Crypto Mining Rig – Best Easy Software – SimpleMining OS
As a compliment to my previous article where I complain all over Windows 10 I bring forth nothing but positive things to say about Linux flavor SimpleMining OS. Baked out of Ubuntu, this mining software kicks total ass. From the ability to not only monitor, but change target temps, fan speed, Core MHz, Memory MHz, Undervolting, reboot mining program, reboot miner, AND do all this stuff from your smart phone a half a world away is totally kick ass.
Hey everybody, Steve here and if your relatively new to mining and you’re sick and tired of dealing with all the nonsense that’s associated with using Windows 10 and by nonsense, I mean
a) getting a Windows 10 license and
b) installing Windows 10 and then
c) actually, getting Windows 10 to recognize more than I think the threshold is right around 7 or 8 GPUs without crashing every 5 seconds.
I have got to share with you something that a lot of people already know but if you don’t know you’re completely missing out and that is simple mining OS. And what it is it’s Linux space but don’t let Linux scare you because honestly it is so simple. If you can install Windows 10 you can install this and here’s the benefit. You don’t need a hard drive for it, so you don’t need to go out and spend money on an SSD. All you need is a little 16GB, they say 8GB but I usually just from a standpoint of being on the safe side get a little 16GB thumb drive and you get him for as low as $6. I got a USB31 for $7 on all. So, the benefits here are amazing. So, I’m going to just dive right in.
Ok, so you’re going to need essentially just a little 16GB thumb drive and I am going to walk through the whole process because I’m getting ready to set up my third rig today and let me just show you how this goes.
All right so what you’re going to do is go to simplemining.net and then come over here to this little lot register button and click it and go ahead and register a new account. Now obviously I’ve registered an account so I’m going to log in. So over here you’ve got this little grid, it’s the download grid – R for R series, RX series and then V series. My card of choice is the AMDRX, I’ve got a bunch of 500 series, so the check box here so I know that I can go ahead and download the OS. So, I’m just going to go ahead right here and I’m just going to click on it and save file. It is 1.3GB which is a lot of data, so depending on your internet speed mine is fairly fast where I’m at and it took about 10 minutes so yours may vary.
So, what I’m going to do is I’m to go into the downloads folder and here I’ve got this disk image file. So now I don’t need to do anything else with it other than remember where it is. So, I’m going to minimize that window and then now I’m just going to go in and this is essentially the installer, this is a tool that will actually put the operating system on the flash drive. So, I’m just going to go ahead and click this and yes, I’m currently on Windows 64 right now. So, I’m going to download it for Windows 64, save. This one much quicker so it is done. Now it’s an executable file so let me just go ahead and click on it and I’m going to run it. Let me get rid of the stuff in the back and get rid of this here because this might be a little confusing and you’ve got to agree.
Ok so after the installation the program may have auto run but if it didn’t you just want to go ahead and double click on this icon right here. And it is at this time that you want to go ahead and put your thumb drive into your USB port on your computer. Ok, so it looks like everything’s cool there and I’m just going to go ahead and “select image” and we’re going to select the image from our downloads which is right here “simpleminerRX” and it ends in .img and I am going to go ahead say
“open” and then it’s going to say “which device.” Well this says SanDisk ultra USB 3.0, so there it is, I know that that’s the one that I want to use. So, this is the image, this is the one I want to use and then you just go ahead and click “flash.” This is another process that will take a few minutes so I will go ahead and pause. So, you’ll see a couple of phases, the first phase it’ll go from zero to 100% when it’s flashing and then I’m going to go ahead and pause it for right now.
It’s been a good solid 10 minutes or so going through the flashing process and as you can see on that 99%. Once it gets to 100% flashing, I don’t remember what it says oh validating. Ok, so now we’re going to go through this validating process and it says ETA 4 minutes and 40 seconds so I’m just going to go ahead pause the video so you don’t sit here. It did actually finish, caught me by surprise. Anyhow it just finished and I’m just going to go ahead and kill this off and essentially what we’re going to do next is we’re going to just go to our folder here and there’s not a problem with it, just ignore this, just go ahead and continue without scanning. We’re going to open the folder and read the files and we’re going to get this config file. So, this is extremely important but only if you want to get paid. So, you’re going to want to go ahead, go into this config file and here is a critical critical critical thing, you’ve got to change this right here with your name, your e-mail.com and then you’re going to file and save it. Absolutely critical otherwise there’s no way for the system to know that you are who you are and then you simply close this file. Now I’m going to go ahead and put my info in.
Ok, so I’ve changed the config file, it has my email address in it and I go ahead and just go and click out of this and guess what, is it! It’s over, it’s done. All we need to do is just change the BIOS on our mining machine to recognize the USB first and things are going to fire up and it’s going to work beautifully.
But before you do that you’re going to want to log in and want to pick a pool and some other pertinent information, so let’s go ahead and do this.
First thing you are going to want to do is go over “rig groups” and you can add a group, just go ahead and pick “add a group” and here you get to decide what you want to mine. And of course, what you want to mine is going to be dependent on you know these 3 things right here: R, RX or NV. Obviously, you’re going to pick one that’s relevant to your GPUs and there’s some stuff that are not recommended crossed out. Here they do a pretty good job of helping you out and you can see that there’s lots and lots and lots of options.
So, let’s just look at a couple of these ETH miner is a very popular one, you can pick this one and you can see that assuming that you’re logged in now the configuration is going to be all set up for you; ok? And that’s what your configuration is going to look like, that’s all going to look like gobbledygook to you before you get used to some of the Linux commands and stuff but that’s the beautiful thing about simple mining OS is you don’t need to know Linux to do this. What you do need to know is what pool do you want to mine and if you don’t know what that means then you’re going to probably want to do some research on that because you know everybody has their own opinions and preferences and stuff like that. All right so for example if you were to pick this one right here you’d be mining for zec cash or btg which is Bitcoin gold and it’s automatically going to construct the proper Linux command so that all you need do is just select it and hit “add group” and you’re good to go. And then you can see here this is your miner options right here, once you get to know what the Linux commands are you can go in here and you can make changes to them. I believe that’s simple, I believe that the simple mining OS although I’m not 100% sure has stratum installed on it so that you don’t have to do anything additional to benefit from stratum. What that does is it helps to increase your hash rate and that’s just one more thing that I love about this OS, it truly is simple.
So, after that we’re going to go from riggroups we’re going to go over to riglist and you can see that I have two rigs right now both mining Ethereum. As you can see the first 3 have been BIOS flashed but the second 2 have not yet and then here’s this one right here where all of them have been BIOS flashed. And if you don’t know what that means I would be doing a video on that as well but essentially these GPUs straight out of the box are going to get you between probably18 and 22 MH but if you flash the BIOS on the GPUs you can get much more. Now I caviar that by saying if you do it wrong you could conceivably break your GPU, completely break it but there’s plenty of information out there on the internet already and I’m going to be adding to that pool by creating a video on how I did mine.
Ok, so one of the things that I absolutely love about this console is that I’m looking at it on a computer that’s not even remotely close to my miners. Ok you could be across the room, across the house or across the world and still access all of this information about what’s going on with your mining. Another thing that I love is I get all my temperatures right. The top row is how cool are my GPUs running and the bottom line is how fast are the fans going. So, you can see that you know it’s February right now the windows are open in the mining room and fans are blowing nice cold air in and on all of the rigs so as you can see everything is running fairly cool. Here are your memory settings and then over here the actions. You can actually look at the console, if you want to look at the console and see exactly what’s going on. Also, you can access this information on a cell phone as well, if you’re obsessive compulsive and you always want to know exactly what’s going on with your rigs all you have to do is just fire up your cell phone and you can…. I don’t believe there’s an app for this yet but you can certainly go to simplemining.net log in and see all this information here.
So, let’s go into the overclocking portion and as you can see I have not made any changes here but what I love about this is that I can target my temperature and I can target my minimum fan speed. So, if I’m not at home or my rigs are and things get a little hot I can actually slide this over and you know make the fans run faster or I can pull this number down to try to bring the target temperature down, bring the target temperature down will obviously increase fan speed. All right so this power stage as it states right here will feed lower wattage but you’ve got to be careful about stability, this is something that I have not played with yet but I’m going to continue to experiment and as I learn stuff I will be definitely sharing it. So, lots and lots of configuration power not just sitting next to the rig but from halfway around the world. You can also reload the program, you can reboot the rig this is something additional that you can buy from the guy who runs this site, I don’t know what it is because I haven’t looked at it yet but keeping things simple, it’s all right here.
So, now this guy is offering all of this value for the mere low price of $2 a month per rig, so I think it’s very reasonable. Now I must say I’m not affiliated with this guy at all, I don’t make any money off of this by pointing you in the general direction of simple mining OS I’m just thrilled with how it works.
All right so from the get go one of the things you are going to want to do is you’re going to want to tell simple mining OS where to send your money. So, go into wallets and you’re going to want to put like say if you’re using a coin base account you can go into your coin base account get your Bitcoin address, get your Ethereum address and copy and paste those numbers over here. So, that way simple mining OS knows where to send your money when it comes time for pay out.
All right so the next step that I want to do is I want to show you how to look at where you’re at with money. So, we’re going to go to “wallets” and depending on what pool you chose over on the rig group, I’ll show you this, let me go back to riggroup and I want to show you that the pool that I chose is an Ethereum pool in the United States and it’s at dwarfpool.com; ok? That just happens to be the one that I selected. That’s how you know what pool you’re in; all right? So, that’s going to be relevant when we go back to riglist and I want to go into “wallets.” So, how do I get payout information? Well I just said that I’m mining on dawrfpool.com, so I’m going to go ahead and click on this and I am going to get an “invalid wallet” and the reason for that is because it’s trying to put this Ox value in there twice. If you click next to Ox and you back it up a couple just so that it says Ox 1 time, and then you hit “enter” everything will work fine. And here is dawrfpool.com for my Ethereum.
; ok? And let’s take a look at…. I’m just going to kind of come down here a little bit and look at… this is my personal production right here; ok? I’m not exactly sure how they arrive at this “submits” but essentially that’s my percentage of the total pool. So, I’m doing you know roughly over between 6,00 and 7,00 on the “submits” and if you take my number of “submits” that’s this line right here is my “submits” then you can see where I’ve dropped off line. Like for example right here I was mining at this level and I dropped off line because I got another GPU or 2 or however many it was at the time. I think right around here I added another rig so I was up here and then right here, this drop right here is that I had all the electricity off on the seventh because I had an electrician here and everything was off while we rewired the mining room for more power and then I got jumped back up on here. This is probably a case where my Internet here is spotty so it went down and were pretty constant here up until about right here. Now this drop off right here is probably because the data hasn’t come in yet but you know this basically shows what my personal shares are, my personal shares are between 6,00 and 7,00 and that’s between 6,00 and 7,00 of 1.2 million pool shares. So, I’m a very very small percentage of this pool, as a matter of fact this is my percentage rate here, 0.005 is my percent so that’s how much I’m getting paid. So, the pool shares are 1.2 million and these blocks I think these are solved blocks for this particular pool.
So, now coming back up you can see how much my payout is. Now I had it set to point 0.05 and that’s just a setting that you can control right here, if you want to get paid that’s 5% of an Ethereum right now I’m getting paid at yet 10%. 0.1 is 10% of 1 Ethereum coin if you will, so it’s paying me 0.1. And what this is, this is my current balance so when 0.086 trips to 1 I’ll get another payout. This is how much money that I’ve been paid since I started mining with Ethereum, sometimes if a block hasn’t been confirmed yet you’ll see an indication here that the block hasn’t been confirmed yet and that will pad this number right here in terms of unconfirmed but generally it’s this number plus this number is how much they owe you.
So, lots and lots of data here in terms of exactly where I’m at. Now if you were not mining with dwarfpool.com, if you were mining with one of the other pools you’ll probably have a console that looks very similar to this.
So, that’s pretty much it you know between this screen right here and this screen right here I am just completely thrilled with how much data I can get here, with how much tracking I have here, with how much power I have in terms of overclocking if I want to, resetting everything this is just awesome. I have to say that there’s absolutely no reason in the world to pay for Windows, load Windows, have an SSD for Windows, deal with the frustration of Windows and not have the luxury of as much remote information as you have right here. And all of this without having to write a single line in the Linux terminal. So, anyhow like I said I’m not affiliated with either simple mining or the dwarf pool, I’m just a big fan so I hope you enjoyed the video, I hope you got a lot out of it. I’ve got so many more videos planned as I expand as a matter of fact my mining room is getting ready to take a complete overhaul from where I’m at right now from a cooling standpoint I am going to be building a cooling tent and obviously I’ll have all of that information in a video. And as I add and as I make changes and as I learn stuff I’m going to be sharing that with all of you. I appreciate the views; please like, subscribe, comment, I do not purport to be an expert at this. I am learning as I go and if you’ve got some constructive criticism or any good tips please go ahead and pop those into the comments below the video. So, this is Steve signing off till the next video, I’ll see ya.