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Old 01-30-2004, 12:04 PM   #1
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SETI on LINUX, please help

I'm new to Linux, but I'm having a weird problem running SETI.
I'm using v3.08: i686-pc-linux-gnu

It's running on a AMD 2400+ CPU with plenty of RAM and a nForce chipset with integrated GeForce 4 MX video.

My Linux version is Mandrake 9.2 with KDE.

The problem is that within 20 seconds or so of running SETI, the screen starts to have problems. It looks like the video display is shorting out! A seizure inducing array of screen images flash around everywhere. Whatever is on my screen replicates and flashes all over. Only as an imaage, not a duplicate window. It's very strange.

I've lowered SETI's priority to -19 but the problem persists. Any ideas?
Old 02-09-2004, 10:44 AM   #2
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are you running seti with a command similar to:

./setiathome -graphics & xsetiathome

or just


where setiathome is obviously the name of the seti executable.

If you running it with the graphical command:

./setiathome -graphics % xsetiathome

I wouldn't bother, it seems to increase seti's time for each work unit by 5 times. So if it takes roughly 2 hours command line then it will take about 10 hours graphically.
Running seti with only the ./setiathome command isn't exactly exciting. If you want to see whats going on you can add the -verbose option to the end to the command as so:

./setiathome -verbose
Old 02-09-2004, 01:32 PM   #3
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Still not exciting, but do you really wanna watch random graphics of seti packets updating on your system? Mainly, the gui of seti is a hog.
I run (on my dual proc system at home) seti in just the terminal withthe -verbose option.
I do so much other stuff at once, I don't see a need for the graphical portion to soak up vid mem.



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