Pscout could you link me to the exact standard clients (text only) you are talking about.
How do i know im running big packets?
It is the second one showing on the top of the download page
"Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista text-only console (with built-in Windows-service-install option)"
The first time you run the client you will configure it and when it asks for "accept receipt of work assisnments and return results > 5 MB " answer 'yes'.
You can also look at the client.cfg you have with notepad (free notetab is better since it handles unix formatted files properly) and it should have a line "bigpackets=yes". DO NOT Open/save with Wordpad ... it WILL CORRUPT THE FILE and the client will run with all defaiult values including username and team #.
The supported way to look at your client.cfg settings is to run the clinet with the '-configonly' flag. It will display current or default settings, whatever is currently set and you can change them if you need to ... with -configonly the client ends after the config prompts without downloading a new wu or starting an existing one so you can run it as often as you need to but you can only have 1 client running at a time in a directory and with its own machine id (which is the last prompt under advanced setting prompt).