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For questions concerned with the physical setup of mining hardware including power supply and heat dissipation.

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What are stale shares and what can I do to avoid them?

When I mine at a pool, only a part of my shares are accepted. There is a small percentage which is marked as stale. As far as I know I only get paid for accepted shares, so what are these stale ...
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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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Can I use Bitcoin mining as a data furnace to heat my home?

One of the waste products from Bitcoin mining is the heat that is given off by the GPUs. On cold days could this excess heat be used to warm a home, essentially creating a data furnace? When it gets ...
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How to mine in Ubuntu?

How do you mine in Ubuntu 11.04? Are there any GUI miners like poclbm-gui for Ubuntu?
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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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Could the $25/£16 Raspberry Pi computer be used to run mining equipment?

Raspberry Pi $25/£16 PC article I saw this article today and it looks like a really interesting development in budget computing. It's a $25 barebones computer that runs Linux, and can play games ...
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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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Do I need a wallet to start mining?

Oh, sorry. The question is really simple: Do I need a wallet to start mining and "keep" this bitcoins? or Can I just stay with my bitcoins in my computer?
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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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Cooling for an XPS 15 (L502x) laptop during Bitcoin Mining

I would like to know exactly where I should put my extra cooling fans around my laptop so that I can more efficiently cool while I mine bitcoins. I realize this is not optimal at the moment, but ...
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How many Watts can I safely draw from a typical US home circuit for Bitcoin mining?

Suppose I have a mining rig that draws 1,200 Watts. How many of those mining rigs can I run on a standard US home circuit? Do I need a special outlet? What is the risk of an electrical fire? What ...
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How do I fit a normal PCI-E x16 video card into a PCI-E x1 slot?

What hardware would I need to buy to fit a normal PCI-E x16 card (In my case, a R9 280x) into a normal PCI-E x1 slot?
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Power supply for Litecoin mining rig

I've been told my power supply needs to be of a good brand and have sufficient power for all the hardware, with some to spare. A 80+ gold PSU is more expensive but could be the best idea. I'm ...
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Can a Butterfly Labs Mini Rig SC cause health concerns if stored in a bedroom?

Assuming heat and noise factors are not a concern, are there any additional issues (radiation) to be concerned about? How far should this device be stored away from children's play rooms and sleeping ...
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Is it more efficient to use multiple computers when I have multiple GPUs?

I have 4 video cards: 2x 7970 & 2x 6970. This is a question of efficiency regarding MH/s. Simply, I would like to know which is better: ~1900 MH/s on one machine ~1200 MH/s and ~700 MH/s on ...
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Is mining faster with 2 GPUs in crossfire or with 2 PCs with one GPU each?

Is it faster to have 2 separate computers with the same graphics card but different specs, or one computer with 2 GPUs in crossfire? By math, they should perform the same im guessing at the same ...
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how can i do mining on vmware machine

I am new to bitcoin mining. i have gui-miner, setup a slash mining account, and i have a VM Ware machine setup for mining. i have my own reasons for using a VM Machine and not my own... now ...
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Can I mine with BFGMiner on an ATI Radeon

I have managed to connect to the pool via the command line but when I went to manage devices it says I have none. I tried to use auto and all commands to add the GPU and seemingly it will not pick it ...
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What could be the reason for one loop being significantly more power hungry on an SP20?

One of the loops on my Spondoolies SP20 is misbehaving. I underclocked everything but this loop (number 4) does not seem to care what settings I make. It seems to be running at twice the speed (and ...
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How do I mine with more GPU's than my motherboard has slots for?

I noticed pictures of some mining rigs that appeared to show GPUs hooked up to cables going to a mother board and not using pci slots. What are these cables called and how can I use them to increase ...
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What is JSON-RPC and do i need it?

I have recently finished installing the Bitcoin client. One site i was using to help guide me is called http://www.weusecoins.com/en/. On the mining guide section of that site it says, If you're ...
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How do USB ASIC Miners Work?

How do the USB ASIC miners work? Do you just plug them into a power source and they start mining? Do you have to set them up for a first time? Do you need to use a mining program still?
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How to power the Bitmain Antminer C1?

Bitmain has a new miner out that is pretty cool (water cool to be exact) called the Antminer C1. I have an S1 so I am familiar with the basic operation of the Antminers. However, I'm a bit baffled ...
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How many FPGA can be attached to one computer?

I am looking at this. Dual FPGA X6500 Mining Card Rev 3 (Without Heatsinks) So we connect the card via USB and the card will mine? Should I buy one FPGA or several ones? Where do I attach the FPGA? ...
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Locating Server-Grade PSU-to-PCIe Power Cables for Bitmain Antminers?

Does anyone know where breaker boards and cables can be purchased online that provides four PCIe 6-pin connectors to power an Antminer C1 from a server-grade power supply unit (PSU)? Background: I ...
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How do I protect my mining rig from brownouts and electrical surges?

My mining rig consumes 1,250w. What additional information do I need, or how do I shop for a product that will protect me from Brownouts and Electrical surges. I'm not interested in UPS ...
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Why does my Antminer S7 power down right after startup?

Before asking the question I'll better introduce what I am doing: I have: Antminer S7 (Bought from BitMain) BitMain PSU (Bought from BitMain) 220V & 10-16A & 3*0.75mm^2 Power Cord for the ...
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What PSU to use with antminer s7

I'm planning to buy myself a Bitmain Antminer S7 Batch 9. Unfortunately, the Bitmain PSU (APW3-12-1600-B2) is not available to me, and I need to replace it with a regular PSU from another shop. I ...
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Litecoin miner crash with no apparent reason

I have a machine with 1 R9 X280 running on Intensity 13. It ran for 2 weeks with no problems, and now it's been crashing every day, or even up to 4-5 times a day. (Crashing as in rebooting with no ...
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scrypt mining rig suggestions

i went to configmyrig.com and selected the options to hit something close to 5mh. here is a screenshot: http://s28.postimg.org/uayj19exp/Screen_Shot_2014_01_09_at_11_21_58_PM.png i'll be scrypt ...
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What requirements does a router need to fulfill to support a network of 50 miners?

I am running a network with fifty miners, and I am experiencing network problems with my current router from ASUS, because its memory fills up and it requires to restart in order to work properly. I ...
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External GPU for mining [closed]

Of course, there are lots of ASICs out there with exponentially more hashing power. But I'm not yet ready to invest and dedicate to one coin. Is there a mining solution in which one can set up an ...
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mining pcie 16x and 1x together caused rejects [closed]

I have 5 msi radeon R9 290 cards and this board https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z87PLUS/specifications/ . With 3 pcie 16x everything runs smooth but, as soon as I add the first 1x into the equation, ...
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Could i build a mining rig with these parts?

I have researched bitcoin mining for a while, and i have decided that i want to build a dedicated miner. Since i am very low on budget, I thought that maybe i could use an old computer that i have in ...
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Bitcoin mining by using solar energy. Is it possible? [closed]

I have a peculiar question concerning about bitcoin mining, for example, in Brazil it is unfeasible due to the high cost of electric power. Is it possible to do mining by using solar energy? Does ...
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PCI (no express) GPUs

I have a mining rig, with 2 PCIe (already being used) and 4 PCIs without use. I was thinking to buy a PCI based ATI card like http://www.club-3d.com/index.php/products/reader.en/product/radeon-hd-5450-...
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Parts of a Bitcoin Mining Rig

Original question: How important is a strong CPU and GPU for ASIC mining? I would assume that the GPU could be a cheap one because even if its high-end it probably won't help, and that the CPU should ...
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Adding an additional GPU for LTC mining

I've just recently started litecoin mining on a kind of old AMD GPU. My motherboard has space for 2 additional cards. I'd like to drop in a new card specifically for litecoin mining, but... I'm not ...
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Can one rig run multiple different graphics cards?

I have some 7950 and some R280, can I connect them both on one rig? Will it work normally? Or does system require all GPUs to be same?
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disregard power costs for mining in the winter? [duplicate]

My theory is that if you are mining in the winter you should discount power costs completely, since the heat generated by your miner will contribute to the heating of your home and thus cause your ...
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How to physically configure graphic card for higher yields?

If I were to purchase a motherboard with 7 pci-ex ports. Could I then attach 7 graphic cards and run 7 cgminer processes? One for each card? Or would a better build be to group cards together with ...
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Opportunity for cheap electricity | Want to create a small BTC farm | Help

I am a business owner and I know enough about BTC to believe in it and buy it. I also do understand what a blockchain is etc., but I am not an expert when it comes to the hardware. Recently I got an ...
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How Do I Stop My Voltage Converter From Overloading?

I have been trying to run miners that I obtained from Whatsminer They require 220V - 240V power source. Since I live in the United States, I have tried 110 to 220 V step up converters. I have tried 3 ...
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How do I submit hashes to a stratum URL?

I have block hashes mined from bitcoind. I want to submit it to a pool. How do I do that?
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PSU for Bitmain Asic miner

I have a S3+ ASIC miner and 500w PSU My question is that what do I need to convert a 4+4 PCI-E into a 6+2 PCI-E or two 6+2 PCI-E. Thanks in advance
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Does Bitcoin mining benefit at all from having more video memory?

Example: I am mining on a Windows computer with guiminer on an onboard gpu. Will assigning more memory to the IGP improve its performance while mining?
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Bandwidth speed for Bitcoin mining? [duplicate]

I think to setup an ASIC Ant Miner in my university apartment. I am new to Bitcoin mining and since the university network does block any Bitcoin related connections I was thinking to use my ...
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Icarus Detect Failed

I have been running raspberry PI with 4 Erupter modules connected to Pi Hub for 5 days with no problems. Yesterday I checked the modules and the idle lights were on and there was no mining. I ...
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5gpu 2psu scrypt mining rig shuts down 1hour later [closed]

I built the following rig: 5x SAPPHIRE TRI-X R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 OC (UEFI) 1x AeroCool Templarius Imperator 1150W 80 Plus Gold 1x HighPower Tech 1200w Gold Plus (HP-1200-G14C-GOLD) 1x Gigabyte GA-...
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CPU bottleneck and Scrypt mining?

Im planing to set up a small energy efficient mining rig, im planing to use a low power CPU/MOBO bundle, this is my favorite: Biostar A68I-350 (with 1 DIMM DDR3 4Gb) It takes only 18W TDP and has one ...
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