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February 03, 2016, 03:39:16 PM
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Hi folks,

I would like to dig deeper in Bitcoin and all the technical aspects and I would like to start a little bit mining. I know that I will be never profitable but its not about that. I just would like to experience it and do something practical except of sending bitcoins around Smiley

I know that I Need a raspberry-pi and I have found two on Amazon:

Raspberry Pi 2 - 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU, 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM, complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1 (39 Euro)

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Raspberry Pi Model B+ Mainboard (GPIO polig, MicroSD Speicherkartenslot, HDMI, 4x USB 2.0) (32 Euro)

What else do I need?

Thank you very much for every little help Smiley
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February 03, 2016, 03:59:22 PM
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I want to do this as well, but I decided that Bitcoin mining requires such a large investment to get any results, that I would try an altcoin with a similar structure. I felt that I would learn more if I could actually mine coins. I haven't started to look at any altcoins yet though.

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February 04, 2016, 09:15:43 AM
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That would be also an Idea to mine an altcoin which is 100% the same as Bitcoin but with a lower difficulty and hash-rate.
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February 04, 2016, 09:18:46 AM
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If it's for experimenting.... I'd buy an old antminer U2 or a geccoscience compaq.

They are USBstick miners. You plug them into your PC (or raspberry pi), compile cgminer, install screen, start screen, point cgminer towards a pool => the learning starts

As you said, you'll never ROI (return on investment) on any of these usb miners, but they're a great tool to learn.
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February 04, 2016, 08:32:04 PM
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Good luck on your project.There are a variety of sources available online and many helpful tutorials for mining with Raspberry Pi 2.Here are a few links that you need to look into :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPWTSytzN7g This one is quite detailed video tutorial
http://www.instructables.com/id/Bitcoin-Mining-using-Raspberry-Pi/ Inscrutables
http://computers.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-create-a-raspberry-pi-bitcoin-miner--cms-20353 Step By Step process
Hope that helps you.

 

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February 05, 2016, 10:52:50 AM
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Would you say that there is any requirement on the Laptop? Because I would like to buy a new one anyway. Normally I would buy a cheap one because I only need it to surf the Internet and store some files...thats it. So something around 300-400 Euro Laptop. Is that enough?
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February 05, 2016, 07:58:50 PM
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You do realize that your laptop would have to remain on all the time? For that cash you could a way better desktop, which would be more reliable for non-stop work.

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February 06, 2016, 12:23:36 AM
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Hi folks,

I would like to dig deeper in Bitcoin and all the technical aspects and I would like to start a little bit mining. I know that I will be never profitable but its not about that. I just would like to experience it and do something practical except of sending bitcoins around Smiley

I know that I Need a raspberry-pi and I have found two on Amazon:

Raspberry Pi 2 - 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU, 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM, complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1 (39 Euro)

&

Raspberry Pi Model B+ Mainboard (GPIO polig, MicroSD Speicherkartenslot, HDMI, 4x USB 2.0) (32 Euro)

What else do I need?

Thank you very much for every little help Smiley

You need a PSU for the RPi. I'd advise you to get a 5V 2A one (although you're probably fine with a 5V 1.2A one if you're only mining). You can find those in any stores selling Pi-related stuff (many accept Bitcoin). You also need an SD card. If it's for mining only you'd be fine with an 8GB one. You're probably also going to need a USB Hub for the miners, depending on how many you want to connect, and cables for them. Then you need software and that's pretty much it. Have a look at Minera.
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February 06, 2016, 09:33:54 AM
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The power supply unit doesn't have to offer 2 amps. It should be up to 2 amps. Some charger that you can put what power you need/want. You'll observe how it works in time.

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February 06, 2016, 09:36:39 AM
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Mining with a Raspberry Pi, beside the fact that you'll never earn anything, could even burn it I think. You should think about the cooling, because even if it tiny, this is still a computer.
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February 06, 2016, 06:17:53 PM
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you should have a good video card for it i suggest building a pc worth 3000$ if you want to make profit.
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February 07, 2016, 03:57:21 PM
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Can you mine on the test network to get experience?

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February 08, 2016, 06:04:00 PM
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Can you mine on the test network to get experience?

Sure you can, but the hashrate and difficulty for the testnet is still very high.... You'd still need a couple compaq's, or and old S3/S5 to have a decent chance of hitting a block once in a while.
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February 12, 2016, 03:18:55 AM
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Hi folks,

I would like to dig deeper in Bitcoin and all the technical aspects and I would like to start a little bit mining. I know that I will be never profitable but its not about that. I just would like to experience it and do something practical except of sending bitcoins around Smiley

I know that I Need a raspberry-pi and I have found two on Amazon:

Raspberry Pi 2 - 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU, 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM, complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1 (39 Euro)

&

Raspberry Pi Model B+ Mainboard (GPIO polig, MicroSD Speicherkartenslot, HDMI, 4x USB 2.0) (32 Euro)

What else do I need?

Thank you very much for every little help Smiley

Have you considered out of the box ready solution? http://www.amazon.com/21-INC-21BC1-Bitcoin-Computer/dp/B014RD021C
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February 13, 2016, 01:12:45 AM
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If you just want to mine to experience how it works why you don't buy a cheap one like usb asic miner i saw in ebay that you can buy for 10-20 usd each
here is the cheap one
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASICMiner-Block-Erupter-USB-330MH-s-Bitcoin-Miner-/161972806177?hash=item25b654e221:g:1igAAOSwFNZWuTwx
I hope it helps.

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February 15, 2016, 08:20:13 PM
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I would start with raspberry pi, since you have more chance do hand on stuff.
Learning something is your goal, not actually make the return.
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February 16, 2016, 06:09:26 AM
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I would start with raspberry pi, since you have more chance do hand on stuff.
Learning something is your goal, not actually make the return.


Thank you for your input, this is very helpful.
I will try this myself report back.
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February 22, 2016, 11:17:52 AM
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Hi folks,

I would like to dig deeper in Bitcoin and all the technical aspects and I would like to start a little bit mining. I know that I will be never profitable but its not about that. I just would like to experience it and do something practical except of sending bitcoins around Smiley

I know that I Need a raspberry-pi and I have found two on Amazon:

Raspberry Pi 2 - 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU, 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM, complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1 (39 Euro)

&

Raspberry Pi Model B+ Mainboard (GPIO polig, MicroSD Speicherkartenslot, HDMI, 4x USB 2.0) (32 Euro)

What else do I need?

Thank you very much for every little help Smiley

Have you considered out of the box ready solution? http://www.amazon.com/21-INC-21BC1-Bitcoin-Computer/dp/B014RD021C

Yes, I have also thought about the 21 BTC Computer. Do you think that would be a nice Hands-on experience? I would mine in a pool right?
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March 08, 2016, 05:10:18 PM
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For testing, I would go for those small usb asics, you can have a bunch of them running on the same or multiple usb hubs.
You will not make that much, but it's quite fun to do.

 

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March 08, 2016, 06:12:02 PM
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For testing, I would go for those small usb asics, you can have a bunch of them running on the same or multiple usb hubs.
You will not make that much, but it's quite fun to do.

I agree, they cost around $20 as far as I remember, and yes you couldn't mine a lot with them but this is definitely fun.

And you will not have all those problems with noise and heat which users of the "normal" miners have.

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