How to mine Ethereum [Noob friendly]

DjKraid

TS Guru
[SIZE=7]Disclaimer[/SIZE]
This might and will eat up your GPU and this will result in higher electrical bills. Make sure that what ever computer or rig that you are using has proper cooling and a proper powersupply that can handle high long term loads. I have not coded the miner used in this guide nor have I got anything to do with the pool.



[SIZE=7]Intro[/SIZE]
First of all I want to say that I'll keep this extremely basic, no extra mumbo-jumbo or confusing herp-derps. I'll keep this as simple as possible.

It took me a good while to find a good working miner and a crypto that's actually worth mining. Some are worth close to nothing while some are "too hard" to get. After a few weeks of googling and testing I came to the conclusion that Ethereum is the most profitable (at least for me). I have all the basic stuff at home running 24/7 in addition to two PC's that are always on (one is mining), two laptops of which one is always on and then a bunch of other stuff that eats tons of electricity. My bill stands at 130€ for 3 months (for everything) and during those 3 months earn roughly 180-200€ by mining. Before you start mining you should check if it's actually profitable for you and for this there's some calculators here and there on ze web.
Profitability calculator

In this guide I'll show n tell you how to use Claymores Dualminer (in Windows 10) simply because that's the one I use and that's the one that have worked the best of all the ones that I have tested. Most of the miners that I have tested get blocked or even removed/quarantined but this one doesn't, however you might get a popup asking if you want to give the miner access to the interwebz.

The pool that you'll be mining in will send the Ethereum your way automatically. I got my first payment after roughly three weeks and currently I get my payments almost on a weekly basis.


[SIZE=7]Requirements:[/SIZE]
- ETH wallet
- GPU with 3Gb VRAM (or more) this is based on the size of the dag file
- Miner software
- Stable internet connection

[SIZE=6]Notes:[/SIZE]
- Make sure that you have the latest drivers.
- This does not work on any Intel HD graphicscards, this is for AMD/nVidia only.
- From what I have found an old AMD R9 390 is a better miner than a brand new GTX 1080

[SIZE=6]Step 1 - Get an Ethereum wallet[/SIZE]
Personally I have my ETH wallet in my phone and for that I use an app called "Jaxx". It's available on both Android and iOS so it's easy n fast to get n setup. If you don't have a wallet yet then this is where you need to start.
Jaxx


[SIZE=6]Step 2 - Get the miner[/SIZE]
For this we'll be using Claymore's Dual Miner, with it you can mine two different cryptos at the same time however I won't be going in to any sorts of details on the 2nd alternative crypto miner since it wasn't profitable for me I doubt that it'll be for you. Anyhow, here's what you need.
Claymore's Dual Miner - download (github)
(if you are unsure of what and how to download then you can always grab the one that I use from my OneDrive)


[SIZE=6]Step 3 - Fix the settings[/SIZE]
Once you have downloaded and extracted the miner (anywhere, I have it under C:\eth\) you'll need to edit one file - START_ETH_MINER.bat.
Just open the file in notepad and remember to save it once you have done the following changes:
- add your wallet.
- give the miner a name.
- use the pool closest to you, the list below is what was available as of writing this.

Pools (source):
North America (East):
us1.ethermine.org:4444 or us1.ethermine.org:14444
North America (West): us2.ethermine.org:4444 or us2.ethermine.org:14444
Europe (France): eu1.ethermine.org:4444 or eu1.ethermine.org:14444
Asia: asia1.ethermine.org:4444 or asia1.ethermine.org:14444

Example (my settings):
setx GPU_FORCE_64BIT_PTR 0
setx GPU_MAX_HEAP_SIZE 100
setx GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS 1
setx GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
setx GPU_SINGLE_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
EthDcrMiner64.exe -epool eu1.ethermine.org:14444 -ewal 0xe202b87f3474f15d65873ec5b6bbb160110614ec.Worker -epsw x -mode -1
If you download the miner from my OneDrive and don't change these settings you will be mining for me!


[SIZE=6]Step 4 - Mine that Ethereum and get some profit[/SIZE]
To mine all you need to do is double-click on START_ETH_MINER.bat and keep the miner up window open. If you close the window then you close the miner too. That's it, really.
You can follow your mining progress here (link to my miners as an example): https://www.ethermine.org/miners/e202b87f3474f15d65873ec5b6bbb160110614ec (change the url so that it has your wallet there without the two first letters, in my case that was "0x").

If you have several computers or rigs that you want to mine on then you can simply just do this all over again however you don't need to make any more wallets. For each mining computer/rig that you use you should set a different name.


[SIZE=7]Tips:[/SIZE]
- If you mine on your main computer then you'll want to change the windows settings so that all visual effects are disabled and lower the resolution as low as it goes.
- Change the power settings so that windows doesn't go in to sleep or anything other like that. Also change the power settings to that the HDD's never turn off.
- Create a shortcut to start_eth.bat and place that shortcut here: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp (from here on out the miner will start at the same time as the computer starts (logs in to windows))
- This miner should be able to handle multiple GPU's, this means that if you have for example two GPU's in your computer then this miner will use both (as long as they fill the requirements).
- If you keep getting DCR in your CMD window then you'll need to edit the config file. Just change mode from "0" to "-1". It should be enough when it's in the bat-file, however it seems as if the config file would take over in some cases.

Thanks for reading, hope this was helpful. If you like what you see and want more guides like this then feel free to send requests.

Want to buy me a beer?
ETH:
0xe202b87f3474f15d65873ec5b6bbb160110614ec
 
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DjKraid

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[SIZE=7]Tested GPUs[/SIZE]
Here's the GPUs that I have tested so far as dedicated miners in Windows 10 (x64). With "dedicated miners" I mean that I haven't had any displays connected to them at all, the display has been connected to an other GPU (integrated).

  • Asus Strix AMD R9 390 (8Gb) - 26-30MH/s
  • Asus Strix GTX 960 (4Gb) - 4.5-5.9MH/s
  • Asus Strix GTX 1080 (8Gb) - 20-22MH/s

[SIZE=6]Tested by other users[/SIZE]
  • XFX RX 480 (8Gb) - 18.5-20.5MH/s
  • XFX RX 580 (4Gb) - 26-28MHs
  • GTX 1060 - 17-19MH/s
  • GTX 1050 Ti (8Gb)-11-13MH/s
 
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DjKraid

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UPDATE
Thanks to some feedback I got, I actually took one more look in to this matter (DCR), I honestly thought that it was just a ghost since the "dual mining enabled" message never really showd before...or it came up but flew by too fast so I never really got to read it. I made a few changes to the "version" of the miner that I have uploaded so that it now has DCR completely disabled so that you really only have to add your own wallet adr to the START_ETH_MINER.bat file (and change the pool if/hen needed). However if you are already running this miner then I suggest that you add "-mode -1" to the bat file (as seen below) and then restart your miner. If it still shows that it's supposedly mining DCR then you'll also need to edit your config file, just change "mode 0" to "mode -1" and then restart.
Performance wise you will most likely see close to no difference, the only difference that I have noticed so far is that the "current effective hashrate" is a bit more stable and the GPU temp is slightly lower.

EthDcrMiner64.exe -epool eu1.ethermine.org:14444 -ewal 0xe202b87f3474f15d65873ec5b6bbb160110614ec.Worker -epsw x -mode -1
- If you keep getting DCR in your CMD window then you'll need to edit the config file. Just change mode from "0" to "-1". It should be enough when it's in the bat-file, however it seems as if the config file would take over in some cases.
 

DjKraid

TS Guru
Would anyone here be interested in an updated version of this guide with a newer version of the miner, more details on what to clock and how to clock it, what to look for and where to look and best of all, dual mining (ETH + SMART)?
 

wONKEyeYEs

TS Rookie
Would anyone here be interested in an updated version of this guide with a newer version of the miner, more details on what to clock and how to clock it, what to look for and where to look and best of all, dual mining (ETH + SMART)?
Yes.

I downloaded the miner from your Onedrive.
Bitdefender tags Bitcoinminer.sf, Bitcoinminer.sl, and Generic1753478 as threats?
 

Denise Hilton

TS Rookie
I don't know if this guide is still relevant today since Bitcoin and Ethereum are both going downhill. That said, can you suggest any cryptocurrency once should invest in nowadays?
 

Netfox

TS Enthusiast
Does someone still mine? I mean it became too expensive especially after market fall. People are mostly holding or investing in something they think is worth investments. All my friends who mined before refused from this idea long ago.
 

jobeard

TS Ambassador
I don't know if this guide is still relevant today since Bitcoin and Ethereum are both going downhill. That said, can you suggest any cryptocurrency once should invest in nowadays?
hmm; IMO, dump the cryptocurrency and invest in blockchain technologies.