causing your problem. A workaround though, would be to not install them as services, but as programs that start with links in your Windows "Startup" folder. Use TrayIt to move the minimized client windows to the task tray. TrayIt is an outstanding little applet that works perfectly.
  • djshowdowndjshowdown London
    edited Apr 2007
    i do use trayit as it goes

    i agree, very handy

    im sure i tried adding them to the startup menu and had the same problem

    very annoying as i just checked my work rate and its dropped off alot :(
  • csimoncsimon Acadiana Icrontian
    edited Apr 2007
    Did you assign different machineID's to each thru the config?
  • djshowdowndjshowdown London
    edited Apr 2007
    im not sure how to do that

    when the options come up i just select the ones i want then when it says change advanced options i say no

    explain to me how i can assign machine id's please
  • djshowdowndjshowdown London
    edited Apr 2007
    i think i figured it out

    i opened the client.cfg file with notepad and changed the machine id on one instance to 2 instead of one

    is this correct?
  • csimoncsimon Acadiana Icrontian
    edited Apr 2007
    djshowdown wrote:
    i think i figured it out

    i opened the client.cfg file with notepad and changed the machine id on one instance to 2 instead of one

    is this correct?
    Yeah that's how I do it ...make sure one is 1 and the other 2. They could actually be anything from 1-8 as long as they're different.
    To change thru the config setup all you had to do was go into the advanced changes and it's the last question asked.
    Have you restarted and is everything ok?
  • djshowdowndjshowdown London
    edited Apr 2007
    havent restarted yet

    things seem to make more sense in task manager now

    there are two seperate image names showing up for core and two for console

    before there was two core i believe and only one console

    i will try restart now and see what happens
  • LeonardoLeonardo Wake up and smell the glaciers Eagle River, Alaska Icrontian
    edited Apr 2007
    If your current scheme does not work, just select 'NO' for the service optionin the config. Just let the consoles start with a shortcut .exe in the Startup file. Then use TrayIt to minimize the console windows to the Task Tray. Ensure that "Machine ID" for each console is different.
  • csimoncsimon Acadiana Icrontian
    edited Apr 2007
    djshowdown wrote:
    things seem to make more sense in task manager now

    there are two seperate image names showing up for core and two for console

    That sounds good.
  • SPIKE09SPIKE09 Scatland
    edited Apr 2007
    djshowdown wrote:
    i think i figured it out

    i opened the client.cfg file with notepad and changed the machine id on one instance to 2 instead of one

    is this correct?
    It is not a standard text file editing it using notepad etc is very dodgy it can cause lots of problems to alter config it is recommended to use the -config flag etc.
  • djshowdowndjshowdown London
    edited May 2007
    late reply, completely forgot about this topic till now

    my solution solved it

    fah is happily using all free resources and keeping my cpu at full speed all day long

    now i just need to upgrade my cooling lol
  • danball1976danball1976 Wichita Falls, TX
    edited May 2007
    I don't know about you guys, but F@H is using 50% of each CPU on my rig
  • LeonardoLeonardo Wake up and smell the glaciers Eagle River, Alaska Icrontian
    edited May 2007
    What are the motherboard and CPU particulars?
  • danball1976danball1976 Wichita Falls, TX
    edited May 2007
    Leonardo wrote:
    What are the motherboard and CPU particulars?

    I am assuming you are talking to me, so:
    http://www.short-media.com/forum/showthread.php?t=56598
  • LeonardoLeonardo Wake up and smell the glaciers Eagle River, Alaska Icrontian
    edited May 2007
    F@H is using 50% of each CPU on my rig
    Then you are OK. Each core on your CPU should show 50% usage when Folding, if you are running two instances of the client (not SMP).
  • danball1976danball1976 Wichita Falls, TX
    edited May 2007
    No, I'm just running one instance of the client.
  • OrianeOriane Turn around.
    edited May 2007
    No, I'm just running one instance of the client.

    Then it is running properly like Leo said. If you run only one instance on a dual-core machine, only one core of resource is assigned. If you are using a Windows OS, by default it will distribute that resource over both cores to keep from stressing one side of the CPU. When it does this it looks like about 50% of both cores are being used.
  • danball1976danball1976 Wichita Falls, TX
    edited May 2007
    Ah, ok. Now I understand.
  • djshowdowndjshowdown London
    edited May 2007
    to get it using all your available resources do what i did

    run two instances and make sure they have different machine id's

    i saw a jump in productivity when i did this
  • danball1976danball1976 Wichita Falls, TX
    edited May 2007
    Nah, I'm fine with running one process, my brother's computer is also running F@H
  • djshowdowndjshowdown London
    edited May 2007
    fair enough

    youre on my tail so i dont think you really need any help ;)
  • danball1976danball1976 Wichita Falls, TX
    edited May 2007
    djshowdown wrote:
    fair enough

    youre on my tail so i dont think you really need any help ;)

    LOL, then, just because of that, I'll run two instances of F@H on my computer.

    Also, why does the SMP client get this error:
    [22:54:05] CoreStatus = FFFFFFFF (-1)
    [22:54:05] Client-core communications error: ERROR 0xffffffff
    and nothing else?
  • djshowdowndjshowdown London
    edited May 2007
    me and my big mouth :(
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