Fighting with computers

Computers are not always friendly.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Testing Kinfu (or not)

Once I realized all the work done for compiling PCL 2.0 was useless with my current graphics card I mentioned to a colleague the problem who was kind enough to lend me a Nvidia FX 5800 CUDA-enabled graphics card with 4 GB of RAM. I thought it was beyond the requirements of Kinfu so I did not bother checking it out before doing the installation.

First problem was that this card hardly fit inside my computer. Later I found out my power supply just lacked the proper connectors to power that graphics card. I asked for help and I have got a 1000W PC power supply. This one has all the connectors needed but I am not fitting it inside my computer box.

Once I was convinced of the right way of connecting the 8 pin PCI-express additional power socket, which was all but obvious to me, I fired up the system and it came up nicely. But, once again, I was defeated by the hardware: It turns out this board is not a good match for running Kinfu either. Though it has 250 cores, it lacks the computing skills needed for the job.

It was then when I realized I should have read first: This message talks about hardware requirements and this other page mentions the capabilities of different Nvidia card. Hopefully tomorrow a friend will lend me his GTX 470 that is 2.0 compliant and it should be good to go.


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