I have 6 miners, all with 3 R9 280x's.
(Yes, not bitcoin mining, but there isn't a general mining stack site and it still uses cgminer so it's relevant)
I've been working on getting them running stable for months, I now run CGWatcher on each miner to manage CGMiner. And I use CGRemote + Teamviewer to keep an eye on all the miners from a central computer.
Anyway, I've been having lots of problems and I feel like what I really need is a better understanding of how mining works. For example: what is a share?
I've tried reading explanations online but none of them make any sense to me, what is a block chain? I'm not a 5th grader, but explain it to me like I am. I understand some things, but not everything and to be able to tackle all the problems, I really need a complete understanding of the mining process.
I understand a decent amount of things, but really the reason I need this is because I recently started solo mining and I need to know what my miners are doing because I'm not constantly getting accepted shares like with pool mining, so how do I even know the miners are working at all? Because I'm not getting anywhere near the payout I should be getting.
I'm currently mining Digitalcoin, which currently has a difficulty of 8, so you can imagine that with 12 MH/s on average I should be making a lot of DGC, but I'm not.