i am having massive problems with ubuntu. to start i do not have the apps/places/system on the top just file/help/other ***. for that reason i do not know how to uninstall anything because i do not have the toolbar options to do so. this all leads to problems with folding at home inside ubuntu. i says connecting but does not ever connect.
specs are in sig and I AM RUNNING A VM through windows.
You will need to enable Intel Virtualisation Technology. This technology allows you to use more than one core in a virtual machine. Most virtualisation programs support more than one core and once enabled in the BIOS, you can use more than one core in the virtual machine.
If you have a choice in the matter I would pick Ubuntu server because it is text only and runs folding at home faster.
Google what you don't understand. It helps and I'm lazy. I also don't fold anymore.
i think a main problem is the VM i am actually using as it is limiting me to 1 core and 1 gb of ram. you need atleast 2 cores to get a WU.
what VM do you recommend.
For starters, are you running VMware or VirtualBox (or something else) as your hypervisor? Both can be configured to provide more than 1 core and 1GB of RAM. As amdfangirl said, you will want to ensure that Intel Virtualisation Technology (or VT-x) is enabled in your BIOS and also in your hypervisor settings. Otherwise your performance is going to be far worse than it could be.
There is a dedicated section for distributed computing queries and an active thread in the CPU section for F@H which might be worth asking for advice on this but I'll add what I know.
From what I know of F@H then running it in a VM would not be the most efficient way to do things. At present the graphics acceleration is not going to allow you to make full use of that 6950 graphics card which will significantly affect your WU rate. While virtual box and the like do a good job keeping system resource usage to a minimum it will use CPU time and RAM that could be better used by F@H.
When I used to donate CPU time to SETI@Home I had my main rig (K6 2Gb RAM) running XP and using the command line version of the SETI client. This gave me significantly more throughput than running the GUI version on the same HW. I also ran the Linux client on a Duron rig I had. This was setup with no GUI and absolutely minimal services. Despite being seriously underpowered compared to my main rig it kept plugging along.
Don't know if you're experiencing the same issue but I recently set up another rig to fold on Linux/Mint and am running FAH 7.1.52 It wouldn't get past "connecting" either, until I found I had to go to configure > connection and under local client hit start.