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Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:20 am
by evasive
something with firewall settings, netbios on, and all that

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:41 am
by Karlsweldt
My AVG is set to 'allow all' as far as traffic, with game mode disabled. The Windows firewall is disabled. Have not gone into the white list/black list for AVG firewall, to verify other known-safe units. A few more days of tweaking should cure what is ailing. Finish line is still maybe a week off.. when it goes into semi-dedicated [email protected] work. More intent on getting the IRS tax package "yearly nuisance" taken care of.
Have begun to "see" other units on my network, but no access yet. Will have to check the settings.
Did a 3Dmark test.. overall rating is 49,508.. not too shabby. No intent for gaming on this system.
First concern is where the case will reside.. so it doesn't ingest its own waste hot air. Looks like a game of "rearranging".

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:24 am
by Karlsweldt
Did a partial file transfer to the new system, about 40 gigs.. and still more than 30 gigs to go! Only as a 'backup'. Installed the [email protected] program on the new system, and gave it about 2 hours run-time. Getting a good points result, but if I go above 50% on CPU activity, the PSU exhaust gets quite warm.. and a high volume. The exhaust from the GTX280 also is a bit warm, and high volume. Will see what 'tweaks' I can do, to balance performance to wasted energy.
In checking the status of the current WU on my #1 system, I noted it had more than 20 hours beyond "deadline" time.. so shut it down. This new system will be a semi-dedicated [email protected] unit. No more [email protected] on the #1 system, would have to get a video card compatible to the newer program.
The only feature of the new [email protected] program with the GPU is that the system "pings" the Internet about every 2 seconds.. likely submitting data progress. Not happy about that! I don't have a data cap on my DSL service, but a lot of people do.. even with cable service.
Sorry for the mild rant! Image

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:25 am
by bdub
Karlsweldt wrote:with the GPU is that the system "pings" the Internet about every 2 seconds
are you sure about this? and are you talking about version 7.3.6?

Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:09 am
by Karlsweldt
From further research, the CPU will still do "its thing" as before.. relenting to other data needs. But the GPU will not 'fold' unless there is no active video.. only when the screen is 'blank' or the provided screen saver is applied (video idle).
Using the [email protected] program 7.3.6. That "pinging" effect is indeed the system returning data packets that are complete. No running log as with the CPU folding.
So far, after about 14 hours of the new system in operation, have gained over 4,500 points and 15 added units to my score.
Running the CPU folding on 'medium' setting, allowing the GPU to its own needs. If I go higher on CPU folding, the PSU puts out a bit too much warm exhaust.
Since this case is a five-bay model with two unused 5.25" bays, I took off one of the cover plates.. so the system gets all the air it wants. Will fashion a filter from some air cell foam.. like a "scrubbie". But as to other uses on this new system, it is now a 'dedicated' [email protected] unit.
My upgrade cost was just over $450.00 USD.

Final specs: "[email protected] at will!"
Mobo: Intel D975XBX2KR I975X LGA775.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, (SL9S8) 1066 FSB speed.
CPU cooler: Dynatron K987.
Memory: G Skill 2 GB, GSK F2-8500CL5D-2GBPK 1066 Timing 5-5-5-15.
Video: Nvidia GTX280 PCI-E x 16, 1 GB. [240 CUDA cores!]
Audio: SigmaTel STAC9271D 8-channel.
PSU: Antec 650 watt (EA-650).
Hard drive: Seagate ES ST500NM0011 500GB 7200 RPM SATA.
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium.

Update Mar. 07.. Did a wattage check on the system, and at "normal" idle it draws around 185 watts. When fully active, that goes up to 265 watts.
Considering the electric rate here at $0.1416/kwh, with about 15 hours daily, that equates to around $17.00 USD per month. Can live with that!

Edit Mar. 09.. corrected the electric rates for my area!

Edit Mar. 10..
Seems there may be a problem with the video driver, has "crashed" twice.. after about 9 hours operation. No video. Keyboard or mouse input have no effect. The only way I can get video back is to manually shut down.. using Alt+F4 and then "U" or "return". Upon restart, video is good again. The driver is from Nvidia, 10/13/2013 which is supposed to be the latest version.

Posted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:41 am
by Karlsweldt
So far, the 'new' system is working great.. cranking out the [email protected] points. Only one minor problem noted, loss of video output if I don't switch the KVM over to it before 10 pm local time! This is after more than 9 hours operation. No calendar events, no schedule times set.. no power saving features active. The video and hard drive are set to "never" shut down. Automatic defrag is done each Sunday at 10 am only. If I switch the KVM over to the 'new' system after 10 pm, I can get keyboard/mouse interaction.. and it appears the GPU is still folding. But no video!

Posted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:54 am
by evasive
Check the event logs for ANY activity at that time.


Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:43 am
by Karlsweldt
Have been through all the event logs, features and services. No significant errors found, or any scheduled events relating to this issue. Win 7 keeps an extensive log of every event.. no matter how trivial. Windows nags about its firewall being disabled, but my AVG version is better!
Just odd that if the KVM is switched over before 10 pm, no video "loss". But if after that time, no video.. yet keyboard/mouse do have response! The KVM I use has port bridges to enable a "presence" of devices when not actually on that port.
Not a real problem, just a nuisance.

Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:14 am
by evasive
Does the KVM have upgradeble firmware and if so, are you on the latest version? What brand/model is it?

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:42 am
by Karlsweldt
It is a 4-port 'passive' or manual type, model MS-41P, but can't recall the brand of it. Did find a link for a similar model, an unknown Chinese manufacturer. Did look over the KVM well, but no brand name. Yes, the label notes "Made in China". Might have been a Belkin or other decent brand, when I bought it new many years back. Memory not accessible for that period!