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David

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I have finally got something sorted that *seems* to work. I tried to upload it to the overfoldix site at http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/nelson27/ but the server is playing up :mad:!

I will let you know when it is working.

When I do get it up it will be a downloadable iso image. Burn it to a CD (>3MB CD) and boot off of it. When it finishes booting type:
startnow

I'll get back to this when I can upload it. I'm feeling a bit cheesed off right now.
 

belorsch

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Great work! Can't wait to try it. Now I just need a cable setup at home.
 
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David

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If I can't connect tonight, I may try to put it on my other site. The problem is, I have 10MB for my other site, but 50MB for the site I intend to use.
 

belorsch

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PenguinFreak said:
If I can't connect tonight, I may try to put it on my other site. The problem is, I have 10MB for my other site, but 50MB for the site I intend to use.
What if someone else could host it temporarily?
 
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belorsch said:

What if someone else could host it temporarily?

That would be fantastic. Email me/PM me if you could host it for a while.
 

Ploaf

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How big is the download? If it isn't too bad then let me know and I may be able to host it, but I have to pay for bandwidth and after 10GB/month the price goes way up. Right now it's not too bad. Also you may be able to get this up on sourceforge given the fact that it's an open source project.
It may be worth a try.
 
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David

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Ploaf said:
How big is the download? If it isn't too bad then let me know and I may be able to host it, but I have to pay for bandwidth and after 10GB/month the price goes way up. Right now it's not too bad. Also you may be able to get this up on sourceforge given the fact that it's an open source project.
It may be worth a try.

I am going to submit it to sourceforge and freshmeat when I get something that works up and running.
 
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David

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Okay, If anyone wants a copy please email/PM me. If you DO get a copy, please try and distribute it as much as possible - thanks :)
 
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David

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Aha - problem found. Overfoldix should be up on Saturday morning at latest. Sorry for the delay :(
 

robertm

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Ok so you know someone has tried it and its a great start when I am more awake I have some ideas for you to get it working better
wanted to let you know someone has give it a try

Looks like it could work just needs some tweeking
 
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robertm said:
Ok so you know someone has tried it and its a great start when I am more awake I have some ideas for you to get it working better
wanted to let you know someone has give it a try

Looks like it could work just needs some tweeking

You have tried the bootable ISO?
 

robertm

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Yea boots fine looks like you have some network issues that need to be addressed. I should be in bed so I will go into more detail from work tomarrow.

I was very impressed is booted I havent had luck making a cd bootable :)
 

belorsch

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robertm said:
Yea boots fine looks like you have some network issues that need to be addressed. I should be in bed so I will go into more detail from work tomarrow.

I was very impressed is booted I havent had luck making a cd bootable :)
What probram did you use to write the cd robertm? I haven't been able to get it to boot. I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to cd writing.
 
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robertm said:
Yea boots fine looks like you have some network issues that need to be addressed. I should be in bed so I will go into more detail from work tomarrow.

I was very impressed is booted I havent had luck making a cd bootable :)

Network issues? ie won't connect to the network?
 
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belorsch said:

What probram did you use to write the cd robertm? I haven't been able to get it to boot. I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to cd writing.

I wrote the CD using CDRecord (linux proggie). You should just need to burn the iso - the iso is bootable, you don't need to make it bootable.
 

SickBoy

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So am I right in thinking that Overfoldix allows you to boot from a CD and fold with a minimal Linux kernel? (So, what I am asking is, no hard drive required?)

And does it require a certain type of network card?

And here's an idea.... is it possible to split the program up into a bootable floppy (to get into Linux) and then a Folding floppy? So the procedure would be something like this:

1. Boot with disk 1 and get minimal Linux running
2. Swap to disk 2 and start folding

I suggest this because I can get my hands on as many old, cheap floppy drives as I need, but bootable CDROM's are a lot more expensive.... which is probably the case for everyone.

This may be a boom for our team... less cash expended on equipment for folding boxes = more folding boxes.... BUT the thing is it needs to be easy. I myself have a decent amount of Unix experience but zero Linux experience. If this is truly something we can recommend to people around here, I'd say we'd probably need this to be as easy as possible and maybe write up a pretty little how-to document for it (which I would be willing to help out with), with screenshots.

SB
 

robertm

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Well I used Easy CD creator 5s just double clicked the ISO image.

OK network issues.

Well in the end I think DHCP is needed but until such a thing can be done you need a better script for start up.

One there is no default gateway. For most poeple there going to need to be able to define there gateway.

route add default gw (ip address of router) (interface) mine looks like

route add default gw 192.168.1.1 eth0

This then will send any trafic not intended for your local network to the gateway(most often your router)

Once I got my default gateway up I was able to ping out to the net and even pinged an assignment server.

My problem then was folding could still not get an ID from the server so I was stuck. Not being sure how there software is writen (Do they hard core the ip address or do they resolve it) I tried to get the resolver running with no luck.

Here I also ran into some problems. If folding needs to be able to us the resolver to get the IP address then you need your script to write an resolv.conf at startup with the proper name server(DNS).

It was getting late and I ran out of time to help resolve these issues more. I will give it another look over the weekend to see if I can find the problem with the resolver or foldingathome client.

I can see this being usefull and its a great start. I will try and get you some more feedback soon

I have been using linix/unix systems for about 10 years for networking and such so if you need any help let me know.
 

robertm

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Oh sickboy am going to look into a floppy distro that i know about that might work for a single floppy system if I can get off my lazy but and do it. And am very lazy at times so it might be awhile :)
 

SickBoy

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robertm said:
Oh sickboy am going to look into a floppy distro that i know about that might work for a single floppy system if I can get off my lazy but and do it. And am very lazy at times so it might be awhile :)

This would be great...... :D