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July 23, 2011, 01:38:28 AM
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As I understand, linux will be the better choice, gives better h/s. With windows xp, I have to make dummy DVI plugs and using VNC might not always be fast

But when it comes to OC, fan control, temp monitoring etc, I don't know how much function linux can provide? And Guiminer is really easy to use and switch between different profiles

Any recommendations?

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July 23, 2011, 02:22:42 AM
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Im using Linux, seems much more suitable than WinOS.
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July 23, 2011, 04:16:12 AM
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I would love to use windows if I could get rid of the hard disk drive and run a full version of windows on a usb disk...
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July 23, 2011, 04:22:11 AM
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unfortunitly windows as best ATI stream drivers so windows will always get the better hash. but with Linux your not restricted to 4 cards in one system. mac I'm not sure but I'm beating all people on Linux and mac that are on the charts. I'm using 5850's. 420 out off a new one I got, stock volt too as it as not been added to trixx yet Smiley stock cooler too Smiley
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July 23, 2011, 06:19:12 AM
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Linux is free, and has fewer viruses than windows.

The linux command line program 'aticonfig' gives you access to all the usual overclock parameters except fan control without the catalyst GUI. There is also an open-source (sourceforge) program for overclocking, but I forget the name.

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July 23, 2011, 06:21:39 AM
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my understanding is to use a windows OS to set overclocking up then dual boot into Linux.
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July 23, 2011, 08:29:18 AM
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linux hands down, offers better options for everything but flashing customised roms. atitweak or aticonfig to sort out overclocking, 11.6 drivers and you won't have to worry about rom flashing. Linux offers better security, better remote access, higher stability and best of all it's free.
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July 23, 2011, 08:54:41 AM
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my understanding is to use a windows OS to set overclocking up then dual boot into Linux.

erm, I'm not saying its not possible, but how can you load drivers up in one language, and expect.to load another straight after and have anything to do with the previous boot work on a fresh one, if that makes sense Smiley ones is dos based, ones Unix based. my experience is they ain't related and don't mix Smiley  ATI drivers are still not the best either. wish they'd address that issue.

as for windows, this is the only thing I've seen windows beat unix, Linux, osx etc for anything pretty much. but windows does have more mature video drivers cause of gaming. 2.1 steam is better (10.4 catalyst driver). I get 400 to 420 mhash out of 5850s all day long in windows. the 420 is stock volt to, as it a revsion that's not volt moddable yet Smiley can't wait for shapphire release new trixx Smiley

and you can't use xp, its 3.2gb bound, there's a gig at least on each graphics card, without including the RAM!  4 cards, 4 to 8gb. no good for me at least Smiley

I hate ms, and they'll never get a penny from me anyways. I'm suprised anyone buys there products at all tbh. I don't use anti virus (attracts virus), never update, never nothing like that. had an xp machine up for 3 years, not a problem, and a win 7 for a year or so. nothing. FireFox with ad block plus, no script and ccleaner and what else do you need. an iP changer/blocked maybe if you want extra security and use tor if you really want to be safe. just don't listen to what windows reccomends Smiley windows can and is secure, if you take the right actions, at least as secure as osx which is just as vunerable although jobs wouldn't like you knowing that Smiley

end of the day its all opinion realy but I'm not getting nothing like the speeds I get in windows. 11.6 isn't as good as 11.5 driver in windows. 10.4 all the way, good 5 to 10th mhash better with pheonix and especially diablo miner and diablo is multi platform, may be worth checking. my stales are amazing with diablo. 0.5% compared to 2% on phoenix.

I don't know how osx or Linux could possibly have better drivers than windows, drivers on windows are infanitly better due to gamers and the sort. I'm sticking up for billy for mining OS Smiley
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July 23, 2011, 08:59:58 AM
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I guess it has quite a lot to do with personal preference.
I have tried running both and for my setup windows beats linux easily in every angle.
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July 23, 2011, 09:06:04 AM
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I guess it has quite a lot to do with personal preference.
I have tried running both and for my setup windows beats linux easily in every angle.

cause it does Smiley except for the 4 card limit and having to use dummy plugs, millions of them ha ha. reminds me I need go stock up on resisters Smiley
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July 23, 2011, 01:14:22 PM
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The linux command line program 'aticonfig' gives you access to all the usual overclock parameters except fan control without the catalyst GUI.

For fan control, use:

   aticonfig --adapter=$ADAPTER --pplib-cmd 'set fanspeed 0 100'
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July 23, 2011, 01:31:15 PM
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nd having to use dummy plugs, millions of them ha ha. reminds me I need go stock up on resisters Smiley
You do not need dummy plugs anymore. I'm running windows and using none. Smiley
Try finding catalyst 11.6b
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July 23, 2011, 01:46:03 PM
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does it still put the cpu to 100%?
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July 23, 2011, 04:12:46 PM
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and you can't use xp, its 3.2gb bound, there's a gig at least on each graphics card, without including the RAM!  4 cards, 4 to 8gb. no good for me at least Smiley


Is it true? I just plan to install a windows xp with only 1GB ram for 3 cards, what could that be?

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July 23, 2011, 05:28:47 PM
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and you can't use xp, its 3.2gb bound, there's a gig at least on each graphics card, without including the RAM!  4 cards, 4 to 8gb. no good for me at least Smiley


Is it true? I just plan to install a windows xp with only 1GB ram for 3 cards, what could that be?

its 3. something mate. 32 bit can only address that much, hence 64 bit been pushed when it wasn't really needed for everyone. some did Smiley  I've never seen what will happen, I'm guessing you won't get a gig of ram, more like a couple 100mb showing up.

as for 11.6b drivers, ill check it out but use 10.4 cause the stream 2.1 drivers rule :p how does the b driver stop the need for dummy plugs, I thought it was something within windows OS with the restrictions, not the ATI driver?
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July 24, 2011, 01:58:24 AM
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The linux command line program 'aticonfig' gives you access to all the usual overclock parameters except fan control without the catalyst GUI.

For fan control, use:

   aticonfig --adapter=$ADAPTER --pplib-cmd 'set fanspeed 0 100'


I do not want to set it at a specific number...I want it to go up when it needs to go up.

my 3 gpu are running at 65 degrees, and the fan is at a little over 60%. I like using the FanCTRL.
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July 24, 2011, 02:05:17 AM
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Lots of other people already know this, but I wanted to put some actual numbers to it if anyone wanted to see it.

I have an original 2006 Mac Pro with a Mac flashed Radeon 5870 in it.  Running Diablo GPU miner within OS 10.6.8 gets me 170-190Mhash/sec.
I dual boot into Win XP (Apple doesn't support W7 on this machine) and get 400MHash/sec running guiminer using the same hardware.

I love my Macs, but they just don't do the OpenCL thing that well apparently.
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July 24, 2011, 03:03:05 AM
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free and fits on a $5 usb drive:

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July 24, 2011, 03:15:08 AM
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I guess it has quite a lot to do with personal preference.
I have tried running both and for my setup windows beats linux easily in every angle.

cause it does Smiley except for the 4 card limit and having to use dummy plugs, millions of them ha ha. reminds me I need go stock up on resisters Smiley


The 4 card limit is in the ATI drivers, not Windows. Which has been increased since Catalyst 11.6

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July 24, 2011, 04:56:44 AM
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it took me 5 minutes to make 4 dummy plugs, it aint hard...
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