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Author Topic: BitMinter.com * Optional Custom Miner, PPLNS, Merged mining, Newbie-Friendly! *  (Read 208891 times)
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September 14, 2011, 03:27:44 PM
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You saying the idea is worth something ?

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September 14, 2011, 05:52:12 PM
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Ah, I guess it was you thx Smiley Now I feel guilty for depriving your community for what could also have been at least 5 minutes of server rental Smiley

Let me make it up to you; Im writing a FAQ on bitcoin that I intend to sticky in my community for people never having heard of it (which is most). Perhaps you find it useful to use on your site  (feel free to copy paste whatever you want), but if you'd read, do me a favor and check it for errors. Im rather new to bitcoin myself so Im sure I got some things wrong:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/18GP6spob897vPVtceTHjTaO6-SZfpOvnDDUfXHdKfJc/edit?hl=en_US

There are also some basics I dont fully understand myself,  you will probably notice me skirting around them, any corrections or additions are welcome, as Id like it to be factually correct even if the details might be irrelevant to the audience.

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September 15, 2011, 01:38:10 AM
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nice!!!!  that is useful too, lol.
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September 18, 2011, 09:18:56 PM
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We are switching payment system.

Read more in the main thread at https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=27062.msg532816#msg532816

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September 21, 2011, 12:55:53 PM
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Wow, nice coverage of the important aspects of bitcoin. Should be a good way to get newbies up to speed!

One correction:

At one point you mention "1 coin every 10 minutes". It's actually one block created on average every 10 minutes. One block currently gives 50 bitcoins, although this number will decrease in the future.

There are also some basics I dont fully understand myself,  you will probably notice me skirting around them, any corrections or additions are welcome, as Id like it to be factually correct even if the details might be irrelevant to the audience.

Ask about anything you are unsure about. We have many here who know a lot about bitcoin. Smiley

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September 21, 2011, 05:33:24 PM
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is it faster for the 5850 as well?
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September 21, 2011, 06:01:01 PM
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is it faster for the 5850 as well?

Yes. I have a 5850 and with the current bitminter beta I get noticeably (~10 MH) better hashrates than with phoenix, and marginally (~3 MH?) higher hashrates than with diablo. Im getting about 335-340 MH @840 MHz, using ubuntu.

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September 21, 2011, 06:06:07 PM
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Wow, nice coverage of the important aspects of bitcoin. Should be a good way to get newbies up to speed!

One correction:

At one point you mention "1 coin every 10 minutes". It's actually one block created on average every 10 minutes. One block currently gives 50 bitcoins, although this number will decrease in the future.

Thx. Yeah I thought it was wrong when I typed it, but planned on looking it up later and kinda forgot. Ill correct it.

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There is many small things I could probably google as well. But ok, for starters, a pretty basic one; when I receive payments in the bitcoin client, I dont have an address of the sender. why not? Thats not something inherent to the protocol is it?

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September 23, 2011, 02:33:39 PM
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There is many small things I could probably google as well. But ok, for starters, a pretty basic one; when I receive payments in the bitcoin client, I dont have an address of the sender. why not? Thats not something inherent to the protocol is it?

If you receive 0.5 BTC to one of your addresses and 1 BTC to another, then send 1.5 BTC to someone else - which address should show in their client? The money you sent are coming from two separate addresses.

Take a look at this transaction on blockexplorer:

http://blockexplorer.com/tx/689b96d44fb028282d690e60416d346bebee2ad70ee4c6d0487ed3eaabb4486c

Money from many sources going to one destination.

Funny thing about that one is that two of the sources are repeated several times. I have no idea why that would happen. Anyone know?

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September 25, 2011, 08:59:53 PM
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P4man, nice job creating our first PPLNS block! Smiley

In other news, more stats available on the website. Live stats now have data on the current round. There's a new page under statistics showing which miners people are running. And you can see the CDF for each block we created - it's an indication of how lucky or unlucky each block was.

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September 25, 2011, 09:09:20 PM
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P4man, nice job creating our first PPLNS block! Smiley

Yay. 50 BTC. Ka-tching  My lone 5850 just paid for itself and then some.
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And you can see the CDF for each block we created - it's an indication of how lucky or unlucky each block was.

Thanks for that, that was sorely missing.

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October 03, 2011, 03:11:59 PM
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Hi,

There is something wrong with the new client.  After working for a few minutes, it stops working.  The program doesn't crash, but it just sits there without any error messages.  The number in the "Work units started on" keeps going up, but "Proofs" don't increase.  I shut down and restarted my computer, but it happened again.



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October 03, 2011, 03:22:00 PM
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In my experience that happens when Catalyst drivers have crashed.

You may want to try another miner software (and same pool).  BitMinter (the miner software) doesn't seem to provide a lot of crash detection/reporting.
What I expect you will see in another miner is the Catalyst drivers are crashing and mining halts until you restart the miner.
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October 03, 2011, 03:32:34 PM
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Having more proofs of work than work units is actually pretty good. But I guess the screenshot was taken shortly after things locked up.

Does the power meter get stuck at the same value as well? If so, I guess it is drivers locking up like you suggested, DeathAndTaxes. I'll put that on my TODO list - detect GPU driver locking up, and possibly try to restart.

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October 03, 2011, 03:37:53 PM
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Sorry, I got two things mixed up.  I thought the "Work units started on" was the "Spare work units on hand" because they share the same icon.

Yes, the power meter gets stuck on a value and does not change.  Catalyst recently offered to upgrade to 11.8 and I let it.  Something may have gone wrong during the upgrade.  I downloaded 11.9 from AMD and installed it manually.  Hopefully it will fix the issue.

Having more proofs of work than work units is actually pretty good. But I guess the screenshot was taken shortly after things locked up.

Does the power meter get stuck at the same value as well? If so, I guess it is drivers locking up like you suggested, DeathAndTaxes. I'll put that on my TODO list - detect GPU driver locking up, and possibly try to restart.


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October 03, 2011, 03:46:41 PM
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Thats what happens when you overclock too much. Try reducing your clocks and see if its stable.

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October 03, 2011, 03:52:27 PM
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I've been running with this setting for over 3 months with no problems.  I doubt is the OC because this problem has never occurred before. My temp rarely gets to 70, and that's only when the ambient temp is over 85.

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October 03, 2011, 04:47:40 PM
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Im pretty sure it is the overclock. I get 100% the same thing if I overclock too far.
Overclocks dont last forever, as the card gets older and more abused, max stable overclocks get lower.
Also, bitminterIts a different app as what you used previously, uses the gpu differently and more efficiently than most other miners, that means more heat and more stress. Trust me, just try reducing your clocks. I bet you a bitcoin the problem will disappear.

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October 03, 2011, 04:53:26 PM
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I've been using Bitminter for the past 3 months.  I think there was a problem with Catalyst 11.8 or the upgrade to that version.  Since I updated the drivers to 11.9 this morning, it's been running fine.  The two times the program stopped working, it did so after less than 200 proofs.  Right now, it's up to 508.

I think I'll keep the OC setting where they are now and see if the problem occurs again.  If it does, I'll lower my settings.

Im pretty sure it is the overclock. I get 100% the same thing if I overclock too far.
Overclocks dont last forever, as the card gets older and more abused, max stable overclocks get lower.
Also, bitminterIts a different app as what you used previously, uses the gpu differently and more efficiently than most other miners, that means more heat and more stress. Trust me, just try reducing your clocks. I bet you a bitcoin the problem will disappear.

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October 03, 2011, 09:33:25 PM
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Just wanted to say hi. Moved one of my smaller rigs over to Bitminter to try it out. I like where you're going with this. It is a 6950 with a ..slight.. overclock. I'm seeing almost EXACTLY the same M/H as I did with guiminer/poclbm ~378 Mhps.

Will check out the IRC channel see if I can catch anyone there.
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