How to “Folding to Earn CureCoin Tokens”
Beginners read on to discover earning Curecoin by simply running a research app on your PC or Mac…
Advanced users fast-track to Merge Folding with FoldingCoin to earn multiple tokens concurrently…
Step 1: See the Linux Install Guide from [email protected], remembering to set up your identity and team.
Step 2: Register with the Folding Pool
Windows CPU or GPU: (Mac OSX install is similar, for Linux see Foldingathome.org)
Head over to folding.stanford.edu/start-folding/ and download the Windows installer.
Click on the “fah-installer_7.4.4_x86.exe” to download the [email protected] installer.
After downloading, start the executable either by clicking on the download or by browsing to your Downloads folder. For Chrome, the download will show up at the bottom left corner of the window. For Firefox, the download will appear under the ‘Downloads’ button at the top right of the window. In Internet Explorer, you will receive an action prompt, click on run.
After opening the application, you will be prompted with a UAC prompt, as shown below. Click on ‘Yes’:
The installer will then open.
Agree to the License Agreement:
Click through the prompts, choosing the “Express Install” option.
After clicking “Finish” on the installer, a webpage will open, prompting you for account setup. Click on “Set up an identity”, and then the “Start Folding” button.
At this point, open a new tab (Control + t) or a new window (Control + n), and browse to: http://fah-web.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/getpasskey.py. Enter your desired username (limited from 7 characters(min) to 50 characters(max)), and your email address. Then, click on the ‘Get Passkey’ button.
Check your email, and double-check that the username (at least 7, and no more than 50 characters) is spelled (including capitalization) exactly as you want it. Copy the passkey from the email (highlight the entire passkey, which should be 32 characters long, and press Control + c). Then, navigate back to the [email protected] configuration page (which popped up after installation) and fill out your username (exactly as shown in the email), “224497” for the team number, and then paste your passkey into the passkey box. Click “Save”.
Now, you should see that folding has started! If you want to earn maximum points, drag the slider from “Medium” to “Full” as shown below:
If your machine has both a CPU and one or more GPUs, they should all show on this page.
If you are happy with how the folding is performing and do not wish to do any additional tweaks, you can scroll down to the section “Pool Setup”. Please remember that, to access this folding control application in the future, you can navigate to http://folding.stanford.edu/client/. If you wish to use your computer for processor-intensive applications (such as gaming, rendering videos, etc.), you can click on the “Stop Folding” button in the web control panel to stop folding. Later, you can click on “Start Folding” to resume where you left off. Note that simply closing your browser will not stop the folding.
If you would rather have more precise control over your folders, you can navigate to the FAHControl application:
This application provides additional control over your folding, and allows you to make changes such as the number of CPU cores dedicated to folding. Right-click on items in the “Folding Slots” section to start/stop/finish jobs.
“Fold” will resume folding.
“Pause” will pause the current job.
“Finish” will finish the job, and not request a new one, until “Fold” is clicked again. After finishing, it will appear as paused.
“On Idle”will set the slot to only run when your computer is idle (not being used).
“View” will open the FAHViewer application to visualize your molecule(s) that are folding. Please note that this visualization does take up CPU/GPU cycles to calculate, and will slow down folding when opened.
Google Chrome DEPRECATED (SEE CPU and GPU INSTALL):
If you only have a CPU, you can generally get more points per day by using the Chrome-based extension. If you followed the above guide, you do NOT need to do the following steps. Skip down to “Pool Setup.”
You may have to wait a few hours for your PPD to normalize. You must complete 10 Work Units (WU) before you start to earn [email protected] bonus points – so be patient. Sometimes the PPD will not be able to report accurately until close to the end of a word unit. Also, you will not see your stats on [email protected] until you complete a WU, and you will not receive points on the folding pool until after Stanford has recorded your WU and our update system has run.
How the folding pool processes earnings
It then divides each user’s 24-hour points by the total to get their percent contribution. This percent contribution is then multiplied by the total payout for the day (3744 CURE as of 05/10/2018) and that amount is added to the account.
As a result, it is possible that you will not get any Curecoins until 48 hours after you submit a work unit.