Folding on a Macbook Pro

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Folding on a Macbook Pro

Postby Flummoxer » Fri Dec 07, 2007 4:51 am

I'm a bit wary of running folding on my new notebook for extended periods of time. Does anyone have any experience with folding on a Macbook Pro/Powerbook?
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Postby Macamatic » Fri Dec 07, 2007 4:54 am

I run it on a MacBook (which has much more inadequate ventilation than a MacBook Pro) 24/7 and nothing bad has happened to it. I just keep it supported above the table so it does have extra ventilation.

Otherwise, no problems whatsoever.
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Postby Nefarious » Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:49 am

You could set the bigpackets to "no" in the client.cfg

This will reduce the number of proteins that is being run.

This can be set with some installers, or edit the file with TextEdit.
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Postby toTOW » Fri Dec 07, 2007 12:33 pm

It's not a mac, but I have a laptop that has been folding for almost 6 years ... it's still in good condition ;)
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Postby Flummoxer » Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:57 pm

Thanks for the replies. :) Also, would you guys recommend running it under Leopard or Vista? Is there even much of a difference?
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Postby Nefarious » Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:22 pm

Vista ? ( forum rules probably don't allow a flame war )

Anyway, back to a more basic question. If you find the heat is too high on the laptop or the fans are running too long, I'd reconsider running Folding at all.
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Postby Flummoxer » Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:42 pm

Nefarious wrote:Vista ? ( forum rules probably don't allow a flame war )

Anyway, back to a more basic question. If you find the heat is too high on the laptop or the fans are running too long, I'd reconsider running Folding at all.


I was just wondering if there were any performance differences between the two.
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Postby uncle_fungus » Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:44 pm

In general the Linux/OS X SMP clients are more efficient than the Windows version.
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Postby tmpchaos » Sat Dec 08, 2007 10:22 am

I've been running it continuously on my MBP since I received it (over a year), with no ill effects. I'd suggest getting either SMC Fan Control or iCyclone, which give you control over the fans.
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Postby codysluder » Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:52 pm

Nefarious wrote:Vista ? ( forum rules probably don't allow a flame war )
True, in both respects.

Anyway, back to a more basic question. If you find the heat is too high on the laptop or the fans are running too long, I'd reconsider running Folding at all.


In addition to some performance differences (already mentioned), the Windows client does have a setting which configures FAH to run at less than 100% CPU. I run my Win XP laptop at 98% and it's enough cooler to make a lot of difference. In the summer I sometimes have dialed it back to 95%.
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