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June 01, 2011, 06:23:16 PM
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Is there a way to have the miner mining and in the same time to to do stuff in the computer and even play games. I tried -f 100 but it is not really effective with games..
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June 01, 2011, 06:27:51 PM
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You have to pay for the time you play.
And if the price is high for BTC, You might want to charge yourself a premium.
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June 01, 2011, 07:51:26 PM
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Play less demanding games? I mean, that's what graphics cards do, is display graphics. If you want them to do that instead of mining, well...


Otherwise, get a more powerful graphics card? My 5870 still does about 100 Mhash/sec while I'm playing SC2 on ultra

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June 01, 2011, 07:56:58 PM
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Is there a way to have the miner mining and in the same time to to do stuff in the computer and even play games. I tried -f 100 but it is not really effective with games..


Play Terraria and mine while you mine. No need to free up a GPU. What is your setup?

Time is money. This means that if you have spare time, you can use it to make money.

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June 01, 2011, 08:21:48 PM
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I've recently stopped playing games (I have over 150 games on my steam list) because I realised for every second my miner isn't running, I am not earning BTC.  Cheesy Cheesy

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June 01, 2011, 08:24:17 PM
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Is there a way to have the miner mining and in the same time to to do stuff in the computer and even play games. I tried -f 100 but it is not really effective with games..

Try to change the CPU priority of the miner process to Low and maybe use smaller work size (-w) for the flags? I can play League of Legends and Entropia just fine with -f 40, but cstrike doesn't flow too well with a miner running.
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June 01, 2011, 08:35:47 PM
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Aren't there any flags that make the miner more polite? I have seen some "-a" and other flags here in the forums and I am unsure what they do. Does lowering the -w flag help? I dont want to play games myself.
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June 01, 2011, 09:04:25 PM
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other flags here in the forums and I am unsure what they do
Run the miner with -h or --help or a variation on this. It should list the flags and what they do.
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June 02, 2011, 09:40:23 AM
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I would try using a higher -f flag. Try 160 and if that is still rough go higher I say. I do ok at 120 on my main desktop with a single 6950 while gaming. I couldn't do that on another machine with only a dual core i think and prob will need to lower the priority.
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June 02, 2011, 09:46:43 AM
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Aye, -f <high number> in poclbm and AGGRESSION=<low number> in phoenix should both do the trick... not sure what games you're trying to play, and on what settings, but i wouldn't expect miracles. If you really want to still play the latest games while mining consider either a dedicated mining rig, or at least a second card for mining and your current card to manage display and gaming.

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June 02, 2011, 01:43:35 PM
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Aye, -f <high number> in poclbm and AGGRESSION=<low number> in phoenix should both do the trick... not sure what games you're trying to play, and on what settings, but i wouldn't expect miracles. If you really want to still play the latest games while mining consider either a dedicated mining rig, or at least a second card for mining and your current card to manage display and gaming.

This, I can quite happily play Dragon Age 2 on highest settings (Dx11) with High res textures on my 5870 while it is mining with AGGRESSION=4 and I still get around 125Mhash/s Smiley

Its just all about trial and error, I keep a set of batch files with various AGGRESSION and WORKSIZE settings so I can switch them depending on how intense the game I wish to play is.

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June 02, 2011, 02:40:18 PM
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I've recently stopped playing games (I have over 150 games on my steam list) because I realised for every second my miner isn't running, I am not earning BTC.  Cheesy Cheesy

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Same thing here bro!

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June 05, 2011, 05:06:29 AM
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What would AGGRESSION=4 be on poclbm -f ?

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June 05, 2011, 05:12:21 AM
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I've recently stopped playing games (I have over 150 games on my steam list) because I realised for every second my miner isn't running, I am not earning BTC.  Cheesy Cheesy

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Same thing here bro!

LOL same for me!
My parents are almost glad that I've found bitcoin...so I don't play any games anymore XD
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June 05, 2011, 06:50:04 AM
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My 3 year old plays Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood all day long while the GPU mines away.

For a 58xx series card, use Aggression=4
For a 48xx series card, use Aggression=3


You'll get a few less MH/s, but the games will run fine.

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June 11, 2011, 07:41:49 AM
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what drivers do you guys use to play games while mining w/out crashing for ATI 5850 cards?

I'm on the latest driver and it crashes when I start a game like Starcraft2, or launch media player for video playback.

on my old Nvidia GTX card I can mine + play without much problems.

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June 11, 2011, 11:35:34 AM
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Sapphire 5850.

AGRESSION=4 FASTLOOP -phatk VECTORS WORKSIZE=128

Im using Phoenix miner. Can play everything but obviously Mhash/s decrease.
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June 11, 2011, 11:48:39 AM
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LOL same for me!
My parents are almost glad that I've found bitcoin...so I don't play any games anymore XD

Wait until the see the electricity bill... they might even ask you to go back to playing computer games.
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