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BTC   PROPOSED GUIDE FOR NEW USB ERUPTERS   BTC                 *Note: Mods at bottom of page

       Please Drop By and Share what you can.      


POST WORKING SETTINGS ONLY partial list below:
Questions by others having difficulty with those and your own settings Welcome!

1-Platform used such as Raspberry PI, AMD, WINDOWS, LINUX etc.
2-Mining Software used as BFG Miner cgminer or your own Modified software.
3-Working Settings including if you could pictures of Configurations, Settings, Units.
4-Tweaks you found were useful.
5-What you found Did Not Work or Caused Issues and Why.
6-USB Hubs and links to any hardware you Found Exceptional.
7-Any Ideas regarding all the above.

8-Any info; Links to Software, Drivers, or Anything You'd Like To See on this main page (PM me) are Welcome!!!

Thanks for TWEAKING your "RIG POSTS" with your data making them user friendly.
I will grow the lists of the main categories as time permits and then have the "Running Rigs Links"
posted here on main page for easy access to your specific Data.

Your efforts will help many get their Rigs up and Running!
I hope this thread becomes Useful. Happy Mining!

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BTC   PLATFORMS INFO:

RASPBERRY Pi
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009SQQF9C/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=mrl00-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B009SQQF9C&adid=1QSKQE670MGHMSEW7JE4&
Verified Peripherals/Hubs:
http://elinux.org/RPi_VerifiedPeripherals#Powered_USB_Hubs

NOTE: "I experienced issues with Block Erupter USB's on Raspbain. However I was successful at building and running cgminer from git (3.3.1) after dist-upgrading Raspbain from wheesy to jessie. Rock solid now and hot plugging works flawless."

BTC   SOFTWARE:

cgminer:
http://ck.kolivas.org/apps/cgminer/
cgminer Debug.
http://ck.kolivas.org/apps/cgminer/debug/
Latest git.
https://github.com/ckolivas/cgminer
cgminer Developer ckolivas.
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=28402.0
"New cgminer version, 3.2.2, hopefully fixes a lot of bugs with the
direct USB behaviour on these devices".

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=220905.msg2490394#msg2490394
"here's what I did to finally get cgminer working in USB 2.0 ports,
with 3.0 hubs..".

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=231673.msg2505664#msg2505664
How to use ASICMiner Block Erupters with CGMiner on Windows 7
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=220450.msg2321308#msg2321308
BFG Miner:
http://bfgminer.org/
Windows 32 version.
http://luke.dashjr.org/tmp/code/bfgminer-w32-70d3e79.exe
MinePeon for Raspberry Pi:

http://mineforeman.com/minepeon/
cgminer v3.1.1 for Raspberry Pi:*v3.2.2 Not Rasp. Pi Compatible in LINUX
https://github.com/ckolivas/cgminer
cgminer v3.1.1 works fine using icarus params:
"Here's a step-by-step for the install":
*v3.2.2 Not Rasp. Pi Compatible in LINUX
http://learn.adafruit.com/piminer-raspberry-pi-bitcoin-miner/install-cgminer#cgminer
fabulouspanda.co.uk/macminer for MAC/OSX:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=212085.msg2360769#msg2360769
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=212085.msg2371401#msg2371401
Bitminter/OSX:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=212085.msg2377595#msg2377595
Bitcoin Mining on Mac OS X – ASICs: *Detailed How to Guide!
http://blog.nwoolls.com/2013/07/01/bitcoin-mining-on-mac-os-x-asics/

BTC   HUBS:  Working Well:

Anker® Uspeed USB 3.0 10-Port Hub with 12V 4A *Not Rasp. Pi Compatible
http://www.amazon.com/computers-accessories/dp/B007ZWFKX8
Anker® Uspeed USB 3.0 10-Port Hub with 12V 4A Power Adapter [VIA VL812 Chipset] *Not Rasp. Pi Compatible
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005NGQWL2/
DLink hub (D-Link DUB-H7) with the ARCTIC Breeze fan (~5mm above the erupter) and I'm seeing <0.1% HW errors

BTC   MISC:

USB-Powered Portable Fans
http://www.amazon.com/HDE%C2%AE-Mini-USB-Laptop-Notebook/dp/B001LJXZZG/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1369987699&sr=8-12&keywords=usb+fan
http://www.amazon.com/ARCTIC-USB-Powered-Portable-Cooling-Solution/dp/B003XN24GY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369987699&sr=8-1&keywords=usb+fan


BTC   SETTINGS & RIGS In Operation:
"judging by the picture its cgminer 3.1.1 (bitminter) and .bat would indicate windows"
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=7216.msg2358526#msg2358526

Raspberry Pi #1 minepeon
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=220905.msg2326740#msg2326740
Raspberry Pi #2 cgminer v3.1.1
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=220905.msg2349192#msg2349192

NOTE: "I experienced issues with Block Erupter USB's on Raspbain. However I was successful at building and running cgminer from git (3.3.1) after dist-upgrading Raspbain from wheesy to jessie. Rock solid now and hot plugging works flawless."

BTC   MINING POOLS:
https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Comparison_of_mining_pools

Eligius
http://eligius.st/~gateway/

Thanks to crazyates and redcomet and ALL  for the Pics!







                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                    
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Good idea -

I ordered 7 units, and plan to use the following gear.  Will post pics and updates when the whole thing is running.

Platform - Raspberry Pi Amazon
Hub - D-Link DUB-H7 Amazon
Network - Edimax EW-7811Un Amazon

It's important that if you plan to run on RPI you should consult the list of verified powered hubs which can be found here http://elinux.org/RPi_VerifiedPeripherals#Powered_USB_Hubs


I received my Erupters this evening and I have some more data to help similar users.

I am using the Raspberry PI to mine with MinePeon http://mineforeman.com/minepeon/

I had to manually configure wlan0 using these instructions https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Wireless_Setup
The wireless driver is already included in MinePeon - but you have to write the network.service and wpa_supplimant.conf

Once the RPI was connected I had to build bfgminer from git - and even then there is a minor issue.  
Seems bfgminer's -S auto will not detect the USB sticks.  You therefore have 2 options, use -S all which will make bfgminer open all usb's for mining and is not advisable.
Or, you can manually list all devices like so
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-S /dev/ttyUSB0 -S /dev/ttyUSB1 -S /dev/ttyUSB2 -S /dev/ttyUSB3 -S /dev/ttyUSB4 -S /dev/ttyUSB5 -S /dev/ttyUSB6
After I built bfgminer I moved it to /opt/minepeon/bin/bfgminer so MinePeon's scripts will use it.

I then edited the service file and changed the command to start bfgminer to

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sudo /opt/minepeon/bin/bfgminer -S /dev/ttyUSB0 -S /dev/ttyUSB1 -S /dev/ttyUSB2 -S /dev/ttyUSB3 -S /dev/ttyUSB4 -S /dev/ttyUSB5 -S /dev/ttyUSB6 -c /opt/minepeon/etc/miner.conf --icarus-options 115200:1:1-r
(note - experimenting a bit with the icarus-options.  Some people have reported using cgminer this way, I am not sure yet if it matters to bfgminer)

Finally, this code will switch MinePeon to bfgminer

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sudo systemctl stop cgminer.service    # Stops cgminer
sudo systemctl disable cgminer.service # Stops cgminer from starting at boot
sudo systemctl enable bfgminer.service # Makes bfgminer start at boot
sudo systemctl start bfgminer.service  # Starts bfgminer

I feel I should note that these things run HOT.
I was hoping to use the 2 over-voltage ports on my hub to squeeze a little more power from these guys, but when they sit by themselves with no air flow they will burn the skin if touched.
Also hardware errors are slightly problematic.  I am not sure what is normal, but a couple of my seem to be incapable of doing anything except spit out errors.  (see pic)
Not sure if its the heat, the RPI, or the hub just yet.

If you found this info helpful feel free to help me out too 13vEmRoo8beAfdLc9ELw8GGAH3WTYgoEg4

Finally - here are the pics


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Sweeeet! A PERFECT First Post!
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Thanks for dropping by.
If you have any time down the road could you please post some specs.
I presume these are the Emerald units?

What wattage are those puppies pulling with the fans?
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May 31, 2013, 08:08:48 AM
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Good idea -

I ordered 7 units, and plan to use the following gear.  Will post pics and updates when the whole thing is running.

Platform - Raspberry Pi Amazon
Hub - D-Link DUB-H7 Amazon

It's important that if you plan to run on RPI you should consult the list of verified powered hubs which can be found here http://elinux.org/RPi_VerifiedPeripherals#Powered_USB_Hubs



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Any recommended pools to run a couple of these things on (i.e. for small fish)? Smiley
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I'm waiting my USB miners too. Thanks for sharing the info!

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i ordered this 10-port, 3.5A hub: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182257

should be good enough to power my 5 miners (~2.5A).

i've heard reports of people having success using Rosewill hubs with the Raspberry Pi, so I'll be giving that a try with MinePeon as well.

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i ordered this 10-port, 3.5A hub: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182257

should be good enough to power my 5 miners (~2.5A).

i've heard reports of people having success using Rosewill hubs with the Raspberry Pi, so I'll be giving that a try with MinePeon as well.

That's a 3.5A you've got there. and 2.0

I heard the 3.0 is better due to increase in amps per hub.
edit: Though I have heard some software has issues with 3.0 hubs.

However the 3.0 listed and proven Hub is 4A.
So at 2.5W ea. the 4amp gets you 8pcs Erupters.

The 3.5amp gets you 7pcs Erupters.
Not including powering any fans.

However IF the transformer powering the hub is external you could find a 4 or 5amp one and switch it out.

IF you buy a Hub at half the cost and power 5 Erupters and a fan while skipping every other port
it may aid in keeping heat down or need of a fan in certain circumstances.
Especially IF you have the Hub mounted on something skinny to aid air flow from underneath.
IF the Hub is on a completely flat surface (as most are) it does not pull cooler air from below
efficiently enough to cool them properly IMO. And the entire Hub gets warm.

This Hub has a switch to possibly Power 6 or 10 ports.
There may be "limiters" on each port.

I'm trying only to post known "in use proven" hardware etc. on the main page.
Let me know how it works out!
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have 4 working with my old bigass fan
ordered two 12port hubs today
will post experiences.

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Redcomet and ALL!

Awesome work!

I think we are eventually going to have too much info. to post on main page.

Thanks for TWEAKING your post with your data making it user friendly.

I will grow the lists of the main categories as time permits and then have the "Running Rigs Links"
for each of the Rigs Posting with their Data as you have.

Your efforts no doubt will help many get their Rigs up and Running!

Well Done and Much Thanks!

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Any recommended pools to run a couple of these things on (i.e. for small fish)? Smiley

This wikipedia page has an overwhelming amount of information about various pools:
https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Comparison_of_mining_pools

I starting mining on Eligius (http://eligius.st/~gateway/) yesterday.  It was attractive to me because you don't need an account to get started.
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I started mining with my Erupter / Raspberry Pi yesterday.

I'm running the hard-float Raspbian image (2013-02-09-wheezy-raspbian) from raspberrypi.org on my pi.  I liked MinePeon but when I tried it there was no way to upgrade the system other than completely rewriting the SD card with a new image.  I had trouble getting my wifi working with the arch linux image from raspberrypi.org.

I'm mining on the rpi with cgminer v3.1.1.  I downloaded a tar of the tagged version from github (https://github.com/ckolivas/cgminer).  Build dependencies were installed with apt-get.  I had to set my LD_LIBRARY_PATH so that it could find the jansson library.  I'm using the following hardware-specific cgminer options:

  --icarus-options 115200:1:1 --icarus-timing 3.0=100 -S /dev/ttyUSB0

I have this Manhattan hub (http://www.adafruit.com/products/961) which I would not recommend for Erupter mining due to the layout of the ports.  I'll be replacing it with the DLink DUB-H7 mentioned earlier in this thread.
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I started mining with my Erupter / Raspberry Pi yesterday.

I'm running the hard-float Raspbian image (2013-02-09-wheezy-raspbian) from raspberrypi.org on my pi.  I liked MinePeon but when I tried it there was no way to upgrade the system other than completely rewriting the SD card with a new image.  I had trouble getting my wifi working with the arch linux image from raspberrypi.org.

I'm mining on the rpi with cgminer v3.1.1.  I downloaded a tar of the tagged version from github (https://github.com/ckolivas/cgminer).  Build dependencies were installed with apt-get.  I had to set my LD_LIBRARY_PATH so that it could find the jansson library.  I'm using the following hardware-specific cgminer options:

  --icarus-options 115200:1:1 --icarus-timing 3.0=100 -S /dev/ttyUSB0

I have this Manhattan hub (http://www.adafruit.com/products/961) which I would not recommend for Erupter mining due to the layout of the ports.  I'll be replacing it with the DLink DUB-H7 mentioned earlier in this thread.

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Any recommended pools to run a couple of these things on (i.e. for small fish)? Smiley



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why is the HW error so high on erupters?

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why is the HW error so high on erupters?

What I have discovered so far is that some are expected and others are due to too much heat. I have also seen posts noting conflicts with certain software and USB3.0 Hubs. Last I saw is patches were being developed and by now may have already been completed.

Let me know what you find out.
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I get about 1-1.5% HW errors.  I only have one erupter, so it isn't a sufficiently large data set.  I'm hanging the erupter with a usb extension cable in front of a box fan. 
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I am also seeing about 1% HW errors - and my units are no longer hot now that I have moved things around a bit.
I believe these numbers to probably be normal  Undecided

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Can anyone confirm if the Anker 10-port USB hub works with RPi?
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