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**Bitmain AntMiner S1 setup guide**
**Avalon Avalon2 setup guide**
**Power Supply analysis guide**
**Manufacturer trustworthiness guide**
0) What type of blade do I have?
1a) Powering V1s
1b) Powering V2s
3) Mounting [case/stand]
0) What type of blade do I have?
There are 4 current types of blades in the wild:
V1 batch 1s - No overclockable firmware and only 10 were sold into the wild. Made up of 1x hashing, 1x power delivery and 1x ethernet boards.
V1 batch 2-3.5s - All other blades sold at auction. Have overclockable firmware.
V2 - Now one single board, includes a backpane connector and is slightly smaller. No more overclocking as the necessary hardware is removed.
V3 - aka cubes. A great consumer product with no more wiring, cooling or mounting complications. Head to the dedicated Cube guide here.
Blades do not come with a power supply, and you will need a typical computer PSU. The limit of how much power we can safely draw is actually due to the cable diameters - which are only capable of ~10A [18 gauge]. Estimated power consumption is as follows:V1 blades:
70-75W on 1.03-1.05V - Low power mode
83W on 1.10V - Low power mode
~100W on 1.20V - Stock
~120W on 1.20V - OverclockedV2 blades:
~100W - Stock1a) Powering V1s
V1 B2+ blades come at 1.2V on stock, and you will want to run them overclocked. So, we need 10A+ per rail/cable strand. I would recommend the following PSUs:
For 4 blades: USA Canada UK Germany France Italy Spain
For 6 blades: USA Canada UK Germany France Italy Spain
Blades require manually wiring each cable from the PSUinto the blade, and we don't want to cut the PSU directly. Hence, we buy extension cables and cut those. Per blade you need a 6/8 pin PCI-E connector [preferred!!!!], a 4 pin ATX motherboard connector or TWO molex connectors. Regardless with what you go with, the wire preparation below is the same.
PCI-E 6 pin extenders : USA Canada UK Germany France Italy Spain
ATX motherboard extenders: USA Canada UK Germany France Italy Spain
2x Molex extenders : USA Canada UK Germany France Italy Spain
We also need to tell the PSU to always be on, as there isn't a motherboard to do this. Do this with the paperclip method
. Cut the paper clip short and tape it up for safety. Remember to plug the fuse [red disk] in, either way round will do.
Cut the black [ground/-ve] and yellow [12V/+ve] cables at the end of each split, then tape the connectors with remaining red wire [5V] together or remove entirely. Strip back about 0.5cm from each cable end, with wire strippers or otherwise. I just used household scissors.
Then we will screw them in to the connector provided with the blades. The polarity is drawn on the back of the blade, the black cables are grounds (-ve), the yellow is (+ve). Depending on which type of connect you are using, there will be multiple of both. Use as many as you can fit, and you can use both ports for each polarity.
Wire prep for molex connectors. Remember, we still prefer PCI-E or ATX motherboard extenders: 1a) Powering V2s
V2 blades can be plugged into a backpane. The backpane can then be powered as above by two screw terminals [one for 12V +ve and one for ground -ve], or by a server PSU:
Server PSU: USA UK Germany
Standard PSU for 4 blades: USA Canada UK Germany France Italy Spain
Standard PSU for 6 blades: USA Canada UK Germany France Italy Spain
V1 B3 or earlier blades were provided with 40mm fans, but they were not sufficient. We want high CFM fans, but also the ability to control them to reduce excessive noise (+power consumption and heat). If you have access to box fans, use them! They are cheap, easy to move and can cool 4-8 blades at once:USA Canada UK Italy
Else, use the configuration I have:
Fan controller (per two blades): USA Canada UK Germany France Italy Spain
2x120mm PWM controllable fans : USA Canada UK Germany France Italy Spain
This is the hardest part for V1 blades. V2 blades should really be mounted on a back panel and V3 are self mounting. I've tried lots of different configurations for V1 and the one I've found the best is mounting it vertically, using drawers
. You'll also need about 5 paper-clips
per blade, and maybe 10 long cable ties
We need to mount the blades vertically as the back of the blades get hot and need cooling to. Its easier to see how I've done it with pictures:
Alternatively you could mount them in a frame but this gets more complicated.
Or even a wind tunnel. [Americans can just buy box fans, us Europeans aren't so lucky
- Power on as above.
- Plug in an ethernet cable direct to router.
- Make sure your router's subnet is 1, ie 192.168.1.x
- Using a browser, navigate to 192.168.1.254:8000 - this goes to the cube's configuration page.
- Change the IP to something memorable like .200. If you have multiple cubes, connect them one by one and change to .200, .201 etc as you go. If you don't you'll have conflicting IPs.
- We need to use a stratum proxy as these blades were designed for the extinct getwork protocol. Download the stratum proxy and open the file.
- On the blade config page, enter the IP of the computer with the stratum proxy on as the server address. Enter it twice as the blade needs two pools to start mining, ie "192.168.1.102,192.168.1.102". If you are unsure what IP your computer is at, open cmd and type "ipcongif /all" and look down the list of network adapters.
- Username and password is for Slush's pool, stick with that for now.
- Click update, then go back to the config IP you set.
- [V1s only]Set clock to high by hitting change clocks.
If you want to change pool, create a .bat file in notepad. Move the stratum proxy to the location below and put the following text inside for eu btcguild. Change pool port and address for different pools.
cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Proxy
mining_proxy.exe -o eu-stratum.btcguild.com -p 3333
Configuration should look like this:
5) TroubleshootingThree or for "x" in a row on "Chips":
The corresponding power lane does not work or is not supplying enough voltage. Try measuring each power lane to find the dysfunctional lane and tuning it higher. If it doesn't work please ask us to send you a new power module.More than two "x" scattering on "Chips":
Some of the chips could not work on high clock in the current voltage. Try tuning the voltage of the whole power module a little higher. If it doesn't work please downclock to Low.Hashrate turns to zero and all "x":
Either the power module is broken or the whole blade has some problems. If you bought more than one blades. Try using other functional ones' power module to test if it becomes OK. If so please ask us to send you a new power module. If not, please return it back and we will send you a new one (we cover the shipping fee).The blade misreports the hashrate to a very high number but hashes at a very low speed:
Most probably it's the problem with the ethernet controller. Try hardware-rest it as shown in the online user guide. If it doesn't work please ask us to send you a new ethernet controller. It may also be caused by the failure of the hashing board. If you bought more than one blades, try using other functional ones' ethernet controller to test if it becomes OK. If not, please return the whole blade back and we will send you a new one. (we cover the shipping fee).All or most chips are "O" but the efficiency is very low:
This happened on two or three blades on our former products. Most probably it's some shortcuts on some of the chips' communication pins. It shouldn't occur in the second (current) batch, but if this happens we will do a free replacement."I need to reset my blade"
See diagrams for V1
blades to find which two pins to short with a paper clip.My cables are braided or aren't color coded:
See below diagram for pin-outs.
Disclaimer: No warranty is provided with this information If you are injured or your miner or other property is damaged, it is not my responsibility. You are responsible for keeping yourself safe.
Hope this has helped, anything else you're not sure on let me know As usual, tips not required but appreciated: 15UhE4x7d1hD2o2YKCcdddzuhymsTKdeuzPurchase Blades in the US here, Cubes in the US here and in the EU here!