Well, some progress was made.
I installed bfgminer, set miner and computer to keep same ip on network.
started my wallet.......altcoin.exe --server --addnode 192.168.1.138 (the computer running the altcoin wallet)
I had to keep the rpcuser and rpc password, otherwise windows refuses to start the altcoin wallet with the above instructions.
next I tried the bfgminer.exe --scrypt -coinbase-addr (altcoin address) -http-port 3333
failed, unrecognized command
it accepted bfgminer --scrypt -coinbase-addr (altcoin address) -http-port 3333
but borked on -http-port 3333 as unrecognized command
did bfgminer --help
should be --http-port 3333
didn't see any -coinbase-addr in the help file nor --coinbase-addr for that matter, so looks like that command has been depricated. Did see a note for command --coinbase-check-addr which refers to addresses included after pool seperated by ,
however since I am not inputing a pool with bfgminer, not sure how to include addresses after , [suppose I could do it at next stage when inputting "pool url" of 192.168.1.138]
tried starting it without wallet address, just bfgminer --scrypt --http-port 3333
bfgminer starts and asks for url, I input http://192.168.1.138
asks for user, I include the user from altcoin.conf that windows requires as noted above
asks for password, again, include from altcoin.conf
tells me no valid pool
tried again with inputting http://192.168.1.138:3333, followed by user, and password...same result no pool found