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Author Topic: GekkoScience NewPac / Terminus R606 (BM1387) Official Support Thread  (Read 36927 times)
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August 04, 2019, 10:22:05 PM
Last edit: August 05, 2019, 01:14:49 AM by frodocooper
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Just downloaded it.
from: git clone github/vthoang/cgminer.git
Followed instructions that came with R606.
Only rcv it in mail earlier this week.

cgminer version is 4.11.1
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August 05, 2019, 01:23:35 PM
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If you are installing this on a Raspberry Pi, follow the instructions I placed: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5053833.msg50968875#msg50968875

You would not be using Terminus in your commands for the R606.  Rather it's --enable gekko during the build.   I would suggest rebuilding in a new folder with the linked instructions and try again.  Also one thing to note, the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ and prior models only had one USB lane that is shared across the board (ethernet etc) which tended to create a bottleneck.  If you are running one R606 and no other devices you may be ok.  During my testing of the Pi 3 b+ I could never achieve advertised speeds with my R606's.  But I later discovered it was because of the traffic issue (one usb lane) as I had 4 newpacs, 2 r606 and 2 futurebit moonlander 2's running off it.  Cheesy

And the script coding would appear as:

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./cgminer -o stratum+tcp://miningaddress:port# -u wallet_address -p miner_password --usb 1:4 --widescreen --gekko-r606-freq 550

You would find your bus:device for the --usb by keying lsusb at a command line.  You will see something similar to below:

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mstrozier@raspberrypi:~ $ lsusb
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0403:6015 Future Technology Devices International, Ltd Bridge(I2C/SPI/UART/FIFO)
Bus 001 Device 010: ID 0403:6015 Future Technology Devices International, Ltd Bridge(I2C/SPI/UART/FIFO)
Bus 001 Device 009: ID 0403:6015 Future Technology Devices International, Ltd Bridge(I2C/SPI/UART/FIFO)
Bus 001 Device 008: ID 10c4:ea60 Cygnal Integrated Products, Inc. CP2102/CP2109 UART Bridge Controller [CP210x family]
Bus 001 Device 007: ID 0403:6015 Future Technology Devices International, Ltd Bridge(I2C/SPI/UART/FIFO)
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 0403:6015 Future Technology Devices International, Ltd Bridge(I2C/SPI/UART/FIFO)
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 10c4:ea60 Cygnal Integrated Products, Inc. CP2102/CP2109 UART Bridge Controller [CP210x family]
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 1a40:0201 Terminus Technology Inc. FE 2.1 7-port Hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 2109:3431 VIA Labs, Inc. Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

For me my R606 is at Bus 001 and Device 004 which is where the --usb 1:4 is from.  The others are my newpac's.  And the CP210x family are Futurebit Moonlanders.

I'm now running on a Raspberry Pi 4 and on this board there is I believe 3 USB lanes and I have not had any trouble running my devices on it and getting correct speeds etc.
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August 06, 2019, 02:30:13 AM
Last edit: August 06, 2019, 02:32:27 AM by frodocooper
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Hello.

I just received my NewPac, started it with the

Code:
./cgminer -o stratum+tcp://jp.stratum.slushpool.com:3333 -u floopers.Gekko -p x --gekko-newpac-freq 100

but it only run about 20Gh/s.

I'm on linux and running cgminer 4.11.1

Can anyone advice me on which parameters to start the miner with to increase the hashrate? I saw the person who sold it to me had it running on 500Mh/s but it seems to high and I don't want to burn the miner.
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August 06, 2019, 02:33:30 AM
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===============
=Basic Q&A / Troubleshooting=
===============

Q. How can I set a different frequency for the R606 vs NewPac vs 2Pac vs the Compac?

cgminer will accept a custom frequency per device type.
--gekko-r606-freq 600 --gekko-newpac-freq 200 --gekko-compac-freq 200 --gekko-2pac-freq 150


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August 06, 2019, 02:40:08 AM
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Should I just start it with 500 freq? Will it not burn?
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August 06, 2019, 03:36:25 AM
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=================
=Expected Performance=
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The expected performance of the NewPac is about 0.228 * MHz = GH.  
At the default frequency of 100MHz, the NewPac runs at 22.8 GH.

Rough power usage and efficiency of a NewPac:


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=Cooling=
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If you run a stick miner, use a cooling fan.  
 
Increased cooling can reduce the chip's overall power usage.

Non cooled sticks are subject to thermal runaway where heat will trigger increased amperage draw increasing heat in a cycle until the unit fails.


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The miner seem to be acting a bit weird. It is mining fine for a while and then it restart itself, WU gets lower and the hashrate drops also. I have it on default clocks 100Mhz on Linux Mint connected directly to laptop now. Any suggestions why is this happening? Is there any setting to make it more stable?
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August 07, 2019, 02:17:12 AM
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The miner seem to be acting a bit weird. It is mining fine for a while and then it restart itself, WU gets lower and the hashrate drops also. I have it on default clocks 100Mhz on Linux Mint connected directly to laptop now. Any suggestions why is this happening? Is there any setting to make it more stable?

It is possibly a power issue.  Better to run them using a powered hub such as the Gekko Science 7 port hub.  Instead of directly plugged into laptop/desktop/SBC  etc.
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August 08, 2019, 05:28:56 PM
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@Sidehack
i notice newpacks are sold out everywhere, i this a vacation pause?
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August 08, 2019, 05:49:40 PM
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Should be another week out I think. We're hoping to have more orders to send their way and still have handful on hand. Wink

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August 08, 2019, 06:52:35 PM
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No, production's at record numbers. Mostly we've been working on whittling down a large pre-paid order but some sellers have been getting chunks off the small queue so not everyone is sold out. Technically. Sorta.

Shortly after that big order was paid for, I got stock requests from every other reseller on Earth in the span of 48 hours so here directly the floodgates will be wide open.

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August 08, 2019, 06:59:17 PM
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Sounds good, let us know what timing to expect and I'l have the listings updated asap.

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August 08, 2019, 08:48:29 PM
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I’m eager to get my hands on one soon. Been holding out until i sold off my old pc and now ive got money waiting. Cant wait to get it sitting next to my 6xnewpacs and gekko copperplate usb hub.

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So my NewPac seem to be working fine with active fan cooling it. Its running smooth on 200 Mhz. Do I need to worry about anything if I want to increase the clocks even more? Or should I just start increasing gradually and see whether its stable?
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So my NewPac seem to be working fine with active fan cooling it. Its running smooth on 200 Mhz. Do I need to worry about anything if I want to increase the clocks even more? Or should I just start increasing gradually and see whether its stable?

If you have still got it plugged directly into your laptop usb port then I would stop there. These sticks really do need a powered usb hub to run at higher speeds.

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At the moment I'm connected to the powered docker station before I bring my powered hubs. Not sure how exactly the docker works or what its power tho.
Its model Dell D3100.

https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/accessories/dell-d3100-docking-station

I have there only one miner for the moment, so was hoping the power would be enough.
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Last edit: August 11, 2019, 11:54:13 PM by frodocooper
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Get a Gekkoscience hub and a good power supply to be future proof
I'm using four of them to run 18 Newpacs and two 2-Pacs 24/7 on one Pi3b+
My Newpac's are very comfortable at 250Mhz and 2 USB fans per hub
Hashing at the same rate as an Antminer S5 at 1/4 the power use   Grin
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Dear people emailing me (the designer and manufacturer) for customer support:

Don't.

Seriously, don't.

I have my customers, that I support as best I can. There are about 7 of them, total, doing business right now all over the world. You would know if you were one of them. Everyone else is a customer of one of them. If you need help, talk to them first. The reseller got your money, not me. The reseller got a pretty decent amount of money, quite possibly more than I got. The reseller owes you customer service and will provide this customer service or risk losing access to my products in the future. That's the deal I make with resellers - they get the profits that I could keep for myself, and in trade I get to not hold strangers' hands all day so I can design and build cool stuff instead.

If you contact me for help, the first thing I will do is direct you to this thread, and to the reseller from whom you bought the product.

If for some reason the seller is not communicating or not helping you, you need to lead with this information. You also need to tell me who the seller is so I can have a chat with him about why he's not holding up his end of the bargain.

If the seller is not providing service, then I will help you. Otherwise I'll direct you to this thread, and to the reseller from whom you bought the product.

Maybe in the future I'll have a full-time sales rep and customer service agent. But for now, you instead get a competent fleet of resellers. Work with them, because it's specifically their job to work with you.

This PSA is brought to you by the two randos emailing me in the last six hours requesting help. Thank you, and have a nice day.

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We'll I certainly would be embarrassed if any of our buyers didn't reachout to us first. Or even DM me here.

I think we have five methods for service contact and average of 12 hour response, please use them as needed. I'm very happy to expedite any sort of recovery needs if our own service isn't satisfactory as well. Also next week sometime I'll be featuring our original demo of the R606 on our twitch stream. woot.

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I just received my Pi 4 today and it didn't come with an SD card.  Can I use the SD card from my Pi 3 B+?

I tried it but it wouldn't boot.
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