bitcoin miner howto
Bitcoin is explained elsewhere, here I will do a howto on setting up a miner. My setup has 3 HD5830 ATI GPU graphics cards and is running on an AMD 64bit box on Ubuntu 10.10. There are lots of ways you can do this, but this worked for me. A lot of the details came from trial and error, as well as here here here and here. I’m just roughing this out, haven’t proofread it very well, so YMMV, but it should get you close. The main thing is I bounce between sudo and just su to root, for example I use a normal user to launch the ati installer because it needs a screen to do the gui install.
install ubuntu 10.10 like normal
set up a user for bitcoin mining only, and select option to encrypt its home directory
check to see if ubuntu sees your graphics card(s)
if you don’t see something like “Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc Device…” it means ubuntu doesn’t see it, turn off the computer and re-seat the card, make sure the external card power connectors are connected and try it again.
Next, if you have the proprietary drivers enabled, you’ll have to disable them through System > Administration > Additional Drivers. After you disable them, you’ll have to reboot.
Enable Source Code in Ubuntu. System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager. Settings > Repositories > ‘Ubuntu’ tab. Check the checkmark and then exit out of Synaptic.
install liqtgui4 after you update the package list
apt-get update && apt-get install libqtgui4 elinks
next you have to build the proprietary drivers from amd/ati, first download them from here and put them in /usr/src/, so from command line do:
cd /usr/src/ elinks http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx
to set up your graphics card(s) driver(s), exit to your normal bitcoin user and run:
sudo sh /usr/src/ati-driver-installer-11-6-x86.x86_64.run
which should give you a gui installer, just follow the defaults, and it’ll tell you when it’s done. after it finishes, reboot and log back in as your bitcoin user. After it reboots, you should be able to detect your card(s) like:
:~$ fglrxinfo display: :0.0 screen: 0 OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc. OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series OpenGL version string: 4.1.10834 Compatibility Profile Context
okay, now we have to get the SDK and registration from ATI, so become root again and do:
cd /opt wget http://developer.amd.com/Downloads/ati-stream-sdk-v2.3-lnx64.tgz tar xvfz ati-stream-sdk-v2.3-lnx64.tgz cd / wget http://developer.amd.com/Downloads/icd-registration.tgz tar xfvz icd-registration.tgz ls /etc/OpenCL/vendors/ atiocl32.icd atiocl64.icd
exit root. now export this, and then add it to your .bashrc file at the end
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/ati-stream-sdk-v2.3-lnx64/lib/x86_64/:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH vi /home/bitcoinuseryousetup/.bashrc export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/ati-stream-sdk-v2.3-lnx64/lib/x86_64/:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
now become root and check to see if your systems sees your card(s)
cd /opt/ati-stream-sdk-v2.3-lnx64/samples/opencl/bin/x86_64 ./CLInfo |grep CL_DEVICE_TYPE_GPU
now compile and install pyopencl
cd /usr/src/ wget http://pypi.python.org/packages/source/p/pyopencl/pyopencl-0.92.tar.gz tar xfvz pyopencl-0.92.tar.gz cd /usr/src/pyopencl-0.92 apt-get install g++ libboost-all-dev subversion git-core python-numpy ./configure.py --cl-inc-dir=/opt/ati-stream-sdk-v2.3-lnx64/include/ --cl-lib-dir=/opt/ati-stream-sdk-v2.3-lnx64/lib/x86_64 make make install
if there are no errors, then you’re done with this step. Now install bitcoin itself:
apt-add-repository ppa:stretch/bitcoin apt-get update apt-get install bitcoin
now download and install python-jsonrpc
cd /usr/src/ svn checkout http://svn.json-rpc.org/trunk/python-jsonrpc cd python-jsonrpc python setup.py install
now you have to go sign up for an account. You have to get your wallet ID first, which you get by running bitcoins at Applications -> Internet -> Bitcoin, and cut/paste the bitcoin address. Then go sign up for an account here
now go get the latest Phoenix miner, as of this writing, it’s 1.50. This will also get the phatk kernel, which is pretty fast
cd /usr/src/ mkdir phoenix-miner cd phoenix-miner svn checkout http://svn3.xp-dev.com/svn/phoenix-miner/
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