How to mine Ethereum, now, easily and with little hassle or confusion.
This Guide is meant to be used with the tools on our Tools page.
There has been a lot of information on how to mine Ethereum. Most of it is VERY confusing for most people. It talks about a ton of stuff that you do NOT need to do to mine. If you read my in depth Ethereum Report, you will know that the more people mine, the less each miner will earn. So I think that many people have put out false or misleading information so that it seems really hard to mine for Ethereum.
I am also a miner, here is my personal miner stats page, but I also build rigs for people, I have built more than I can count in just the short time it has been out. I sell them on this site. I know that by making this guide it will allow you to get mining without buying a computer from me, but if I help you get going, you may consider my company when you need to buy more mining rigs.
If you read anything about GETH, mist, or downloading the wallet, syncing the chain or any of that just forget it all. The truth is that you need NONE of that to mine for Ethereum.
Everything I am writing is for those that want to mine on Windows. I write about windows because most linux folks don’t need help, and most beginners are on windows.
You CAN mine on a computer while you use it. Over half of the mining rigs I have made were made for people who will also use them as a computer.
If you want to buy a computer that is ready to go, built to mine and built to use, with all of the software pre installed and ready you can buy one from us and get a great deal.
You only need four simple things.
- You need an Ethereum address. You do NOT need to host one on your computer, you do not need to generate one yourself or any of that complex stuff, plus you really don’t want to do all of that. All you need is to make an account on one of the many market sites. I use Bittrex, but you can use Polonix, Kraken or one of the many others, you can get a good list here.
- Next you will need the address of the pool you want to use. By using a pool you never need to download the chain. The vast majority of miners use pools, you get paid evenly and quickly. I use Ethermine. You can use Dwarfpool or a few others. The pool gives you work and keeps track of what you need to do. If you download any of my tools they are all preset up to use Ethermine.
- Next you will need a computer with a video card that has at least 2GB of RAM. In a few months 2GB will no longer work and 3GB will be needed.
- Lastly you will need the ethermine software. Download the ones on my tools page to have some of the best scripts already written for you.
Once you have all of this, you simply put in your Ethereum address into the script (open the file with Notepad), replacing mine, and run the script. It will take a few seconds to load, and then it will generate your first DAG file. That takes between 5 and 12 minutes depending on your CPU and then you will start mining. Simple as that.
To check your status go to your pool, and paste your Ethereum address into the search area, you will see your stats page. The stats take up to 2 hours to be correct. Bookmark that page for future easy access.
If this helped you out, please consider a small donation to my Ethereum Address 0x923BeB0Fa6F92c7Ccaf45E718FBF758FFCF94635
How to get your computer ready to be a miner like a boss!
Here at Emerald Computers, we build mining rigs for people who rather have it done for them, at a good price, and done right without the hassle. If that is you then go to our products page. If you rather set up your miner yourself here is our checklist that we use for ever minor that we build. Once you do this you can simply plug in the ethernet and power, turn it on and you are mine Ethereum like a boss. If you want to do something to it you can remote in from another computer.
Miner Setup Checklist
- Install windows 7 and do updates
- Install Drivers
- Create a password for the user
- Turn off future updates
- Turn off sleep functions
- Turn off password required at boot
- Turn on remote desktop
- Set up network discovery and turn off password protected sharing
- Download mining software
- Set miner to run at startup
- Change background on computer to show others the above been done
- Give Computer a unique name on the network
- Set server and computer name in mining script