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How program do projektowania you program do projektowania can use your PC to program do projektowania help scientists develop a treatment for program do projektowania the program do projektowania coronavirus

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Right now program do projektowania the coronavirus is program do projektowania sweeping the entire world, and it's truly program do projektowania a program do projektowania big program do projektowania deal. program do projektowania One program do projektowania of program do projektowania the things that's keeping it program do projektowania at the center of program do projektowania everyone's attention is the program do projektowania lack of specific treatments to help folks program do projektowania – particularly the program do projektowania elderly program do projektowania – get through it. 

In program do projektowania order program do projektowania for these treatments to program do projektowania be developed, program do projektowania scientists from program do projektowania across program do projektowania the world have a program do projektowania lot of work program do projektowania to program do projektowania do – but you actually might program do projektowania be program do projektowania able to program do projektowania help.

The folks at Folding@Home program do projektowania have published a program do projektowania blog post program do projektowania asking for people program do projektowania to run the program do projektowania F@H program do projektowania client in order to program do projektowania help scientists develop a treatment for coronavirus. program do projektowania We encourage you to read the blog post, program do projektowania as it goes program do projektowania into program do projektowania far more detail program do projektowania than simple tech journalists like program do projektowania us feel comfortable program do projektowania doing, but we program do projektowania can help you get set up and program do projektowania make sure you're offering program do projektowania the most computing horsepower. 

We've program do projektowania been running program do projektowania F@H on our program do projektowania PCs for about program do projektowania a week now, and we encourage program do projektowania you to do program do projektowania the program do projektowania same. If you program do projektowania get it program do projektowania set up right, you can even help program do projektowania out when you're working on program do projektowania your computer. 

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Take stock of your computer's capabilities

This is program do projektowania good advice pretty much whenever, but program do projektowania if you're going to program do projektowania be seriously program do projektowania taxing your computer with something like program do projektowania Folding@Home, you need program do projektowania to be aware program do projektowania of what program do projektowania your computer program do projektowania can do. 

Particularly, you should get an program do projektowania idea of what program do projektowania kind of program do projektowania CPU you're running. program do projektowania The easiest way to do this program do projektowania if you're on Windows 10, program do projektowania is hit Ctrl + Shift + program do projektowania ESC, which will bring program do projektowania up Task program do projektowania Manager. Once you're program do projektowania in there, program do projektowania click the arrow on the bottom right-hand corner program do projektowania of the window labeled "More details", then go program do projektowania over to program do projektowania the performance program do projektowania tab. program do projektowania Here you'll be able to easily program do projektowania get a pretty good idea of program do projektowania the hardware in your PC. 

If you're on a Mac, you program do projektowania can also get an program do projektowania idea of what kind of PC you're program do projektowania running by going program do projektowania to the program do projektowania Apple logo in the program do projektowania top left program do projektowania corner of your display, clicking program do projektowania it program do projektowania and selecting "About This Mac." program do projektowania Unfortunately, Apple isn't program do projektowania exactly program do projektowania forthcoming with program do projektowania the exact specs if you're running program do projektowania macos High program do projektowania Sierra or earlier. But if you've program do projektowania got a MacBook Pro program do projektowania in the program do projektowania last few years, you can assume that program do projektowania the Core program do projektowania i7 is more than program do projektowania capable. 

Unfortunately, program do projektowania you'll have to program do projektowania look it up on your own program do projektowania to program do projektowania get the program do projektowania exact core count of program do projektowania your laptop – program do projektowania just program do projektowania google program do projektowania "MacBook program do projektowania Pro (15-inch, program do projektowania 2018) Core i7 specs" program do projektowania or whatever model program do projektowania you have to program do projektowania get program do projektowania more detailed spec program do projektowania information. 

Generally, if you're going program do projektowania to program do projektowania be program do projektowania running this program program do projektowania while working, program do projektowania you're going program do projektowania to want at least 6 cores program do projektowania and 12 program do projektowania threads or "Logical processors" program do projektowania – which program do projektowania will naturally program do projektowania rule program do projektowania out a program do projektowania lot of laptops program do projektowania (Don't worry, you can still program do projektowania help). 

You will get the program do projektowania option when you're setting program do projektowania up Folding@Home to choose how much program do projektowania of your hardware program do projektowania you want dedicated to fighting the program do projektowania disease, from program do projektowania 'Light' to 'Full'. program do projektowania If you are running on a program do projektowania laptop, program do projektowania or any other computer with a program do projektowania weaker CPU, we would program do projektowania advise against using the 'Full' program do projektowania preset when program do projektowania you're working, program do projektowania but if you want to offer program do projektowania constant help, program do projektowania the 'Light' program do projektowania preset should be relatively program do projektowania easy to run program do projektowania in program do projektowania the background. 

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How to run Folding@Home

Once you're comfortable running program do projektowania Folding@Home, getting it going is program do projektowania actually fairly program do projektowania easy. Go program do projektowania to the program do projektowania Folding@Home page program do projektowania and select 'Start folding'. From there program do projektowania you can download it for Windows 10 program do projektowania right program do projektowania off the bat. 

If you're not running Windows program do projektowania 10, there's program do projektowania a program do projektowania link for program do projektowania alternative downloads, and program do projektowania you should program do projektowania click that.  From there program do projektowania you can download a client for program do projektowania macOS or program do projektowania several flavors of program do projektowania Linux. 

Go ahead and program do projektowania download the client appropriate for your program do projektowania system, open program do projektowania the downloaded file and follow program do projektowania the instructions on program do projektowania the program do projektowania screen. Once it's installed, it should run program do projektowania automatically program do projektowania (unless you program do projektowania specifically told program do projektowania it not program do projektowania to.) 

Once program do projektowania it's running, assuming you're running Windows 10, you program do projektowania should be able program do projektowania to see the Folding@Home icon in program do projektowania your system tray, which looks like a protein program do projektowania made of a bunch of different program do projektowania colors. When program do projektowania this is active in your program do projektowania system tray, it means that program do projektowania it's running. You program do projektowania can right program do projektowania click the program do projektowania icon to access program do projektowania various settings for the software, program do projektowania and program do projektowania even pause it if program do projektowania you're program do projektowania working on something particularly demanding. 

There program do projektowania are program do projektowania a lot of granular controls in program do projektowania the app, which you program do projektowania can program do projektowania use if you feel program do projektowania comfortable program do projektowania doing so. program do projektowania But, for the vast majority of program do projektowania people, program do projektowania you can essentially use program do projektowania the program do projektowania default program do projektowania settings, and everything will program do projektowania be smooth sailing. 

There are program do projektowania only two things we'd advise messing program do projektowania with at first. You program do projektowania should right click the icon, and program do projektowania select 'Web control'. From there, program do projektowania change the power slider to 'Medium' or program do projektowania 'Light' (unless you have program do projektowania sufficient cooling, which we'll go more program do projektowania into program do projektowania further on). Also, unless you don't program do projektowania have any program do projektowania heavy-duty program do projektowania computing workloads program do projektowania to work program do projektowania on, program do projektowania you should go to the column program do projektowania called simply 'When' and set program do projektowania that program do projektowania to "Only when idle". Otherwise, it will program do projektowania run in the program do projektowania background program do projektowania at program do projektowania all times, which may be problematic program do projektowania for less powerful systems. 

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Keeping things cool

Because program do projektowania of the program do projektowania intensive workloads that program do projektowania your CPU program do projektowania is program do projektowania going to be program do projektowania spinning program do projektowania up on, your device will program do projektowania start generating program do projektowania a ton of heat program do projektowania – which program do projektowania is totally program do projektowania fine. Luckily, most processors program do projektowania these days program do projektowania have a ton of program do projektowania fail-safes program do projektowania in place program do projektowania to slow the CPU down program do projektowania when things get program do projektowania a program do projektowania little too warm, so you're not really program do projektowania in danger of program do projektowania damaging your device. 

There program do projektowania is definitely an argument to program do projektowania be made that program do projektowania running program do projektowania your PC at high temperatures program do projektowania for extended program do projektowania periods program do projektowania of program do projektowania time program do projektowania can diminish the program do projektowania lifespan program do projektowania of your program do projektowania CPU, program do projektowania and that's something you should keep program do projektowania in mind. This is program do projektowania why we wouldn't program do projektowania advise laptop users to run program do projektowania Folding@Home on program do projektowania a laptop with the program do projektowania 'Full' performance preset at all times, simply program do projektowania because you'll be up program do projektowania against that thermal program do projektowania limit for an extended period program do projektowania of time, and those program do projektowania temperatures can adversely program do projektowania affect other components program do projektowania in the laptop. 

However, if you program do projektowania have one of the best program do projektowania gaming PCs, program do projektowania equipped program do projektowania with a solid CPU program do projektowania cooler program do projektowania and decent airflow, you really don't have anything program do projektowania to worry about. If program do projektowania you program do projektowania can program do projektowania keep your CPU under program do projektowania 80 degrees C under full load, you program do projektowania should feel totally comfortable program do projektowania running Folding@Home for extended periods program do projektowania of program do projektowania time. 

Still, at the program do projektowania end of the program do projektowania day, program do projektowania you should only do program do projektowania what you're comfortable program do projektowania doing program do projektowania with program do projektowania your program do projektowania computer. Unless program do projektowania you program do projektowania know program do projektowania you program do projektowania have that thermal program do projektowania headroom, it's probably for the best program do projektowania to avoid the 'Full' preset, just program do projektowania to preserve the longevity program do projektowania of your PC – but, program do projektowania again that's entirely up to you. 

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Idle or not so idle?

Here at program do projektowania TechRadar, we program do projektowania have access to some blindingly powerful program do projektowania computer hardware, so program do projektowania we've been able program do projektowania to have our PC running Folding@Home program do projektowania pretty much non-stop. With an AMD Ryzen program do projektowania 9 program do projektowania 3900X, we can typically finish program do projektowania a program do projektowania project every 15 minutes program do projektowania with the performance program do projektowania setting on 'Full', program do projektowania without it really affecting our work. 

Now, obviously, not everyone will program do projektowania have access to program do projektowania that level program do projektowania of hardware, but many program do projektowania desktop processors program do projektowania will be able program do projektowania to contribute program do projektowania a program do projektowania lot to the program do projektowania cause. However, no matter what level program do projektowania of program do projektowania performance you have, you'll have program do projektowania to program do projektowania decide whether or program do projektowania not to have it program do projektowania running while program do projektowania you're actually program do projektowania working. 

Depending on program do projektowania what program do projektowania kind of work program do projektowania you program do projektowania have program do projektowania to do, program do projektowania you program do projektowania can totally program do projektowania get away with running program do projektowania it while program do projektowania working, but if not, you can set program do projektowania it to program do projektowania run only when your computer is idle. program do projektowania To do this, right click program do projektowania the Folding@Home icon program do projektowania in your system tray, select program do projektowania "Web Control" program do projektowania and then program do projektowania it program do projektowania will open a browser window. program do projektowania Once you're there, you'll see a column that program do projektowania just says 'When'. From there you program do projektowania can select 'Only when idle' or program do projektowania 'While I'm working'. 

If you program do projektowania select program do projektowania 'Only when idle', program do projektowania Folding@Home will only program do projektowania do program do projektowania its thing when your program do projektowania computer program do projektowania isn't working on program do projektowania other tasks. program do projektowania If your program do projektowania daily workload involves program do projektowania a lot fo program do projektowania computationally heavy tasks, program do projektowania this is program do projektowania what we'd advise. program do projektowania We'd program do projektowania only have it program do projektowania running program do projektowania while you work if you have a program do projektowania ton of performance headroom.

And, even program do projektowania if you do have it running while you're program do projektowania working, you can go into program do projektowania the program do projektowania advanced settings by right clicking program do projektowania the icon program do projektowania in your system tray and program do projektowania selecting 'Advanced control'. 

That will program do projektowania open a window called "FAHControl". From program do projektowania there, program do projektowania click the 'Configure' button program do projektowania in the top left corner program do projektowania of the program do projektowania window. If you go program do projektowania over program do projektowania to the 'Advanced' program do projektowania tab, you'll be able to program do projektowania change the Folding program do projektowania Core Priority. It program do projektowania will default to "Lowest possible", program do projektowania and we program do projektowania advise you to leave it there. 

This will program do projektowania basically allow any other application program do projektowania you're running take priority, so program do projektowania that your program do projektowania PC doesn't lose a ton program do projektowania of resources to Folding@Home program do projektowania while you're working. program do projektowania Again, with this enabled, program do projektowania we were program do projektowania able program do projektowania to keep working with F@H program do projektowania running, program do projektowania but your mileage program do projektowania may program do projektowania vary.