So we finally, our mining rig is fully assembled. The last step is installing mining software. In this tutorial we are going to be using BAMT, a Linux distribution that’s sole purpose is to mine cryptocurrencies. You can certainly install another OS like Ubuntu or Windows, (Cryptobadger has some awesome guides on mining using those two OSs.) but this tutorial will only cover BAMT setup.
Step 1: Download and Install BAMT onto USB Stick (Windows)
1. Download BAMT here.
2. Download Win32 Disk Imager, and use it to write the .img BAMT file to the USB stick, and then eject and remove it.
Step 1: Download and Install BAMT onto USB Stick (Mac)
1.Insert the USB stick, open terminal, and type “diskutil list” (no quotes). Find out which device is the USB stick (e.g. dev/disk2).
2. Enter into terminal “diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskX” (X=disk number).
3. Run “sudo dd if=/path/to/downloaded.img of=/dev/rdiskX bs=1m” (Again, X is disk number, be sure to choose the appropriate paths). To unmount the disk type “diskutil eject /dev/diskX” again and remove the USB stick.
Step 2: Boot Mining Rig into BAMT
At this point, you can insert your USB stuck into your mining rig and power it on. You should boot into BAMT. In the top left, you can see the I.P. address of your mining rig. Take note of the I.P., and disconnect everything except your power and ethernet from your rig. From now on, you can access your mining rig remotely via another computer on your network.
Step 3: Accessing Your Mining Rig Over the Network (Windows)
1. Download and install PuTTY.
2. Run PuTTY and enter the I.P. for the computer as noted above and login. Default username is “user” and the default password is “live”.
Step 3: Accessing Your Mining Rig Over the Network (Mac)
1. Open Terminal
2. Enter “ssh user@(insert I.P. here)”, and enter the password when prompted (default is “live”).
Step 4: Configure Your Rig
Once you are connected to your rig, type, “cd /etc/bamt” and then “sudo nano cgminer.conf” (and enter the password). This should bring up the configuration file for cgminer. In this file, you specify the pool you want to connect to, as well as the optimal settings for your Graphics card (See the “Introduction to Mining” section in the intro to cryptocurrencies guide). The default settings should be find to start out with. Simply input your pool information. At this point you can now exit nano by typing control-x (be sure to save!).
Note: Optimal GPU settings vary between manufactures and model, but you can probably find settings that will work best for your card via a few Google searches.
Step 5: Reboot
At this point, everything on your rig is set up and it is now ready for mining! You can now shut down the rig by switching your power supply off. The rig should automatically turn back on after you turn your power supply back on. Wait about a minute and open your web browser on your primary computer. In the URL bar type the I.P. of your rig. You should see a screen like this:
Step 6: Conclusion
If you followed this guide correctly and everything works, congratulations! Be sure to check out the next and final part of this guide, “FAQ, Tips, and Tricks“.