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December 28, 2014, 06:15:50 PM
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Hey it's me king. No one here should know me. I am new to the Bitcoin community and would like to know if there would any reason for my computer to have issues mining bitcoin if I decide to buy these ASICMinder Block Erupter USB. 330MH/s.
So here are my laptop's specs
Currently, I am running windows 8.1 Processor AMD A6-4400M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics 2.70 GHz RAM 5.00 GB (4.47 GB Useable)
Toshiba Satellite C855D
Thank you for your help.
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December 28, 2014, 06:22:53 PM
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You can't just plug them in and they start mining.

Software needs installing a configuration has to be done.

How far have you got with installing the software and drivers?

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December 28, 2014, 06:38:16 PM
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Hey Colin. Thanks for the quick reply. Currently i am planning to buy two of these units and have all the needed drivers installed.
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December 28, 2014, 06:52:58 PM
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Your laptop will do fine. I at one time used my laptop with my USB miners and its a Toshiba. What I like about a laptop back then  was if the power went out and I was not home to restart the computer the laptop will not shutdown till the battery runs out and if the power came back on before that happened then the miners would go back to mining.
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December 28, 2014, 07:53:59 PM
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Welcome to mining!  Have fun with your rigs.  You can get an estimate of what your hashing power will mine at http://bitcoinwisdom.com
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December 28, 2014, 09:07:47 PM
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Hey Colin. Thanks for the quick reply. Currently i am planning to buy two of these units and have all the needed drivers installed.

With the drivers sorted, you will need some mining software, like CGMiner https://github.com/ckolivas/cgminer which can control the miners and communicate with the pool.

Have a look at http://ck.kolivas.org/apps/cgminer/ to download a windows compatible version of CGMiner.

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December 28, 2014, 11:18:21 PM
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some laptops have underpowered USB ports that dont give the full 500ma that the USB 2.0 spec calls for and may not power something like the USB 330 MHs block erupters. pretty sure the block erupters ran near that 500 ma limit.

depends on the laptop, and a powered hub would solve that anyway.

for miners with external power of course there is no problem.

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December 28, 2014, 11:35:43 PM
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some laptops have underpowered USB ports that dont give the full 500ma that the USB 2.0 spec calls for and may not power something like the USB 330 MHs block erupters. pretty sure the block erupters ran near that 500 ma limit.

depends on the laptop, and a powered hub would solve that anyway.



Correct!!  Better to use a powered USB hub to be safe,you could burn out your laptop by drawing too much power through the USB port.

Some USB miners use a lot of power,compared to normal USB peripherals,so be sure to know the power draw  Wink

This guy below has done the homework for you!!!

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=464496.0

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December 29, 2014, 12:07:11 AM
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some laptops have underpowered USB ports that dont give the full 500ma that the USB 2.0 spec calls for and may not power something like the USB 330 MHs block erupters. pretty sure the block erupters ran near that 500 ma limit.

depends on the laptop, and a powered hub would solve that anyway.



Correct!!  Better to use a powered USB hub to be safe,you could burn out your laptop by drawing too much power through the USB port.

Some USB miners use a lot of power,compared to normal USB peripherals,so be sure to know the power draw  Wink

This guy below has done the homework for you!!!

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=464496.0

Read it,learn it,live it  Cheesy

Your both right I ran powered hubs and he will need to make sure the Power adapter is rated at least 500MA per miner or they will not run right or quit.
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December 29, 2014, 12:27:51 AM
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It's a little old but here is a good list of hubs that work and number they work with - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=253749.0
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December 29, 2014, 12:46:38 AM
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It's a little old but here is a good list of hubs that work and number they work with - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=253749.0

Dang it,I was looking for that thread  Cheesy   Had to run to the store & you beat me to it!!!! Good find!!  Cool

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