New members: Start here

If you're new to FAH and need help getting started or you have very basic questions, start here.

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New members: Start here

Post by bruce » Thu Jul 29, 2010 12:53 am

If you've decided to contribute to the Folding@home project but don't know where to start, you've come to the right place. As someone just starting out, the choices may seem too complex and you'd like something very simple. We can help with that or with other problems you may encounter getting started. (If you're a more experienced donor, please ask your questions elsewhere.)

If your question pertains to a specific client that you've already been running successfully, please post in the topic associated with that client. (We may choose to move your post there anyway.)

Quoting from our Forum Policies
If you need help with some aspect of Folding@Home, especially when troubleshooting problems then please post the following details to help make things easier:

Computer Specs: Specifically CPU type and speed, RAM amount and number of CPU cores, especially. Don't forget your GPU type if you're folding with it.
Network Connection: Dialup? Cable? DSL? Via intranet? Any firewalls or proxy servers?
Operating System: Windows/Linux/BSD? What distro/version? Latest patches applied?
Overclocked?: What is overclocked? By how much?
Stable?: Try a few stability testing programs if you think that FaH is crashing your computer. It may be that your PC is just unstable overall.
Software: What version of the client are you using? Remember that Beta and prerelease versions can be unstable. What version of the core(s) are you using?
WU details: Gromacs, DGromacs, SMP, GPU? What WU? Run/Clone/Gen.

Also, when appropriate, please post the contents of fahlog.txt (V6 and earlier] or log.txt {V7]: this tells loads of information and is vital in helping to diagnose/troubleshoot problems.


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