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December 03, 2017, 05:48:16 PM
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Can anyone help with using Minera with a Moonlander2 USB stick and a Pi 3b? I know how to get Minera on the Pi and access it via it's IP on my computer, but is it just plug and play or are there additional steps after that?

At the very least you would need to replace the bfgminer binaries it generates with my supplied RPi binaries (just copy over bfgminer executable).

After I get the next version out that fixes some bugs ill probably be able to merge it into main branch.

just copy the bfgminer to the minera custom folder.. it needs to be renamed to bfgminer-futurebit2

Thanks guys! I'm a real beginner with Linux, can someone give me kind of a step-by-step of what to type in to do that? Thanks as always for all the help.
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December 03, 2017, 06:33:39 PM
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In BFGMiner I keep seeing the error: "Futurebit Write Error: No space left on device"

Each time the error shows up, the device ID in BFGMiner increments by 1. so it started out as "MLD 0" and is now "MLD 7"

edit: restarting BFGMiner seems to have fixed it but I dont know if it will happen again.
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December 03, 2017, 06:54:01 PM
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Got my order of 10 from ASICPuppy.  Lapped the brass backside with 400/800/2000 grit sandpaper and filled the holes with Arctic Alumina, a non-electrically conductive ceramic-based thermal compound.  Just the holes; wiped the surface clean.  The sticks are running great.



My question: Trying to run these sticks on Nicehash but BFGMiner will not successfully mine.  I've searched and could not find an answer.

I'm okay using a regular pool for my own purposes but I purchased a few sticks for stocking stuffers.  A some will go to people who are curious about crypto.  These will make a great introduction.  Thank you, Jstefanop.

What I don't want to do is force a fresh newbie to manage a bunch of accounts, each with passwords, address, 2FA, and all that jazz.  Entering personal information into Coinbase may be questionable enough for these folks, at least at first.  So registration-free Nicehash may be the way to go to get them started.  Problem is BFGMiner does not play nicely with NH.  5.4.2 is the latest version and I followed NH's recommendation of adding /#xnsub to the port number.  It connects but does not receive enough information to successfully mine.

Any suggestions?  Can these sticks be run from CGMiner?
These people will be using Windows.

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December 03, 2017, 10:09:23 PM
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Nicehash works fine, you need to use the following URL for it to work.

stratum+tcp://scrypt.usa.nicehash.com:3333/#skipcbcheck#xnsub

i.e. add "#skipcbcheck#xnsub" at the end of the URL.

Keep in mind Nicehash's default diff seems to be 256k...this will take hours before you submit a share, and unfortunately most pools are setup to adjust vardiff AFTER the first share. Ill try and contact them to see what can be done.

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December 04, 2017, 12:42:33 AM
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hi all, i'm just getting into this stuff and have a moonlander2 on the way, but I just realized my powered hub is just a charging hub, so won't work (stupid me).  So, need to get a new hub.

Questions:
  • Does it need to be a USB 3.0 hub or will a 2.0 hub work fine?  Is a 2.1A/2.4A hub fine?
  • Is there a thread somewhere with a list of low-hashrate pools?  I've got an account on multipool but reading this thread makes me think a single moonlander2 won't work.
  • Alternatively: do you guys have pool recommendations you can post here?

thanks in advance!  this stuff is really interesting and I'm excited to finally get my feet wet with mining hardware (as opposed to the cpu-mining I'm doing now with my laptop).
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December 04, 2017, 01:23:48 AM
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Nicehash works fine, you need to use the following URL for it to work.

stratum+tcp://scrypt.usa.nicehash.com:3333/#skipcbcheck#xnsub

i.e. add "#skipcbcheck#xnsub" at the end of the URL.

Keep in mind Nicehash's default diff seems to be 256k...this will take hours before you submit a share, and unfortunately most pools are setup to adjust vardiff AFTER the first share. Ill try and contact them to see what can be done.

Had this issue will try your fix.

But for now I am solo mining.  you do not have to solo mine with this pool  but WTF  why not?



I see BTC as the super highway and alt coins as taxis and trucks needed to move transactions.
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December 04, 2017, 01:47:17 AM
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Nicehash works fine, you need to use the following URL for it to work.

stratum+tcp://scrypt.usa.nicehash.com:3333/#skipcbcheck#xnsub

i.e. add "#skipcbcheck#xnsub" at the end of the URL.

Keep in mind Nicehash's default diff seems to be 256k...this will take hours before you submit a share, and unfortunately most pools are setup to adjust vardiff AFTER the first share. Ill try and contact them to see what can be done.

Had this issue will try your fix.

But for now I am solo mining.  you do not have to solo mine with this pool  but WTF  why not?




check out ltc.tbdice.org they use a modified cksolo pool and they payout doge if you hit a doge block.
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December 04, 2017, 01:56:50 AM
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Any chance someone can write up a step-by-step guide for getting these working on a Raspberry Pi 3B? I'm a Linux novice and most of what I see assumes a certain level of know how. I was hoping to set it up wirelessly on Minera, but at this point I'm so confused I'll take what I can get... Thanks in advance!

so you need the a foolproof copy n paste "just get it to work" description?

i'll write a short version for you that is most probably not perfect - but will most probably work.


Login to your raspberry pi with putty. (if this already is a problem - let me know). - you can as well login locally if you got keyboard and screen attached!

install neccesary library files (thanks to jstefanop for providing this info)
Code:
sudo apt install libjansson-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev


Code:
mkdir miner
 this will create a directory in your home directory for bfgminer.
Code:
cd miner
now you are in the new folder with the name "miner"

Code:
wget https://github.com/jstefanop/bfgminer/releases/download/bfgminer-5.4.2-futurebit2/bfgminer_5.4.2-futurebit2_linux_armv6.tar.gz
this will download the precompiled (ready to run) bfgminer from jstefanop.

now lets unpack this tar.gz file - this is a zipped tarball (something like a .zip file in windows - atleast similar)

Code:
tar xzfv bfgminer_5.4.2-futurebit2_linux_armv6.tar.gz
now theres running lots of text of the files being unpacked into a folder.

lets go into the new unpacked folder!
Code:
cd bfgminer_5.4.2-futurebit2_linux_armv6

here is the complete bfgminer including a short startup script from jstefanop.

now you can either edit the existing start script by using editor of your choice - i am using nano.
Code:
nano start_moonlander2.sh
and change the pool, the username (after -u) the password (after -p) and save the file again
Code:
CTRL + o
or
Code:
STRG + o
depending on keyboard layout.

now thats its saved - quit the editor.
Code:
CTRL + X
or
Code:
STRG + x

you are ready to do a test run!
Code:
./start_moonlander2.sh
now bfgminer will start (hopefully).

if you dont want to edit existing config you can as well try this:
Code:
echo ./bfgminer --scrypt -o stratum+tcp://us.litecoinpool.org:3333 -u jstefanop.1 -p 1,d=128 -S ALL --set MLD:clock=600 >startmoonlander.sh
in this line you change the pool - the username - the password option.
this will create a new file called "startmoonlander.sh" with your options - which can be modified later.

this file cant be used right now cause it is not executable. lets change that!
Code:
chmod +x startmoonlander.sh

and now you can try your new startup script!
Code:
./startmoonlander.sh

if you encounter any errors - describe them as good as possible or show us a screenshot and i bet - we will find a solution!

Greetings - Astrali







Thank you so much for this Astrali!  I have no idea what I'm doing lol This is my first time mining & using the a Rasberry Pi so it is all new to me.

I have followed your steps and also ran the update codes that RdStrckInd had mentioned on page 2.  Everything went well up until the last step (running moonlander2.sh) it is saying there is an error loading the shared library, which doesn't make sense to me because I was able to locate the file and edit it in the previous step.  Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

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December 04, 2017, 02:16:19 AM
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I have followed your steps and also ran the update codes that RdStrckInd had mentioned on page 2.  Everything went well up until the last step (running moonlander2.sh) it is saying there is an error loading the shared library, which doesn't make sense to me because I was able to locate the file and edit it in the previous step.  Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

maybe libjansson isn't installed.  skipping the standard troubleshooting, try running:

Code:
sudo apt-get install libjansson-dev

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December 04, 2017, 02:23:27 AM
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that worked! thank you!
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December 04, 2017, 02:52:24 AM
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https://imgur.com/a/5ulLO

I think I made progress. What's my next step? (I've never felt so helpless...)
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December 04, 2017, 03:31:08 AM
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Hi,

I have received my shipment of 4 sticks. But the fan doesnt run on all the sticks after plugging in. As a result of this, it gets overheated. Can someone please help me in resolving the issue.
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December 04, 2017, 03:32:53 AM
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Hi,

I have received my shipment of 4 sticks. But the fan doesnt run on all the sticks after plugging in. As a result of this, it gets overheated. Can someone please help me in resolving the issue.

screws too tight.. try to loosen them some.
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December 04, 2017, 03:34:11 AM
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https://imgur.com/a/5ulLO

I think I made progress. What's my next step? (I've never felt so helpless...)

Looks like you're using the wrong algorithm.  Are you using the -S flag?  The included batch file from jstepanop's github has the necessary commands you can leverage off of.  All you need to do is fill in your wallet and the pool.

edit:  Also looks like you're using the wrong bfgminer.  The default folder name for jstepanop's bfg fork includes "futurebit" in the path.
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December 04, 2017, 03:40:08 AM
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Hi,

I have received my shipment of 4 sticks. But the fan doesnt run on all the sticks after plugging in. As a result of this, it gets overheated. Can someone please help me in resolving the issue.
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screws too tight.. try to loosen them some.
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I see. Ok will do the same. Thanks for quick response. Also I dont see it having more than 1 MH/s. Is this because of over heat or do i have to purchase any specific USB power hub to achieve 4-5 MH/s.
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December 04, 2017, 04:35:07 AM
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https://imgur.com/a/5ulLO

I think I made progress. What's my next step? (I've never felt so helpless...)

Looks like you're using the wrong algorithm.  Are you using the -S flag?  The included batch file from jstepanop's github has the necessary commands you can leverage off of.  All you need to do is fill in your wallet and the pool.

edit:  Also looks like you're using the wrong bfgminer.  The default folder name for jstepanop's bfg fork includes "futurebit" in the path.

Ok, awesome! Thanks! Progress again.
I have two windows open. Do I need to input my pool and such in this window?
https://imgur.com/a/NFDOj

...or should I close that window entirely and just use this one?
https://imgur.com/a/SzCaM

TIA. I'm hopeless without y'all.
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December 04, 2017, 04:49:49 AM
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This is normal, even on my test setup I have to restart them once in a while if your running multiple sticks. Not much you can do about it unless your hubs are really good. Have you turned down your voltage from stock setting since your running 600 MHz it looks like? Also try raising your memory voltage a bit and see if that helps with stability.

Im working on driver update that will auto-restart them once it detects it has stopped hashing. bfgminer is supposed to do this already, but its sick/dead/restart code is buggy.

I bought a $12 programmable on/off timer. As long as the USB HUB has a hard power switch (will come on if you plug & unplug from wall outlet), this can be a poor man's auto reset. My programmable timer only has 10 settings, so at best I can turn off/on every 2.4 hours. If you have an Unpluggable 60W 7-port USB HUB power time won't work since their on/off switch is not hard, and when powered off, stays off unless you manually turn USB HUB on.

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December 04, 2017, 04:56:41 AM
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According to litcoinpool.org all of my shares are invalid... :/ I'm not used to being so bad at something. Anyone spot what I'm doing wrong?
https://imgur.com/a/b28rJ
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December 04, 2017, 04:58:53 AM
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Wait, I think we're rolling.
https://imgur.com/a/cPjjb

Might take a minute for my pool to update I guess? Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
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December 04, 2017, 05:13:35 AM
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Wait, I think we're rolling.
https://imgur.com/a/cPjjb

Might take a minute for my pool to update I guess? Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

Looks good, what did you change from before? Your hardware errors were way to high on the last screenshoot.

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