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Folding@Home allows you to donate your unused computing power to perform complex protein folding in an effort to find cures for diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease, Cancer and Parkinson's Disease.

By installing a small application on your computer, whenever your computer is idle, the unused CPU power will be harnessed to perform these calculations. The performance of your computer is not greatly affected, because the priority of the Folding@Home application is set at low levels and it will simply stop working whenever you start to work on something else.

In addition to helping a good cause, Folding@Home will also provide a good stress test for your CPU (for example, to check if your overclocking is stable). A version of Folding@Home is also available for the PS3!

Digital Digest supports Folding@Home, and our forum members have set up a Folding@Home team, The DVF Grim Rippers (team number 51205), in which you can join and start helping out. As of the 20th of August 2007, the DVF Grim Rippers are ranked in the top 700 of all teams on the Internet, and have contributed more than 2600 work units to the project.

This document will provide an introduction to Folding@Home, with some tips on how you can start folding today.


Download Folding@Home

There are several Folding@Home downloads, each designed for a particular type of computer (and the PS3). You can download all the version of the Folding@Home application on this page.

There are versions of Folding@Home for different versions of Windows, some are accelerated by your GPU, and some supports multi-core/SMP configurations. There are also Linux and Mac OS X version, and there is even one for the PS3.

The table below provides information on which Windows version to use, and also a link on how to install and setup that particular version.

Table of Windows Folding@Home Downloads
Download: Usage: Instructions:
2000/XP/Vista Graphical client
  • For single core/non HyperThreaded CPUs
  • Easiest to install and use
  • Not the most efficient due to GUI using resources

Setup Instructions

Windows 98/ME Graphical client
  • For single core/non HT CPUs
  • Easiest to install and use
  • Not the most efficient due to GUI using resources

Setup Instructions

Windows text-only console client
  • For single core/non HT CPUs
  • Slightly more difficult to install
  • The "no nonsense", command line version

Setup Instructions

Windows XP/Vista GPU Graphical client
  • For single core/non HT CPUs
  • For people with ATI GPUs (currently supported: ATI Radeon X16xx, X18xx, X19xx only!)
  • Not the most efficient due to GUI using resources

Setup Instructions

Windows XP/Vista GPU console client
  • For single core/non HT CPUs
  • For people with ATI GPUs (currently supported: ATI Radeon X16xx, X18xx, X19xx only!)
  • The "no nonsense", command line version

Setup Instructions

Windows 2000/XP/Vista SMP console client
  • For HT/dual/quad/multi core CPUs
  • The "no nonsense", command line version

Setup Instructions


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