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Message 19520 - Posted: 17 Nov 2010 | 2:00:25 UTC

I had a BSOD today with BCCode 116 on this system, and grabbed the latest (260.99) drivers from Nvidia. Now it doesn't seem to be getting new work. Messages at boot:

11/16/2010 7:16:18 PM Starting BOINC client version 6.10.18 for windows_x86_64
11/16/2010 7:16:18 PM log flags: file_xfer, sched_ops, task, sched_op_debug
11/16/2010 7:16:18 PM Libraries: libcurl/7.19.4 OpenSSL/0.9.8l zlib/1.2.3
11/16/2010 7:16:18 PM Data directory: C:\ProgramData\BOINC
11/16/2010 7:16:18 PM Running under account tng
11/16/2010 7:16:18 PM Processor: 16 GenuineIntel Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5520 @ 2.27GHz [Intel64 Family 6 Model 26 Stepping 5]
11/16/2010 7:16:18 PM Processor: 256.00 KB cache
11/16/2010 7:16:18 PM Processor features: fpu tsc pae nx sse sse2 pni
11/16/2010 7:16:18 PM OS: Microsoft Windows Server 2008: Enterprise x64 Edition, Service Pack 2, (06.00.6002.00)
11/16/2010 7:16:18 PM Memory: 12.00 GB physical, 23.92 GB virtual
11/16/2010 7:16:18 PM Disk: 465.69 GB total, 329.78 GB free
11/16/2010 7:16:18 PM Local time is UTC -6 hours
11/16/2010 7:16:18 PM NVIDIA GPU 0: GeForce GTX 260 (driver version 26099, CUDA version 3020, compute capability 1.3, 869MB, 537 GFLOPS peak)
11/16/2010 7:16:18 PM Not using a proxy

Messages when requesting work:

11/16/2010 7:56:23 PM GPUGRID update requested by user
11/16/2010 7:56:25 PM GPUGRID [sched_op_debug] Starting scheduler request
11/16/2010 7:56:25 PM GPUGRID Sending scheduler request: Requested by user.
11/16/2010 7:56:25 PM GPUGRID Requesting new tasks for GPU
11/16/2010 7:56:25 PM GPUGRID [sched_op_debug] CPU work request: 0.00 seconds; 0 idle CPUs
11/16/2010 7:56:25 PM GPUGRID [sched_op_debug] NVIDIA GPU work request: 6637.26 seconds; 0 idle GPUs
11/16/2010 7:56:30 PM GPUGRID Scheduler request completed: got 0 new tasks
11/16/2010 7:56:30 PM GPUGRID [sched_op_debug] Server version 611
11/16/2010 7:56:30 PM GPUGRID Message from server: No work sent
11/16/2010 7:56:30 PM GPUGRID Message from server: ACEMD beta version is not available for your type of computer.
11/16/2010 7:56:30 PM GPUGRID Project requested delay of 31 seconds
11/16/2010 7:56:30 PM GPUGRID [sched_op_debug] Deferring communication for 31 sec
11/16/2010 7:56:30 PM GPUGRID [sched_op_debug] Reason: requested by project

Do I need to roll back? Or what do I need to do?

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Message 19552 - Posted: 19 Nov 2010 | 10:11:50 UTC - in response to Message 19520.
Last modified: 19 Nov 2010 | 10:16:12 UTC

I had a BSOD today with BCCode 116 on this system, and grabbed the latest (260.99) drivers from Nvidia. Now it doesn't seem to be getting new work
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Do I need to roll back? Or what do I need to do?


Well according to the Server Status page there are about 1100 acemd2 wu ready to send. So might be an issue on the GPUgrid end. I managed to pickup one about an hour ago, using same drivers as you but for a GTX460.
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Message 19774 - Posted: 5 Dec 2010 | 3:35:31 UTC - in response to Message 19552.

I've seen an assortment of statements lately about what drivers work with older cards such as my 9800 GT.

1. 260.99 doesn't work well for GPUGRID with any cards.

2. Only drivers before 257.15 work well with pre-Fermi cards. 197.45 is a good choice.

3. The installation instructions call for a CUDA 3.1 version, regardless of the card.

I've tried two versions in the last few days, neither of which seemed to allow downloading any workunits: 258.96 (which BOINC detects properly) and 197.45 (which BOINC treats as 186.27). What other versions are likely to produce better results, until the GTS 450 I've ordered is installed?

Windows Vista Home Premium SP2, 64 bit
BOINC 6.10.58

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Message 19777 - Posted: 5 Dec 2010 | 8:58:10 UTC - in response to Message 19774.
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I've seen an assortment of statements lately about what drivers work with older cards such as my 9800 GT.

1. 260.99 doesn't work well for GPUGRID with any cards.

Yes, this is generally correct for Older cards (pre-Fermi), mostly CC1.1 and CC1.2 cards; If you use the 260.99 driver you will use GPUGrids 6.13app to crunch tasks and this is slower than the 6.12app for pre-Fermi cards. The driver itself is also buggy for these cards and often causes cards to run at reduced clock rates. Obviously if you have a Fermi use the latest driver and run the 6.13app; it's faster for Fermi's.

2. Only drivers before 257.15 work well with pre-Fermi cards. 197.45 is a good choice.

197.45 is a good choice for pre-Fermi crunching as it allows us to run the 6.12app, which is faster for many pre-Fermi cards and without the frequency bug.
For those with a pre-Fermi card that want to run the CUDA 3.1 app (6.13) then you can use any (full/non-beta) driver above 197.45, but avoid 260.89 and 260.99 if you can.

3. The installation instructions call for a CUDA 3.1 version, regardless of the card.

You do not need to install CUDA separately, just the appropriate driver.

I've tried two versions in the last few days, neither of which seemed to allow downloading any workunits: 258.96 (which BOINC detects properly) and 197.45 (which BOINC treats as 186.27). What other versions are likely to produce better results, until the GTS 450 I've ordered is installed?

Windows Vista Home Premium SP2, 64 bit
BOINC 6.10.58

If you installed any version of the CUDA toolkit, uninstall it and your present driver, reboot into safe mode and install 197.45 again, or an earlier driver (down to 195).

When you get your GTS450, install the latest driver (still 260.99 for that card), and from NVidia control panel, select to prefer maximum performance for the power management mode; right click on the desktop, open NVida control panel, Manage 3D settings.

Good luck,

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