It seems to be pretty clear that CPU/GPU mining is obsolete for the big fellas (Litecoin, Bitcoin, Ethereum, arguably Dogecoin). This is a bummer for beginners like myself cause I'm keen to dive in and get my PC grinding away at the digital coalface like it's 2009.
I've decided that I want to mine a bunch of altcoins and completely disregard short-term profitability (mining BTC wasn't profitable in 2009, but look at how much it's worth now!).
My actual question: Exactly how does one go about solo mining altcoins? Is the process the same as mining bitcoin, litecoin, dogecoin, ethereum etc? What program do you need to download and how easy is it to configure? I ask because I have had zero luck even getting set up with mining these more mainstream coins. I was really hoping for a "download program, punch in your wallet code and go" situation, but instead I've had to muck around with mining pools and heaps of complicated settings and I can never get it working. Some guidance would be appreciated