Whenever I set up my local render farm one of my computers stops rendering for no apparent reason. Can you help?
I set up the “farm” with my desktop, my wife’s desktop, and her laptop (amazing what she’ll let you use, if you listen to her, make up the bed, and clear your “honeydew list”, before “Blendering”).
Her desktop and mine both use Windows 7, her laptop uses Windows 8.
Anyway, using Ira Krakow’s Free Blender 3D Render Farm Tutorial (cf.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJWFRFystJU in which all the computers have Blender 2.68a open. They all use the same blender file and render PNG files to a mapped hard drive on my PC. The Overwrite option is disabled and the File Extension and Placeholder options are both enabled on all computers. However, my wife’s desktop will render 1, 2, sometimes 20 frames or more, but then will simply stop rendering. Pressing Cntl+F12 starts it again with the same results, i.e., stops rendering at any given time.
So my current workaround is to “babysit” her desktop, and hit Cntl+F12 when it takes an “unauthorized break”.
My PC and her laptop usually just continues right along, with no issues whatsoever. But the missus’s desktop “has a strong union” and renders as long as it sees fits.