(Title stolen from Angmaar's - AKA hotwaxisbad WCG thread.)
First of all, welcome to the team and thank you for any and all contributions: past, present and future. This guide is to help people new to Boinc and/or GPUGrid. Although we here at Xtreme Systems would love to have you on our team, the only thing we ask is that you crunch - doesn't matter for who. Again, thanks for joining, and
If anything doesn't make sense, feel free to post or PM me. I'm more than happy to help!
There is a video Walk though here for an overview. Below will go slowly step by step.
First, make sure you have a compatible GPU
Note: this currently only works for Nvidia GPUs. They are working on expanding this, but as of yet they have not released an ATI/AMD beta.
Full list here
Second, Update your drivers here
Make sure to select the correct series, product and OS (remember 32/64 bit!)
This is what mine looks like on a GTX 260M
Version must be >195.xx (we currently recommend 196.xx)
Note: WCG BOINC client does not suport GPGPU as of currently so if you installed that first a reinstall will be necessary. If you uninstall BOINC and reinstall the new one you should NOT lose your current WUs.
Next, download the BOINC client
for Windows 64-bit/32-bit
for Linux 64-bit
By clicking one of the above links, this pop-up will appear. Save the File.
Accept the terms and agreement and then click next
Click Advanced to allow you to change settings
Make sure the files go where you want them
(Only necessary to change if running off of a SSD)
Uncheck the first two boxes (red arrows)
Check the third box (green arrow)
And click next
Check to launch BOINC (green arrow) and Finish
Click to add a new project
Make sure you're choosing to attach to project and hit next
Either scroll down and select GPUGrid or type www.GPUGrid.net in the space
As you are probably a new user, click new user and Fill in your details.
If you are not a new user, the next screen will ask for Email and Password
This allows you to put multiple computers on a single user name.
This name will be how we identify you, so pick a name you want on your pie!
To Join XS, Type XtremeSystems in the blank and check the 'active teams' box
Click the XtremeSystems Name
Click Join this team
Some tips to maximize results (and Points):
Go to Advanced View
In the toolbar select Advance and scroll down to Preferences (second from top)
Check Use while on batteries (Note: this DRASTICALLY reduces Battery life with GPUGrid)
Check Use computer while in use
Check Use GPU while computer is in use
Set While processor use is less than 0% (no restriction)
Make sure that Processor and CPU Time are at 100%
The amount of difference these make depends on your computer and use habits, but it can only boost results.
Thanks for joining and
If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to ask below.
Also, If your CPU is idle, please consider WCG. The best guide I've ever seen is here.
Thanks to MikeB12, PoppaGeek, 123bob for help on this!
Thanks to Angmaar (AKA hotwaxisbad) for his WCG guide!
If you're having trouble with errors, try updating your drivers: (Thanks slaveondope)
Note to volunteers running 8 and 9 series cards: G92 chips may not run KASHIF_HIVPR properly. If you are getting occasional errors but some units complete correctly, this is likely the issue.