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Do any of you fold with a Laptop?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Title says it all.

 

I just started folding and now my Laptop sounds like a helicopter idling on my desk. It has a decent ppd but I'm a bit concerned about it's longevity due to the limitations of it's cooling system.


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@WinNut does.. 

it's a horrible idea


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Folding on a laptop will kill it pretty quick. The power delivery and cooling on them isnt designed to run at full load 24/7.

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they have a short enough lifespan as it is

dont abuse it


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Posted · Original PosterOP

I should add that it's already ~3 years old.

 

I guess I'll finish my current jobs and stop. Don't want it to die before I finally jump to a new desktop.


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Title says it all.

 

I just started folding and now my Laptop sounds like a helicopter idling on my desk. It has a decent ppd but I'm a bit concerned about it's longevity due to the limitations of it's cooling system.

I do, but I wouldn't recommend it. On my main laptop(Latitude E6420) I fold using the Chrome client using low settings(medium if I'm not doing anything). On my GT70 I fold at full speed with the full F@H client with the fan maxed out(using the fan button). Folding at full speed will shorten the lifespan of your laptop, but if you use the Chrome client with limits then you will be fine. The only time I would recomend Folding using the full client is if your laptop is rated for heavy use and has excellent cooling.

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Title says it all.

 

I just started folding and now my Laptop sounds like a helicopter idling on my desk. It has a decent ppd but I'm a bit concerned about it's longevity due to the limitations of it's cooling system.

Folding with laptop = bad.

 

You can Boinc on it, though, you have much better control over your tasks, so you can calibrate usage for your laptop.


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I do on an old samsung one (in my signature) but that thing is down to the motherboard and in my basement, you couldnt even tell it was a laptop if you looked at it lol so I would say scrap it down to only the bare essentials and go for it also stick it in your basement or a cool room if you have one :D


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what even is folding?

 

Basically adding your PC's spare power to a cluster of other PC to help researchers out.


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I fold on my 2011 17" macbook pro every now and again. Thing gets toasty.

 

Huhreeaal toasty


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I fold on my 2011 17" macbook pro every now and again. Thing gets toasty.

 

Huhreeaal toasty

MacBooks are always toasty haha


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I use Boinc on my Macbook pro. I had to increase the fan speed on it slightly, drop the processing tasks to 60% of the time on 62.5% of the cpu, usually hovers around 60 degree's C. I did get a Coolermaster slim laptop cooler for it to rest on as well, but I don't think it helps all that much. 

 

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I fold with mine, but the thermal paste was changed out for the best stuff money could buy, the plastic grill behind the heatsink was removed to offer less impedence and the fan's intake was widened to allow more air through. All in all, 67C and 55% PWM on the fan, it's not quiet but it's not a loud thing either


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Lots of people (including Linus) are never negative t words folding on a laptop but I don't understand how a well designed Professional or gaming laptop would not work fine? Sure it might shorten the laptops life if you run it 24/7, but 8 hours a day in an air conditioned house doesn't seem like it would fry one to me..... My laptops 3720QM is more powerful than my PC.

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I fold 24x7 on "up to" three laptops at a time using Folding@Home Chrome NaCl (native client) ... two ACER laptops are 9 years old and Lenovo is two years old (also have up to three Desktops folding 24x7 and an occasional AWS cloud GPU instance) It's true, they can get toasty, but if you keep the cooling ports clear (this includes NOT keeping them running while on bed-sheets) and blowing out the dust out of the cooling grid an fan every couple of months with canned air (careful not to overspeed the fan bearings when blowing canned air through them), they're usually fine. Even if they overheat, all they've done for me is automatically shut down and wait for a restart.

 

Usually the worst that happens is, your fan bearings can wear out and usually those are more difficult to replace than Desktop fans. So if you want to fold but stay cautious, fold on the low setting during the day, and set it to medium at night (when it's usually cooler) ... or buy an external cooling fan like one person suggested.

 

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laptops gonna crap itself

and break within a couple months


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My work Laptop carries an Intel Core i5 5250U and folds pretty damn well for the Nacl client.


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I always recommend the Google client for folding on laptops. A great compromise on PPD/WU's completed and heat generated.


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I always recommend the Google client for folding on laptops. A great compromise on PPD/WU's completed and heat generated.

When my laptop reaches 120C...it's like death for my laptop.

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When my laptop reaches 120C...it's like death for my laptop.

You may want to look for a manual fan program to keep it running at 100%. Obviously it will annihilate your battery life, but we're not folding on the go, are we?

Usually fans on laptops will run anywhere from 30-75% of their maximum speed depending on thermal sensor...but I have seen amazing things happen when an override is used to keep it spinning at max rpm. 120'C usually means some component (or components) are experiencing loads they werent designed for (at non-stock speeds), or something is failing and needs some help breathing. Granted component age can also be a huge factor.


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