Questions tagged [miner-configuration]

This tag should be used for questions about configuring and optimizing the software settings on mining rigs.

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How can I start mining Bitcoin?

Ok. I don't care if I make only a small amount of bitcoins mining. I want to mine. How do I setup my machine (amd x64 4.6Ghz 6GB/RAM with GeForce Nvidia 7300, LinuxMint 10) to start mining? Is it ...
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What open source miner applications are there?

What open source miner applications are there? Especially to see how the mining process works.
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Are there any Mining OS to be started from USB?

Considering my PC as a mining rig I don't want to install anything on HD. Setting up a system with full GUI mining capabilites (proprietary drivers, OpenCL, ...) can take some time. An out of the box ...
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Fastest CPU Miner

I have a Windows Server with 20 cores at 2.10 Ghz (AMD Opteron 4171 HE). I am currently using Ufasoft CPU miner and getting about 35 Mhash/s. I want to know what is the fastest CPU miner that I can ...
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What software/hardware is required to mine with an FPGA?

I have been looking for a device that would allow me to mine Bitcoins without too much noise and heat. Something relatively small that I could keep in a shelf without worrying too much about it. A ...
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Why does merely having Windows Media Player open double my GPU hashrate?

I'm using poclbm to mine under Windows... processor is an AMD A6-3400M with integrated Radeon HD 6250G GPU. When Windows Media Player is closed, I get a rate of 16 megahashes/second, but when it is ...
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How to solo-mine bitcoins with bfgminer?

I'm completely new to Bitcoin, so my understanding of mining is still improving. I downloaded BFGMiner, and now I would like to perform some solo mining. (I would rather have it use my GPU, but if a ...
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How do I solo mine on a mac?

I know it's pointless. I just want to learn how to do it. Are there any guides out there?
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Mining behind a proxy and restrictive firewall (only http ports allowed) - possible?

I have a very restrictive firewall with an additional proxy here. Is there a GPU mining tool out there that supports proxy server? The best would be a SSL connection to the mining pool. A long living ...
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Miners, did Catalyst version 11.9 fix CPU usage issue for you?

Miners, did the new Catalyst version 11.9 fix 100% CPU usage issue for you? what's the best version of Catalyst to use for mining?
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What is mining intensity?

Both Bitcoin and Litecoin have an intensity setting when mining. What does this mean?
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What does the `gen` option in bitcoin.conf do?

The gen option isnt copiously described in the sample bitcoin.conf file ... does that mean that the daemon started up will attempt to mine for coins?
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Is it impossible to GPU mine without OpenCL?

I have an Nvidia 7300 GX and want to start mining with it. This card doesn't support OpenCL. Can I still use it for mining? With BitMinter I can only use CPU mining; it doesn't see the Nvidia card. I ...
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The bitcoind 'gen=0' setting - implications?

I have read that when running a simple standalone instance of 'bitcoind', you should generally use 'gen=0', since it's highly unlikely you'll ever mine a block on your own. What I don't fully ...
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how to start mining with FPGA

I found that in my university there are some FPGA's available to test and to play with. I am a software/web programmer and I have never been working with verilog or whatever is used to program FPGA. ...
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How to connect to RPCPORT=9332 via LAN

I edited litecoin.conf file... To this: testnet=0 rcpuser=user rpcpassowrd=pass rpcport=9332 server=1 I use minerd with litecoind and when I try to connect to the local machine 127.0.0.1:9332 ...
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Why should I use multiple workers?

Why should I use multiple workers for different computers? In which case should I create another worker?
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Does my wallet need to be unlocked to mine?

Currently I am mining at around 775Mh/s and have been for only 12 hours. I want to make sure everything is setup properly. I have encrypted my wallet and Bitcoin is reporting that the wallet is ...
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Can a miner remain anonymous?

Can you differentiate the miners from the normal clients, by doing some frequency analysis on ip-addresses that announce new blocks? Or will the new block propagate so fast around the network by ...
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How does one mine Namecoins?

In order to mine Bitcoins, one needs to start the bitcoind with "-server" flag and later request from it a getwork to solve. Does the Namecoin client operate in the same way, or is there some specific ...
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Can I use one graphics card for games and one for Bitcoin mining, without losing performance?

I have a GTX660 right now, but I bought an R9 290x recently. I was wondering if I can leave both in my pc and use one (the GTX660) for Bitcoin mining and one (the R9 290x) for everything else (mostly ...
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How to start pool mining in Linux

I have read numerous how-to and tutorials (most of them outdated) on how to simply start mining on a pool and I wasn't be able to do it. Could someone simply describe/enumerate how can someone start ...
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Port forwarding for pooled mining?

It does not seem to be necessary but does it help to use port forwarding for pooled mining? I mean forwarding the same port as the pool port on the incoming side of my router to the rig.
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Quick and easy mining on OS X

I am new to Bitcoins, and I'd like to get started mining, but I'm on OS X. I've tried several different mining applications, and none of them have worked for me. I've got nothing but errors. Is there ...
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Created genesis block and set up node. How to mine?

Everything seems to be going well creating my altcoin for fun. I forked the BlackCoin source on Ubuntu, successfully mined a genesis block, recompiled. I bought a droplet over on digitalocean running ...
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CPU Mining: Optimal Number of Threads

(I guess this question in principle applies likewise to Bitcoin, but given how un-profitable CPU mining of Bitcoin seems to be, this question actually arose with regards to Yacoin mining). I am ...
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Better or worse to mine multiple workers on one machine?

I use cgminer on Ubuntu 12.10 to mine bitcoins in the 50BTC pool. I have three workers set up. If I run multiple instances of cgminer, each targeted at their respective workers (1, 2, and 3), would ...
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Creating Mining Competition on regtest

As we know , Bitcoin core-Regtest is used to set up our own blockchain starting from Genesis Block. I have created Two nodes on my localhost running on different ports (I am using Windows 8.1). They ...
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Is it still possible to do cpu mining for experimenting?

Commercially speaking I know it worse than pointless! But please, be gentle and don't remind me. Neither bother about being insulting or patronizing because I ask such a 'stupid' question. Thank you ...
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Slow but effective mining as a learning tool

Most discussion about mining is from the perspective of serious Bitcoin users who are trying to profit from it. I’m curious to try mining, only to experiment and become more familiar with ...
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BAMT Email Alerts Setup

I have BAMT running on my rig but I don't think the email alerts are working, possibly due to a bad config. I would like to use Google's SMTP server if possible (or any other free SMTP provider) but ...
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Which mining software/script provides the greatest MHash/sec and power efficiency balance?

Hopefully this is not too specific.. Which mining software/script provides the greatest MHash/sec and power efficiency balance? (I'm currently using an old version of phoenix miner) Preferably for ...
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How is mining the exact same hash on every computer avoided?

How does the mining clients make sure that the seeds are not the exact same computed on every mining rig in the world with for example a GTX 1080 with the same speed? So that it is not the quickest ...
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Is it possible (not feasible) to mine bitcoins with Bitcoin Core v0.21.1?

Before you tell me, yes, I'm aware CPU mining is dead in 2021 and attempting to do so will likely just burn CPU time for no good reason. However, my question is not whether mining is feasible, but ...
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No OpenCL platforms found?

Is it possible to mine with Nvidia Quadro 600? Both GUIMiner and DiabloMiner report that no OpenCL platforms/devices were found. How can I check if GPU has OpenCL?
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bitcoind getmininginfo says hashespersec is 0

I started mining yesterday on a low-end system, trying to figure out how it works. I used the bincoind build from Debian. When I try bitcoind getmininginfo today, I get the following output. { "...
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Mining on the testnet: how to configure bitcoin-qt?

I am trying to generate some coins with the client ./bitcoin-qt -testnet -gen How can I config to what address the money go ? p.s.: actually I got notification for mining success but no coins in ...
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Is there any way to install a GPU miner on ubuntu without using the proprietary drivers?

The question pretty much says it all. Any way to install a GPU miner (ATI) without A) Installing fglrx (which is a very bad driver for everyday use, and breaks my dual-monitor setup) B) Installing ...
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Help locating bottleneck on new mining rig

I built a mining rig with 3 Radeon 6850 GPUs. When I run one miner (either Phoenix or m0mchil's poclbm) it reports a hash rate of a little over 200 Mhash/sec. When I fire up a second miner pointed ...
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What is the difference between Gridseed ASIC and Scrypt ASIC

If you mine in wemineltc pool you have probably noticed that there are two different stratum server for ASIC miners here are the urls So my question is that what is the difference between an ...
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BFGMiner + CGMiner solo mining, how to specify payout address

I am currently trying my luck at solo mining a few types of crypto-currencies. My question is why does BFGMiner require a --coinbase-addr- argument for solo mining to know where to payout rewards to ...
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Testnet Bitcoin Generation Time

2 Parts to this. 1st - What is a typical winning block (I get coins) generation time when running on testnet. Ive done numbers with calculators and all that but given I cant work out accurately ...
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Litecoin mining 10 times slower than a couple of days ago

I have a 5850, and have been mining with it for about a week. With GuiMiner I can mine bitcoins at about 275Mhash/s. This has not changed. A couple of days ago I setup Litecoin mining and it was ...
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Mining Litecoins as User in Debian

I followed this tutorial https://litecoin.info/Debian_Linux_cryptocoin_mining_rig_setup_guide and set up a Mining rig (Debian 6.0.10). Sometimes I modified it (downloaded later graphics drivers than ...
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AMD HD6850 mining speed is very slow

According to litecoin.info/Mining_Hardware_Comparison, 6850 is 200+kH/s But I run speed is 17.28K/14.39Kh/s, what's wrong?? cgminer version 3.5.0 - Started: [2013-11-30 17:08:22] --------------------...
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What's the advantage to requesting a higher difficulty when mining?

I've seen pools recommend higher difficulties for higher-speed hardware - what's the benefit (for either the pool or the miner) in doing so?
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Can one manually type the mined block on bitcoin core and broadcast it?

I get that all miners compete to find the block first, which is then broadcasted to other nodes who then verify it. But what spikes my interest is would it be possible to broadcast the block to the ...
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How can I mine PeerCoin?

I was wondering how I could mine peercoin - I already have experience mining Bitcoins and Litecoins, yet I can't seem to find any software where I can mine them - I would like to be able to mine them ...
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Get the slush stratum proxy working on a mac

Title says it all - can anyone walk me through setting this up on a mac? I ran the linux python install script but i'm guessing i'm missing a few dependencies as it failed on me. edit: there are ...
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How can I participate in a mining pool that is mining Litecoins?

To date I've only participated in mining GPU-optimised crypto currencies. I wondered what happens when I pointed my GPU miner to a Litecoin mining pool worker, Litecoin being designed to be optimised ...
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