SETI@home

SETI@home

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.08
  • Total Downloads:
    521,364
  • Date Added:
    April 07, 2003
  • File Size:
    8.04MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    29
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

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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  • Current Version

    4.1

    out of 71 votes

    • 5 star 55
    • 4 star 0
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 16
  • All Versions

    3.6

    out of 119 votes

    • 5 star 70
    • 4 star 6
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 36
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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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    General
    Publisher Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence at Home
    Publisher web site http://www.setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/
    Release Date April 07, 2003
    Date Added April 07, 2003
    Version 3.08
    Category
    Category Screensavers & Wallpaper
    Subcategory Screensavers
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
    Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
    Download Information
    File Size 8.04MB
    File Name boinc_7.0.64_windows_intelx86.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 521,364
    Downloads Last Week 29
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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