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Default Re: question regarding comma

In the first sentence, the non-finite clause is additional information - a sort of afterthought. the comma reflects the dramatic pause that would probably occur in speech between the two thought groups.

In the second sentence the non-finite clause is an integral part of what the speaker wants to say. There is a single thought group, and there would be no pause. And so there's no comma.
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