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1  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: June 25, 2022, 11:14:55 PM
Finally have all 16 online!  Grin

Each "workername" has a "Full" version with 3 Standards attached!

85% power and 60 Frequency!

   "workername": "x.ApolloBTC1",
   "hashrate1m": "13T",
   "hashrate5m": "13T",
   "hashrate1hr": "13T",
   "hashrate1d": "12.9T",
   "hashrate7d": "6.08T",
   "lastshare": 1655261006,
   "shares": 1150554964,
   "bestshare": 1067318666.263625,
   "bestever": 1067318666
  },
  {
   "workername": "x.ApolloBTC2",
   "hashrate1m": "13.1T",
   "hashrate5m": "13.8T",
   "hashrate1hr": "13.2T",
   "hashrate1d": "13.1T",
   "hashrate7d": "6.13T",
   "lastshare": 1655261008,
   "shares": 1160196367,
   "bestshare": 5705086819.772847,
   "bestever": 5705086819
  },
  {
   "workername": "x.ApolloBTC3",
   "hashrate1m": "15T",
   "hashrate5m": "13.9T",
   "hashrate1hr": "13.2T",
   "hashrate1d": "13T",
   "hashrate7d": "6.09T",
   "lastshare": 1655261007,
   "shares": 1149377795,
   "bestshare": 1561958236.972086,
   "bestever": 1561958236
  },
  {
   "workername": "x.ApolloBTC4",
   "hashrate1m": "14T",
   "hashrate5m": "13.2T",
   "hashrate1hr": "12.3T",
   "hashrate1d": "6.96T",
   "hashrate7d": "3.09T",
   "lastshare": 1655261008,
   "shares": 581432584,
   "bestshare": 2545683025.957528,
   "bestever": 2545683025

Lets see a pic of that setup!
2  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: June 13, 2022, 08:27:50 PM
I have the complete controller with a 512 GB memory. Can I just swap that out with a 1TB card without any problems? Can someone suggest which one/type to use?

Thanks in advance!

I did it and is was not that easy. I cloned it then the 1tb was cut off at 512gb so I expanded the partition to 900gb leaving 100gb empty , It should be good for at least 3 -4 years

I used a crucial since my gear came with a crucial.

https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-NAND-NVMe-PCIe-2400MB/dp/B089DNM8LR/ref=sxts_rp_s_1_0?

$85 at amazon


or 2tb for 170

https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-NAND-NVMe-PCIe-2400MB/dp/B08GVDNTGJ/ref=sxts_rp_s_1_0?th=1

You dont need to clone it. Just swap out the SSD then press the format button in settings section of the UI.
3  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: June 11, 2022, 03:38:51 AM
I think I need to repeat my question Smiley at the moment my units run with Raspberry PI4 and I don't like it because of more cables flying around.
Can I replace Orange Pi4 with Orange PI4 LTS and flash it with publicly available Apollo BTC image? Will it work?
Nope, it won't work. It's compiled for a different chip.

What kind of PI board is installed in last batch of full units? Orange PI4 seems to be not available anymore.
Orange Pi 4. At least in batch 3, since that's what I have. I also don't think they changed it in batch 4, otherwise there would be binaries available for a new SBC in the mega folder.

Apollo BTC SD Card Image/OS Download and Install

Folder for all Apollo BTC Image Releases: https://mega.nz/folder/ZlxnwYZb#ZN77cDAcXa6dN_2QKSdT_Q
[...]

Batch 4 will use our custom version of the LTS board, so we will be providing an image that should also work with the generic LTS board as well.
4  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Announcing the FutureBit Apollo BTC - A Full Node/Mining Platform for the Home! on: June 10, 2022, 11:00:20 PM
FYI Batch 4 is live on our shop. Production is already underway for these and should start shipping next month. We gave ourselves a 3 month leeway for Q3 deliveries to make sure we were actually not a month late like every other pre-order in the past  Grin
5  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: June 07, 2022, 05:15:41 PM

Do you mean changing the port number in the binary? Or just in the command-line argument?

Just change the port number in the command line argument.

It would be great if you could point out what changed between stock DTS and your DTS; I can't yet figure it out.

Decompile the two DTS and do a compare if you really want to know Wink
6  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: June 07, 2022, 04:16:15 PM
Hey @jstefanop and @crypto_curious, I'm trying to mount the NVMe from a custom Linux install on another microSD card and it just doesn't show up in lsblk or elsewhere.
Does the 'Futurebit OS' have a special driver included or anything like that to recognize the small daughterboard which connects the NVMe SSD to the SBC?

Edit: It seems an OpenSUSE / JeOS specific issue. With ARMbian for Orange Pi 4 it works nicely.

But if there's any information you can share about accessing the hashboard through the internal connection, I'd really appreciate it!

Yea you could technically run the whole UI off a rasberry pi (or any ARM SBC with a UART port for that matter), or simply run it off the USB port if you dont want to deal with setting up the internal UART. I should probably post the board connector pinout for anyone that wants to do this. Will probably release a pi image at some point as well (or at least update the installer so its a one step RPI installation).
Oh, it's internal UART, alright. Would it be possible to know how to 'activate' it?

I can see on 'Futurebit OS', it's activated, while on my Armbian SD card it's not.
Code:
root@futurebit-btc:/boot/dtb/rockchip/overlay# dmesg | grep tty
[    0.000000] Kernel command line: root=UUID=98eceb4e-f6db-4229-bee6-b02137879d0c rootwait rootfstype=ext4 bootsplash.bootfile=bootsplash.armbian console=ttyS2,1500000 console=tty1 consoleblank=0 loglevel=1 ubootpart=37857158-01 usb-storage.quirks=0x2537:0x1066:u,0x2537:0x1068:u   cgroup_enable=cpuset cgroup_memory=1 cgroup_enable=memory swapaccount=1
[    0.001497] printk: console [tty1] enabled
[    2.729455] ff180000.serial: ttyS0 at MMIO 0xff180000 (irq = 47, base_baud = 1500000) is a 16550A
[    2.729630] serial serial0: tty port ttyS0 registered
[    2.730549] ff1a0000.serial: ttyS1 at MMIO 0xff1a0000 (irq = 48, base_baud = 1500000) is a 16550A
[    2.731757] ff370000.serial: ttyS4 at MMIO 0xff370000 (irq = 50, base_baud = 1500000) is a 16550A

I need stock Armbian to recognize ttyS1... Huh

Edit 2: I changed a few things as I noticed you swapped uart1 and uart2 in your Futurebit OS.
Code:
sudo dtc -I dtb -O dts /boot/dtb/rockchip/rk3399-orangepi-4.dtb -o /boot/dtb/rockchip/rk3399-orangepi-4.dts
sudo vim /boot/dtb/rockchip/rk3399-orangepi-4.dts
sudo dtc -I dts -O dtb /boot/dtb/rockchip/rk3399-orangepi-4.dts -o /boot/dtb/rockchip/rk3399-orangepi-4.dtb
Now, a ttyS1 device shows up, but I'm not sure everything's correct. The miner binary doesn't recognize it yet. The IRQ is probably wrong (wrong pin).
Code:
:% dmesg | grep tty
[    0.000000] Kernel command line: root=UUID=3398764f-7f34-4184-b0c2-c76e0b416579 rootwait rootfstype=ext4 console=ttyS2,1500000 console=tty1 consoleblank=0 loglevel=1 ubootpart=c257b905-01 usb-storage.quirks=0x2537:0x1066:u,0x2537:0x1068:u   cgroup_enable=cpuset cgroup_memory=1 cgroup_enable=memory swapaccount=1
[    0.002018] printk: console [tty1] enabled
[    1.530133] ff180000.serial: ttyS0 at MMIO 0xff180000 (irq = 44, base_baud = 1500000) is a 16550A
[    1.530315] serial serial0: tty port ttyS0 registered
[    1.531269] ff1a0000.serial: ttyS1 at MMIO 0xff1a0000 (irq = 45, base_baud = 1500000) is a 16550A
[    6.630819] systemd[1]: Created slice system-getty.slice.
[    6.635376] systemd[1]: Created slice system-serial\x2dgetty.slice.
[    8.463791] systemd[1]: Found device /dev/ttyS2.

You have to use our custom DTS, the UART port we use is not activated by default on Armbian.

If your doing custom stuff you can easily use any active UART port on any board/sbc. All you have to do is change the /dev/ttySx port number the app uses to start the hashboard via internal UART (its in /opt/apolloapi/backend/apollo-miner files).


FYI below is the board pinout for anyone that wants to tinker with rpi or any other SBC (Pin #1 is towards the bottom of the board). You can ignore the BOOT pin, all you have to do is reset the board using the RES pin (low then high), and start the miner program. The 5v pin can provide up to 15 watts of power so it can power most SBCs boards internally.

7  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: May 31, 2022, 05:18:26 PM
does anyone know why one hashboard has a lot more errors than the rest?

This is higher than normal usually its around 23%



A few units display abnormally high error but this is mostly a display issue. If you hashrate is where it should be (which it is for your unit) you're fine.


Can anyone tell me if is it possible to take a "Full" version and make it a "Standard" version?

I have the opportunity to purchase another "Full" unit however I already have 2 "Full" units running and really want to use those as controllers to control more standard units.

Is this possible?

TIA.


Yes all units are built from the same "base" standard unit, the Full package simply has the controller and SSD installed. You can remove the controller and use it as a standard unit via its USB port.
8  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: May 27, 2022, 04:23:54 PM
@jstefanop

Good morning,

On Futurebit Apollo LTC, there is a switch in settings which give access to Api. ("api-allow"). Is there a similar feature on the interface of the Futurebit Apollo BTC?

Thanks in advance.

They use different software, so there's no api-allow option as far as I know in the Apollo BTC.

But if you're interested in reading the data from the miner, you can get that from a text file that gets written in the same folder of where the miner is. After you run the miner, a file with a name like this is created: apollo-miner.4A122E121471674B52383109. If you open it you'll see json encoded data in clear text. The "official" web UI uses that file to present it in a nice way in the browser. You can just read that file and you'll get similar data that the api in Apollo LTC sent.

Yes that file is essentially the Apollo-BTC api. You can just ssh and pull /opt/apolloapi/backend/apollo-miner/apollo-miner.* and parse the json and do what you like with it!
9  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: May 21, 2022, 02:37:52 AM
Okay I have finally jumped in on this and have purchased 1 "Full" controller and 3 standards on the way.

I know I am way late to the game with these however from the reviews I have seen I'm pretty excited about getting these going.

Not to mention that I really love the ability to help secure the network further by adding a full node to the BTC network.

Also, incredibly optimistic that the next release will allow solo mining to the node itself.  Wink


UPDATE 5/18/2022:
The "Full" controller came in today and within about 10 minutes I was up, running, mining and downloading the blockchain.

Easy setup which is very intuitive however not sure the web interface password changes the OS password. This would be something I would change.

Really digging the interface but would love to see a "Block Found" stat on the mining gui. That would be a welcome addition.

So far I like everything I see and must say well done!



Agreed; I'd also love to see this

We are working on it, especially now that there are enough apollos mining out there should be cool to show a global stat page plus how many blocks have been found by Apollos!
10  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Announcing the FutureBit Apollo BTC - A Full Node/Mining Platform for the Home! on: May 11, 2022, 03:28:51 PM
Hello

Just received my unit with USB hashboard that requires to be plugged into PC

Is there a way to upgrade hardware for use with Ethernet?

I see the open port on bottom where i believe that board gets plugged in

I'm ok with having it connected to another device but would like to plan in future to have it on its own

Thank you!

There's no plug-n-play upgrade to get a working Ethernet miner, but you can easily DIY one.

You can setup a small device like a Raspberry Pi which has Ethernet to control the miner via a USB cable. You need to get the binary file from here: https://github.com/jstefanop/Apollo-Miner-Binaries/releases

Depending if your Raspberry Pi is running 32 or 64 bits you need to download Apollo-Miner_linux-aarch32.tar.xz or Apollo-Miner_linux-aarch64.tar.xz. That will contain the executable that allows you to control the miner from the Raspberry Pi.

From then on you're able to customize the Raspberry Pi as much as you want. You only need to execute the binary with certain parameters to control the miner. The miner then writes a json file with the current status that you could use to display some information. The official web dashboard, which uses that json file to display a nice interface, is open source and available here: https://github.com/jstefanop/apolloapi

It's basically 2 projects, a data server and a web server. It's made for the official Apollo node hardware so you will have to tinker a bit with it to work with your own device though.

Yea you could technically run the whole UI off a rasberry pi (or any ARM SBC with a UART port for that matter), or simply run it off the USB port if you dont want to deal with setting up the internal UART. I should probably post the board connector pinout for anyone that wants to do this. Will probably release a pi image at some point as well (or at least update the installer so its a one step RPI installation).
11  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: May 05, 2022, 05:04:15 PM
Hi, I received and got my FutureBit Apollo up and running about a month ago. It' been working great except I am only able to mine in ECO mode. Anytime I try to make a change it is reverted back to ECO mode. I've tried rebooting the unit with no luck.  I noticed that the DISK/USAGE is at 14.02 GB / 14.21GB and am wondering if this may be the issue? Any ideas or things I can try? I have a usb keyboard on the way so I can login direct to the unit as my wireless mouse didn't work.

Yes sounds like there is something wrong with your SSD and its trying to download the blockchain to your sd card. Shoot us an email and well see what's wrong.
12  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: April 29, 2022, 09:52:05 PM
Thanks @jstefanop for making this nice device. It works and looks great.

I'm trying to make the Apollo run at it's absolutely quietest setting, even below ECO. It would be awesome if you could answer a few questions I have about it.

Quote from: jstefanop
ECO: This is the most efficient, quiet, and low power mode. Your Apollo will mine at about 2TH/s in this mode and consume about 120 Watts. The fan should be barely audible in this mode.

Based on the documentation, ECO is set to: -brd_ocp 48  -osc 30.

Quote from: start_apollo.sh
board power - this controls power/voltage for the board in %. It ranges from 30-95
board frequency - this controls the hashboard's frequency. It ranges from 30-60

Since I would like to run it even lower, I set brd_ocp to 30 and kept osc at 30(both minimums based on the documentation), this nicely decreases the fan speed (and sound) as expected.

My understanding is that the -osc parameter shouldn't affect the fan speed, and only brd_ocp would affect it. Is that correct?

One thing that I don't understand is why the minimum brd_ocp is 30?, would it be safe to run it at even lower numbers?, I'm aware that the hashrate will be reduced of course, but I'm mainly concerned about the hardware functioning properly at it's absolutely lowest value (for example, would it be possible to run it so low that the fans are not needed?).

Also, I noticed there's another fan in the "official" power supply. Since I'm planning to run it with very low power, I wonder if that fan is even needed as that's now the main contributor of noise. I guess I could buy another PSU without a fan for this "silent miner" project. Any suggestions for one? So far I've found this one, which should run without starting the fan until 220W so it should be absolutely noiseless.

Yes brd_ocp parameter is essentially power draw of the board in %. The board regulates via current instead of voltage (these chips are prone to runaway current if voltage/heat is too high), so this precisely controls how much heat is given off. The downside is that hashrate can vary based on this setting even between units in same environment, and hotter environments will reduce hashrate even if the setting is the same etc.

The UI is limited to 30% to be dumb proof but you could go lower but you'll quickly get into stability issues as voltages below 30% are below what the chips can usually handle. You can't "hurt" the chips with really low power/voltage so you can experiment if you want to find a really low power draw...you can probably achieve ~ 60 watts @1.5 TH.
13  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: April 29, 2022, 09:44:03 PM
Anyone else have the issue with this error at start?

It seems there is a problem to communicate with the miner, check error message.

SyntaxError: Unexpected end of JSON input

Wait at least 1 minute, if problem persists, try to restart the miner, check the settings or try to reboot the system.

I am running the full node by itself connected via cable.

Shoot us an email with this error, its very rare and it seems to be caused by a specific pool/configuration and trying to narrow it down.
14  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: April 27, 2022, 06:54:21 PM
For a change, since this is also an image thread, I want to chime in with something other than a support request, and instead speak out a big thanks for this nice little machine to jstefanop and his team. I've restarted it a few times to change settings and such, but it never stopped on its own, crashed or anything like that. I did add a PC fan on top and one below, which I run off of 5V from the controller (so roughly half speed on these 12V DC fans - very quiet).



There are few things more pleasing than a system with weeks or months of uptime that just chugs along tirelessly.

Thanks! Obviously this thread is full of support issues as that is its purpose, and couple dozen people with issues makes it seem like the product is full of issues but its nice to see posts like this once in a while since obviously there are thousands of happy customers and those thousands of people don't come on here to post they have no issues  Wink
15  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: April 22, 2022, 01:24:41 AM
When will be able to run a lightning node and how would i connect my storage wallet to my node?

This is what I want to know as well; it's been nearly a year of ownership for me and I've wanted this functionality from day one Sad

Sadly its been a year of most of the team focusing on operations and supply chain issues to get all your orders out. We seem to have that mostly under control for the near future, and focus will definitely shit to building out our front end and features we have in the pipeline!
16  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: April 22, 2022, 01:07:38 AM
Hello , i need a quick help here.

I bougth more cheap apollo no controller no psu.

Connect a apollo on normal atx supply , works fine.

But i not have sucess on configuration. First i tried windows, plug apolo micro usb in pc, and run binarie winx86...
The log says, waiting device COM(1)...COM(2).....

I got a orangepi pc, i tried flash stock rom, not work (orangepi not boot)

I tried again, run orangepi on normal OS , and run binarie for ARM , same result of windows.. Aparentelly , OS not found device connected by microusb cable.

Anyone have a tip , or guide setup basic to run ?? Im really trying run, but its hard..

You have to open your device manager in windows and find the COM port that associated to your Apollo (it will come up after the light in front goes solid red). You then need to edit the start.bat file with that COM port and your pool info etc. All the instructions are inside the start file.
17  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: April 14, 2022, 04:13:49 PM
Hi

in the dashboard my Apollo always show:
Code:
SyntaxError: Unexpected end of JSON input

I did reboot or reset the device but always the same error...  Huh



Shoot us an email with this error, we are trying to debug and see what's causing it since we have received more than one report of it. Also send your configuration environment (just full Apollo package, or 1 or more standards connected, wifi vs ethernet etc).
18  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: March 11, 2022, 06:34:09 PM
May be of interest to those looking to get more hash power from their units.  Seen others mention using this PSU on the Apollos, no personal experience with them - but I'm exploring it.

https://slickdeals.net/f/15660049-corsair-rm750x-modular-750w-gold-psu-83-at-amazon

Great deal! The stock power supplies are rated for 200watts and in turbo mode I was seeing 201watts in turbo. Isnít this bad? I thought youíre supposed to leave a 20% buffer so that youíre not maxing out the psu?

I tested these units on a 750w psu as well and if you abide by the 80% rule, youíll need higher than an 850w unit if youíre going to run more than two units.

I donít recommend running these at max settings. I donít live in a cold climate and these got really hot fast! 75C and the room was hot. I went from 12.5th/s in turbo @ 800watts to 14.5th/s at 1050watts for 4 units (two 750w psus). Each unit saw about 266wats at full speed.

Mine runs at 205w on turbo mode

Okay...and if your psu is rated for only 200w and you're operating above the 80% (which would be 160w) doesn't that concern you at all?

The FutureBit PSU is already derated to 80%, its designed to run @ 200 watts 24/7. If this was a normal ATX PSU it would be marketed as a "250W" PSU.
19  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: March 04, 2022, 08:51:42 PM
Hey guys newbie question. I have 2 full systems, only one running. If I open the second one should I just connect the miner without the power supply to the existing miner using micro usb ? Also if I cant run 2 nodes willl the miner set himself as mining only or I need to stop the node setting inside the Dashboard ? Thank you!

You need a power supply for the second unit. But then you can connect it it with the USB cable to the first unit.

I would remove the SSD from the second unit as you don't need two nodes running.

You can't connect two full node systems to each other. Each full node system controls its own hashboard, so if you try to connect it via USB to another one that's going to cause issues. You either run both of them separate, or you gut one and turn it into a "standard" unit. But that is a waste of $300.
20  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Official FutureBit Apollo BTC Software/Image and Support thread on: March 03, 2022, 06:40:08 PM
Hey guysÖ.just wanted to follow-up on Stratum V2 - is that being developed for any other reason than asicboost or auto-tuning? Braiins OS? What does that pipeline timeline look like?

Anyone care to take a stab at this? @jstefanop?

We are focused on direct solo mining, and expansion of apps included by default in the FutureBit OS right now (block explores, LND, wallets etc). Well probably work on startum v2 stuff after these are launched.



Thank you Futurebit for delivering what you promised.





Cant wait to see what developments are in the works!


And thank you for supporting us which is allowing us to deliver what we promised!
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