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Message 12859 - Posted: 24 Feb 2006, 14:49:35 UTC

I'm having some problems with the latest version of sixtrack, on a Win2K machine, with BOINC 5.2.13. Even though the preferences say it should not do work when the computer is in use, it seems to keep on going, and it's taking over the keyboard/mouse. I can pop up the Task Manager, which shows sixtrack as "not responding". About every 6 seconds or so the mouse pointer shows up somewhere and I have less than a half second to do something. By waiting patiently and doing one little bit every 6 seconds I was able to
kill the sixtrack task from the Task Manager, but another one poped up. So with lots of additional small steps every 6 seconds I was able to get BOINC manager up, get to the Commands menu, and hit "suspend". That stopped it.

In recent weeks I've had similar problems with another W2K box but I wan't able to figure out how to stop it without a reboot. I hope this additional info on how it's (mis)behaving is useful feedback.




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Message 12876 - Posted: 25 Feb 2006, 20:34:36 UTC - in response to Message 12859.  

Which is the offending host? You have two active W2K hosts.
Have you run a RAM diagnostic? (www.memtest.org)
Has the hardware changed in the host?
Are your drivers/BIOS up to date?
Did it occur after a Windows Automatic Update?
Is your antivirus up to date/which is it/do you run AV?
Was there a sudden change to any firewall configuration?
Is your hard drive failing? (www.seagate.com/support/disc/asp/tools/en)

There are too many symptoms that could cause an application to lock up without knowing more information. Could you let me know some more info and maybe I can help you more. Good Luck.

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Message 12877 - Posted: 26 Feb 2006, 1:49:14 UTC - in response to Message 12859.  

I'm having some problems with the latest version of sixtrack, on a Win2K machine, with BOINC 5.2.13. Even though the preferences say it should not do work when the computer is in use, it seems to keep on going, and it's taking over the keyboard/mouse. I can pop up the Task Manager, which shows sixtrack as "not responding". About every 6 seconds or so the mouse pointer shows up somewhere and I have less than a half second to do something. By waiting patiently and doing one little bit every 6 seconds I was able to
kill the sixtrack task from the Task Manager, but another one poped up. So with lots of additional small steps every 6 seconds I was able to get BOINC manager up, get to the Commands menu, and hit "suspend". That stopped it.

In recent weeks I've had similar problems with another W2K box but I wan't able to figure out how to stop it without a reboot. I hope this additional info on how it's (mis)behaving is useful feedback.

Eric,

I have seen this style of behaviour from BOINC over its development and have never been able to pin it down to a specific application. Suspending normally gets everything back to normal, but on setting it back to run it happens again. I have only ever been able to stop this behaviour via a reboot. Maybe there is a hidden memory leak or something. I might report this to the BOINC dev email list.

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Message 12878 - Posted: 26 Feb 2006, 12:59:30 UTC

I've also had this problem, running Windows XP SP2. It has happened to me two or three times (latest a day or so ago), and seems to be related to the LHC Screensaver.

My symptoms are similar, I come back to the computer after a break (enough time for the screensaver to kick in), and it appears the LHC screensaver is stuck in the countdown mode. Only seen it happen with LHC, but with a few different versions of Boinc.
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Message 12887 - Posted: 26 Feb 2006, 22:17:13 UTC - in response to Message 12876.  

Which is the offending host? You have two active W2K hosts.
Have you run a RAM diagnostic? (www.memtest.org)
Has the hardware changed in the host?
Are your drivers/BIOS up to date?
Did it occur after a Windows Automatic Update?
Is your antivirus up to date/which is it/do you run AV?
Was there a sudden change to any firewall configuration?
Is your hard drive failing? (www.seagate.com/support/disc/asp/tools/en)

There are too many symptoms that could cause an application to lock up without knowing more information. Could you let me know some more info and maybe I can help you more. Good Luck.


All good questions. I've seen this on both W2K machines, but most recently on grendel. No changes in hardware or software, no Windows update, no changes in firewall, no problems with hardware or memory that I know of.

I'm also participating in other projects (Einstein@Home, SETI@Home and beta test, CPDN, and Predictor) and only saw this with LHC@Home.


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