Tentative procedure (fix) to install the 7.6.9 client on W10

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Tentative procedure (fix) to install the 7.6.9 client on W10

Postby BP2020 » Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:25 am

This is my contribution to the support team & all for helping me out and is not intended for the end user. This is for evaluation purposes, to be compared with the 7.5.1 Fix Procedure. I'm making this new topic because some of this was buried in a post about my GPU slot not sticking (missing) but goes well above and beyond that. Doing this exact procedure enabled my starting folding with both my CPU/GPU straight away and after some time I can confirm now that both WUs finished with FahCore returned: FINISHED_UNIT (100 = 0x64), Sending unit results: id:00/01 state:SEND error:NO_ERROR... and the uploads were completed with Server responded WORK_ACK (400).

Procedure (fix) to install the 7.6.9 client on Windows 10 "correctly" using the Express Install

Issue: The installer isn't working as it should on Windows 10 in my use case using the Express Install (let's start folding ASAP).
Mitigation: As the installer will by default launch the application right after install and many will not close the client or restart/reboot, the impact from the issue will most likely be delayed until that moment.
Symptoms: Shortcut to launch the client not being created on the desktop & application not appearing in the Start menu after the installation.
Summary: Install under the Administrator account; copy a shortcut; run under the normal user account.

Detailed Procedure

  1. Log in with your Administrator account, launch the installer, do an Express Install, untick the Start Folding@Home checkbox at the end of the install process, Finish. (The folding at home shortcut appears on the desktop and menu items are created in the Start Menu.)
  2. Copy this shortcut to your normal user desktop (C:\Users\YourUserName\Desktop). Optional: If you know your card won't be recognized, as I do, immediately copy the GPUs.txt file to C:\Users\Administrator_or_short_name_for_it\AppData\Roaming\FAHClient.
  3. Log out of your Administrator account then log into your normal user account.
  4. Double-click the Folding@Home shortcut, the client will start, will minimize to the system tray and the Web control client will launch in a browser. Supply your credentials and click Save and this will start folding with default options and slots (CPU & GPU). You're done.

Auto startup etc. (Optional)

  • If you want the client to start every time you log in your normal account, add the shortcut from the desktop to: C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. If you want that for all users then replace your user name with "All Users". For more control consider using the Task Scheduler. If you don't want the Web control client to start everytime the client starts, look at the properties of the shortcut and remove the --open-web-control part of the Target line; you will only have the client started in the System Tray, right click it and select either the Web control or Advanced control GUI to view either.

These are the first lines of my log after the procdure was completed (one line edited: CWD):

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*********************** Log Started 2020-04-22T22:40:42Z ***********************
22:40:42:****************************** FAHClient ******************************
22:40:42:        Version: 7.6.9
22:40:42:         Author: Joseph Coffland <joseph@cauldrondevelopment.com>
22:40:42:      Copyright: 2020 foldingathome.org
22:40:42:       Homepage: https://foldingathome.org/
22:40:42:           Date: Apr 17 2020
22:40:42:           Time: 11:13:06
22:40:42:       Revision: 398c2b17fa535e0cc6c9d10856b2154c32771646
22:40:42:         Branch: master
22:40:42:       Compiler: Visual C++ 2008
22:40:42:        Options: /TP /nologo /EHa /wd4297 /wd4103 /Ox /MT
22:40:42:       Platform: win32 10
22:40:42:           Bits: 32
22:40:42:           Mode: Release
22:40:42:           Args: --open-web-control
22:40:42:******************************** CBang ********************************
22:40:42:           Date: Apr 17 2020
22:40:42:           Time: 11:10:09
22:40:42:       Revision: 2fb0be7809c5e45287a122ca5fbc15b5ae859a3b
22:40:42:         Branch: master
22:40:42:       Compiler: Visual C++ 2008
22:40:42:        Options: /TP /nologo /EHa /wd4297 /wd4103 /Ox /MT
22:40:42:       Platform: win32 10
22:40:42:           Bits: 32
22:40:42:           Mode: Release
22:40:42:******************************* System ********************************
22:40:42:            CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz
22:40:42:         CPU ID: GenuineIntel Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
22:40:42:           CPUs: 4
22:40:42:         Memory: 15.97GiB
22:40:42:    Free Memory: 14.27GiB
22:40:42:        Threads: WINDOWS_THREADS
22:40:42:     OS Version: 6.2
22:40:42:    Has Battery: false
22:40:42:     On Battery: false
22:40:42:     UTC Offset: -4
22:40:42:            PID: 2492
22:40:42:            CWD: C:\Users\ShortNameofmyAdministratorAccount\AppData\Roaming\FAHClient
22:40:42:             OS: Windows 10 Enterprise
22:40:42:        OS Arch: AMD64
22:40:42:           GPUs: 1
22:40:42:          GPU 0: Bus:1 Slot:0 Func:0 AMD:5 Ellesmere XT [Radeon RX
22:40:42:                 470/480/570/580/590]
22:40:42:           CUDA: Not detected: Failed to open dynamic library 'nvcuda.dll': The
22:40:42:                 specified module could not be found.
22:40:42:OpenCL Device 0: Platform:0 Device:0 Bus:1 Slot:0 Compute:1.2 Driver:3004.8
22:40:42:  Win32 Service: false
22:40:42:******************************* libFAH ********************************
22:40:42:           Date: Apr 15 2020
22:40:42:           Time: 14:53:14
22:40:42:       Revision: 216968bc7025029c841ed6e36e81a03a316890d3
22:40:42:         Branch: master
22:40:42:       Compiler: Visual C++ 2008
22:40:42:        Options: /TP /nologo /EHa /wd4297 /wd4103 /Ox /MT
22:40:42:       Platform: win32 10
22:40:42:           Bits: 32
22:40:42:           Mode: Release
22:40:43:  <!-- Folding Slots -->
22:40:43:Trying to access database...
22:40:43:Successfully acquired database lock
22:40:43:Enabled folding slot 00: PAUSED cpu:2 (not configured)
22:40:43:Enabled folding slot 01: PAUSED gpu:0:Ellesmere XT [Radeon RX 470/480/570/580/590] (not configured)
22:40:58:12: Web session
22:41:44:Saving configuration to config.xml
22:41:44:  <!-- Folding Slots -->
22:41:44:  <slot id='0' type='CPU'/>
22:41:44:  <slot id='1' type='GPU'/>
22:41:44:Set client configured
Last edited by BP2020 on Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:57 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Tentative procedure (fix) to install the 7.6.9 client on

Postby PantherX » Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:26 am

Thanks for the write-up, I have referenced it in this GitHub issue for the development team to consider: https://github.com/FoldingAtHome/fah-issues/issues/1398
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