Picture if you will:
I have 2 computers that currently mine for bitcoins, both of them cpu miners only. (I will not upgrade until I get my current issues worked out.)
One of them is an intel machine that just runs the standard, official bitcoin client in generating mode. However, my other machine is a PPC mac G5 running Ubuntu server (about 8 years old). Since most of this machine's existence is purposed towards wasting electricity, I figured I might as well put it to use. So, I started looking into getting the bitcoin client onto it. This is apparently impossible, due to little-endian vs big-endian conflicts. Instead, I started searching for a java-based miner since java runs on anything, and I actually know how to debug it. No dice. Finally found a C++ miner, namely cpuminer: http://forum.bitcoin.org/?topic=1925.0
After a select few compiling issues involving libcurl, it now generates perfectly at a whopping 1.2 Mh/s. Yay.
Since this is obviously not a huge number, I joined a pool to see what would happen, and if it was worth getting some actual GPU equipment in there. Henceforth, I am now a proud member of Bitcoin Pooled Mining at http://mining.bitcoin.cz/accounts/profile/
. The account is set up (no issues there).
When I run cpuminer:
./minerd -t 2 --url "http://api2.bitcoin.cz:8332" --userpass username.minername:password
I get no errors whatsoever. It starts up two threads like it should and starts cranking away.
2 hours later, on the BPM site, my worker still has 0 "Current shares". I would think that this is normal, since the hash rate is so slow. However, when I did a test connection to btcguild (have an account there as well for testing), it didn't even show my hash rate. So now I am wondering if something is wrong with my machine (besides the fact it is PPC, or a mac, or not made out of lollipops, thanks) or if something is wrong with the network connection, or something else.
To reiterate: machine is crunching, but the website has no current shares listed. Indeed, there is no external evidence at all that there is a machine working under my account.
I do occasionally get a "PROOF OF WORK RESULT: false" message, and the timestamps check out, so I am at least RECEIVING traffic correctly.
I am behind a firewall if it is relevant.