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February 14, 2011, 07:29:36 PM
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First, here is my computers stats:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ @2.6ghz
NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE
Nvidia driver: 8.17.12.6099
Windows Vist Home Premium
3gb ram

GPU Caps Viewer says:
OPEN GL: Core:2.1 - GSL: 1.20
No OpenCL
no CUDA


OK, so I have installed and am running the latest Bitcoin for my PC. Im getting about 2100 khash or so from the CPU. I am thinking I should use the GPU to mine, and enter a mining pool also. I'm not a programmer, and am somewhat new to the Windows OS, but I am familiar with MacOS and the MacOS command line. I am running Bitcoin on a pc because I don't have an Intel Mac. Some limited experience on Linux also. I have read LobsterMans write up but it still leaves me with these questions:

1. GPU Caps says there is a new Nvidia driver, called R266.58. Should I install that?
2. Can I even GPU mine with only OpenGL, or must one have CUDA or OpenCL?
3. If it is possible to use my GPU, will using it in such a fashion shorten its life?
4. Can I just enter a pool using the CPU?
5. If GPU mining on my machine is possible, what miner should I use?
6. If only CPU is possible, what miner should I use?
7. I was thinking on entering the "http://mining.bitcoin.cz/" pool (i think that is called the "slush" pool?). Which of its listed miners should I use for my machine? It lists:
   •   jgarzik's CPU miner
   •   Diablo's GPU miner
   •   m0mchil's GPU miner
   •   puddinpop's CPU/GPU miners

Thanks for the help in advance…
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February 14, 2011, 09:01:58 PM
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You cannot GPU mine unless you have at least one of OpenCL or CUDA.

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February 14, 2011, 09:11:33 PM
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You cannot GPU mine unless you have at least one of OpenCL or CUDA.

OK, that solves that. Thanks

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