This is a guide for people who are already running GPU2 folding on Windows and still have quite a few cycles to mop up on other cores.What is required
Download VMWare Server 1.08
binary package (146MB) Make sure to register to get your serial key and activate your account.
Download Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
making sure you choose the 64 bit option, the file should read "ubuntu 8.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso Don't worry if you have an Intel CPU, this works on both platforms and don't ask me why they named it as such.
(700MB) Burn the ISO to CD using your burning application or you can grab a nice small and free application like ImgBurn
I also recommend Ubuntu 8.04 as it's faster by %30 than the 8.10(latest release) at the moment for folding.
Oh, enable vitualization in BIOS if applicable to you.Installation
The VMWare installation is an easy wizard though will take as long as 15 minutes, just make sure you choose Linux-Ubuntu 64 from the dropdown list, the bridged ethernet option, 768MB of memory and hit the '2 processors' radio button and give 5GB for the installation, here's what the settings option in the VM tab should look like:
Start the VM, go to task manager find the vmware-vmx.exe entry, rght-clk/Set Affinity and click off cores 2 and 3 on a quad, then OK out. You will have to do this every time you reboot the host. Then install the default Ubuntu ISO entering the appropriate info when required. It'll also take about 15 or 20 minutes.
Time to install the math library from the 'terminal'. You can find that under Applications/Accessories. Works much like the Command Prompt in Windows.
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sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
Open FF and go and grab Linux (x86) and BSD *combined uniprocessor and SMP client* (64-bit required for SMP)
If all goes well, then you'll see a xxx.tar.gz file on your desktop.
Double click it and extract it to /home/your username/folder of your choice, I use a short folder name for ease of typing:
Use Terminal to navigate to your folder, this is for my setup:
cd folding (commands are case sensitive)
"./fah6 -smp -forceasm -verbosity 9" without the quotes to start the client. Don't forget the space between each term. (I have to find the ASCII character for a space, it's a 'b' with a slash through it.)
OK, so you now got it going on your quad!
Just one step left to get the PPD maximized is to set the affinity in the Task Manager for your VMWare, click on 'Show processes from all users' right-click vmware.exe and choose affinity to either cores 0/1 or 2/3. That's it man!
BTW, comments/constructive criticisms are very welcome as I write this.
Also, I'l be expanding this tutorial at a later date so that less experienced users can get VMWare folding up and running with more detailed instructions and screenshots.
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