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Debian 7 boinc-client tasks at 0% altough time decreases
Posted 8 Feb 2015 by anton
I am fairly new to new to BOINC and I have some problems with some tasks with Milkyway. My setup is as follows:
Intel Celeron E1200 ; 2GB RAM ; ATI Radeon HD 3200
Running Debian 7 without Desktop Environment
(yeah it is legacy hardware)
This computer runs the boinc-client and it is controlled from boinc-manager remotely(from a virtual machine on my laptop on the same LAN). I am using virtual pc to control it because the boinc-manager for Debian 7(the OS of my laptop) depends on a lot of packages that I do not want to install.
Boinc-manager 7.0.27 is on Linux Mint 13 32bit(via repos) in virtual machine(VBox)
boinc-client - Installed: 7.0.27+dfsg-5 from debian official repos.
The problems are as follows:
- some(or all) ps_nbody named tasks do not show progress with %, they stay at 0% although the time(elapsed and remaining) is changing. From what I have observed so far it seems to be related to only ps_nbody tasks. This seems to be more common problem as I have seen it several times already. However it seems tasks finish and are reported back.
- today I saw de_nbody_12_20 stuck at 99.861% and time remaining "---". This seems to be a common thing and I found a post at Einstein forums that the thing to do is to just be patient. Is this the thing to do? Or I just have to abort the task as advised on seti@home forums :D? I'm confused
The debian where the client is running have the ATI drivers installed as suggested on https://wiki.debian.org/AtiHowTo(firmware-linux-nonfree;libgl1-mesa-dri;xserver-xorg-video-ati). Here is the lspci -knn for the VGA:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller : Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RV630 [Radeon HD 3600 Series] [1002:9598] Subsystem: PC Partner Limited Device [174b:e410] Kernel driver in use: radeon
Any advise is welcome
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