To help get you started mining your bitcoins as fast as possible I have created an easy 3 step video guide on how to be rewarded BitCoins for running a mining client and joining the BitClockers.com mining poolNEW BITCOIN VIDEO GUIDES : #1 HOW TO CREATE A BITCLOCKER ACCOUNT, CREATE A WORKER, GET CREDIT FOR MINING!#2 Howto installation and configuration Guide for GUIMiner on Microsoft windows#3 How to Install a Bitcoin WalletARCHIVE BITCOIN GUIDES:
How to Install a Bitcoin Wallet, Install and configure a Mining client and join a Mining Pool
Since Bitcoin works much like torrents do (there is no central entity), it has to work off a distributed P2P database. The blocks are the 'snapshots' of the database. So each transaction that takes place has to be verified, balanced, and secured using SHA256. By you 'serving' the distributed database and computing the complex security of it, you can build new blocks. Since it's a highly computational task, GPUs are the perfect workhorses for it.
It's a lot more complex than that and I'm sure I don't fully understand it either, but that's the idea.
Mining Hardware Profitability calculator estimate: http://www.alloscomp.com/bitcoin/calculator.php
Step by Step Text guide to getting started
Click save file
Open the downloaded Bitcoin installer
Click next to begin installation of Bitcoin
Change the installation path to C:\Bitcoin this will make things easier later on
Click finish and the application will launch.
Click allow Access
The long string of numbers and letters is your bit coin address, circled at the bottom is the current number of blocks you should see this number rising as your computer is downloading all the completed Bitcoin blocks
Enter your bitcoin address from the bitcoin application and click save. To create a worker, input a username and password and click create
You may create 1 worker for all of your Miners or 1 Worker for each Miner you have
You can create a unique username and password for each mining client (worker). Example: If you wish to generate coins with 2 video cards and a CPU you can have 3 worker accounts, one for each device. Alternatively multiple video cards and cpu's as even multiple computers can submit results under the same worker. The bottom of the page will contain your created workers and relevant stats
How to use:
Extract and instead of running "poclbm.exe" (which runs the command line version), run "guiminer.exe". If you have OpenCL set up correctly this should launch the GUI. If you get an error about OpenCL, you need to install an OpenCL package from your GPU vendor. For AMD/ATI cards you can get OpenCL here
Once the GUI is running, choose a pool and register if necessary from the pool website, then press "Start mining" to begin. Wait for the coins to come in and don't forget to donate
How to get help:
For technical support please post in this thread rather than sending me a PM; this will get you a reply sooner since other people than me can help you out. More information is better; with only a brief vague report we probably don't know enough to pinpoint your problem. Here's an example of a good report:
"When I try to start mining, I get "Problems communicating with bitcoin RPC" in the status bar and the miner doesn't start. I already checked that my bitcoin.conf contains the correct username and password. I am using:
GUIMiner version: v2011-06-09
Operating system: Windows XP SP3
Miner backend: OpenCL/poclbm
Video card: ATI 5770
Server: solo mining on Bitcoin client 0.3.22
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Q: Help! The program crashed or didn't work!
A: If you post a bug report in this thread a variety of helpful people including myself can try to fix your issue. We need to know at least the following: what version of Windows you're using, what graphics card you're using, what version of drivers you're using, what pool you're using if applicable, and a detailed description of what went wrong.
Q: How do I know if my graphics card (GPU) supports OpenCL or CUDA?
A: Try running GPU Caps Viewer
. It will tell you what your GPU supports.
Q: How do I use the Phoenix/phatk miner?
A: Run GUIMiner as usual, then go File -> New other miner and navigate up one directory and pick phoenix.exe. Then enter your info as usual and start mining. For the Extra Flags you can enter any Phoenix flags such as VECTORS or -k phatk (see above screenshot) for an example, or see the BitCoin Mining Hardware Comparison Chart
thread for a full list of flags.
Q: What extra flags do I use?
A: If you have a Radeon 5xxx card (for example 5770, 5890), use '-v -w128'. On CPU you don't need any flags. For other cards ask around.
Q: My temperatures are too high, can I throttle the GPU so it runs slower but cooler?
A: If you are mining using OpenCL you can use the -s flag a value such as 0.01 in order to force the GPU to sleep for 0.01 seconds in between runs. Increase or decrease this value until you have the desired GPU utilization.
Q: Can I connect to more than one pool with the same GPU? For example have a main pool, and a backup pool in case the main one goes down?
A: Yes, you can use the -f flag for this. A value of -f60 or higher in the backup pool's miner will cause it to yield most of the GPU power to miners with a lower f value (default is 30).
Q: Is it normal that GUIMiner uses a lot of CPU when mining on the GPU?
A: No, for most people GUIMiner uses less than 1% of CPU. This is a poclbm issue some people are experiencing - see this post
for more info.
Q: Do I need the official Bitcoin client to be open while mining?
A: Only if you are doing solo mining - in this case you are connecting to the client instead of a pool server.
Q: How does performance using the GUI compare to using the command line?
A: They should be identical; the GUI introduces virtually no overhead.
Q: How do I know if I'm getting a good hashing rate for my card?
A: See this topic
for a comparison of various cards.
Q: How do I know how many Bitcoins I'll generate with my card?
A: See Bitcoin Mining Profitability Calculator
to determine this.
Q: I installed OpenCL, but my GPU isn't showing up. Only my CPU is shown. What is the problem?
A: A couple people experienced this issue and were able to resolve it by installing a different driver version.
Q: How can I delete my miner settings, or edit them manually?
A: Miner settings are stored in %APPDATA%\Roaming\poclbm. For example, on Windows 7 this path translates to C:\Users\Kiv\AppData\Roaming\poclbm. The file poclbm.ini inside contains the settings in JSON format. There are also some settings in .ini files inside the miner directory, also in JSON format. No registry keys are used, so removing these .ini files completely erases your settings.
Q: How can I completely uninstall GUIMiner?
A: Remove the GUIMiner folder and the miner settings above, and that will completely remove GUIMiner.
Q: I want to see X feature in the miner. How can I have it?
A: I'm working on new features but I have a full time job and other things to do too - if you want to encourage me send donations to: 1MDDh2h4cAZDafgc94mr9q95dhRYcJbNQo
Q: What does it mean in the summary panel when the shares say something like 1000 (150) accepted?
A: That means 1000 shares total were accepted, including 150 in the last hour.
GPUMiner Graphics Card and CPU Miner Installation
Download the GUI Miner client available here
latest version and older versions available here
Click the "..." box to change the destination
If you need to you can scroll up to view "Desktop"
Click "OK" to finish changing location
Open the newly extracted folder
Click the carrot on the the server drop down box
Select "BitClockers.com" from the menu
You can manually join the pool by selecting "Other" there are three alternate pools available
Host: pool.bitclockers.com Pool: 8332
Host: pool2.bitclockers.com Pool: 8332
Host: pool3.bitclockers.com Pool: 8332
Enter the username used when creating your worker on the BitClockers
Enter the password used when creating your worker on the BitClockers
Open the Device drop down menu to view available mining devices
Select "0-0" as your first device
Click start mining and you are up and running!
I find it convenient to right click on "guiminer.exe" and send a shortcut to the desktop
On the lower left you will see statistics for Shares "accepted" and the time of last accepted share. Also any error messages from the client will be displayed here.
On the lower right you will see your current "Hash" rate in Mhash/s (Million Hashes per second)
If you like GUIMiner think about donating to Kiv
the creator for creating this easy to use miner!