Stale shares are the shares that were sent after a block was already solved, that is to say, they were sent late and were no longer valid. To avoid stale shares, best to have a reasonably fast mining rig (so you won't take too long to calculate a share, probably not a problem for most machines), reliable internet connection (stable, not necessarily fast), ...
A stale share occurs when you find a share and submit it to the mining pool after the pool has already moved on to the next block. The percentage of stale shares should be very low if everything's working correct, around 2 out of 1,000 shares or so.
Several factors affect the stale share rate. The three most important are long polling, pool load, and miner-...
Yes, you can use a Bitcoin mining rig to heat your home.
Whether or not it's worth doing depends on a number of things, such as:
Whether you have a heat pump, or would otherwise install a heat pump (they generally give you 3kW of heat for around 1kW of electricity)
Whether of not you have other heating that is more cost effective than electric heating (eg ...
GUIminer can be run on linux, although the process (described in the official thread) is somewhat complicated. To summarise that post, you will need to:
Get the source code from GitHub:
git clone https://github.com/Kiv/poclbm
Install OpenCL drivers and PyOpenCL.
sudo apt-get install python-wxtools
jzgarzik wrote a very basic miner in Python. It is slow on purpose, because it shows how a simple miner works (and the mining process). It can also be reused as boilerplate code (the getwork JSON-RPC command).
The official list is on The Wiki and is constantly being modified since new software shows up fairly often, but here's the quick breakdown:
Poclbm - Python/OpenCL GPU miner (GUI)
DiabloMiner - Java/OpenCL GPU miner (MAC OS X GUI)
RPC Miner - remote RPC miner (MAC OS X GUI)
Phoenix miner - miner
Cpu Miner - miner
Ufasoft miner - miner
Pyminer - Python miner, ...
You would need a computer to program the FPGA, obtain the work units, distribute them to the FPGAs, collect the shares, and submit them back. If you're not using a mining pool, you'll also need the computer to generate the work unit, assemble solved blocks, and submit them to the Bitcoin network.
The computer won't be doing that much work. So you can use a ...
The above answers are good but one thing I would add is that hashing rate affect stale share %.
Why? Because with a faster miner a smaller % of shares are even "at risk" of being stale.
Pools only pay for completed shares. A block is found on average every 10 minutes so in that 10 minute window the last share is the one at risk of being stale. Now the ...
LinuxCoin is probably the closest thing to what you're looking for. According to the wiki, Linuxcoin is:
A lightweight Debian-based OS which includes in the image everything
that is necessary to run as a Bitcoin client and everything needed to
get started mining on ATI hardware.
Edit: It may also be worth looking into BAMT if your operation is of ...
Yes and no.
As far as FPGAs are concerned, I see no reason why you should not, technically, be able to handle a getwork on one of these and pass the work units to one or more FPGAs via USB.
These units do not, however, have a PCIe slot nor do they have any connectors which, to my knowledge, are capable of connecting to an external PCIe enclosure box, so ...
There isn't a single "standard" for residential circuits in the U.S. but there might be a typical circuit, such as 20 amps.
As far as plug connections, don't use light-duty extension cords; make sure they are rated for high amperage, say 20amps. Generally if you are plugging directly into an outlet then the total power drawn can be done safely up to 80% (...
They do indeed perform exactly the same
Crossfire is not encouraged as it gives no advantage and may impact your overall performance. The computation is done in parallel on each card so there is no need for them to communicate among each other.
This is a question of efficiency regarding MH/s. Simply, I would like to know which is better
It doesn't matter. Every hash has an equal probability of finding a block. However, that being said, there's some hidden teeth:
Putting graphics cards together will make them harder to cool.
Putting them in multiple computers will use more electricity - all ...
The JSON-RPC interface is a way for other programs to interact with Bitcoin-Qt or bitcoind while it's running. It's useful for doing things like mining or building a web site that needs to talk to the Bitcoin network directly. Most users don't need to worry about it or set it up.
You need a PCI Express (PCI-e) x1 to x16 Riser adaptor cable like this one:
Bear in mind that some graphics cards draw a lot of power, and I've seen photos of cables that have overheated because they couldn't handle the load. The linked one above may have solved this issue by ...
Doing it that way for an FPGA or ASIC would be very easy, once you have the FPGA or ASIC. All you need to talk to an FPGA or ASIC is a USB port and the software required is very simple. You would need a PC somewhere to act as the mining controller. Of course, if you're mining in a pool, the pool provides the controller, so no issues there.
Using a GPU is a ...
You don't need a wallet if you are mining at a pool. The coins are kept at your account in their website and you can use them from there. If you want to transfer them to your computer, then yes, you need to download the bitcoin client which automatically creates a wallet for you.
If you are solo mining (which is not recommended unless you have lots of GPUs) ...
With the advent of ASICs, Bitcoin GPU mining is no longer profitable. I would recommend mining a Scrypt coin such as Dogecoin or Litecoin. (You can then trade it in for Bitcoin on an exchange, if you prefer.)
To answer your original question, yes, you can use one card for mining and the other for actually running the computer.
ASICs might make a data furnace idea easier since they take up much less space to generate high hash rates per watt. The Block Erupter USB project puts an ASIC in a powered USB stick package. Imagine a series of these ASICs coupled to a standard home baseboard radiator heat sink and controlled by a low power Rasberry Pi computer with Wifi to the net.
I live in Florida so it's not very cold but when it does dip down I just start mining :D and tuck myself into bed!
By the way, most people have to pay for electricity to heat their homes anyway so the fact you get Bitcoins is just an added bonus to the mining-for-heating!
Mining on a GPU, especially on less powerful ones like the ones found in laptops is highly inefficient. You can find out exactly how much you can potentially earn or lose from various Bitcoin calculators, like mine for example.
If you are worried about overheating your laptop and just want to test what mining is all about, you could also lower your hashrate,...
First the bad news: your Motherboard appears not to have a PCI-E Slot, which is required to fit any modern GPU. On the other hand for the price of a single GPU you can order more than 1 ASIC miner with lower power consumption, i.e., cheaper to run, and more computational power.
I'd wait until the first ones actually ship, though.
You can actually pick up a PCI to PCI-E 1x (open end) adapter and plug in any video card you want. Then use a PCI-E 1x to 16x adapter. This is an example, but there are cheaper ones out there.
to determine if they're being detected properly, use the 'lsusb' command.
Here's what they should look like if your system is detecting them properly (I run mine in a VM running Ubuntu:
$ sudo lsusb
[sudo] password for majorminer:
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0e0f:0003 VMware, Inc. Virtual Mouse
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0e0f:0002 VMware, Inc. Virtual USB Hub
It largely depends on what machine you want to power with those solar panels. You're definitely going nowhere with GPU based mining. As PCs consume a huge lot of energy, and those who don't, are equipped with Atom and Intel graphics, meaning mining won't get you far with that equipment.
However, it may be possible to run a USB ASIC miner based on a ...
The specifications of the computer between the internet and the miners has to be fast enough to handle all the communication between both, but other than that, any extra capacity will remain unused by this host computer. A Pentium 4 might be enough if you run a Linux OS, but if you plan on using Windows 7 or higher, it will not be fast enough. Using a ...