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Postby Wookie8662 » Thu Nov 20, 2003 1:02 am

Take a look here at VNC:
http://www.realvnc.com/what.html

Once the PC's are setup, you only need the keyboard, and monitor after a reboot. You can do everything on the remote PC's from your main PC.

I have a 4 port KVM too, but I was running upwards of 10 machines at once using VNC.
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Postby Pette Broad » Thu Nov 20, 2003 6:08 am

Thanks for the info, I'll look into that one. I have my system linked up using a series of 3Com Office Connect Hubs. I use a combination of Coax, to link the hubs and Cat5 to link the PC's to the hubs. I've been using RA as my remote control agent till now, but there's no harm in trying VNC.

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Postby len444 » Fri Nov 21, 2003 2:53 am

ultra vnc is the best- it's config'd for file transfer as well (only variant to have that feature). all versions seem to use real vnc documentation. i used it briefly while running seti on win2k, and win98 boxes. even rebooted remotely, which of course is necessary for windows comps, esp. after doing windows updates, and AV, and firewall updates. :lol:
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Postby evasive » Fri Nov 21, 2003 3:55 am

Wookie8662 wrote:Take a look here at VNC:
http://www.realvnc.com/what.html

I have a 4 port KVM too, but I was running upwards of 10 machines at once using VNC.


How does a complete network of 150 systems sound? Before we used the integrated remote control feature of Novell zenworks (one less program in the mix while building the image) it was VNC all the way :) Love it.
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Postby len444 » Fri Nov 21, 2003 12:23 pm

i found that real vnc regenerated images kind of slowly, and ultravnc was better.
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Postby DefaultDave » Fri Nov 21, 2003 1:43 pm

Tulatin wrote:Good God Man! Take em all, and put in your attic. Make a folding floor.


hot attics don't mix well with folding pc's running at full bore! cool deal though on the pc count! sounds like my pad.
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Postby Tulatin » Fri Nov 21, 2003 2:17 pm

Well, there is ways around that - just have an AC unit up there, or floor fans blowing onto clusters
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Postby CDBurner » Wed Nov 26, 2003 2:48 am

Pette Broad wrote:I even got 9 old Socket 7 desktops underneath the bed, 3 more are stacked up in the hallway. 27 no less in my computer room, 2 in the kitchen, over 50 in the loft, plus a few others dotted about here and there.


Wow, that's incredible! I just can't imagine how much processing power they would all have combined together!
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Postby len444 » Wed Nov 26, 2003 3:46 pm

it would be nice if some are pIII's though. they have sse instruction sets, and this gives about a 20% performance boost. the pI's and pII's labor to get the wu's completed w/ in the deadline. they might (will) need to have a gah wu pref config'd. if the wu isn't handed in on time there will be no credit for all the time it spent folding away. this is the reason to set it to gah for the older sub 500mhz ones- at least you'll get some credit for the work performed. the latest 4.00 version (if you install the 3.24 graphical first, there will be a replacement of the 3.24 executable w/ the 4.00 executable, and renamed the same as the 3.24 one for an update to merge w/ the full graphical install to work out correctly) has a new gah wu queue program that can hold up to 10 wu's. seems that it's still in need of having some bugs worked out though, so it'll have to be monitored from time to time to make sure it's working ok. but as gah wu's have no deadline, filling the queue to 10, and letting the machine crunch away for a month+ w/ o internet connection might be an option to consider. i think it would be safe to say that you can forget about 486 comps, unless you have some of the latest dx4-100 ones (did they make dx4-120's?). i forget which ones, but something like the most powerfull 486's produced could beat the earliest pentium systems. if you have win95 os's, there will be a need for some patches to be applied for it to work correctly. i think that win95 needs a min of 16mb just for the os, and win98 needs 24mb system ram. so an imaged win95 install could be a nice asset, as it require less system ram to function (haven't used win95- some say it's better to use win98 though). definitely remove outlook express, and use msconfig in win98 to reduce startup items. there's an msconfig version available for win95 here:
http://www2.whidbey.com/djdenham/Msconfig.htm

have fun! :)

btw, here's a start for the patches to run win95:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/down ... 5sockets2/
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Postby CDBurner » Wed Nov 26, 2003 3:51 pm

So, the sub-500MHz computers aren't actually able to fold without special configurations? Would my Celeron 366 computers be fast enough to fold at all?
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