One of the advantage is that Linux has no trouble using multiple video cards like 6 on a single motherboard, something that can bring you a real headache with some Windows versions. And the specialized mining distributions you only need to setup the mining pool, your username and pass for the worker and they are ready to be used and you can remotely monitor them — no need of advanced Linux knowledge at all.
Now, it all may seem like a dream, however there is one important thing that you should be well aware of — the pretty much only more significant disadvantage of using a Linux Litecoin mining distribution. You are most likely not going to be able to control the GPU voltage from these distributions on all video cards from within AMDOverdriveCtrl , some may work, others may not, but most likely you will have trouble with most of the cards.
On Windows you have multiple options like Sapphire Trixx, MSI Afterbutner and other manufacturers specialized overclocking software for a specific video card. On Linux mining distributions you do have a tool that may show you the voltages, but you will probably not be able to change them, though you cans till control the clock settings for the video memory and the graphics processor.
This is important, because normally you can lower the voltage below the standard set value and overclock the video card and it can still mine cryptos stable. This is being done in order for the cards to use less power and emit less heat, thus staying cooler and more silent. If the cooling and the noise is not a problem and you have ensured low operating temperatures, then there is no problem not to lower the voltage of the cards. This guide assumes your personal pc runs a version of windows and you have a lan network that both your pc and the miner will be connected to.
Understand that anything on that USB stick will get wiped out. Many people use BAMT and the forums at that link will provide a great deal of support if necessary. Keep your boxes and your receipts until you are sure everything is installed, fits well, and is working well. Also, having those boxes lets you sell off the items someday if you choose to. They kit comes with small nails that are barely enough to hold it together and the wood glue will make it a lot more secure. If you plan to move the unit around a lot, consider using screws so that your very expensive investment does not come apart when handled.
Connect the heavy PSU cables now since they are less forgiving in how they can be routed and placed. Those same spacers could be found at a hardware store if you are building your own wooden frame. The motherboard in the build list does not have an on-board power switch. The motherboard manual will show where a power switch is plugged in. These switches have a minimal cost and many switches can be adapted with some wire and the right female connectors if one is not purchased.
This is typical for all PC builds. Be careful with the pins on the processor chip as they bend easily. You may opt to do this after mounting the GPUs, depending on if you can get your hands in small spaces. GPUs come with adapters and so do the power supplies. Between both of those packages, find the right connectors and any necessary adapters that will provide power from the PSU to the GPU cards. Powered risers are only one source of power to the cards.
GPUs will have 1 or 2 plugs of 6 pins that deliver the remaining power that they need to run at full throttle. Some cards only have one plug as they require less power. Most other cards over watts will require both of their 2 plugs to be powered.
Once all the connections are checked, turn it on. Some motherboard have an on-board power button which is a new development. Others still require a switch that connects two terminals as described in the motherboard instruction manual. There is a way to figure this out without having to plug in a monitor, mouse, and keyboard and without the need to super geek tools.
Home routers provide IP addresses to machines connecting to the network. If you can log in to your router, a new machine should have appeared in the DCHP client list. Different brands of home routers have interfaces and menus that present this their own way so that may require an internet search for help on a particular model.
BAMT typically works well and at this point the configuration will continue with screen shots using remote operation and no mouse, keyboard, or screen. More advanced users can use SSH and do things all on the keyboard or connect using a tool such as FileZilla and synchronize files. The config file holds the information as to what mining target to connect to.
There are a number of ways to provide this information, but this way is simple and easy for getting started. Remote management tools like CGRemote will allow control over many mining rigs and can make managing a number of these servers much easier. Mining pools are a completely different topic and one suggestion is to spend some time understanding where your miners are going to be pointing their power at.
Search the internet and look on the forums to research mining pools. Some pools are specific to a coin, and some pools exist that switch between coins in an attempt to mine the most valuable coin at a given time. When you have the information from the mining pool, replace the generic information that is in the config file with your own information. By default, listing multiple pools in this section allows for failover so if a pool is offline then the mining software will switch to a backup pools lower in the list.
Each series and brand of graphics cards can be optimized using parameters in the config file. In the mining config file are all the parameters that the BAMT mining software needs in order to optimize the GPU and the connection to the mining target. Shown are settings that can be used for the ASUS R9 X graphics card with a few tweaks to some other settings so that the software connects to a pool and looks for new instructions more often. This section is very much determined by the brand, model, and even revision of each graphics card.
The default settings may or may not work, and these settings may not be appropriate, so do some research for the particular card that is installed. BAMT includes a web server that has a rather nice display of status and activity. Connect to it using your favorite web browser.
The machine should be mining. The software typically works very well out of the box, so good luck and have fun creating coins. But I think that I miss something or Reply 3 years ago. As you can see the mining pool server is located at litecoinpool. That server actually provides a UI website wherein you can create an account with multiple miners in one account where the mined LTCs will be stored.
When you get enough LTC based from their minimum withdrawal requirement, you can go into the website and key in your LTC address to withdraw the accumulated LTCs you have in the pool. Download BAMT from the link above. Un-package it all Keep your boxes and your receipts until you are sure everything is installed, fits well, and is working well.
Place motherboard in custom open air mining rig case and connect motherboard PSU connector leaving PSU unplugged from the wall of course Connect the heavy PSU cables now since they are less forgiving in how they can be routed and placed. Plug in power switch The motherboard in the build list does not have an on-board power switch. Plug in all riser cables You may opt to do this after mounting the GPUs, depending on if you can get your hands in small spaces.
Connect all GPUs to riser cables and fasten them to custom case. Our machine has the IP address of For the rest of us open a remote desktop connection. BAMT default user name is user and password is live. We want to set the password for root. From the menu open a terminal window. To make sure all went well, log out and reconnect as each user name. BAMT comes with a standard mining configuration that is generic and needs to be changed.
For the rest of us, open remote desktop and log on to the machine as root. From the menu find and open file manager. Did you make this project? Share it with us! I Made It!