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David
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Message 1892 - Posted: 21 Feb 2015, 23:46:33 UTC

I am a novice computer user who likes doing Projects for BOINC. I appreciate any assistance as to setting my PC's virtual box for use in 'Grid Computing.'If anyone could e-mail me with assistance as to using a virtual box and connecting it to the project, I would greatly appreciate it. fridayjunior@eastlink.ca

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Message 3170 - Posted: 27 Oct 2015, 22:08:59 UTC - in response to Message 1892.

I could use the same advice. I installed Boinc and VirtualBox but I get a notice on Boinc, after I added Atlas, that VirtualBox was not installed when I had it installed and running. I figured out how to create a machine and run it except I don't know what I'm supposed to do with any of this. Do I just run it in the background? Don't really want to mess with a shell. Anyway can someone tell me what to do? You can post here or email me at ericawful@yahoo.com

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Message 5017 - Posted: 15 Aug 2016, 6:32:15 UTC

1. Added ATLAS@Home to BOINC Manager which was already running SETI@Home.

2. Downloaded Oracle VM VirtualBox v. 5.1.2 and installed it.

3. Tried to set up a virtual machine called 'Atlas@Home' to connect the
Atlas@Home project to it. Caused the computer to crash twice with
error messages.

Nearly gave me a heart attack cos I thought the Windows drive was corrupted
and I didn't fancy having to reinstall Windows 8.1 then the 10 update and
everything all over again.

But managed to start up and log into Windows 10 correctly with no problems.

4. But the 'Checklist For ATLAS@Home On Your PC' says:-

"4) Check if VT-x is switched on in your BIOS."

Didn't want to have to reboot computer to find out.

Downloaded and installed CPU-Z from CPUID.com. No info on virtualisation.

Then downloaded and installed Intel Processor Identification Utility from
Intel.com.

Clicked on 'CPU Technologies' tab.

Turns out the processor (Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6 GHz) does not support
VT-x technology.

So I have had to uninstall VirtualBox and remove the ATLAS@Home project in
BOINC Manager.

What now???? How do I participate in ATLAS@Home if i7-4720HQ does not
support VT-x? Why does the ATLAS@Home project have to have VirtualBox
installed?????


CoolHipDude

Juha
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Message 5018 - Posted: 15 Aug 2016, 14:29:47 UTC - in response to Message 5017.

3. Tried to set up a virtual machine called 'Atlas@Home' to connect the Atlas@Home project to it. Caused the computer to crash twice with error messages.


That's not needed. BOINC will create the virtual machine automatically.


Then downloaded and installed Intel Processor Identification Utility from Intel.com. Clicked on 'CPU Technologies' tab. Turns out the processor (Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6 GHz) does not support VT-x technology.


Intel's web page disagrees with that. The utility was probably reporting that VT-x was disabled in BIOS.

Why does the ATLAS@Home project have to have VirtualBox installed?????


Because porting their software to Windows would be too much work. Instead they run Linux inside virtual machine.

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