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April 21, 2012, 04:03:02 PM
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I'm planning out building mining rig and am considering an OS to install. I don't really have much experience with all of this so I was thinking I could just install Ubuntu on a usb drive and mine from that. I've read about LinuxCoin but it just seems to complex for me. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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April 21, 2012, 04:24:27 PM
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My vote is for BAMT.  Simpleish linux usb key install. Lots of help.   Just be sure to donate to lodcrappo.  Cheesy

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April 21, 2012, 04:51:57 PM
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BAMT is the easiest to use. Very easy to setup also.

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April 21, 2012, 05:00:52 PM
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I hate linux with a fire.
BAMT(linux) Is the best for mining

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April 21, 2012, 06:00:16 PM
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BAMT is the easiest to use. Very easy to setup also.

Are there detailed instructions for setting it up? Sorry, I'm new to this whole process.
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April 21, 2012, 07:21:48 PM
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BAMT is the easiest to use. Very easy to setup also.

Are there detailed instructions for setting it up? Sorry, I'm new to this whole process.

Try the old wiki.  Lots of good info there.

https://github.com/aaronwolfe/Big-A-Miner-Thing/wiki

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April 21, 2012, 07:48:45 PM
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......Sorry, I'm new to this whole process.
Then run Windows and call it a day.
No sense in getting fancy and spending all of your time trying to learn a new OS when you could be generating BTC.

I run Windows 7 on all my rigs and have never had a problem in nearly a year of mining....well, nothing that would make me want to learn Linux.

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April 21, 2012, 08:08:02 PM
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BAMT

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April 21, 2012, 08:45:52 PM
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Who needs an OS? I run everything bare-metal baby!

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April 21, 2012, 10:17:31 PM
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I use Windows to test new cards. I run my small farm on BAMT.

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April 22, 2012, 01:02:55 AM
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100% BAMT.

It's basically plug-n-play

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April 22, 2012, 01:21:39 AM
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I'm planning out building mining rig and am considering an OS to install. I don't really have much experience with all of this so I was thinking I could just install Ubuntu on a usb drive and mine from that. I've read about LinuxCoin but it just seems to complex for me. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
LinuxCoin is outdated and unmanaged.

I vote for the BAMT.
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April 22, 2012, 03:53:58 AM
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I switched all 55 rigs to BAMT leaving Windows 7. Best mining decision of my life.

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April 22, 2012, 05:03:30 AM
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Don't listen to these guys.  It's all about OS/2 Warp these days.

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April 22, 2012, 06:27:38 AM
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I switched all 55 rigs to BAMT leaving Windows 7. Best mining decision of my life.

Care to go into detail and explain why?
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April 22, 2012, 08:37:09 AM
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I switched all 55 rigs to BAMT leaving Windows 7. Best mining decision of my life.

Obviously that's a bit different. He's talking about something quite a bit smaller in scope than what you have just advertised.
Learning a Linux distro makes no sense for a single miner. For 55, it makes no sense not to, as Windows would be a nightmare with anything over 10 I would imagine.
I have less than 10 dedicated mining rigs, but all use Windows 7. If I were to grow any larger, I would switch to Linux.

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April 22, 2012, 08:49:30 AM
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I'm pretty sure windows is needed to overvolt 5970's. Unless you want to flash them. There is really no benefit to using another OS. Programs like logmein work fine for remote access to dedicated miners. New people should especially not waste time trying to learn how to set up BAMT. There is nothing to be gained from it, unless you don't know how to use windows either. You can buy refurbished hard drives on new egg for 20 bucks. In my experience usb drives fail a lot.
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April 22, 2012, 11:08:52 AM
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I'm pretty sure windows is needed to overvolt 5970's. Unless you want to flash them. There is really no benefit to using another OS. Programs like logmein work fine for remote access to dedicated miners. New people should especially not waste time trying to learn how to set up BAMT. There is nothing to be gained from it, unless you don't know how to use windows either. You can buy refurbished hard drives on new egg for 20 bucks. In my experience usb drives fail a lot.
....Have you even tried to set it up before? Seriously, there is no linux knowledge needed, especially for v0.5. It's pretty much as simple as editing a config and poking the "GO" button. And if you backup your config, USB failures don't matter at all, just flash a new drive and drop in the old config. Also, USB drives rarely fail while they are running, and a normal rig will be running 24/7.

Certainly there is something to be gained from it; it comes with extensive monitoring and reporting capabilities built right in, and is more stable than Windows, leading to more hash in the long run. Seriously, get a clue before bashing something based on its OS.

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April 22, 2012, 02:22:05 PM
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I'm pretty sure windows is needed to overvolt 5970's. Unless you want to flash them. There is really no benefit to using another OS. Programs like logmein work fine for remote access to dedicated miners. New people should especially not waste time trying to learn how to set up BAMT. There is nothing to be gained from it, unless you don't know how to use windows either. You can buy refurbished hard drives on new egg for 20 bucks. In my experience usb drives fail a lot.
....Have you even tried to set it up before? Seriously, there is no linux knowledge needed, especially for v0.5. It's pretty much as simple as editing a config and poking the "GO" button. And if you backup your config, USB failures don't matter at all, just flash a new drive and drop in the old config. Also, USB drives rarely fail while they are running, and a normal rig will be running 24/7.

Certainly there is something to be gained from it; it comes with extensive monitoring and reporting capabilities built right in, and is more stable than Windows, leading to more hash in the long run. Seriously, get a clue before bashing something based on its OS.

I do have to concur here about the semi-easy nature of BAMT setup.  You really do not need any Linux experience to get it up and running, which is the idea.  The setup conf can be a little daunting if you are trying to go off base configuration but it is documented well enough.

One thing I have noticed on BAMT though is that my rigs use more power when mining than in windows.  I'd say about 50-75W more per rig using BAMT.  I have no clue why this is as there are no hard drives.
I have switched back to windows for the power savings but BAMT is much better for dedicated boxes.  Is it possible that the power savings settings in BAMT don't work correctly?  I find it hard to believe that a linux distro needs more juice.  Is there a cool and quiet setting in BAMT?  Huh

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April 22, 2012, 08:05:47 PM
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It's easier and faster to use BAMT than Windows unless you are scared using a keyboard to edit a config file.
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