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Ubuntu Miner Guide

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Please note: These instructions are for setting up a dedicated mining rig. They effectively corrupt the integrity of your OS, so should ideally not be used for anything else.


ATI Drivers, AMD SDK and Other tools

Install Ubuntu on a system that can support ATI GPUs suitable for mining
See Mining hardware comparison
Load a clean install of Ubuntu Natty 11.04 64-bit Desktop. Installing Ubuntu is fairly easy, but beyond the scope of this document.
If you're using a pre-existing install, proceed at your own risk.
Download: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download
Boot, login to the desktop, then open up a terminal window (ctrl+alt+t).
Remove NVidia crap. Update and Upgrade.
sudo apt-get remove nvidia-common
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install aptitude 
sudo aptitude dist-upgrade
Install some tools
sudo apt-get install python-setuptools python-numpy subversion g++ libboost-all-dev libqtgui4 openjdk-6-jre subversion git screen openssh-server
Download and install ATI Driver 11.6 for Linux 64bit. Enter '1' for the install option when prompted.
cd ~
wget http://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/ati-driver-installer-11-6-x86.x86_64.run
chmod +x ati-driver-installer-11-6-x86.x86_64.run
sudo ./ati-driver-installer-11-6-x86.x86_64.run --force
sudo apt-get -f install
sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup
sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
sudo aticonfig -f --initial --adapter=all
sudo reboot
Download and install AMD APP SDK 2.4 for Linux 64bit.
cd ~
wget http://download2-developer.amd.com/amd/APPSDK/AMD-APP-SDK-v2.4-lnx64.tgz
tar xvzf AMD-APP-SDK-v2.4-lnx64.tgz
echo export AMDAPPSDKROOT=${HOME}/AMD-APP-SDK-v2.4-lnx64/ >> ~/.bashrc
echo export AMDAPPSDKSAMPLESROOT=${HOME}/AMD-APP-SDK-v2.4-lnx64/ >> ~/.bashrc
echo 'export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=${AMDAPPSDKROOT}lib/x86_64:${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}' >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.bashrc
cd /
sudo tar xfz $AMDAPPSDKROOT/icd-registration.tgz
Install python-jsonrpc
cd ~
svn checkout http://svn.json-rpc.org/trunk/python-jsonrpc
cd python-jsonrpc/
sudo python setup.py install
Download, Compile and Install pyopencl-0.92
cd ~
wget http://pypi.python.org/packages/source/p/pyopencl/pyopencl-0.92.tar.gz
tar xzvf pyopencl-0.92.tar.gz
cd pyopencl-0.92
./configure.py --cl-inc-dir=${AMDAPPSDKROOT}include --cl-lib-dir=${AMDAPPSDKROOT}lib/x86_64
sudo make install
Check that the ATI Driver is working
cd ~
DISPLAY=:0 sudo fglrxinfo
Check that OpenCL is working
cd ~
cd AMD-APP-SDK-v2.4-lnx64/bin/x86_64
Open port 22 for SSH. This is for remote admin later.
sudo ufw enable
sudo ufw allow 22

Uninstall ATI Drivers

As new releases of the ATI driver come out, you can uninstall the current version with the command below. You can re-install as described above.
sudo sh /usr/share/ati/amd-uninstall.sh

Mining Software


Overclocking ATI GPUs


List GPUs
aticonfig --lsa
Set Fan Speed. Change Display number for each GPU. The last number is the fanspeed, below we set fans to 100% on 3 GPUs.
export DISPLAY=:0.0; aticonfig --pplib-cmd "set fanspeed 0 100";
export DISPLAY=:0.1; aticonfig --pplib-cmd "set fanspeed 0 100";
export DISPLAY=:0.2; aticonfig --pplib-cmd "set fanspeed 0 100";
Enbable OverDrive
aticonfig --od-enable
Get Capabilities of your GPUs.
aticonfig --odgc --adapter=all
Set Clock for all GPUs. Set the first number to the highest 'Configurable Peak Range' of the Core (from previous step). Set the second number to the Lowest Configurable Peak Range of the Memory (from previous step). You will want to tweak these settings to your specific hardware. Cooling, PSU, Brand, Voodoo all have an affect. You can go over the peak ranges. Be careful here. Bad values will cause your PC to lockup, you can damage hardware etc.
aticonfig --odsc=840,1250 --adapter=all
Display the temperature of your GPUs
aticonfig --odgt --adapter=all
Show fan speed. Change Display number for each GPU. Here we show the fan speeds for 3 GPUs.
export DISPLAY=:0.0; aticonfig --pplib-cmd "get fanspeed 0";
export DISPLAY=:0.1; aticonfig --pplib-cmd "get fanspeed 0";
export DISPLAY=:0.2; aticonfig --pplib-cmd "get fanspeed 0";


Miner Startup

Here's an example of a script that simplifies starting your miners.
Create the script file, make it executable, open it for editing.
cd ~
touch eligius.sh
chmod +x eligius.sh
nano eligius.sh
Paste the following into eligius.sh. This example is for GPU 0. It sets the fan speed to 80%, enables Overclocking, sets the clock speeds and starts mining.
CHANGE the clock speeds to your specific hardware, the username for the miner login, and the -v and -w values to your hardware.
To Save the changes, 'CTRL+x' to exit, 'y' to save. 'Enter' to confirm.
cd ~/luke-jrs-poclbm
export DISPLAY=:0.0
aticonfig --pplib-cmd "set fanspeed 0 80"
aticonfig --od-enable
aticonfig --odsc=900,1000 --adapter=all
python poclbm.py -d0 -v -w128 YourBitCoinAddress:x@mining.eligius.st:8337
Run Script
cd ~

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This page was last modified on 21 April 2013, at 00:29.


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