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June 26, 2011, 07:53:43 PM
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Hello,

I just bought a brand new 27" iMac with a killer graphics card.  I want to know how to set it up so that I can use the GPU to mine in a pool.  I may need to be spoon fed but I really want to put my new machine to work.  I am not a computer whiz by any means so go easy on me, but I do know a lot.

Thanks in advance.
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June 27, 2011, 07:51:44 AM
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Hello,

I just bought a brand new 27" iMac with a killer graphics card.  I want to know how to set it up so that I can use the GPU to mine in a pool.  I may need to be spoon fed but I really want to put my new machine to work.  I am not a computer whiz by any means so go easy on me, but I do know a lot.

Thanks in advance.

You best bet would probably be to simply load up linuxcoin onto a usb drive and boot from that.
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June 30, 2011, 06:18:24 PM
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Can I have a step by step process on how to do that?  I have no clue where to start and I need some help.
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July 03, 2011, 01:52:58 AM
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Anybody?  I simply want to know how to set up a GPU pool miner for my new iMac.
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July 03, 2011, 08:16:13 PM
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Here are the basic steps for getting a miner up and running on a pool:

1.  Download DiabloMiner (this is the only mining software that works with Macs, as far as I'm aware).

2.  Register your worker name and password on one of the mining pools.

3.  Open Terminal, cd to the DiabloMiner directory, and enter the following command (edited to include your own worker name, password, and the pool you are joining; below shows how you would join the BTC Guild pool as an example):

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./DiabloMiner-OSX.sh --url http://workername:password@uscentral.btcguild.com:8332/

I hope the new iMacs have something other than Nvidia GPUs -- otherwise you are not going to be mining a whole lot of bitcoins.
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July 03, 2011, 09:22:36 PM
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Thank you so much!  That is exactly what I needed.

My new iMac has the ATI Radeon 6970M Graphics card so I feel pretty confident  Grin

Last Question:  how do I join a mining pool?
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July 04, 2011, 09:56:10 AM
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Thank you so much!  That is exactly what I needed.

My new iMac has the ATI Radeon 6970M Graphics card so I feel pretty confident  Grin

Last Question:  how do I join a mining pool?

I have an iMac with a 6750M, gives me ~110 Mhash/sec after I've overclocked it.
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July 04, 2011, 04:55:28 PM
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I have an iMac with a 6750M, gives me ~110 Mhash/sec after I've overclocked it.

Is ~110 Mhash/sec considered good?
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July 04, 2011, 06:25:16 PM
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Just peruse the Pools subforum.  The largest pools are all stickied at the top with links to each pool's website.  My personal favorites are Eligius and BTC Guild -- when they are working properly.  You might want to join a couple of pools so you can switch between them when one goes down (as seems to happen more often lately).

I don't know of any overclocking tools for Mac, sorry.  Perhaps some other Mac users can offer suggestions.
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July 08, 2011, 05:03:51 AM
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I'm having trouble installing DiabloMiner.  I got the OSX.sh file, what next?
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July 08, 2011, 05:06:27 AM
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I'm having trouble installing DiabloMiner.  I got the OSX.sh file, what next?

Open the Terminal app and CD into the directory you extracted DiabloMiner. From there you will need to run it, like:

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./DiabloMiner-OSX.sh -u username -p password -o pool.bitp.it -r 8334 -v 2 -f 20 -w 128

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July 08, 2011, 08:19:22 AM
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Here's a GUI front end to Diablo Miner for Mac if you don't want to mess with the terminal: http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=8994.0
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July 08, 2011, 08:50:02 AM
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Frankly I'd recommend installing Windows using Bootcamp, overclocking your card with MSI Afterburner and then using poclbm. Gave me a much higher hashrate than using Diablominer in OS X.
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July 08, 2011, 09:07:05 AM
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Frankly I'd recommend installing Windows using Bootcamp, overclocking your card with MSI Afterburner and then using poclbm. Gave me a much higher hashrate than using Diablominer in OS X.

It's supposedly better in 10.7 Lion.
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July 08, 2011, 09:13:10 AM
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Frankly I'd recommend installing Windows using Bootcamp, overclocking your card with MSI Afterburner and then using poclbm. Gave me a much higher hashrate than using Diablominer in OS X.

It's supposedly better in 10.7 Lion.


Ah, that's good. Will see when I upgrade.
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July 09, 2011, 02:55:24 AM
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don't mine with an iMac... it's not worth it... you will regret later

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July 09, 2011, 05:18:08 AM
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don't mine with an iMac... it's not worth it... you will regret later

Why?
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July 09, 2011, 12:44:50 PM
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don't mine with an iMac... it's not worth it... you will regret later

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someone here did and broke the chipset

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July 09, 2011, 01:59:57 PM
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don't mine with an iMac... it's not worth it... you will regret later

Why?


someone here did and broke the chipset

That's possible? Shocked
Now you've got me scared.
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July 09, 2011, 11:26:12 PM
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don't mine with an iMac... it's not worth it... you will regret later

Why?


someone here did and broke the chipset

I have a full 2 year warranty so I'm not scared at all. Besides, I am positive he is not the only person who has ever  blown a chipset due to mining.

Everyone else:  Thanks for the help thus far, I will try the GUI version in a bit.
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