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There are so many new alternative crypto coins launched pretty much everyday now so it is becoming harder and harder to keep track of these new launches. Not that it is worth checking out each and every one of them, or to try and manage to be ready and mine at the launch of every new coin. It is still good to check the new coin launches and mark a few that seem to offer something new and promising as this could provide you with a good chance to get some extra profit by mining at the launch with low difficulty. This is especially useful for miners that do not have a lot of mining power and want to be able to maximize their chances of getting something extra. We are saying a chance as there is also a risk associated with mining new coins that are not yet being available on any exchange, there is a possibility that some of these new coins will have a very short live and not even get listed on an exchange. So do approach these new alternative crypto coins with caution when checking them now at the Bitcointalk forum for example or any of the specialized crypto coin launch calendars listed below.

List of New Crypto Currency Launch Calendars:
AltCoinCalendar
CryptoLaunch
CoinCalendar
CoinLaunch

If we have missed some alt coin launch calendar worth mentioning please feel free to post in the comments section so we could add it to the list, but these already listed should provide you a good starting point in checking what new crypto is coming and when.

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Week 2 of the photo contest we have organized together with our partners GAWMiners has ended and we have selected the second week’s winner. The theme of the photo contest this time was Neat as a Pin (tidiest cabling of mining rigs) and you can see the photos of the best submission we have received, the ones that have won a 5-chip Gridseed ASIC miner to the owner of that neat and tidy made mining rig.

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And the person who won the second week award is Will Ortiz who has submitted photos of his 100 GHS 10ASIC Blade setup with a custom enclosure and wiring. Really great looking custom design that ensures efficient cooling and very tidy looking mining rig, ready to be replicated in numbers and to go into a data center. The winner will shortly be contacted by GAWMiners to arrange the delivery of the reward.

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If you were not the winner this week, don’t worry, you will still have two more chances to win by the end of this month, so get ready to participate in the photo contest with the new theme for the third week – Most Innovative Way to Mine. Time to show some really creative ideas and another chance to win a 5-chip Gridseed ASIC miner. You have until the next Monday to submit your ideas along with photos for a chance to win.

Send your week 3 photo contest entries here in order to get a chance to win a Gridseed ASIC miner…

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It seems that a lot of people are having trouble figuring out how to compile CudaMiner from source for Windows and since our readers have also requested a simple and easy to use guide, we have prepared something that should help. The process is pretty simple and straight forward, so if you follow the steps you should be able to compile the code yourself in no time, probably…

First Download the required files:
– You need to have Visual Studio 2010 or 2012 with C++ installed, other versions might also work, but we have not tested.
– Download and install Nvidia CUDA Toolkit, do note that Visual Studio needs to be installed first for the CUDA Toolkit to properly work with it.
– You need to download the Windows versions of pthreads, OpenSSL and curl for the respective version you will be compiling for (32 or 64-bit), there is a complete package that contains all of these to make it simple for you, though they may not be the latest versions.
– Download the latest CudaMiner source code, use the Download ZIP button on the right to make it easier.

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Prepare everything for compiling the project:
– Create a folder where you will place all of the required files, for example CUDAMINER-WIN and extract the complete package of prerequisites in it as well as the source code of CudaMiner, you should have things look like on the image above.
– Open the CudaMiner-master folder and open the cudaminer.sln project file, it should load up in Visual Studio. Note that the project is in VS2010 format and if using 2012 for example you will be asked to upgrade the project to the 2012 format, choose yes.

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Final tweaks and compiling the project in Visual studio:
– Make Sure you have selected Release build and choose if you are compiling a 32 or 64-bit version inside Visual Studio after you have opened up the cudaminer SLN file.
– If you wan to compile the code for a specific GPU architecture other than the default you will need to go to Project, Properties, Confguration Properties, CUDA C/C++, Device and select the required ones under Code Generation.
– Select Build Solution from the Build menu and wait for the compilation process to finish, you will find the executable file in the Release folder (or x64, Release for the 64-bit version).
– You need the cudaminer.exe executable file and the respective cudart DLL file (32 or 64-bit, depending on the version you are building).
– You also need to get the respective 32 or 64-bit version of the pthreadVC2.dll file from the phtreads folder.
– Put the executable file and the two DLL files in a single folder and you are ready to run CudaMiner.
– Note that on your system everything should be working fine, but on other computers lacking Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2010/2012 installed you will need to also install this package (version depends on what version of Visual Studio you have used to compile the project). Alternatively you can just include the msvcp and msvcr DLL files along with the other files to make sure you have all of the required files packaged together.

Hopefully this guide will help you compile the CudaMiner source code for Windows on your own, this could also be helpful in compiling other projects if you haven’t used Visual Studio at all, though the guide is specifically for compiling CudaMiner.


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