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Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 119 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.0.64
  • Total Downloads:
    522,194
  • Date Added:
    August 15, 2013
  • File Size:
    8.04MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    30
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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This interesting screensaver doubles as a science experiment. SETI@home (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence at Home) uses the idle time of hundreds of thousands of computers to analyze data about radio or light signals emanating from the vicinity of 30,000 sunlike stars that might indicate intelligent life.

The analysis of the data results in a colorful readout on your desktop, with graphs as well as status displays of your computer's part in the project. The graphics don't move, so you might want to set your monitor to power down after a certain amount of time. The allure, of course, is that your computer may be the one to finally make contact with other life forms. Whether the project succeeds or not, this screensaver provides some nice-looking graphics, a way to get involved in science, and a great conversation starter when others look at your desktop.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"HOW TO STOP 100% CPU IS TO CONFIGURE IT !"

June 15, 2012  |  By Gheddie

 |  Version: SETI@home 5.2.1

Pros

More computers MORE data !!!

Cons

It automatically sets to 100% cpu and "allow new tasks" wich deters people from using. BUT not impossible to configure.

Summary

Simply select - project commands - under projects and click "no new tasks" wich will stop MORE from adding automaticly, if you already have one or more working, just individually select them and abort.

Another big tip, go to the tools menu and select -computing preferences- and lower the max CPU to 20% instead of 100% (default) hopefully people change their mind once they read this.

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5 stars

"Very interesting"

March 30, 2012  |  By demmerich

 |  Version: SETI@home 5.2.1

Pros

I enjoy using the program

Cons

I have no cons

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1 stars

"would not download after six tries"

May 04, 2010  |  By Janiceb430

 |  Version: SETI@home 5.2.1

Pros

never had a chance to use it.site timed out

Cons

never had a chance to use it. i t would not download

Summary

I tried down;loading this program several over a weeks period.It always times out, I never had a chance to use it. i even went to the home page to try to download it and the same thing happened.Thisi s the only program I have had trouble downloading.Very disappointing.

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1 stars

"It isn't stand-alone"

December 27, 2009  |  By nmweatherman

 |  Version: SETI@home 5.2.1

Pros

Can't think of any

Cons

Didn't work for me

Summary

I was mildly interested in the SETI, but this software requires you have another program installed, or you go on the web and find it. Too much bother.

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4 stars

"not a bad prog if run correctly...must be turned down"

December 04, 2008  |  By captrubarb01

 |  Version: SETI@home 5.2.1

Pros

nice looking screensaver

Cons

must be turned down..taxes any small computer and will raise temps

Summary

ok guys i loaded it up and it will tax you cpus and temps..get the program from seti at home and go to the preferances..all you have to do is turn things down and temps will drop back to normal mine only runs 10 to 15 degrees warmer than normal. if you dont it can skyrocket you temps and cpu cycle times..be smart and back it down and you will have a nice little program and it will connect to server easyer..i have no problem with mine and run it all day long

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5 stars

"Works Just Fine!"

October 06, 2008  |  By theOriginalGatekeeper

 |  Version: SETI@home 5.2.1

Pros

I have used this since the late 90's. NEVER HAD A PROBLEM!

Cons

Sometimes sending results takes awhile to connect to the server.

Summary

If you are curious to be a part of the project or have a more worthwhile screensaver, this is for you.

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1 stars

"have no idea"

August 31, 2008  |  By Blackpython

 |  Version: SETI@home 5.2.1

Pros

absolutly no idea

Cons

unable to download the program dispite trying numerous times

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5 stars

"search now seti on Boinc website"

May 17, 2008  |  By eole6

 |  Version: SETI@home 5.2.1

Pros

all boinc projects are interesting : not only screensavers but true science also

Cons

I search for many times, and no aliens ! :-( Wow

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4 stars

"very neat"

January 04, 2008  |  By jayw900

 |  Version: SETI@home 5.2.1

Pros

I have had this program running for 24 hours straight. There has been no issues with over-heating of my computer. My computer was built from scratch so that may or may not be the reason. The program is intensive as far as needing computing power but i'm still able to surf the web while SETI@home is running.

Cons

It may over-heat computers that meet only the minimum requirements

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1 stars

"Agree with all!"

December 13, 2007  |  By Tom Kimbrough

 |  Version: SETI@home 5.2.1

Pros

Nice idea, but...

Cons

All statements are to the "T". I tried this bugger years ago and thought my AMD 1.4 was going to fry! Anyway folks, "They" are allready here.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence at Home
Publisher web site http://www.setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/
Release Date August 15, 2013
Date Added August 15, 2013
Version 7.0.64
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 8.04MB
File Name boinc_7.0.64_windows_intelx86.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 522,194
Downloads Last Week 30
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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