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Old 2019-01-03, 06:52   #5
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Firstly, Welcome to GIMPS. We hope you have fun.

If you want to find a new world record prime, don't worry you are in the right place.

Note that the first number that you were assigned to check was almost certainly a double check. This helps us verify that no error overlooked a prime and checks your machine. Prime95 finds faults in machines all the time, even new ones. I had a brand new major brand computer fail testing right out of the box. I returned it for a replacement, that one passed. So, please consider letting the test run through to the end. You might get another double check on occasion to make sure your machine is still ok.

Right now all new first time checks being handed out are in the world record range. So, there is no need to make special requests.

If you are wanting to try to find the first 100 million digit prime, like George said it will take quite a while (several months). Let Prime95 check your machine with a double check first. Then set it to do the PRP test on it (hint look through the menus and settings). Also, many of the lowest numbers in the 100M digit range are assigned or have known factors. Check its status first. Also, there are ways to get an assignment like you want without doing the lookup work yourself (look at Manual assignments on the server.)

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