The software can use CPU and GPU. The focus has been shifting to GPU and they can handle this kind of workload more efficiently. The software installs easily as it is debian files. fore the command line user you only need to install the client. I do not know any of the commands. If enough are interested, this post can be easily modified. The second file is the control center file. It is the GUI control. The third file is a viewer. While cute as it is to see your folding happening, it a resource hog. It does nothing but slow the folding task down to display it.
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What hardware works? Currently AMD GPU's might work? I dont have an RX series to try the AMD-GPU pro drivers.
What hardware is best? Desktop GPU's hands down are the best points per wattage (PPW) and points per day(PPD).
I have an old laptop can it help? Sure it can. However laptop need special precautions. For example, I fold with my netbook and laptop. Power saving features must be turned off. Power down and plug in charger and remove battery. I finish draining and recharge my netbook battery once every 2-3 months. The second thing I do is lean it upright on something. Or find a cold spot on the bottom to place a prop to set the laptop at an angle. This will let the heat roll up and off the bottom. The "gaming" laptop GPU should not be used to fold. They CAN but the add tremendous heat to the system, so it is a user beware feature. We would not advise it, and in fact discourage it.
My APU has a GPU can I use it? While it can, it is best not too. Running the cpu and gpu @100% on an apu will make it smokey hot. Much like the laptop it is best to stick with just the cpu portion.
What are the points all about? Each task is givin a set point value. This value is assessed by a default machine Stanford uses. This machine also sets a standard time to complete. From these to statistics, bonus points are assessed to the folder.The bonus is based on how much faster they complete the fold versus the default bench machine.
Pass key? After the completion of 10 Work Units(WU) The user can go into the identity tab and set up a passkey.The passkey is a user verification tool, and also begins assessing bonus points.
These are just the basics. I will edit this post as time goes on to add information.I do not use an nvidia card so I will need to research.But we do have folks who do know nvidia things. Any questions feel free to post.
Set up issues:
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FAH doesnt regocnize my nvidia GPU? The first step is to make sure you use the drivers from the Driver Manager in mint.
Updated 4/15/17 3pm EST
Update 5/15/17- added code box to limit wall of text.