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Contents:
0a) What to Expect
0b) What You Need
1) Powering
2) Cooling
3) Configuration
4) Troubleshooting
5) Where to buy


0a) What to Expect (top)
The RockMiner R-Box replaces the Cube in the ASICMiner line up at just 10% of the power consumption. This is the first implementation of ASICMiner's
generation 3 40nm BE200 chip. Each unit ships in a custom made box with custom padding and is vacuum sealed from the factory. Cables included will
depend on your reseller.

Chips4x ASICMiner Gen3
Hashrate~32-37GH
Rated Voltage12V
Rated Current3.5-4A
Power.Consumption40-50W

 

      
 
      

      
 

0b) What You Need (top)
In addition to a host windows PC, you will need a few accessories and a mains power adapter.


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1) Powering (top)
R-Boxes do not come with a power supply, and you will need a 2.5mm 12V mains power adapter. Also pictured is the method when using a BlackArrow
power distribution board
. I can not recommend its use due to the pins being openly exposed on the back side. Live to ground can so easily be shorted with a
finger, posing both a safety and fire risk.

      
 
      
 
      
 
      
 
      
 
      


2) Cooling (top)
The R-Box is self sufficient in cooling terms and utilises custom aluminium finned heatsinks on the top and bottom of the board. A low profile frame
92mm fan provides ample airflow while remaining effectively silent.

      

      
 
      
 
      
 
      




3) Configuration (top)
R-Boxes can be run using CGMiner or BFGMiner. A Windows based PC is recommended although a similar process can be applied on a Raspberry Pi.

Using CGMiner:
  • Download the latest version of CGMiner and Zadig.
  • Extract, and run the zadig application.
  • Select "CP21202 USB to UART Bridge Controller" and then click "Replace Driver". You only have to do this once per computer.
  • Create a new file in notepad and enter pool information as below. Save it as a .bat in the same folder as CGMiner.
  • Run the bat file to start mining.

Antpool
Code:
cgminer.exe -o stratum.antpool.com:3333 -u dogie_RockMiner -p 123
BTCGuild
Code:
cgminer.exe -o stratum.btcguild.com:3333 -u dogie_RockMiner -p 123
GHash IO
Code:
cgminer.exe -o us1.ghash.io:3333 -u dogie.RockMiner -p 123

Using BFGMiner:
  • **If you have previously installed drivers using Zadig as above, you will need to reverse this to use BFGMiner**.
  • Download the latest version of BFGMiner (Win64 version).
  • Create a new file in notepad and enter pool information as below. Save it as a .bat in the same folder as CGMiner.
  • Run the bat file to start mining.

Antpool
Code:
bfgminer.exe -o stratum.antpool.com:3333 -u dogie_RockMiner -p 123
BTCGuild
Code:
bfgminer.exe -o stratum.btcguild.com:3333 -u dogie_RockMiner -p 123
GHash IO
Code:
bfgminer.exe -o us1.ghash.io:3333 -u dogie.RockMiner -p 123


4) Troubleshooting (top)
TBD as problems arise.

      
 
      

 




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bfgminer is supporting rbox already?

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bfgminer is supporting rbox already?
Not that I know of. Was a stray line, sorry.

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bfgminer is supporting rbox already?
Not that I know of. Was a stray line, sorry.
LOL... stray... doggie... LOL

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Great guide as usual!

I also really like the ~34 mb picture of the board...
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Thanks for the great guide, I know my customers will appreciate it.
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Great guide as usual!

I also really like the ~34 mb picture of the board...

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Great guide as usual!

I also really like the ~34 mb picture of the board...

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I am designing 3d printed cases for the ATX breakout boards. Should have them ready within a day or so!

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Self succulent cooling?  Must be tasty.... If you like eating steel and thermal paste Grin Shocked

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  • Edit cg.cmd in notepad and enter pool information as below. Do NOT remove the additional strings (--icarus-options 115200:1:1 --anu-freq 270).


I assume the equivalent .conf entry for the frequency would be:
"anu-freq" : "270",

The Rock site (somewhere) had "--rock-freq 270" in an example.  Are you sure "anu" is correct? (I'll probably try both anyway but thought others might have the question as well).  You also might note that 290 is the 'advertised' max freq the vendor recommends.

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  • Edit cg.cmd in notepad and enter pool information as below. Do NOT remove the additional strings (--icarus-options 115200:1:1 --anu-freq 270).


I assume the equivalent .conf entry for the frequency would be:
"anu-freq" : "270",

The Rock site (somewhere) had "--rock-freq 270" in an example.  Are you sure "anu" is correct? (I'll probably try both anyway but thought others might have the question as well).  You also might note that 290 is the 'advertised' max freq the vendor recommends.

Thanks!

That part of the doc is inaccurate, the parameter used is anu-freq. For those of you using Rockminer's 4.3.3 windows build, you may also notice that it defaults to 270 no matter what setting you use. I've rebuilt the binary with the latest 4.3.3 code and that resolves the issue. If you're looking for an end to end simple installer for Windows, I have built one using the WIX toolset:

Windows Installer

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  • Edit cg.cmd in notepad and enter pool information as below. Do NOT remove the additional strings (--icarus-options 115200:1:1 --anu-freq 270).

That part of the doc is inaccurate, the parameter used is anu-freq. For those of you using Rockminer's 4.3.3 windows build, you may also notice that it defaults to 270 no matter what setting you use. I've rebuilt the binary with the latest 4.3.3 code and that resolves the issue. If you're looking for an end to end simple installer for Windows, I have built one using the WIX toolset:

https://mega.co.nz/#fm/l8dWTbC

Another great guide dogie!


I noticed that. The link only takes me to my mega account (or to the login screen if I'm not already logged in).
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  • Edit cg.cmd in notepad and enter pool information as below. Do NOT remove the additional strings (--icarus-options 115200:1:1 --anu-freq 270).

That part of the doc is inaccurate, the parameter used is anu-freq. For those of you using Rockminer's 4.3.3 windows build, you may also notice that it defaults to 270 no matter what setting you use. I've rebuilt the binary with the latest 4.3.3 code and that resolves the issue. If you're looking for an end to end simple installer for Windows, I have built one using the WIX toolset:

Windows Installer

Another great guide dogie!


I noticed that. The link only takes me to my mega account (or to the login screen if I'm not already logged in).

Sorry, link was truncated

Windows Installer

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I noticed that. The link only takes me to my mega account (or to the login screen if I'm not already logged in).

Sorry, link was truncated

https://mega.co.nz/#F!V8UlXSqQ!NMdAQ0ci0qQru98dF3ROHA

Fixed: http://goo.gl/zbDYjG

I don't talk about overclocking on these ones as the product is already at the part of the power curve where any higher power consumption makes it ridiculous. We should really talk about underclocking.

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Got it. thanks!
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I noticed that. The link only takes me to my mega account (or to the login screen if I'm not already logged in).

Sorry, link was truncated

https://mega.co.nz/#F!V8UlXSqQ!NMdAQ0ci0qQru98dF3ROHA

Fixed: http://goo.gl/zbDYjG

I don't talk about overclocking on these ones as the product is already at the part of the power curve where any higher power consumption makes it ridiculous. We should really talk about underclocking.

Officially, they support 270-290, which gives the range of 32gh/s to 37gh/s. I wouldn't recommend going over 290 clock rate but I think I read about someone underclocking to 200.

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Having trouble getting these to work in Windows 7.  

I followed the direction at https://github.com/rockminerinc/cgminer-for-R-BOX/blob/master/handbook.md

When I plug them in, they're detected as a USB device, as expected.  I tried replacing the drivers with zadig_xp_2.1.0, zadig_v2.0.1.161, and zadig_v2.0.1.162.  Regardless which one I use, the drivers are installed, and they show up as USB devices, however, CGminer isn't finding them.  
Tried both the included cgminer win0.3.1 and cgminer 4.3.4.  
When I use the option "--rock-freq 270", I get the error, "Unrecognized option: --rock-freq 270".  I tried replacing that with "--anu-freq 270", and I don't get an error, but it still does not detect them.

I do note that Zadig detectes them as CP2102, not CP21202, as the guide suggests.  
I have previously used BFGminer on this machine with the appropriate drivers.


Update: Tried CrazyGuy's install - just sits there on "Started cgminer 4.3.3", and eventually starts with no devices.

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Having trouble getting these to work in Windows 7.  

I followed the direction at https://github.com/rockminerinc/cgminer-for-R-BOX/blob/master/handbook.md

When I plug them in, they're detected as a USB device, as expected.  I tried replacing the drivers with zadig_xp_2.1.0, zadig_v2.0.1.161, and zadig_v2.0.1.162.  Regardless which one I use, the drivers are installed, and they show up as USB devices, however, CGminer isn't finding them.  
Tried both the included cgminer win0.3.1 and cgminer 4.3.4.  
When I use the option "--rock-freq 270", I get the error, "Unrecognized option: --rock-freq 270".  I tried replacing that with "--anu-freq 270", and I don't get an error, but it still does not detect them.

I do note that Zadig detectes them as CP2102, not CP21202, as the guide suggests.  
I have previously used BFGminer on this machine with the appropriate drivers.


Update: Tried CrazyGuy's install - just sits there on "Started cgminer 4.3.3", and eventually starts with no devices.

Got it working.  No idea what was wrong, but I unplugged the USB cables, moved them over to two other ports, and reseated the power cables - started working.

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Having trouble getting these to work in Windows 7.  

I followed the direction at https://github.com/rockminerinc/cgminer-for-R-BOX/blob/master/handbook.md

When I plug them in, they're detected as a USB device, as expected.  I tried replacing the drivers with zadig_xp_2.1.0, zadig_v2.0.1.161, and zadig_v2.0.1.162.  Regardless which one I use, the drivers are installed, and they show up as USB devices, however, CGminer isn't finding them.  
Tried both the included cgminer win0.3.1 and cgminer 4.3.4.  
When I use the option "--rock-freq 270", I get the error, "Unrecognized option: --rock-freq 270".  I tried replacing that with "--anu-freq 270", and I don't get an error, but it still does not detect them.

I do note that Zadig detectes them as CP2102, not CP21202, as the guide suggests.  
I have previously used BFGminer on this machine with the appropriate drivers.


Update: Tried CrazyGuy's install - just sits there on "Started cgminer 4.3.3", and eventually starts with no devices.


Got it working.  No idea what was wrong, but I unplugged the USB cables, moved them over to two other ports, and reseated the power cables - started working.

Sometimes you need to re-plug in a device when installing Winusb after FTDI. Your best bet if switching to cgminer is to completely uninstall FTDI drivers in device manager.

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June 06, 2014, 01:44:22 AM
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Guide says to use:
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--anu-freq 270

This should be amended to:
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--rmu-freq 270

You can see the freq in the top.  If you use AMU, nothing changes.

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