Saturday, July 2, 2016


Become a VirtaCoin Miner

Step 1: Know Your Hardware


     Before you start downloading and configuring any mining software, you must be able to know what hardware is on the device you are going to mine with.

► CPU Hardware (Processor)


     If your PC is able to turn on and boot up the Operating System, then your PC more than likely has a Processor (CPU) installed. You can identify your CPU by looking up your System's Information through your Operating System.

 

· Windows

     To get Windows to display the System's Information, simply right-click the Start button, then select the System option. This will open up a new window displaying your operating system info, along with some other info about your PC. If you look under the System information section, you'll find Processor on the list, which shows the processor that is installed on your PC. This info can help you find the proper CPU miner and specified configurations available to give you the maximum output, if that's what you desire.



 
Right-clicking the Start button to display the System Information window on a Windows Operating System.


► GPU Hardware (Graphics Card)


     The Graphics Card (GPU) is the hardware that is used to display your computer onto your screen. The GPU is considered stronger mining hardware than a CPU.





Examples of a Graphics Card (GPU) and how it looks when installed on a desktop PC. Graphics Cards and their placements vary between manufacturers.


     To find out what kind of graphics card you have on your PC, you might find it on a label on the graphics card, or if you bought the graphics card yourself, you might find it on the box that contained your graphics card, or even possibly on your receipt. You can even find out on your operating software's Systems Information section or installed drivers. There are mining software out there that are specified for the different manufacturers which help get the most power out of your graphics card.


· Windows

     To find what your Graphics Card is on Windows, you can follow the procedure mentioned earlier about finding the Processor under the System Information, and simply clicking the link on the left of that same window, Device Manager. You can also right-click the Start button, and select Device Manager from the list. This will open a new window displaying a categorized view of all the hardware on your PC. Simply find and then collapse the Display Adapters list. It should list the GPU you have installed on your PC, if there is any. If there is not, you may not find the Display Adapters list being displayed within the window, meaning that you do not have a GPU on your PC.



 
Getting to the Device Manager window from the System Information window.






Step 2: Download Mining Software


     When downloading some of these mining software, your Anti-virus software may present you with some type of warning about some files included with the miners. This warning is a false-positive, meaning that the mining software will not harm your PC in any way. You may have to disable your antivirus during the download, installation, or extraction of the files, along with creating exceptions/whitelist the files (usually only the .exe files) within your Antivirus and Firewall after you've installed the software/placed the software files, and before you reactivate your Antivirus. But don't take our word for it. There are some people that post fake mining software containing viruses or other malicious software with it out there on the internet. So download at your own risk. But we do have a few suggestions you can try :)

Even though some of the software have been or have not been tested by us, you must understand that you are downloading and using the software at your own risk, just as we have, and we won't take responsibility for anything you do or whatever happens when using this software, same as no one would take responsibility for us for anything we did or what happened when using the software.


► CPU Miners

pooler's CPU Miner | More will be added soon...

► GPU Miners

NVIDIA GPUs: CudaMiner (cbuchner1) | More will be added soon... 




Step 3: Find a Mining Pool


     A mining pool is a way for miners to share their mining power together, and get rewarded equally amongst each miner depending on the power of each individual miner. (Mining within a pool is our recommendation and is what we'll only be covering in this guide.)

In the following example, we will be using the VirtaMining website, as it was created by one of our fellow VirtaCoin community members. To find other mining pools, take a look on the BitCoinTalk thread.

     First, you must sign up on a mining pool website. Once you sign up, you must create workers. You can access this section by going under "My Accounts" and clicking on "My Workers". In the form, specify the username of your miner, and the password. Remember them because you will need it when you configure your miner.




Step 4: Configure Your Miner


     Depending on which mining software you use, there are different ways you can configure the miners. A simple method for Windows is creating batch (.bat) files with Notepad, or any other text editing software, and then launching the configured file. If you need to find out how to mine on MacUbuntu, or any other OS, you can usually get that information by looking at the "Getting Started" page under the "Help" section of the mining pool's website. (We will add the other operating systems info later.)

► Batch (.bat) File Examples


These examples will use the VirtaMining pool stratum. If you wish to replace this with a different pool's stratum, simply replace what is underlined.
pooler's CPU Miner
     minerd -a scrypt -o stratum+tcp://virtamining.com:3333 -u USERNAME.WORKERNAME -p WORKERPASSWORD

CudaMiner
     cudaminer --algo=scrypt -o stratum+tcp://virtamining.com:3333 -u USERNAME.WORKERNAME -p WORKERPASSWORD


     Simply replace the bolded text with the info you created on the pool. For example, if your username is Projectz and the worker you created is named GPUMiner with the password GiveMeVTA, then an example of that .bat file should look like this:

     cudaminer --algo=scrypt -o stratum+tcp://virtamining.com:3333 -u Projectz.GPUMiner -p GiveMeVTA


     Once you've configured your batch file, save it as a .bat file. Once saved, you can now open/launch the .bat file by simply double-clicking on it (or however you prefer), and your miner should begin mining. You may see messages within the miner saying "Accepted", which basically means that you've gained a share of VirtaCoins for your mining efforts.
Be advised: When using miners on your PC, if you try using any other software on the same PC, you may experience a loss of performance, also known as lag. It is not recommended to have your miners running when using high demand software or games, as your hardware may begin failing.



Step 5: Enjoy Mining


     If you have reached this step, then congratulations! You are now mining VirtaCoins, while also helping strengthen and secure the VirtaCoin network!

     Mining guide by virtacoin-projectz

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