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Message 68354 - Posted: 2 Nov 2010, 23:46:25 UTC

Hi there,
I posted this in Mac Q/A, then I read a thread below saying to post here as most people don't read that. I am having some issues on my old G4 running R@H. I have the required system specs, but it originally told me I don't have enough memory. I upped the amount I will let BOINC use, and then it told me there is no work available(before it said there was work, but I didn't have enough memory to let it run).

Any way I can make this run?
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Message 68355 - Posted: 3 Nov 2010, 0:03:57 UTC
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Do you mean a PowerPC G4?

I am not sure why you got the message about memory, but the Rosetta Mini application does not currently support PowerPC processors, so you won't be able to receive most of the current work units.

The older Rosetta Beta 5.98 application does support PowerPC technology, but it is only used for experiments not currently supported by the Mini version. There is some Beta work sometimes but it seems to produce only a small batch of tasks every few months.


If you leave the G4 computer linked to Rosetta then I expect you will eventually get some work, but it might be quite a while.
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Message 68357 - Posted: 3 Nov 2010, 0:12:11 UTC - in response to Message 68355.  

Do you mean a PowerPC G4?

I am not sure why you got the message about memory, but the Rosetta Mini application does not currently support PowerPC processors, so you won't be able to receive most of the current work units.

The older Rosetta Beta 5.98 application does support PowerPC technology, but it is only used for experiments not currently supported by the Mini version. There is some Beta work sometimes but it seems to produce only a small batch of tasks every few months.


If you leave the G4 computer linked to Rosetta then I expect you will eventually get some work, but it might be quite a while.



Thanks for the answer. Yeah, the PowerPC G4 is what I was referring to. Do you know if they are planning any sort of backwards compatibility for it?

Looks like Im stuck on SETI@Home for the moment.
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Message 68358 - Posted: 3 Nov 2010, 0:21:08 UTC - in response to Message 68357.  

Thanks for the answer. Yeah, the PowerPC G4 is what I was referring to. Do you know if they are planning any sort of backwards compatibility for it?

Looks like Im stuck on SETI@Home for the moment.


I have no idea, sorry.

I don't think there has been an official announcement on whether they will adapt the Mini version for PPC, but as a practical observation Apple switched to Intel 4 years ago, so the potential benefits of a code change are small and diminishing each day as more users replace their systems.
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Message 68360 - Posted: 3 Nov 2010, 1:44:36 UTC - in response to Message 68357.  


Looks like Im stuck on SETI@Home for the moment.


World Community Grid still has PowerPC apps for some of their projects. Also SIMAP, though they are moving and don't expect to have work again until January. And Einstein.

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Message 68367 - Posted: 3 Nov 2010, 13:01:49 UTC

There was an announcement made, probably over a year ago, that there will not be a Rosettamini version for PPC Mac. The BOINC community in general is phasing out support for PPC and Rosetta@home is doing so as well. So, while there are, on increasingly rare occasions, batches of work for the Rosettabeta application, and these may be run on PPC, it is not going to be finding much work over time.
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