How-To Join the Amdmb.com Folding Frogs!
The first step is to go to Stanford's Download Page. At the bottom of the page is a search box. Enter the user name you would like to have and click the search button. Spaces are not allowed in the name so use the underscore character “_” as a replacement. If the name you have chosen is in use, you will need to select a different name.
Downloading the software
Go to Stanford's Download Page. Select the version of the software that fits your operating system. For Windows and Macintosh you will have a choice between a command line version and a graphical version. The choice is yours but it is generally accepted that the command line version is slightly faster as it doesn’t have graphical calculations to perform. It is always a good idea to download the latest version. The command line version is what most of the frogs use and the latest version can always be found on the Links page.
Installing the software
Installing the Windows GUI can be found here.
Windows Command Line Version 2.1X
Create a directory to hold the client program (example: C:\Folding). Copy the client program (FAH2Console.exe) to your new directory. Create a shortcut to the client program.
Create two directories to hold the client program (example: C:\Folding1, C:\Folding2). Copy the client program (FAH2Console.exe) to your new directories. Create shortcuts to the client programs. Edit each shortcut. Add -local to the end of the Target line (example: "C:\Folding1\FAH2Console.exe" –local)
Running the command line client
The command line client does not start automatically with Windows. If you would like it to, you need to create shortcuts in the Startup folder. The first time you run the client, a series of prompts will appear. Brackets surround the current settings . They are:
Enter your user name
Enter 734 for the amdmb folding frogs.
If you are on dial-up access and only have one phone line you should probably enter yes. Otherwise press enter.
If you do not use a proxy, press enter and the program will begin to download a work unit. If you use a proxy, enter yes and the next prompt will appear.
If you enter yes, the program will use the proxy settings you have set in Internet Explorer and the program will begin to download a work unit. If you enter no, the next prompt will appear.
Enter the name of the proxy you are using.
Enter the proxy port number.
Command Line Switches
The command line client can be started with a variety of switches to perform certain functions. There are two methods you can use to run the client with a switch. You may start a dos session, navigate to the folder that contains the client, and enter the program name followed by the switch you wish to use. You may also create a shortcut to the client program, edit the shortcut, and add the switch to the end of the shortcuts Target line. The switches are as follows:
|-config||Steps you through the configuration outlined above.|
|-queueinfo||Display information on queued work units.|
|-send x||Sends a specific result to the server.|
|-send all||Sends all results to the server.|
|-verbosity x||Sets the output level, from 1 to 9 (max). Defaults to 3.|
|-pause||Pause after finishing & trying to send a work unit.|
|-local||Uses configuration files from the local directory.|
|-default||Use configuration from the Windows directory.|
Closing the command line client
Pressing Ctrl-C will gracefully terminate the folding program. It is best to terminate the program immediately following the completion of a frame. If you terminate the program in the middle of a frame, the next time the program is started it will have to recalculate the entire frame.
Users who have dial-up access to the Internet and only one phone line usually set the “Ask before sending/fetching work” prompt to Yes. This is so the client program will not try to dial out when they are using the phone. In these cases, users can follow the installation instructions for dual processors. Each protein takes twice as long to fold but since they are doing two of them the time ends up the same. This way if one finishes while they are unable to dial-in, the other protein is still folding. In effect, it reduces down time.
Running the graphical client
The graphical client automatically starts with Windows. The installation process adds a shortcut to the startup folder.
If you selected Yes to start the client during installation you will see a red icon in the System Tray. If not, click the Start Menu, Programs, Folding@Home, Folding@Home 2.0. This will start the program and the red icon should appear in the System Tray. Right click the red icon and a menu will popup. Select “Configure” on the menu. A screen will appear where you can set your configuration. The first field is “Name or Email”. You should see the user name you entered when you installed the program. If this is incorrect, you may change it here. The next field is “Team number”. Enter 734 for the amdmb folding frogs. The rest of the prompts involve proxy settings. Most users can use the default settings.
It is suggested that you do not use the folding screensaver. In the past it has had problems with certain video card drivers.
Closing the graphical client
Right click the red icon and a menu will popup. Select “Configure” on the menu. The configuration screen will appear. There is a Quit button located on this screen. Clicking this button will terminate the client.
Linux and Macintosh