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BOINC Preferences are settings which control how the BOINC Client Software operates. They are alterable via Project Web Sites. Preferences are divided into 3 types, with General Preferences and Project Preferences each having 3 Venues each (there is also the 4th "default" set); and a Preference Set to control the "look-and-feel" of the Project's Web Site Forums.
 Editing Preferences
You can view and edit your preferences via the project's web site. Click on the 'Your Account' link, then 'View or edit preferences'. This shows you the preferences. If you want to change anything, click on 'Edit preferences'.
When you change your preferences on the web, the changes won't take effect immediately on your computer; they'll take effect the next time your computer connects to the project's server. If you want this to happen immediately, bring up the BOINC Manager on your computer, select the project, and click 'Update'.
If you're running the BOINC Client Software on several computers, preference changes will eventually propagate to all of them.
If you participate in multiple BOINC projects, click here for information about preferences.
 Location-Specific Preferences
If you have computers at several locations (e.g. home, work and school) you may want to use different preferences for different locations. The preferences editing system (see above) lets you create (or delete) separate preferences for home, work, and school.
Each computer attached to your account has a location. To view this, go to the project's web site, then click 'Your account' and 'View Computers'. Click on the ID of the computer you're interested in. At the bottom of the page there's a popup menu that lets you see or change the location. A change to a computer's location will take effect only when that computer contacts the server; you can make this happen immediately using the BOINC Manager's Update command.
If a computer has its location set to 'home' (for example), and you've defined separate preferences for home, it will use those preferences. Otherwise it will use your default preferences.
Your account has a 'default location' (home, work, or school). New computers attaching to your account will be given the default location. The default location is part of your project preferences, so to change it, edit your project preferences.
 General Preferences
General preferences apply to all BOINC projects in which you participate. They include:
|When to work|| You can specify whether work (computation and network transfer) should be done:
You can also specify a range of hours when work should be done.
|Leave applications in memory while preempted||If yes, applications will be preempted by suspending and resuming, rather than quitting. This uses more Virtual Memory, but uses CPU Time more efficiently.|
|Switch between applications every X minutes||This determines how often the BOINC Client Software switches between Projects.|
|Virtual memory||Limit the virtual memory used by the BOINC Client Software.|
|Usage limits||You can limit the disk space used by BOINC in any of three ways:|
|Access interval||A suggested interval between disk accesses. Useful on laptops where the disk may be spun down for long periods.|
|Bandwidth limits||Limit the number of bytes per second uploaded or downloaded by the BOINC Client Software.|
|Network connection preferences||Whether to wait for confirmation before making network connections, and whether to disconnect when done.|
|Time between network connections||Target time between network connections. When your computer asks a server for work, it will try to get enough work to last for this long.|
 Project Preferences
|Resource share||If Projects contend for resources, the amount allocated to a Project is proportional to this number.|
|Email prefs||Whether the Project should send you newsletters by email.|
|Hide computer information||Whether the project should show information about your computers (their CPU and OS type, benchmark ratings etc.; not their names or addresses) on its Web Site.|
|Default computer location||The location assigned to computers that attach to this Account.|
|Project-specific preferences||Defined by the project; e.g., to specify graphics color schemes.|
 Forum Preferences
|Reset Preferences||A button that allows the Participant to restore the default set of Forum Preferences.|
|Avatar Preview||Allows the Participant to validate that the Avatar looks the way that it is expected to look.|
|Display and Behavior||???|
|Signature for Message Boards||???|
|Update Info||Saves the current set of Forum Preferences.|
 Also See
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- 2005 Paul D. Buck
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