Some problems in 10.8

Works fine in 10.7


Supports iCloud

Secured by Gatekeeper

Supports retina graphics

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BOINC is a program that lets you donate your idle computer time to science projects like SETI@home,, Rosetta@home, World Community Grid, and many others.

Version 7.0.31
Developer University of California at Berkeley
Status Some problems

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BOINC version 7.0.31 CPU work units works fine, but GPU will not be detected even with compatible nVidia GPU and CUDA drivers installed. It will report missing GPU.

However, turning off 'automatic graphics switching' in the 'energy saver' section of system preferences (and rebooting) makes it all work.

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alan buxeyalan buxeyAnonymous 24 Aug 2012 21:11

same issue with 7.0.31 (which works fine on mountain Lion)…. but the issue
is simple - its the graphics borks up the CUDA driver system.

so just disable graphics switching (hey, you really only want to run BOINC when not on battery anyway ;-) ) in

system Preferences -> Energy Saver , turn off 'automatic graphics switching'

reboot, et voila - BOINC with GPU power again.

not sure whose bug this is - I expect its Apples as ALL GPU apps do the same :-|


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Lion (10.7) Comments

[ Alistair Israel]Alistair Israelaisrael 22 Jul 2011 04:19

If you already have BOINC installed then upgrade to Lion, you might get an error after rebooting about BOINC being unable to start due to a permissions issue.

The fix is simple: just reinstall BOINC

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