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Author Topic: [CLOSED] BTC Guild - Pays TxFees+NMC, Stratum, VarDiff, Private Servers  (Read 829467 times)
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October 08, 2014, 12:09:30 PM
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I'm a little confused tbh, as ck says:

It turns out the controller is so low powered that it can only process ~30 shares per second which mean that unless diff is set higher, they work their way into a death spiral before diff catches up. Great...

Which to me sounds like a hardware issue - or is it the firmware that decides how much power is provided to the controller?
It's not a firmware issue. The controller hardware they bundle with it is not fast enough to handle running at low diffs, and most pools start at a lower diff for a while before vardiff pushes them up. If they stay low diff long enough the controller never catches up. I gave them a driver code workaround (i.e. hack) to get over this hurdle. It means they'll (appear to) run at low hashrates for a while until the pool reaches a diff suitable for the device. When they say it's a firmware issue, they mean they'll offer new firmware with an updated cgminer to address the issue.

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October 08, 2014, 12:51:38 PM
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I'm a little confused tbh, as ck says:

It turns out the controller is so low powered that it can only process ~30 shares per second which mean that unless diff is set higher, they work their way into a death spiral before diff catches up. Great...

Which to me sounds like a hardware issue - or is it the firmware that decides how much power is provided to the controller?
It's not a firmware issue. The controller hardware they bundle with it is not fast enough to handle running at low diffs, and most pools start at a lower diff for a while before vardiff pushes them up. If they stay low diff long enough the controller never catches up. I gave them a driver code workaround (i.e. hack) to get over this hurdle. It means they'll (appear to) run at low hashrates for a while until the pool reaches a diff suitable for the device. When they say it's a firmware issue, they mean they'll offer new firmware with an updated cgminer to address the issue.

Ah, that explains it - thanks ck. Did dogiemain bitmain say if they would replace the controller in the next batch - or will they just keep using the workaround (i.e. hack)?

I get the feeling bitmain are paying the wrong person...... Wink

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October 08, 2014, 01:06:18 PM
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Did bitmain say if they would replace the controller in the next batch - or will they just keep using the workaround (i.e. hack)?
They weren't even clear on if and when they'd use the hack, but the only US contact I have took the patch. I can only hazard a guess that there is zero chance of them using a different controller this late in their production phase.

As for btcguild, to stay on topic, it's probably time you further increased the minimum/starting diff here anyway given what hardware is left hashing these days.

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October 09, 2014, 06:15:19 AM
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The default difficulty for workers has been increased from 4 to 32.  Existing worker settings have not been changed, and new workers can be adjusted back down to lower levels if desired.  The filtering server (the server you initially connect to) has also been updated to a difficulty of 16 before it will redirect you to the appropriate backend/loadbalancer.  As usual, the filtering server is only accessed for a single submission when you first attempt a connection to stratum.btcguild.com or eu-stratum.btcguild.com.

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October 09, 2014, 08:00:18 AM
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Just passed 25 billion shares submitted.  Smiley

Unfortunately it looks like I may be shutting down before I can get to 30 billion unless the price of BTC is on the rebound.
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October 09, 2014, 03:21:23 PM
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Unfortunately it looks like I may be shutting down before I can get to 30 billion unless the price of BTC is on the rebound.
It seems to be rebounding right now.  Unless it's a dead cat bounce.

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October 11, 2014, 01:25:26 AM
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We're due for a nice fuckin' run.

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C'mon block - youre about to get a whoopin.
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October 13, 2014, 09:56:29 AM
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I know this has probably been covered a million times, but is there any way of changing a locked BTC payout address?  I know, it's locked for a reason.  But, I haven't mined for a good while, and when I logged in to BTCGuild I noticed a small number of coins sitting there under an old BTC address I no longer have. Sad
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October 13, 2014, 10:40:48 AM
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I'm pretty sure they require a signed message to change the address.
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October 13, 2014, 11:51:14 AM
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Just wondering if I'm the only one that can't get on the site...?

I'm in the UK and am getting a 525 SSL error from cloudflare...
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October 13, 2014, 11:54:10 AM
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Just wondering if I'm the only one that can't get on the site...?

I'm in the UK and am getting a 525 SSL error from cloudflare...
Same here.  I'm in the US.

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October 13, 2014, 11:54:27 AM
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Just wondering if I'm the only one that can't get on the site...?

I'm in the UK and am getting a 525 SSL error from cloudflare...

Can't get there here in the US either...
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October 13, 2014, 12:26:35 PM
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Miners seem to be connecting just fine...

...nothing has gone to the backup pool...
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October 13, 2014, 12:29:24 PM
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Im from europe and website also down here
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October 13, 2014, 12:53:33 PM
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Im from europe and website also down here


yeee me too, look like website is down on cloudfire offline .. me in asia

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October 13, 2014, 01:01:31 PM
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Hope we dont lose miners work
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October 13, 2014, 01:38:00 PM
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Also still down here - UK

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October 13, 2014, 01:58:35 PM
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Yeah Gutted, I have had my miner offline for a couple of months since we moved as my wife did not like the noise... she goes away for a month, I get it all up and running and now this?

The miner status looks good so with a bit of luck we can check out the stats on the btc guild website soon...

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October 13, 2014, 03:29:20 PM
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Website still down for me, my miners appear to be unaffected though.
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October 13, 2014, 04:04:27 PM
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Sorry for the website downtime.  As others have noticed:  Mining is completely unaffected.  I'm trying to figure out why cloudflare is serving up a "currently offline" page while the web server is having no issues when connected to directly.


EDIT:  Website frontend is back online.  Absolutely no mining time was lost during the outage.

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