Anyone know this about the GPU client?

mrmylanman

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Evidently if the GPU client is already running, you don't need a monitor hooked up to that card. I found this out today when I moved my VGA cable from my desktop to my dinky little Atom server because I needed to format a hard drive in it and I was too lazy to shut down my desktop's GPU client etc, so I just unplugged the monitor and put it in my Atom. It's been like this now for about 12 hours and my GPU is still steady churning out work units. Therefore you can probably just plug a monitor in there temporarily just to get the work unit goin, and then just unplug the monitor and just forget it? It seems to be working great for me.

I'll be putting the monitor back in eventually but just thought I'd share that experience. I didn't think it'd keep folding (at least after one work unit got done). It's done about 7 work units now like that.
 

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Evidently if the GPU client is already running, you don't need a monitor hooked up to that card. I found this out today when I moved my VGA cable from my desktop to my dinky little Atom server because I needed to format a hard drive in it and I was too lazy to shut down my desktop's GPU client etc, so I just unplugged the monitor and put it in my Atom. It's been like this now for about 12 hours and my GPU is still steady churning out work units. Therefore you can probably just plug a monitor in there temporarily just to get the work unit goin, and then just unplug the monitor and just forget it? It seems to be working great for me.
Yes, you don't need a monitor connected to continue folding. A problem arises when you are connecting a second video card. If you're using either Vista or Win 7 you will need a dummy plug connected to the second card to expand the desktop. Without enabling and expanding your desktop the client won't detect the second card. This isn't an issue in your case because you're running one card.
 

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Yes, you don't need a monitor connected to continue folding. A problem arises when you are connecting a second video card. If you're using either Vista or Win 7 you will need a dummy plug connected to the second card to expand the desktop. Without enabling and expanding your desktop the client won't detect the second card. This isn't an issue in your case because you're running one card.

You know I've seen this before, but I no longer have my 2nd 260 set up this way and both still run fine. Initially I *did* do it that way (expand the desktop in the display properties), but I got sick of my mouse cursor disappearing off screen when I got close to the right edge, so I un-expanded the desktop and left everything else as-is (gpu clients both set with gpu flags, gpu1 as -gpu 0 and gpu2 as -gpu 1) and the clients have done fine. [shrugs] Maybe they fixed this?

In either case I've never used a dummy plug.
 

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You know I've seen this before, but I no longer have my 2nd 260 set up this way and both still run fine. Initially I *did* do it that way (expand the desktop in the display properties), but I got sick of my mouse cursor disappearing off screen when I got close to the right edge, so I un-expanded the desktop and left everything else as-is (gpu clients both set with gpu flags, gpu1 as -gpu 0 and gpu2 as -gpu 1) and the clients have done fine. [shrugs] Maybe they fixed this?
I can't really answer this question from personal experience yet because I still run XP on all my systems (I know, it's archaic).
 
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