Is it better to mine in a virtual machine or on the desktop?
I'm mining for Bitcoins and Litecoins, and am wondering how I can get the most hashes per second without altering my hardware. If it matters, I am on a laptop. I see a couple of choices, such as:
Mining using an app on a machine used for other things (your daily computer, used for surfing the web, gaming, etc.)
So far I have tried running GUI Miner while doing other stuff. This doesn't work out well and I end up with only 32khash/s. Which of the above is the most optimal for doing this, or is there an even better choice?
My Laptop Specs
------------------ System Information ------------------ Machine name: SAMSUNG Operating System: Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_gdr.130531-1504) System Manufacturer: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. System Model: 520U4C/520U4X BIOS: P03RAL Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.5GHz Memory: 8192MB RAM Available OS Memory: 7894MB RAM Page File: 3598MB used, 5510MB available --------------- Display Devices --------------- Card name: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 Manufacturer: Intel Corporation Chip type: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family DAC type: Internal Device Type: Full Device Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0166&SUBSYS_C682144D&REV_09 Display Memory: 1664 MB Dedicated Memory: 32 MB Shared Memory: 1632 MB Current Mode: 1366 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz) Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor Monitor Id: SEC0200 Native Mode: 1366 x 768(p) (60.072Hz)