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December 22, 2017, 07:48:56 AM
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alright my miner dudes. so I think(fingers crossed) that I finally have a pretty good starting set-up going. so here is my three moonlander 2s running on this usb hub that i bought. it was slightly pricey but i didn't mind as its small but yet very powerful.
http://www.usbgear.com/10PCHGRHUBMINI.html
unfortunately I can only fit up to 6 miners with fans, but definitely can fit 10 without the fans..

How fast can you run them on that hub?
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December 22, 2017, 10:52:41 AM
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I have 1x Moonlander working fine on my Windows PC. I have a couple more arriving soon and would like to set up on a Pi and hub.

Who has an "idiots guide" i can follow from the beginning - Linux is new to me

Thanks

Check Astrali's post on the first page.

Ha I'm too much of an idiot cause I can't figure out how to get them to run on a pi.


I used this guide and it worked for me (I'm not new to Linux though).https://steemit.com/raspberry/@qctechno/howto-install-futurebit-moonlander-2-usb-scrypt-miner-with-raspberrypi-3
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December 22, 2017, 11:50:47 AM
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Have 11 running stable Using 796 clock speed no change to any of the Pots



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December 22, 2017, 12:37:45 PM
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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






Thanks Astrali, got this running on my pi now. How does an “idiot” update to the latest version of the miner
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December 22, 2017, 01:45:29 PM
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I am an idiot but... How can people get such big numbers with 5V/0.9A per port? At that numbers it should consumpt cca. 4.5W which is sufficient for 600-620MHz, using formula from first page Mhz*5.66=hashrate and 1.3W/MH efficiency. And they are OEM tuned for running @600, obviously having in mind most of people will have 3.0 ports/hubs where 0.9A is standard max. I went that road too but I don't get it...
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December 22, 2017, 01:56:40 PM
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Popped the fan off the heatsink and have a bendy USB fan blowing on it now. Thing is much cooler and it's nearly silent. Heck my laptop chiller pad is noisier now. Super happy to be able to let it run while I sleep now. Cheers. Next mission is getting the miner running on rasbian stretch. That will tax my computer savy.
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December 22, 2017, 03:48:58 PM
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I have 2 of these. Does anyone know how to edit whatever needs edited for Windows 10 to run another miner? I have 1 running right now for about 6 days with no problems. I think they’re great!
(BTW this is my first post ever on any forum)

I think I figured it out...
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December 22, 2017, 04:43:49 PM
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Has / can anyone here share some accurate readings of current draw (with stock voltage settings) of these moonlanders.

I have a pluggable 7 port USB 3.0 hub, this one:
https://plugable.com/products/usb3-hub7bc
It has a 60W power supply.

I have 5x moonlanders connected to it running at 756 clock speed and it has a reading (at the main socket for the hub alone) of 53.08W which seems wayyy to high.

I saw in the OP that these should use 1.3W per hash.  Now for a 756 clock speed, this gives 4.278mh (which is what i am seeing) but then a watt usage of around 5.56W (current draw calc to be 1.11amps) and if I have five of them this should be around 33watts but i am actually seeing nearly double at 53watts.  I know PSUs are not 100% efficiency but thats too much loss - something isn't right.

I guess what would be mega useful is a full rundown of all the clock frequencies and the current for each one like:

Clock
384
450
480
540
576
600
612
625
636
648
660
672
684
700
720
744
756
768
796
832
852
876
900
924
954

anyone fancy trying it?

It would be really useful as this would allow more people to get stable frequencies depending on the device they where connected to (I was hoping to try one connected to a Pi3 usb port but that is limited to 1.2a max total).
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December 22, 2017, 04:55:22 PM
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I currently have 1x Moonlander running at 796 from USB 3 port - 1.93A at 4.55V - 4.52MH/s.

Should I be aiming for 5V on my USB meter?
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December 22, 2017, 05:01:30 PM
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Has / can anyone here share some accurate readings of current draw (with stock voltage settings) of these moonlanders.

I have a pluggable 7 port USB 3.0 hub, this one:
https://plugable.com/products/usb3-hub7bc
It has a 60W power supply.

I have 5x moonlanders connected to it running at 756 clock speed and it has a reading (at the main socket for the hub alone) of 53.08W which seems wayyy to high.

I saw in the OP that these should use 1.3W per hash.  Now for a 756 clock speed, this gives 4.278mh (which is what i am seeing) but then a watt usage of around 5.56W (current draw calc to be 1.11amps) and if I have five of them this should be around 33watts but i am actually seeing nearly double at 53watts.  I know PSUs are not 100% efficiency but thats too much loss - something isn't right.

I guess what would be mega useful is a full rundown of all the clock frequencies and the current for each one like:

Clock
384
450
480
540
576
600
612
625
636
648
660
672
684
700
720
744
756
768
796
832
852
876
900
924
954

anyone fancy trying it?

It would be really useful as this would allow more people to get stable frequencies depending on the device they where connected to (I was hoping to try one connected to a Pi3 usb port but that is limited to 1.2a max total).

Stock voltage for both controllers is set higher than they need to be...to achieve the low end in current draw your going to have to turn the voltages down by quite a bit. Also not sure how your measure current draw, but my figures are from the 5v line. If your using a small 120v to 5v converter, those things are super inefficient. Your probably drawing an extra 20-30% using stock voltage settings, plus another 20-30% loss on the small power bricks so 50w for 5 at the wall sounds about right.

Also don't forget that if your drawing 50w from a 60w converter that near its max, and efficiency goes down even more.

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FutureBit Moonlander 2 USB Scrypt Stick Miner: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2125643.0
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December 22, 2017, 05:03:13 PM
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I currently have 1x pi running at 796 from USB 3 port - 1.93A at 4.55V - 4.52MH/s.

Should I be aiming for 5V on my USB meter?

Really!? Interesting - that a Pi3 ? Any special settings?

No - I was thinking current draw (amps) maybe using something like this:
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F162705351062
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December 22, 2017, 05:08:54 PM
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I currently have 1x Moonlander running at 796 from USB 3 port - 1.93A at 4.55V - 4.52MH/s.

Should I be aiming for 5V on my USB meter?

main controller can handle down to 4.5v so should be fine as long as it does not drop below that.

Project Apollo: A Pod Miner Designed for the Home https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4974036
FutureBit Moonlander 2 USB Scrypt Stick Miner: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2125643.0
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December 22, 2017, 05:14:42 PM
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I currently have 1x pi running at 796 from USB 3 port - 1.93A at 4.55V - 4.52MH/s.

Should I be aiming for 5V on my USB meter?

Really!? Interesting - that a Pi3 ? Any special settings?

No - I was thinking current draw (amps) maybe using something like this:
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F162705351062

EDIT - that should say Moonlander, not pi

That is a similar meter to what I am using.

jstefanop - so I should turn pot up until it reads 5V, ideally???
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December 22, 2017, 05:21:49 PM
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alright my miner dudes. so I think(fingers crossed) that I finally have a pretty good starting set-up going. so here is my three moonlander 2s running on this usb hub that i bought. it was slightly pricey but i didn't mind as its small but yet very powerful.
http://www.usbgear.com/10PCHGRHUBMINI.html
unfortunately I can only fit up to 6 miners with fans, but definitely can fit 10 without the fans..

How fast can you run them on that hub?
so far i've got the three running at a solid 4.30mh/s each with an avarage of A:1600 and R:5 HW:550/.55% with clock speed at 756 within a 12 hour time frame just close to stock settings. I would think I would be able to max them out since the hub claims it can support the voltage and amps.we shall see in the future.
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December 22, 2017, 05:43:00 PM
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Just some rough calculations - 4.5v X 2A = 9W

9W/4.5MH/s = 2W per MH - am I right? How should I tune this better?
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December 22, 2017, 06:05:43 PM
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If I want to add more sticks, do I need to add a worker for each stick? If so how do I add the new workers to the mine?
No, bgfminer will detect all sticks, they will show up as MLD0, MLD1 and so on. Only one worker (you specifiy that in the bat file). It is possible to assign a specific stick to a worker but I gather from your question that that is not what you want, therefore saving you what to do to get that. It is all in this thread somewhere.
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December 22, 2017, 07:20:05 PM
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so far i've got the three running at a solid 4.30mh/s each with an avarage of A:1600 and R:5 HW:550/.55% with clock speed at 756 within a 12 hour time frame just close to stock settings. I would think I would be able to max them out since the hub claims it can support the voltage and amps.we shall see in the future.

Thanks, will be interested to see how higher speeds work out. If the accuracy of those cheap meters like Fenboy is using can be trusted, him seeing nearly 2A at 796mhz, it's no wonder so many hubs won't cut it at higher speeds. I have 6 running really well now with external cooling at 954mhz, but I have to put 2 each on 3 Anker hubs to power them. Would be nice to get down to one hub.
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December 22, 2017, 08:16:58 PM
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Thanks anway!
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December 22, 2017, 10:11:05 PM
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https://image.ibb.co/kpUWc6/error.png

Am I getting errors? If so why? I've not done anything to the stick. No mods or anything. . Does it look alright to you guys?
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December 22, 2017, 10:15:15 PM
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Anyone tried this Hub ?

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/QICENT-Aluminum-USB-3-0-Powered-HUB-7-Port-BC-1-2-Charging-HUB-Splitter-with/32831430292.html?spm=2114.search0204.3.1.CcBnJH&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_2_10152_10065_5000015_10151_10344_10068_10345_10342_10547_10343_51102_10340_10341_10548_5130015_10609_10541_10084_10083_10307_10610_5870020_5080015_10312_10059_10313_10314_10534_100031_10604_10603_10103_10605_10594_5060015_10142_10107,searchweb201603_2,ppcSwitch_2_ppcChannel&algo_expid=8e9f694f-6ade-4827-9dae-5150e9e14b55-0&algo_pvid=8e9f694f-6ade-4827-9dae-5150e9e14b55&rmStoreLevelAB=5
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