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July 11, 2012, 01:30:34 AM
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I am putting together a mining rig based on 10 BFL Singles. I know everyone probably has varying views but I wanted to solicit opinions on what the best software/OS is to run these efficiently is. I am moderately proficient in Linux and I could format my workstation with either windows 7 or Ubuntu. I am looking for the easiest to config and maintain. I just want them to run and mine and I do not need to do anything fancy

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July 11, 2012, 03:10:43 AM
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Ubuntu with CGMiner. Nothing fancy, but works very well.

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July 11, 2012, 03:11:13 AM
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Whatever OS you are most familiar with, they should all get the same hashes. I don't think anyone will argue cgminer is the best for singles. Keeping them cool seems to be the only way to get anything more from them.
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July 11, 2012, 03:36:42 AM
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Make sure you use the EasyMiner 1.2 beta to auto-tune each Single for the best firmware, tho I've heard of people still having to drop down 1 or sometimes 2 firmwares from the auto-selected to prevent throttling. Of course, this will have to be done on a Windows box, but the mining itself can be done on any computer.

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July 11, 2012, 04:03:54 AM
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I use MPBM https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=62823.0 for my FPGAs on Debian. All you need is python then do a git clone and add your BFL workers.

What I personally like about MPBM is the web interface and API and management of multiple pools whether it's for backup or distributing by hashrate or percentage.
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July 11, 2012, 04:21:09 AM
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Make sure you use the EasyMiner 1.2 beta to auto-tune each Single for the best firmware, tho I've heard of people still having to drop down 1 or sometimes 2 firmwares from the auto-selected to prevent throttling. Of course, this will have to be done on a Windows box, but the mining itself can be done on any computer.

I agree with this statement. 

I used ufasoft on Windows for a few weeks, switched to CGMiner last week and have seen significant performance improvements.  Still on Windows so that I can easily run EasyMiner to tweak new units.

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July 11, 2012, 05:33:09 AM
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Make sure you use the EasyMiner 1.2 beta to auto-tune each Single for the best firmware, tho I've heard of people still having to drop down 1 or sometimes 2 firmwares from the auto-selected to prevent throttling. Of course, this will have to be done on a Windows box, but the mining itself can be done on any computer.

Agree as well.  At least have a spare windows machine that you can use to test/re-flash them.  I mine with cgminer/bfgminer on OSX 10.7.4 using 5 singles, so what ever OS you are comfortable with should be supported.
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July 21, 2012, 02:54:59 PM
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I use MPBM https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=62823.0 for my FPGAs on Debian. All you need is python then do a git clone and add your BFL workers.

What I personally like about MPBM is the web interface and API and management of multiple pools whether it's for backup or distributing by hashrate or percentage.

+1 for MPBM on linux, it's really fantastic.   The management interface is very easy to use and you can access from anywhere over http, out of the box.

As for throttling, ambient temp and airflow make a huge difference, so keep them in a cold room or blow some cold A/C on them if you can, and duct away the warm exhaust.

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