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    Quickly stopping/starting GPU# with a Global hotkey AND Fold on mouse = idle for X min.

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    Transisto

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    Quickly stopping/starting GPU# with a Global hotkey AND Fold on mouse = idle for X min.

    Post by Transisto on Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:19 pm

    I like folding but unfortunately can't stand when it get in my way on my main computer.

    For example moving among grouped windows with Areo is very laggy when folding (as much as 20% usage 9800gt)and affect video playback above ~320x240.

    I would really like if you could add way whether to quickly shut folding with a custom global hotkey
    or even better ;
    to have it fold on idle time only. (based on user input, like a screen saver)

    I tried the heat control GPU usage % but it's of no use as it only throttle between 0% or 100%.

    This is very important because if Folding would not to affect normal computer usage it would allow us to install GPU clients on other people computers.

    This would be fantastic,
    Thank You
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    Re: Quickly stopping/starting GPU# with a Global hotkey AND Fold on mouse = idle for X min.

    Post by jedi95 on Fri Nov 26, 2010 2:54 pm

    Transisto wrote:I like folding but unfortunately can't stand when it get in my way on my main computer.

    For example moving among grouped windows with Areo is very laggy when folding (as much as 20% usage 9800gt)and affect video playback above ~320x240.

    I would really like if you could add way whether to quickly shut folding with a custom global hotkey
    or even better ;
    to have it fold on idle time only. (based on user input, like a screen saver)

    I tried the heat control GPU usage % but it's of no use as it only throttle between 0% or 100%.

    This is very important because if Folding would not to affect normal computer usage it would allow us to install GPU clients on other people computers.

    This would be fantastic,
    Thank You

    Well, there are a few things here:
    1. The lag the GPU client is causing for you is a FAH client problem, not a Tracker bug. There is nothing I can do to change this.
    2. Heat Control just tells the GPU client to spend some of the time idle. There is no way for me to change this behavior because that would require changes to the FAH cores.
    3. If the computer doesn't belong to you make sure you get written permission to fold on it. Otherwise this is a violation of the FAH EULA and can get you in trouble.

    So this feature request becomes:
    1. Only fold when the system is not in use (no user input for X period of time)
    2. Have a hotkey to quickly start/stop some of the clients.

    #1 should be possible but I am not sure exactly how to do this.

    #2 may be redundant due to other Tracker features like Gaming Pause (you can set this to also pause for video playback by adding the player to Games.txt) You can also quickly start/stop GPU0 from the system tray icon.


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    Re: Quickly stopping/starting GPU# with a Global hotkey AND Fold on mouse = idle for X min.

    Post by Transisto on Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:05 pm

    Well, there are a few things here:
    1. The lag the GPU client is causing for you is a FAH client problem, not a Tracker bug. There is nothing I can do to change this.
    2. Heat Control just tells the GPU client to spend some of the time idle. There is no way for me to change this behavior because that would require changes to the FAH cores.
    3. If the computer doesn't belong to you make sure you get written permission to fold on it. Otherwise this is a violation of the FAH EULA and can get you in trouble.

    1. I know
    2. I know
    3. Thanks for the info, always with permission. It was more akin to giving away PCs or a big rebate as long and they keep it folding. (hard to complain hehe..)

    #1 should be possible but I am not sure exactly how to do this.

    #2 may be redundant due to other Tracker features like Gaming Pause (you can set this to also pause for video playback by adding the player to Games.txt) You can also quickly start/stop GPU0 from the system tray icon.

    I've had this problem for long, made a lot of research and settled with scheduled tasks, as recommended in Stanford forum.
    Here are two threads that talks about it.
    http://foldingforum.org/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=15878
    http://foldingforum.org/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=9761

    Doc on command line schtasks.exe
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb490996.aspx

    "per application" idle detector. not really useful here but could anyway be of interest. Example; a software or game that need full GPU performance but is running idle minimized or in the systray could be detected.
    http://netcode.ru/dotnet/?lang=&katID=30&skatID=281&artID=7714

    In the meanwhile I will add VLC.exe and ehshell.exe (media center) to the game list and benefit from fluid video playback. ...Wonderful Very Happy

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    Re: Quickly stopping/starting GPU# with a Global hotkey AND Fold on mouse = idle for X min.

    Post by MtM on Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:11 am

    It's possible to use a timer with getcursorposition to detect mouse movement, but why try to reinvent the wheel.

    http://weblogs.asp.net/jdanforth/archive/2006/06/21/454219.aspx <- sample code for iddle detection both mouse and keyboard.

    http://www.codeproject.com/KB/vb/mclhotkeynet.aspx <- vb.net hotkey example

    Read the licenses attached to both articles if you want to copy paste them ( better to learn from them and write your own code when you understand the techniques used ).


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