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Author Topic: BitMinter.com * Optional Custom Miner, PPLNS, Merged mining, Newbie-Friendly! *  (Read 208309 times)
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November 04, 2013, 06:34:52 AM
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Well, if I wanted to give me the best options for earning as much as possible, should I just leave the perk unchecked ?

It's not for increased earnings, it's for decreased variance. There is some info on difficulty, work submits per minute and easy mode here:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=27062.msg3142713#msg3142713

So is this an automatic thing because I keep trying figure out what worker field its for but everything I set saves without telling me I need the perk and this is the only field that makes sense telling a value of 1-20 needs to be set and saves regardless of what I set overide as without the perk.

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November 04, 2013, 06:42:59 AM
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Normally you can set work submits per minute from 1 to 20. With the easy mode perk you can set it all the way to 40. Setting it higher causes the server to choose a lower difficulty for you so you submit work more often.

The minimum difficulty is entirely up to you.

The reason you can freely increase your difficulty but the ability to decrease it is limited is because low difficulty creates more strain on the server. Having fast ASIC miners mining at difficulty 1 is a no go.

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November 04, 2013, 07:35:13 AM
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Normally you can set work submits per minute from 1 to 20. With the easy mode perk you can set it all the way to 40. Setting it higher causes the server to choose a lower difficulty for you so you submit work more often.

The minimum difficulty is entirely up to you.

The reason you can freely increase your difficulty but the ability to decrease it is limited is because low difficulty creates more strain on the server. Having fast ASIC miners mining at difficulty 1 is a no go.

Got it now, so the Minimum Difficulty is what you say it shouldnt go below and the other you just explained ;-)

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Work submits per minute Default 

So for someone like me starting out with  4 333mhs asics should probably just leave default and leave it there as I increase asic count since default is usually the best.

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November 04, 2013, 08:34:04 PM
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Okay, I'm having a problem.  I just got a USB bitcoin miner, but when I run Bitminter, it says "no external devices detected."  When I try and rescan, it keeps trying to scan the serial port, not my USB port.  Is there any way I can get it to run off the USB port and the miner I have plugged in there?
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November 04, 2013, 09:48:02 PM
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Okay, I'm having a problem.  I just got a USB bitcoin miner, but when I run Bitminter, it says "no external devices detected."  When I try and rescan, it keeps trying to scan the serial port, not my USB port.  Is there any way I can get it to run off the USB port and the miner I have plugged in there?

Which device did you buy?

It's scanning COM ports because that's how some mining devices communicate, using a virtual serial port over USB.

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November 04, 2013, 09:50:35 PM
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ASCIMINER Block Erupter.  Actually, I didn't buy it so much as a guy was getting rid of his old hardware.  I know it's not the best option out there, but I figured it would get me started.  :-)

It is scanning the COM port, but it keeps saying the device times out.

This wouldn't be because I have other USB devices plugged in, would it?
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November 04, 2013, 09:57:02 PM
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Is this on a laptop (weak USB ports) or a garbage USB hub? Almost all USB hubs, even powered ones, are garbage.

The problem with the erupters is usually to get them enough power.
Advice on good hubs: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=27062.msg2998466#msg2998466

The problem can also be that you are missing drivers. Does the COM port go away when you unplug the device? Or is the COM port from something else entirely?
Drivers for ASICMiner block erupter USB sticks: http://www.silabs.com/products/mcu/Pages/USBtoUARTBridgeVCPDrivers.aspx

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November 04, 2013, 10:08:04 PM
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The guy who gave it to me sent me a link for drivers.  :-)

Now, I will also be using this on my MacBook.  You mentioned that laptops have weak USB ports - will this be a problem?
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November 04, 2013, 10:43:27 PM
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Now, I will also be using this on my MacBook.  You mentioned that laptops have weak USB ports - will this be a problem?

I'm not sure. I just know a lot of people had trouble with block erupter sticks on laptops, and it worked when they switched to a desktop machine.

I'm running a red fury stick on my macbook right now though and it runs just fine, even when running on battery.

I get the feeling that people who use ASUS and Apple have fewer problems with hardware that doesn't deliver according to specs. Not sure if it's true or I am getting brainwashed. Wink

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November 05, 2013, 01:06:33 PM
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I just used it on my Macbook last night - it worked just fine!  Even better than on my work computer!  :-D
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November 06, 2013, 02:23:22 AM
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I've been trying to mine with a BFL LS on Ubuntu 12.04 using the latest stable Bitminter. It works perfectly until it has to "ditch stale work", then it stops asking for new work or doing queued work, but still reports hashrate and temperature at a constant level. Also, the website says it has 0 hashrate.
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November 06, 2013, 02:36:28 AM
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November 06, 2013, 02:49:35 AM
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November 06, 2013, 03:06:50 AM
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That looks like a very nice miner

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November 06, 2013, 03:18:59 PM
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I've been trying to mine with a BFL LS on Ubuntu 12.04 using the latest stable Bitminter. It works perfectly until it has to "ditch stale work", then it stops asking for new work or doing queued work, but still reports hashrate and temperature at a constant level. Also, the website says it has 0 hashrate.

That's very odd. If you hit engine start twice, does it start hashing again? Or do you have to shut down the client and restart it?

That looks like a very nice miner

Thank you kindly, sir.

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November 06, 2013, 03:49:40 PM
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I've been trying to mine with a BFL LS on Ubuntu 12.04 using the latest stable Bitminter. It works perfectly until it has to "ditch stale work", then it stops asking for new work or doing queued work, but still reports hashrate and temperature at a constant level. Also, the website says it has 0 hashrate.

That's very odd. If you hit engine start twice, does it start hashing again? Or do you have to shut down the client and restart it?
I have to restart the client. Same behavior with 1.4.1 and with the current beta. Works fine with CGMiner tho.
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November 07, 2013, 05:14:11 AM
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I've been trying to mine with a BFL LS on Ubuntu 12.04 using the latest stable Bitminter. It works perfectly until it has to "ditch stale work", then it stops asking for new work or doing queued work, but still reports hashrate and temperature at a constant level. Also, the website says it has 0 hashrate.

That's very odd. If you hit engine start twice, does it start hashing again? Or do you have to shut down the client and restart it?
I have to restart the client. Same behavior with 1.4.1 and with the current beta. Works fine with CGMiner tho.
It is now no longer working with CGMiner. It will run for a while and then, without any reason evident, simply give a LIBUSB_OVERFLOW or LIBUSB_NO_DEVICE error. If it's unplugged and repludded, without restarting CGMiner it works again.
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November 07, 2013, 09:54:04 PM
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Hi world. Just wanted to say thanks to BitMinter because it's great and very user friendly  Wink. While everyone is on the topic of ASIC miners, can someone tell me how to reset the com number on my miners?
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November 08, 2013, 05:36:07 AM
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I've been trying to mine with a BFL LS on Ubuntu 12.04 using the latest stable Bitminter. It works perfectly until it has to "ditch stale work", then it stops asking for new work or doing queued work, but still reports hashrate and temperature at a constant level. Also, the website says it has 0 hashrate.

That's very odd. If you hit engine start twice, does it start hashing again? Or do you have to shut down the client and restart it?
I have to restart the client. Same behavior with 1.4.1 and with the current beta. Works fine with CGMiner tho.
It is now no longer working with CGMiner. It will run for a while and then, without any reason evident, simply give a LIBUSB_OVERFLOW or LIBUSB_NO_DEVICE error. If it's unplugged and repludded, without restarting CGMiner it works again.
For "closure": the errors seem to have been due to dirty power input to the miner.
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November 08, 2013, 10:53:33 PM
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Totally New. (Although years ago I was one of the first programmers - PL/1, HASP, JCL, FORTRAN4, UNIX, etc. 1970-71 on the IBM 360 (and had experience with the 1401 (vacuum tubes just before they were replaced then!)  Cool

After some weeks of exploring now, buying a Raspberry Pi for self training, trying many sites I am here now at Bitminter.com with a Windows XP SP2 machine running the Bitminter client, and an ANKER Hub with one stick going (finally!) After reading the specs of the CP2102 chip and then finding the http:/www,ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm site and downloading the Icarus driver I finally got the one stick to work in the new hub. (Working now at 325 Mhps).  As we used to say in the day when the main IBM 360 computer at AO Smith where I worked had only 11 kb of memory in it!! "I pushed a line through".

So, at 350 Mhps I am now at least "In the game", but tiny tiny tiny, and frankly you newer younger people are way smarter programmers than we were. (But then we were cutting the tree line back, hard work with many coke cans and late nights and "blatties" on the desk tops.

REQUEST HELP: I am having trouble though getting the other four sticks to work in this hub  (a "9 hole" w/ fan) when I add them to the hub. (Hub is powered 5 v, 3.5 amps capacity running as USB 2, but it is a 3) I would like to get in touch with a stick miner who has time for a newbie. When I put them in the hub they show up in the device manager as ports (most of them, with one always seemingly trying to be a "duplicate port" and not working with an exclamation point because it is duplicating another com port I can not find). The bitminter client is not picking up on all these sticks when "probing all" is tried.

I like the idea of a pool with its own minter. I am looking at the Bitcoin for the long haul (very long).

My career was in top level management consulting and I know there are four stages of development: formulation / concentration / momentum / maturity, and Bitcoin is not really even started yet!

Pools are important and will eventually drive out single operators. They are the new "banks" with the members being volunteer members of the staff who have a stake in pool success and showing they have the positions they deserve by their "productivity". I am aware that in this pool the PC is totally open to the sysop. Fine with me. Eventually there won't be any personal stuff in my miner anyway. But TRUST inside the pool is important.

This is a transformation the world has been waiting for for the last 500 years. This is time to jump in make a strong commitment to the pool, and make it a strong pool. There will be shake outs ahead, Pools with strong teams will win in those shake outs. Sort of like a new banking industry of a sort is growing up.  I love the concept of members competing with each other for speed and efficiency.

And if I have the right figures in hand with only 11 million BTC produced to date, and the number of BTC that must be getting "lost" in system crashes, security issues, and negligence, and all the newbie mistakes being made daily, there is a lot of mining "upside" in view. I do not "buy" that the day is almost "over". I see it as barely daybreak of the first day with about 500 years ahead! (Things will change again in AD 2500)
 
Barriers to entry are stiff, mainly knowledge. I wrote up my initial try and small first success in first post. This is number 2.  If there is a stick miner out there who is ahead of me (but not so far ahead I would be wasting his time) I would like to develop a email link up with you. Mission: build as fast as possible upon  success, not "jumping" to light speed for "bucks" before "understanding" is there along with the performance. My email is qigrisu@earthlink.net, name is "Rick"

Good to be here. I will keep reading meanwhile looking for stick miners.

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