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If you have Bitmain AntMiner U1 USB sticks for Bitcoin mining you would need to use a special version of cgminer that is compiled to support these BTC ASIC devices. Below you will find cgminer 3.8.5 for windows that is compiled with AntMiner U1 support along with BAT files to run the USB ASIC at “stock” frequency for 1.6 GH/s, along with settings for running the device at 1.8 GH/s, 2.0 GH/s and 2.2 GH/s. Just make sure that you overclock the AntMiner U1 for higher hashrate to ensure that the device is properly cooled – you need to provide additional fan blowing on the device to cool it down when it is overclocked. Do not, and we really mean that you should not overclock the AntMiner U1 without additional cooling or there is risk of damaging the device!

You can download cgminer 3.8.5 with AntMiner U1 support for Windows here…

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The MaxCoin time with CPU mining was very short and now everyone is mining with GPU as soon as it became available, so the MAX crypto continues will full throttle. If you are looking into mining MaxCoin with GPU, then you might find this helpful – download CUDAminer for Nvidia with keccak support or download cgminer 3.6.6 with keccak support from the link below if you are mining with AMD graphics cards using OpenCL. The keccak version of cgminer miner may not be 100% stable, but it will restart again if there is a problem and it crashes. And as a suggestion for a pool to mine MaxCoin in – try 1GH. Ypool has already closed their MAX pool due to the serious DDoS attacks that MaxCoin pools were getting since the crypto has been announced a few days ago and 1GH seems to have resolved their problems with the attacks they were getting as well and are probably one of the largest if not the largest MaxCoin pool at the moment. There is now a newer version 3.7.2(3) available that is much more stable and reliable than the version 3.6.6.

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A lot of people that are not into Linux and are not familiar with it try to stay away form it, but when we are talking about Litecoin and other scrypt crypto mining you might want to reconsider if you are building a mining rig. Linux has some advantages other than being free when you compare it to Windows, and the best thing is that there are special distributions already available that might make it very easy for you to use them for scrypt mining rigs that you are building. 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. Also using a specialized mining Linux distribution means that you don’t need to have a lot of free space, actually you don’t need to even use a hard drive to install it on, you can directly boot it from a flash drive. 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.

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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.

After this short introduction we are going to point your attention to two specialized Litecoin mining distributions based on Linux that you might want to check out and try on your mining rigs. These are the Litecoin-BAMT and SMOS Linux with them being very similar to each other. They both come in the form of an image file that you can write directly on a USB flash drive and then boot the operating system from that drive. After the first start you have to edit the cgminer config file ( /etc/bamt/cgminer.conf ) with your mining pool settings and you are ready to start mining. You can then monitor the performance of the mining rig and control it either trough a remote console login, or through a web based interface, so there is no need for physical access anymore.

For more information about the Litecoin-BAMT Linux mining distribution…
For more information about the SMOS Linux scrypt mining distribution…


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