Light mode still makes my MacBook loud and idle doesn't work

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Light mode still makes my MacBook loud and idle doesn't work

Postby Piipperi » Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:57 am

I have set my power mode to light, but my MacBook Pro (15" Late 2013 max spec) is still getting really loud when running. Also, if I use the option "Only when idle" it never seems to start running.

Am I missing something here or? (I'm on macOS 10.15.4)
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Re: Light mode still makes my MacBook loud and idle doesn't

Postby PantherX » Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:02 am

Welcome to the F@H Forum Piipperi,

On Mac, idle is considered if there’s no user activity for around five minutes: https://foldingathome.org/faqs/fah-v7/v ... er-slider/

Regarding the fan noise, it could be due to the increased CPU temperature so just ensure that your system is clean from any dust and that there's nothing blocking the vents.
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Re: Light mode still makes my MacBook loud and idle doesn't

Postby HaloJones » Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:45 am

Laptops aren't ideal for something as computationally heavy as FAH. They're simply not designed for long-term load. And Macbooks are particularly bad at cooling. I have a Macbook Air and after trying to fold on it have given up.
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Re: Light mode still makes my MacBook loud and idle doesn't

Postby Piipperi » Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:49 am

PantherX wrote:Welcome to the F@H Forum Piipperi,

On Mac, idle is considered if there’s no user activity for around five minutes: https://foldingathome.org/faqs/fah-v7/v ... er-slider/

Regarding the fan noise, it could be due to the increased CPU temperature so just ensure that your system is clean from any dust and that there's nothing blocking the vents.


Yeah but the thing here is that I had my MacBook Pro over night on screensaver with idle option turned on but it hadn’t folded anything...
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Re: Light mode still makes my MacBook loud and idle doesn't

Postby HaloJones » Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:56 am

if you can post some of your log we may be able to help, otherwise we are guessing
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Re: Light mode still makes my MacBook loud and idle doesn't

Postby Piipperi » Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:21 pm

HaloJones wrote:if you can post some of your log we may be able to help, otherwise we are guessing


https://pastebin.com/bVtmRC4a
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Re: Light mode still makes my MacBook loud and idle doesn't

Postby PantherX » Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:12 am

Looking at the last configuration which is this:
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11:46:36:<config>
11:46:36:  <!-- Network -->
11:46:36:  <proxy v=':8080'/>
11:46:36:
11:46:36:  <!-- User Information -->
11:46:36:  <team v='223518'/>
11:46:36:  <user v='Piipperi'/>
11:46:36:
11:46:36:  <!-- Folding Slots -->
11:46:36:  <slot id='0' type='CPU'>
11:46:36:    <idle v='true'/>
11:46:36:  </slot>
11:46:36:  <slot id='1' type='CPU'>
11:46:36:    <idle v='true'/>
11:46:36:  </slot>
11:46:36:</config>

I would suggest the following:
1) If you would like to get more points, then get a passkey and once you qualify, you will get the bonus points: https://apps.foldingathome.org/getpasskey
2) Just use a single CPU slot

Also note that the initial portion of the log which has your system configuration as detected by the client is missing.
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Re: Light mode still makes my MacBook loud and idle doesn't

Postby Piipperi » Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:38 pm

PantherX wrote:Looking at the last configuration which is this:
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11:46:36:<config>
11:46:36:  <!-- Network -->
11:46:36:  <proxy v=':8080'/>
11:46:36:
11:46:36:  <!-- User Information -->
11:46:36:  <team v='223518'/>
11:46:36:  <user v='Piipperi'/>
11:46:36:
11:46:36:  <!-- Folding Slots -->
11:46:36:  <slot id='0' type='CPU'>
11:46:36:    <idle v='true'/>
11:46:36:  </slot>
11:46:36:  <slot id='1' type='CPU'>
11:46:36:    <idle v='true'/>
11:46:36:  </slot>
11:46:36:</config>

I would suggest the following:
1) If you would like to get more points, then get a passkey and once you qualify, you will get the bonus points: https://apps.foldingathome.org/getpasskey
2) Just use a single CPU slot

Also note that the initial portion of the log which has your system configuration as detected by the client is missing.


So how do I get the full log?
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Re: Light mode still makes my MacBook loud and idle doesn't

Postby Joe_H » Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:59 pm

You can click on Refresh at the bottom right of the log window, that reloads the log from the beginning and then you can scroll up. Or you can open the log file directly, go to /Library/Application Support/FAHClient and you can open log.txt in TextEdit. Then copy/paste the beginning section.

To help in cooling, if you have not already elevated the MacBook or placed it on a cooling tray, do that. The added air circulation under the bottom panel will add to the cooling.
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Re: Light mode still makes my MacBook loud and idle doesn't

Postby comixgoddess » Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:03 pm

I am also folding on a MacBook Pro (15 inch 2017). Definitely think about getting a cooling platform. As I use my laptop for gaming, I have a Thermaltake platform that I also run when folding. :D
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Re: Light mode still makes my MacBook loud and idle doesn't

Postby calxalot » Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:02 pm

Idle on macOS is is when the login panel owns the screen for a while, or the screen goes to power save (off) for a while. The screensaver running is not considered an idle state.
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