Win 8 & DC discussion thread

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  1. petrusbroder

    petrusbroder Lifer

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    Let us use this thread to discuss problems, features, speed, RAM-requirements and what-ever comes to mind when crunching DC-projects using computers with Win 8. :colbert:

    I have today downloaded and installed Win 8 Pro on one of my crunchers. I am using the latest BOINC-version (7.0.28, 64-bit) and running WCG, Einstein@home, LHC, Seti and Collatz.
    The computer is an i7-860 running @ 3.4 GHz on an ASUS-mobo (forget which ... :rolleyes: ), 6 GByte of RAM and two Radeon 7850 GPUs. A standard 1.5TB HDD and DVD-RW.
    As of the last 3 hours no problems at all; all WUs have gone through well and I have the impression that the crunching time for each WU is not so much different.
     
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    Rattledagger Elite Member

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    Hmm, was under the impression you'll need atleast BOINC v7.0.31 to not run into problems with win8, and personally I would recommend to use v7.0.36 until something better is released.
     
  3. petrusbroder

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    Well, it may be so ... but for the past 12 hours no problems yet ...
    I'll update the BOINC probably later today.
     
  4. petrusbroder

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    OK, I have run BOINC version 7.0.28 without any problems for 28 hours. MilkyWay, LHC, WCG all worked. I have noted the following:
    I have had more errors than usually om MilkyWay - usually I have none - now I have had som 50 WUs with errors. OTOH more WUs than that have completed correctly.
    I have had no errors on WCG, and LHC, both of which have completed a number WUs.
    The computer has not yet reported any Seti-WUs, but that will come in time ...

    I have now upgraded to version 7.0.31 and will run that for a time ...
     
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    when was the last time you checked up your MW@H WUs and errors? because they've been generating quite a few errors for a while now -- upwards of a couple of weeks, iirc. Before this I virtually never had erroneous WUs, but for a little while there have been regular errors.

    Sunny129 has a thread about it on the first page of the DC forum.
     
  6. Sunny129

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    yep...no worries Peter - your Milkyway errors are not Windows 8 related, nor are they unique to you. if you look closely at your errors, you'll note that all your wingmen's tasks are erroring out too.
     
  7. petrusbroder

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    I am aware of the MW-errors, but statistically looking, the errors seem to be more frequent in the Win8-computer. OTOH, that may have been a random variation too ...

    Anyhow, all other projects show no problems at all ... as it should be, I think.
     
  8. Fullmetal Chocobo

    Fullmetal Chocobo Moderator<br>Distributed Computing
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    I have a general question, of which I have not been able to find out otherwise. Is there any reason for WIndows 8, sans touch-screen setups? It is incompatible with VMware, so I haven't been able to setup a VM with it, and I refuse to replace my desktop config (win7) just to try it. I do have Hyper-V running on my server now though, so I might try it on there. But so far, Windows 8 seems rather pointless, unless I am missing something.
     
  9. biodoc

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    There have been some changes "under the hood".

    http://www.extremetech.com/computin...y-desktop-users-should-upgrade-from-windows-7

    If you don't like the tablet style desktop, you can install this app: http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

    Works great as it bypasses the "tablet desktop" to a "normal" desktop and adds a classic start menu which can be customized.
     
  10. Philippart

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    I am using Start8 for a few weeks now and I can really recommend it http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

    And yes, even though my laptop is non-touch and I don't like the new interface, windows 8 has benefits. I really like the fast wakeup/start, the new taskmanager and the battery life improved by a lot.

    I am however still batteling with their apps, skype, web browsers, weather app on permanent full screen does not allow multitasking. I have uninstalled almost all of them...
     
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