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THIS IS THE SUPPORT THREAD: Keep this thread on topic!
All order related questions go here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4988526
All other comments/general questions go to the anouncment thread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4974036.0
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Getting Started

If your Apollo did not come with an SD card or are looking for the latest image release (that now includes Full Node support!), check out the post below for instructions/links

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5081750.msg48523685#msg48523685

Below are the quick getting started instructions that you should have also received inside your Apollo, with more details following and an FAQ section at the end. This thread is a great resource for additional questions, and is always monitored so if you have additional questions that are not covered below please feel free to post.

  • Carefully remove the ASIC miner from its anti-static packaging. Be sure not to touch any PCB components on the exposed bottom of the miner
  • Remove the Micro SD card from its package. Careful not to touch the gold contacts on the card when handling. The card has been pre-burned with the latest version of the Apollo OS image and is ready to run (Please see link above if you did not receive one and need to burn your own)
  • Turn the ASIC miner over so the blue micro-controller is exposed. You will find the silver Micro-SD card slot at the back of the micro-controller board. Carefully insert the Micro-SD card into the slot, and push in until you feel a “click.” This indicates the SD card has been correctly inserted.
  • Plug in your network ethernet cable to the ethernet port on the back of the miner.
  • Plug the supplied AC power cable into the APU-200W Power supply, and the other end into your AC socket (please note the power cable is for NA markets, the power supply works in all markets (120 and 240v), but you will need an adapter or your own AC cable). Plug in the two 6 Pin PCIE output cables into both power ports of the Apollo. Make sure the 6 Pin connectors are firmly plugged into the Apollo, the cable will overheat if it does not have good contact. Turn on power supply switch, and the Apollo should start booting!
    WARNING: If you are using your own power supply make sure both PCIE plugs are plugged into the Apollo
    NEVER Plug in two separate power supplies into the same Apollo THIS IS A FIRE HAZARD
  • Once your miner successfully boots you will see a slow, then fast flashing yellow LED during boot up and power on sequence. If network connectivity is successfully established you will see a steady green LED + random red flashes indicating normal mining activity
  • Connect your PC, tablet, or mobile phone to your local network and navigate to futurebit.local to start setup. If the dashboard does not show up, you will need to manually find the IP address of your device. Use an IP discover tool like Angry IP Scanner to scan your local network, and input the IP address to your web browser to access your miner’s dashboard. Both your PC/Smartphone and the Apollo MUST be on the same network/router for you to be able to access the dashboard. You can also log into your router directly to find your Apollo and its IP address if a scanner does not work
  • Once you reach the dashboard a quick setup screen will pop up. Enter your pool credentials and password for your dashboard and click save. Please wait a few seconds and you will be prompted to enter your dashboard password. (Please visit litecoinpool.org/help if your new to mining and are looking for a quick and easy pool to get started with). All pool creditials (including worker name/passwords) are CASE sensitive...make sure you enter everything exactly as instructed by your pool
  • Thats it! You should be presented with your Apollo’s dashboard and mining on your pool. If you ordered through Amazon/ebay or any of our third party retailers be sure to register your products here futurebit.io/reg for important updates and future features for your Apollo!

Full Node Instructions

Full Update Post here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5081750.msg54272660#msg54272660

If you want a plug and play Full Node upgrade without needing to follow all the steps below, we have provided kits at cost with all the hardware needed to get started in a few minutes. It includes everything you need and is a matter of swapping out an SD card and plugging in a USB drive if you dont want to deal with doing all the prep work yourself.

https://shop.futurebit.io/products/apollo-full-node-upgrade-kit

NOTE: Batch 1 customers can not run a Full node on the current MCU hardware due to memory limitations, and need an MCU swap linked on our store above

If you bought our Full Node upgrade kit, you can skip to step 5 below

1) Update your Apollo OS to the latest Full Node update linked below

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5081750.msg48523685#msg48523685

2) Running a Full Node on the Apollo requires an external USB drive. For a USB drive you can use anything from a good USB 2 magnetic based drive, a good quality USB thumb drive, or even an external SSD. Basic requirements are > 64GB of space, and 4k random write speed that exceeds 2 MB/s. You can test your drive by downloading the following software

Windows: https://crystalmark.info/en/software/crystaldiskmark/
Mac: http://www.katsurashareware.com/pgs/adm.html

The recommended USB flash drives we have tested are below and all can be found for less than 20 USD:

https://www.samsung.com/us/computing/memory-storage/usb-flash-drives/usb-3-1-flash-drive-fit-plus-64gb-muf-64ab-am/
https://www.samsung.com/us/computing/memory-storage/usb-flash-drives/usb-3-1-flash-drive-bar-plus-64gb-titan-gray-muf-64be4-am/
https://www.lexar.com/portfolio_page/jumpdrive-m45-usb-3-1-flash-drive/

Keep in mind that real external USB SSD/Disk drives will be more reliable and be prone to less corruption/reboots while running a full node, but that above is a good balance vs cost to getting running quickly if you dont have a spare external drive. Cheap USB flash drives will probably not work at all and choke up the system, but we have had limited success with some if you want to try them out.

3) The drive either needs to be formatted in windows FAT32, or Linux EXT4 format. At the root level of the drive you need to place a folder with the name "Litecoin" (case sensitive).

4) The drive will need to be pre-loaded with a recent copy of a Litecoin Full Node chainstate and blocks folder placed inside the "Litecoin" folder on your drive. If you are already running LitecoinCore wallet version 16+ you can simply just copy your whole data directory into the Litecoin folder on the USB drive. This needs to be done since it will be very inefficient to download and validate the whole blockchain on an Apollo (it could take weeks from Block 0). While it is possible, if you dont want to wait for a full sync I am providing a weekly updated snapshot of Litecoin blockchain data thats inside the same MEGA download link for the update image. This is way faster as the time it takes to download ~20GB of data is orders of magnitude quicker than downloading and validating the whole chainstate on an Apollo due to its limited compute resources. Of course the downside is that you trust me to be providing a valid blockchain (which anyone can verify if they wanted too).

5) Boot the unit without the USB drive first. You obviously need to set up your Apollo again, and if you boot with the USB drive plugged in it will cause the UI to become unresponsive at times while the Full Node is loading, so you want to set it up first.

6) After you have setup the mining side of your Apollo, plug in your USB drive and reboot the system from the navigation menu. If you setup your drive correctly the Node will start up in the background after the Apollo reboots. Loading can take up to half an hour initially, but once it loads you will be presented with the new Node Dashboard with all the stats of you running node.

7) The node should automatically configure your router to open port 9333 via UPnP, and you should see more than 8 connections in your dashboard. If it stays on 8, this means you need to manually open the port to your Apollos IP address in your router port forwarding rules. If you dont do this your node won't be counted as a public node.

8 ) Tell all your crypto friends your miner runs a full node, and you now have a device that embodies one of the purest versions of satoshi's original vision.  Cool

Always shutdown your Apollo through the Dashboard shutdown menu when running a Full Node, and wait for the front LED to turn off/Red before turning off power

Never Remove the USB drive while the Apollo is running, even if you have shutdown the node. The system offloads critical swap operation to the USB drive instead of using the onboard SD card, and you will crash your Apollo

LED Status Lights

-Slow Blinking Yellow LED: System Boot/Hardware initialization
-Fast Blinking Yellow LED: Hardware passed all checks/inits, started bfgminer/connecting to pool
-Slow Blinking Green LED: Bfgminer successfully started and connected to pool
-Slow Blinking Green LED + Random Red flashes: Normal miner operation...Red flashes indicate each share returned by ASIC board and show low level miner activity
-Solid Red LED: Hardware fault or system shutdown (Red LED during normal operation means hardware monitor detected a fault with either the voltage regulator, Fan operation, or abnormal PCB temperatures).
-Stuck on Blinking Yellow: Your unit is not getting a proper internet connection from your router, so double check your internet/router settings, or your pool information is incorrect/cannot connect to pool. Check your pool URL/credentials or contact pool operator.
-Back Ethernet LEDs: Other than showing normal network activity during boot, these are also a good diagnostic tool during power up/boot. When you apply power both Green/Yellow ethernet lights will flash together several times indicating proper boot sequence off the SD card. If the lights dont come on at all / or they just remain on and dont flash a few times it means your SD card was not flashed properly, is corrupted, or it was not inserted correctly/all the way in the slot.



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Latest Image Download/Instructions


If your Apollo did not come with an micro SD card, you need to update your Apollo to the latest image, or your Apollo is not working properly and/or sd card became corrupted download the latest image here:

Apollo_Node* is the file you need to download (Litecoin.zip is for your USB Node drive).

https://mega.nz/folder/kxhmDQCY#pgaV2igR9IW3hOXHnKoM-A

Verify the integrity of the download by either verifying the signed file with my public key below or checking the sha256 sum listed in the sha256sums.txt file in the folder

Key ID: 000E5247
Fingerprint: 609E 7915 908F E7D5 08DA  7F18 D0B7 8A6B 000E 5247
URL: https://pgp.mit.edu/pks/lookup?op=get&search=0xD0B78A6B000E5247

Unzip it

Plug in your micro SD card with a USB to Micro SD adapter (can be found for less than $5 on Amazon)

Use a clone tool like etcher (etcher.io) to clone the unzipped image to your SD card (or use dd if you know what your doing) it MUST be a bit copy that overwrites the whole SD card and not just a partition so make sure whatever tool you use can do that


Revision History

Latest 4/17/20

Link: https://mega.nz/folder/kxhmDQCY#pgaV2igR9IW3hOXHnKoM-A

ChangeLog:
-added Full Litecoin node functionality, and new Node dashboard to UI
-system kernel update and base system changes for Full Node operation
-major changes to hardware monitor for reliability, and loads ~ 50% faster on boot
-fixed WAN access bug, you can now access the dashboard outside your network by port forwarding both port 80 and 5000 to your Apollos IP address
-fixed fan bug effecting some Batch 2 users that would cause Apollo to fault and shutdown prematurely



1/29/19

Link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/apolloimage/apollo_image_1-29.img.zip

MD5: a81f9830453dfbd493b94dd00787bb9c
SHA256: 937ccb99b2b58c8c3ea113b5391ca7d8dba7f10aafc4261bfa707f51a6da6918

ChangeLog:
-system kernel updated to 4.19 for fixes and reliability
-lowered CPU aggressiveness to keep MCU cooler for better reliability
-enabled low level hardware watchdog, this fixes the very rare issue some people were reporting and any system failure or hardware monitor failure will now cause a system reboot and prevent unit from overheating
-reduced SD card writes from hardware monitor to increase SD card life
-you can now manually set fan to a minimum of 5%
-you can now edit pools directly instead of deleting and re-adding
-added settings option to enable local bfgminer API access
-stratum pool difficulty is now displayed in dashboard instead of discarded shares
-OS will now automatically expand SD card to maximum size on first boot
-Dashboard now shows bfgminer log output if there are connection issues
-Miner Yellow LED now blinks rapidly after hardware initialization is successfully complete and waiting for bfgminer startup (ie if there is an external internet connection issue, or bad pool/credentials issue miner will just keep blinking yellow rapidly)
-multiple dashboard visual fixes
-lots of hardware monitor bug fixes


Initial Release 12/5/18

Link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/apolloimage/apollo_final.img.zip

MD5: 5a01a5beebe5c026baa4873d087a8f6f
SHA256: 906bbdb9b9a195edea5fd3302b258ae28e6049c04a610698d253132f5dee50eb

ChangeLog:
-initial release

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FAQ

Coming soon  Huh

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I was wondering where to put it will it be okay in 90f room?

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Did anyone get tracking for their gear?
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@ yankees yes  mine is due on the 12th or 13th. I got an active fedex number today.






Edit I went to amazon and grabbed a smaller card for 6 dollars the 32gb Samsung

Which that size works according to builder.





So don’t buy the big card below:
I purchased this sd/micro card

it has an adapter  so it is full sized or small size since some have been confused which size to buy just get this one.. It is big 128gb  you can run a full node with it.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XWZWYVP/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?

samsung class 10 speedy enough  should work great  in any size you need sd or micro sd

note that link is not a referral link.

Samsung 128GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSD EVO Select Memory Card with Adapter (MB-ME128GA/AM)

Card and Adapter Only
Up to 100MB/s & 90MB/s read & write speeds respectively; Class 10 UHS 3
High-performance for 4K UHD video recording, high resolution pictures, mobile gaming and music, for use in Smartphones, Drones, Android Tablets, Tablet PCs, Action Cameras, DSLRs and more
Includes: Full-Size adapter for use in Cameras and Laptop/Desktop Computers
10-year limited warranty. For products incompatible with UHS-I interface, the speeds may vary subject to different interface conditions, Read : up to 80MB/s with UHS-1 interface Write : up to 20MB/s with UHS-1 interface
Operating Temperature : -13 degree F to 185 degree F. Interface uhs-i compatible to hs interface

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@ yankees yes  mine is due on the 12th or 13th. I got an active fedex number today.

I purchased this sd/micro card

it has an adapter  so it is full sized or small size since some have been confused which size to buy just get this one.. It is big 128gb  you can run a full node with it.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XWZWYVP/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?

samsung class 10 speedy enough  should work great  in any size you need sd or micro sd

note that link is not a referral link.

Samsung 128GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSD EVO Select Memory Card with Adapter (MB-ME128GA/AM)

Card and Adapter Only
Up to 100MB/s & 90MB/s read & write speeds respectively; Class 10 UHS 3
High-performance for 4K UHD video recording, high resolution pictures, mobile gaming and music, for use in Smartphones, Drones, Android Tablets, Tablet PCs, Action Cameras, DSLRs and more
Includes: Full-Size adapter for use in Cameras and Laptop/Desktop Computers
10-year limited warranty. For products incompatible with UHS-I interface, the speeds may vary subject to different interface conditions, Read : up to 80MB/s with UHS-1 interface Write : up to 20MB/s with UHS-1 interface
Operating Temperature : -13 degree F to 185 degree F. Interface uhs-i compatible to hs interface

FYI I have tested SD cards up to 32GB....it could be that 64 and 128GB are not supported by the MCU, but those are overkill for this anyway even if you want to run a full node (~25GB requirement).


Either way just ordered a 64 (10 bucks! can't believe SD prices these days), and will report on monday.

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I missed out on these. Have you any future plans for a second batch?

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I missed out on these. Have you any future plans for a second batch?

Sign up on the site, will be sending out and email with date and time that orders open up for in-stock units. One be for at least a week though until renaming pre-orders are shipped out.

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just received mine  Smiley Smiley

i try to boot one with an 128gb sdcard it's not working, i burnt an old 16gb and it start



only one is working for the moment as i dont have a second small sdcard, its stable and not too noisy Smiley
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I received mine too !

With a small transport damage Undecided on both sides !

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Will post laters if the miner works fine or if there is an other damage inside too !


Update :

Mining works great !




Looks like its only the transport damage , as far the miner works i am fine with that !

Thanks  @jstefanop 




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December 10, 2018, 05:57:18 PM
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I received mine too !

With a small transport damage Undecided on both sides !

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Will post laters if the miner works fine or if there is an other damage inside too !


Update :

Mining works great !




Looks like its only the transport damage , as far the miner works i am fine with that !

Thanks  @jstefanop 

Hmm that’s discouraging, thought these would withstand a good beating with our packaging. Shoot me a PM with pics of the box and packaging if you can. I’ll send you over new side panels.

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December 10, 2018, 10:23:56 PM
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My Apollos just received and properly hashing. 0 problems.

Both 240w at the wall... With a Seasonic 80 Gold Plus 450w PSU.

I was expecting about 110W each at the wall  Undecided.

Maybe new software versions improve comsumption  Smiley.
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My Apollos just received and properly hashing. 0 problems.

Both 240w at the wall... With a Seasonic 80 Gold Plus 450w PSU.

I was expecting about 110W each at the wall  Undecided.

Maybe new software versions improve comsumption  Smiley.

110 at the wall in eco will be for platinum rated psus (92+% effeciency). 120 sounds about right for gold which I think is 87%+ but depends on PSU and you factor in board variance of +\- 5% or so for silicon lottery.

You are right though there is room for improvement software wise and we were a bit conservative on the voltages.

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December 11, 2018, 05:48:52 AM
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FYI I have tested SD cards up to 32GB....it could be that 64 and 128GB are not supported by the MCU, but those are overkill for this anyway even if you want to run a full node (~25GB requirement).

Either way just ordered a 64 (10 bucks! can't believe SD prices these days), and will report on monday.
Did you ever test your card?  I have a 64GB card too so I hope it will work. Smiley
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FYI I have tested SD cards up to 32GB....it could be that 64 and 128GB are not supported by the MCU, but those are overkill for this anyway even if you want to run a full node (~25GB requirement).

Either way just ordered a 64 (10 bucks! can't believe SD prices these days), and will report on monday.
Did you ever test your card?  I have a 64GB card too so I hope it will work. Smiley

Yep, just got it in and loaded it up works great. Might be that 64GB is the cutoff (that or the type of SD card). This is the 64GB I tested:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XX29S9Q

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just received mine  Smiley Smiley

i try to boot one with an 128gb sdcard it's not working, i burnt an old 16gb and it start



only one is working for the moment as i dont have a second small sdcard, its stable and not too noisy Smiley

Which 128GB SD card do you have?

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this one :



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this one :





Yea thats the same type of SDXC UHS card as the 64 I tested, so I guess anything past 64 wont work. If anyone else has other 128GB or larger cards they can test let me know.

Either way 64 is more than enough when we release the full node/lightning update.

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