Tuesday, July 21, 2015

How to mine with a nVidia GPU. Mine x11 (such as darkcoin) and autoconvert to dat sweet sweet doge.

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Hey. So, you've probably heard that mining scrypt coins doge and litecoin is super hard now due to ASICs, and isn't worthwhile on a GPU anymore. Well, here's how to mine other coins that use an algorithm called x11 (as opposed to scrypt) and have them autoconverted and paid to you in doge. (will also autoconvert to another coin, if for some crazy reason you don't want doge).
  1. Have an nVidia GPU, preferably 600 series or later, and 50 or higher, such as 650, 750, etc.. These will be best for mining, but I'm not gonna guarantee profitability over electricity costs, that will depend on your set up and hardware and cost of electricity. nVidia cards are way better for mining x11 than AMD cards right now, for some reason the development of the mining software has really been rapid for nVidia, not so much for AMD, sorry AMD people you'll have to look elsewhere for how to mine.
  2. Determine your compute capability of your card. http://adf.ly/1LAuD9 (will be something like 3.5, or 5.0 etc..) Remember this number.
  3. Download and install the latest graphics card drivers from nVidia if you aren't up to date already www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
  4. (not necessary for gtx970 and 980) Download and install the CUDA software from nVidia http://adf.ly/1LAuOj
  5. Restart your computer.
  6. Download and extract the latest version (1.5.1 as of now) of ccminer from herehttps://github.com/tpruvot/ccminer/releases. Here's the announcement thread for that software to stay up to datehttps://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=770064.0 and learn more. If your GPU has a compute capability less than 3.0 (from step 2.) then you are using a card with an older architecture, and it is not supported in the latest version. You will need to download an older version of ccminer, one that has a ccminer.exe file in the zip that ends with the two digits of your card's compute capability (e.g. ccminer21.exe if compute capability is 2.1).
  7. In the extracted folder (the one where the ccminer-30-35-50-52.exe is) create a .txt file. Inside that file copy paste this code (4 lines):
    @ECHO off
    setx GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
    ccminer-30-35-50-52.exe --algo=x11 -o stratum+tcp://ca.simplemulti.com:3453 -u YOURWALLETADDRESSTOMINETOHERE.worker1 -p x 
    PAUSE
    
  8. Save that file as wowsuchdig.txt. Now right click on it in the folder and change the extension to wowsuchdig.bat.
  9. Double click wowsuchdig.bat
  10. Profit! You are now profit switching mining x11 coins on an awesome pool called http://simplemulti.com/. This pool converts those coins to doge for you, and then sends the value in doge. You can go there for statistics on your account (your address is your username, there is no sign up). Also check out their getting started guide. You may also want to change your port (in the .bat file) from stratum+tcp://ca.simplemulti.com:3453 to stratum+tcp://ca.simplemulti.com:3454 if you have a very good card.
Now you're set up. There's more stuff, like overclocking, but I won't get into that here. Congratz :)

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