Posts by John Robert Mallernee

1) Message boards : Number crunching : minirosetta 2.15 (Message 67941)
Posted 3 Oct 2010 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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I think you should try tweaking your settings before giving up. I'm running on a dual core iMac with only 2 GB of memory installed, and I have had no memory problems at all, including with casp9 units. Every once in a while, I'll get the "Waiting for memory" message in the status column, but it clears up.

Maybe an idiotic suggestion, but if you shortened the runtime per unit, would it use less ram? If the ram usage gradually increases as the unit runs, perhaps this would work?

Also, I would think that running the graphic all the time increases the ram usage. Perhaps shutting off the graphic when memory issues crop up would do the trick.



Mr. Gould, Et Alii:

The problem with your suggestion is that you exhibit far more knowledge of computer technology than I do.

I'm unable to do what you suggest because I don't understand what you're suggesting.

I'm just an ordinary guy with only an amateur user's ability.

Everything I've learned so far about having a personal computer and using the Internet has been through trial and error "by guess and by gosh!" experimentation.

The really sad thing about all this is that it will have a negative effect on all other BOINC projects.

Up until now, I've been enthusiastically recommending BOINC participation in my e-mails and on my web site.

But, if people suspect problems with any one of the BOINC projects (including Rosetta), then they'll be reluctant to volunteer their personal computers for any scientific research.

I really do want to participate in the Rosetta project, but these technical problems need to be resolved, and any instructions have to be simple enough for an ordinary home computer user to easily comprehend.

Thank you.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : minirosetta 2.15 (Message 67939)
Posted 3 Oct 2010 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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Greetings:

Unfortunately, just like everyone else who's been posting recently, I'm starting to have similar difficulty with the new version of Rosetta.

I'm using a Toshiba Satellite notebook computer with nearly a hundred gigabytes of memory.

Yet, I just now woke up to see the Rosetta screensaver graphic displaying a blank form, and frozen in place.

An alert on my task bar indicated I was out of virtual memory.

Regretfully, I'm going to have to disconnect from the Rosetta project.

Thank you.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : minirosetta 2.15 (Message 67923)
Posted 1 Oct 2010 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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Looks like a false alarm. Symantec needs to fix this. There is no virus or any other malware in Rosetta's executable.

But I don't know, whether Rosetta restores the application automatically, once the servers are back online, or whether you have to reset the project.


Greetings:

I took another look at my Norton program's history details (I'm still learning how it works), and I noticed that it had done the same thing with another BOINC project I run, Climate Prediction, over and over and over again.

Norton repeatedly identified Climate Prediction work units as a "HIGH" security threat.

The Rosetta screensaver, which is what got my attention, usually runs as it should.

But, sometimes, the Rosetta screensaver appears either as a blank form graphic, with no activity, or it simply appears as a totally blank screen, without displaying even the blank form.

So, if the problem is a software conflict with Symantec, I don't know how that can be resolved.

I'm wondering if BOINC technicians can't investigate further and maybe coordinate something?

Thank you.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : minirosetta 2.15 (Message 67915)
Posted 1 Oct 2010 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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Greetings:

I knew something wasn't right when I saw my Rosetta screensaver wasn't displaying the normal graphic.

It showed only the blank chart form, with no activity, even though the displayed work unit numbers indicated that activity had, and was taking place.

I exited BOINC, and then reloaded it, figuring that might solve the problem.

Alas, now the Rosetta screensaver wouldn't display ANY graphic, not even the blank chart form.

So, I aborted Rosetta, and went to another project, which was operating normally.

Up popped an alert notice from the Norton anti-virus program, saying Rosetta had caused a HIGH security risk in my computer.

Here is what Norton detected and quarantined:

c:documents and settingsall usersapplication databoincprojectsboinc.bakerlab.org_rosettaminirosetta_2.15_windows_intelx86.exe

Note the reverse slashes.

Is that normal?

Norton did not specify if this HIGH security risk was a virus, worm, or trojan.

Norton did indicate the threat had been fully removed.

Thank you.
5) Questions and Answers : Windows : ROSETTA VIRUS DETECTED BY NORTON (Message 67913)
Posted 1 Oct 2010 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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Greetings:

I knew something wasn't right when I saw my Rosetta screensaver wasn't displaying the normal graphic.

It showed only the blank chart form, with no activity, even though the displayed work unit numbers indicated that activity had, and was taking place.

I exited BOINC, and then reloaded it, figuring that might solve the problem.

Alas, now the Rosetta screensaver wouldn't display ANY graphic, not even the blank chart form.

So, I aborted Rosetta, and went to another project, which was operating normally.

Up popped an alert notice from the Norton anti-virus program, saying Rosetta had caused a HIGH security risk in my computer.

Here is what Norton detected and quarantined:

c:documents and settingsall usersapplication databoincprojectsboinc.bakerlab.org_rosettaminirosetta_2.15_windows_intelx86.exe

Norton did not specify if this HIGH security risk was a virus, worm, or trojan.

Norton did indicate the threat had been fully removed.

Thank you.
6) Questions and Answers : Windows : Rosetta Work Unit Aborted (Message 67735)
Posted 14 Sep 2010 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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Greetings:

Once again, I had to abort a Rosetta work unit, because the screensaver graphic would not appear properly, or else it froze on a blank screen.

At the time, no other program was running on my computer, which precludes any software conflicts, so obviously, it must have been a defective work unit.

When the Rosetta project works, it works beautifully.

But, this is the second time I've had to abort a Rosetta work unit because it froze up and failed to display screensaver graphics.

I reckon I'll have to monitor this project more closely.

Thank you.
7) Questions and Answers : Windows : Rosetta Work Unit Aborted (Message 67658)
Posted 9 Sep 2010 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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Greetings:

Whatever the problem was, it's now resolved, for the Rosetta screensaver graphics are operating normally.

Maybe there was just something wrong with that one work unit, which I aborted.

Thank you.
8) Questions and Answers : Windows : Rosetta Work Unit Aborted (Message 67648)
Posted 8 Sep 2010 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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Greetings:

I just now aborted the Rosetta work unit that was running, because there were no graphics on the screensaver, and the Rosetta graphics window would freeze and not respond.

Prior to this, the Rosetta screensaver was operating perfectly, so I suspect the problem is isolated to only this one Rosetta work unit.

There is one other possibility.

I'm using my computer to listen to the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, so maybe there is a temporary software conflict.

However, that has not occurred previously, nor is there currently any problem with the screensaver graphics on my other BOINC projects, each of which is appearing normally.

Without screensaver graphics, I will not run the Rosetta project on my computer.

Thank you.
9) Questions and Answers : Windows : Rosetta Work Unit Aborted (Message 67647)
Posted 8 Sep 2010 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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Greetings:

I just now aborted the Rosetta work unit that was running, because there were no graphics on the screensaver, and the Rosetta graphics window would freeze and not respond.

Prior to this, the Rosetta screensaver was operating perfectly, so I suspect the problem is isolated to only this one Rosetta work unit.

There is one other possibility.

I'm using my computer to listen to the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, so maybe there is a temporary software conflict.

However, that has not occurred previously, nor is there currently any problem with the screensaver graphics on my other BOINC projects, each of which is appearing normally.

Without screensaver graphics, I will not run the Rosetta project on my computer.

Thank you.






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