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Folding@Home - Native Folding Image


This page consists of a beta bootable CD image that consists of a native folding image which can be written to a hard disk. The bootable CD iso is meant to help simplify the process of writing the image to a disk. I also included a raw disk image for anyone who prefers to write with a different disk imaging program. The raw image included with the CD iso and the standalone raw images are the same.

The native image can also now be used with VMware. Simply create a new virtual machine and create a IDE hard disk at least 3.6GB in size. Select the bootable ISO and use the ISO to write the folding image to the virtual disk based on the instructions further below.


Updated with folding 6.34 for Core A5 support.

The image includes several 3.0.0 kernel builds optimized for different architectures.

Intel Core 2, i7, Sandy Bridge processors
AMD Barcelona processors

Kernel Features:

Supports up to 256-processors and NUMA
Supports most common IDE/SATA/SAS/SCSI controllers
Supports most common Ethernet controllers
Supports IA32 emulation

Web interface for simple folding configuration
SMP and Uni-processor support
Console support for manual folding configuration
SSH (must be enabled manually) and screen support
Web-based JSON of system and folding information
Temperature monitoring with lmsensors


Last updated: 08-20-2011
Standard Version: 1.3.4
USB Version: 1.3.4

Mirror 1 (Thanks goes to Jmtyra @ for providing a mirror of the image files)

Bootable ISO - 1.3.4
Bootable ISO - 1.3.4 USB Stick
Raw Image 7z - 1.3.4
Raw Image xz - 1.3.4
Raw Image 7z - 1.3.4 USB Stick
Raw Image xz - 1.3.4 USB Stick


Bootable ISO - 1.3.4
Bootable ISO - 1.3.4 USB Stick
Raw Image 7z - 1.3.4
Raw Image xz - 1.3.4
Raw Image 7z - 1.3.4 USB Stick
Raw Image xz - 1.3.4 USB Stick


Compiled The Kraken 0.6 x86_64 (Thanks to tear for creating this great tool)

The raw images can be written with a disk imaging program like SelfImage or dd and the bootable ISO includes the same raw image.

Alternative Kernels

I built an extra set of kernels for the native Linux image that use BFS scheduler. One command to install:

Kernel 3.0.1 BFS 406

Kernel 2.6.39 BFS 404

Installation by ISO

1) Write the ISO image to a CD.

2) Make sure that only the CDROM and the one hard drive that you want to overwrite with the image are connected to the motherboard.
This is to prevent accidental overwriting of the wrong hard drive.

3) Bootup the system with the CD. Hit Enter at the boot menu.

4) After bootup, the image will give some basic instructions. Enter the command list to see a list of disks found. This will help you
determine where to write the image to. If you have only the CDROM and one hard disk connected, then only these two devices should 
show up in the list.

5) Write the image using the command write sdx. Replace sdx with the disk shown by the list command. For example, the name may be
hdb or sdb depending on system configuration. This will overwrite the first 8GB of the disk you enter. Make sure
this is what you want to do before proceeding.

6) The write process may take 10-20 minutes. When finished, enter the command reboot and remove the CD. The folding image should 
now boot via the hard disk. On boot you have 10-seconds to select which kernel to start. There is a kernel for Intel and AMD processors. 
The web configuration has the option to set one of the kernels as default.

7) The image will tell you how to access the web configuration and setup a monitoring program like FahMon or HFM.NET. The web 
configuration is optional and the folding client can be started from the console if desired. Please view my new folding installation page
for additional details and screenshots.
Folding Images Installation Guide


Native Linux Image ChangeLog

GNU License

The Linux image software is covered under the GNU General Public License Version 2