May 18th, 2002, 10:09 PM #1
How to manually upload UD and ECCP points
I have a new cow and the modem has gone out. Its very weird problem. anyway I have about 500 Eccp points and a RAF molecule finished how do you send the points without being able to get online. I know I saw it somewhere but I don't have the time now to search.
PS detailed instructions appreciated
Edit: I just asked the question on the software forum about the missing pci.dll file.
Last edited by swamp-fox; May 19th, 2002 at 06:07 AM.
May 19th, 2002, 10:33 AM #2
Instructions for UD
PLEASE NOTE: This guide was developed with an earlier version of the Agent, however it has been minimally tested with version 2.1 of the Agent and seems to be okay.
United Devices - Offline Crunching Guide version 1.5.1 by QuarkBomb
This guide should be used by people who know what they are doing around a PC and at least slightly experienced, but I will try to make this as simple as possible.
The hope is that this guide will show a user how to transfer and run the files necessary to crunch molecules on a machine NOT connected to the Internet in any way.
Before you use this guide, are you sure that there is no way that you can connect to the Internet? There are a number of different ways that a small network can be set up to share an Internet connection and if you can do so, you should do this as a network is much easier to use and much faster than using floppy disks, but it can also be more complicated to set up. Please try to set up a network for your own convenience.
At least one Internet connection and a way of transferring small files, e.g. floppy disk or CD-RW drives.
Matching OS version of the Agent. The same Agent can be used for Windows 98 through Windows XP, but if you want to use the Agent on a Windows 95 Client, you need the Host to be Windows 95 also. There may be a workaround for this in the future.
The common sense not to overwrite and confuse files.
Surprisingly, the files that need to be copied are very small, and the process is quite simple (!Once you know what you're doing!).
The Host machine is the machine in which the Internet connection is live.
1. If you don't already have the Agent installed on the machine, install it and cancel the sign-up process.
2. Create new folders depending on how many machines you wish to use, for example: Machine1, Machine2 and Machine3.
3. Copy the files from the original installed directory to these folders.
4. Run up one Agent at a time (that's all that is allowed) and register each machine under new Device IDs.
5. Once the ID has been registered and the WUs downloaded, you are ready to copy the files to the Client machine, make sure you have the Agent completely closed.
6. Copy the files from each of your folders to the machines you wish the Agent to run on.
Note: The following files are not needed for the Agent to run correctly. However, it is recommended that you keep the files on the Host machine to reduce download sizes. If the Agent detects that files are missing while it sends in the results, it will attempt to patch itself, which can be quite a large download, so do not delete the files from the Host machine.
irunin.* These files are the uninstall files, and are used only when uninstalling. Given that you will not be installing the Agent, you won't need these files and using them may cause problems.
*.scr The screensaver file. This is certainly not necessary as part of the program. Running a blank screensaver will allow the Agent to use more resources, and still protect your screen from burning out.
*.hlp The help files. You may decide you want to copy these, but they are not needed for the operation of the Agent.
*.bmp Graphics files owned by the sponsors of the projects. These are also not necessary.
UDAgent.ico Icon file. Just a cosmetic touch for shortcuts, the icon is actually available from the UD.exe executable and is therefore not needed.
7. Once the files are on disk, you are ready to transfer the files to the Client machine.
At this point please note, a slightly more complicated guide for use with the UD Monitor is available below.
The Client machine is the machine that the Agent will be running on, which is not connected to the Internet.
1. Create a folder on the machine that you can drop the UD files into.
2. Copy the files from the floppy disk (or other media) into the folder.
3. Set up any shortcuts you wish to make.
4. Run the Agent!
That is it, you are running the Agent.
What do I do when the WU is complete?
You will know when the WU is complete because the Agent will show 100% and will be attempting to connect to the server. Note: If the Agent is "Preparing to send results to the UD Server", you will be unable to close the Agent. Just wait a few minutes for it to complete, it doesn't take long.
1. Close the Agent.
2. Copy the files from the Client machine onto floppy disks (or other removable media).
3. Copy the files from the floppy disks to the Host machine, in the correct folder you created earlier for the machine you took the finished WU from.
4. Connect to the Internet.
5. Close UD on the Host machine if you already have one open.
6. Run the UD from the machine you have taken the finished WU from (from the folder you have copied the files to).
7. Wait for the result to be sent and the new WU to be received, and close the Agent.
8. Repeat the steps above to copy the files back to the Client machines.
I want to be able to continue crunching molecules when I'm not here, even though the current WU is finished.
In that case you need to use the UD Monitor. A discussion topic for this is available here.
Instructions on how to use the Agent is available on the website and additional information is available on the thread.
Using UD Monitor for Caching Offline Work Units
1. Download the Monitor here.
2. Put a copy of the Monitor into the folders for each machine you wish to use Cached WUs on (e.g. Machine1, Machine2 and Machine3).
3. Run the Monitor from the folder and create new cache slots. (How to do all this is available on the website).
You will also need to decide on whether you wish to use the same Device ID for each cache slot (I recommend that you do so, so ensure that the option is set).
4. Copy the Monitor to the Client machine and do the same.
You will now have the Host and the Client with empty slots.
5. Connect to the Internet.
6. Run up the Agent from each cache slot and download new WUs for each (the Monitor can do this).
7. Exit the Agent and the Monitor.
8. The Client machine will now have new folders that match up with the Host machine (the UDm Cache folders). You must copy all the files from these folders (with the same exceptions as described above if you wish), to their corresponding folders on the relative machines. (E.g. Copy
the files from the Machine1\UDm Cache\1 folder on the Host machine to Machine 1 in the UD Folder\UDm Cache\1 folder on the Client machine.) It is very important that you copy the files to the correct folders or you may have great difficulty using the Monitor.
9. Once this is complete, you should be able to run the Agent on the Client machine and your new WUs will appear in the Monitor's display. So long as auto-switching is enabled, there should be no problem with the cache switching once the current WU is complete.
10. Do the same for each machine.
11. Once a WU is complete, reverse the procedure.
Hopefully this guide will be of some help to "offline" users. And will increase the number of machines available for crunching.
Important Note: This guide will change continually as the Agent is updated and as tasks change. At the top (in the title) and the bottom of the guide will be the words "Verified" or "Unverified". A verified procedure means that it has been tested and works okay. Unverified procedures are released but have not yet been fully tested.
When an Unverified procedure is released, it will be posted underneath the Verified one, until it is also Verified, the earlier release will then be deleted.
United Devices own all Copyright to the Agent and it's parts with exclusion of the UD Monitor.
The UD Monitor is Third Party software produced by Roman Mamedov, and all Copyright retaining to the Monitor belongs to him.
Any other Copyrights belong to the creator as named.
May 19th, 2002, 10:36 AM #3
As far as Eccp goes, I think you copy your DPlist to a floppy then copy that into an Eccp folder on a box that has a connection..
Double ck this, I've never looked into it, and this knowledge is from accidental osmosis..
I'm really sorry I didn't try to post earlier.. it's just that I figured someone with a bigger brain than mine would come along and help you... my knowledge of all this is at times sketchy..
Last edited by surreal; May 19th, 2002 at 10:47 AM."Sometimes life is just what we make it."
May 19th, 2002, 11:37 AM #4
That's right copy the dplist to a floppy and put it on the pc with a connection.
If you have several unconnected pcs:
Click on dplist
control-c then control-v (making a backup in case floppy dies)
rename each dplist you add to a floppy to dplist1,2,3, etc
then from the command line more them together:
"more dplist1 >> dplist" (more [source] >> [ target] )
Then copy it (or more it) to the connected pc.
May 19th, 2002, 12:09 PM #5
Yep, surreal and fosin have it. You can completely cut the dplist off of the machine without a connection, and it will be regenerated once it finds a new DP. It's advisable to just copy the dplist off of it, then rename it, in case something goes wrong when sending, you still have a backup.
After you've got it on a floppy, you'll want to send all the points off of your connected machine, then paste in the one from the floppy, then send it. If you want to save the points from your connected machine, you can just rename its dplist file, paste in the one off the floppy, send it, then rename the original file back to dplist, and continue saving.
May 19th, 2002, 12:56 PM #6
May 19th, 2002, 05:42 PM #7
ok maybe not so detailed instuctions lol. thanks for all the info (don't get mad I fixed the modem before I left town this morning) It turned out to be mobo driver problem with the modem and I wanted badly to send points this morning. I finally figured it out after searching for the error. And now been rushing all day to get down the road.
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