Note before starting!! To begin with, thank you for almost 100k views!! Secondly, keep in mind that this guide will work on ALL pools, not just WeMineLTC.com ! For the sake of this guide we will use
WeMineLTC.com in the while proccess, but all the steps, from configuring your miners to chose a mining program, apart from the ports and urls who change, are 100% identical for every other LiteCoin pool!
You can check a list of other litecoin pools here --> https://litecoin.info/Mining_pool_comparison
As per litecoin wiki says, "If possible, please help the network by mining with a pool that doesn't have a large part of the network hashrate." Do your own research and pick the one that fills your needs
OK, and since we got this cleared, lets go to our guide!!
Hello all! We decided to make a step by step guide, with pictures as well, since more and more people were requesting it(so many new people jump in the LTC train since the price skyrocketed). So, here
we go! A detailed guide from scratch, hand by hand from downloading your wallet to start mining litecoins! Let us start!1.
First things first, DOWNLOAD and install the latest version of the LiteCoin wallet! Grab it from the official site AND ONLY! Link --> www.litecoin.org
We repeat: AVOID online wallets, exchanges, hell, even pools to store your coins! ALWAYS HAVE YOUR COINS in your wallet, and make sure you backup your wallet as well!! Grabbed the wallet? Installed?
Awesome =D Now run it, let it sync(it could take several hours to do the first sync, dont worry) and find your unique LiteCoin address in the Receive tab! It should be something like this:
Copy and paste your address somewhere, preferably with the copy address button! We are going to need in abit later
Lets move to step 2! 2.
You will need some descent GPUs to mine LiteCoins. In theory, you could mine with CPUs as well(heck, you could even mine with your mobile phone) but its highly NOT recommended. The difficulty now is
SO HIGH and your hashrate will be SO LOW that you will end up burning electricity for nothing. While both AMD and NVIDIA cards can mine litecoins, we highly suggest AMD, since they mine faster. LOT
faster. Our two personal favourites are the GigaByte 7950 card and the HIS 7950 ones, but literally any model/brand will do the job. Got the cards? Great! Lets go to step 3! 3.
VERY IMPORTANT!! Many people skip this 3rd step, and they end up having extremely bad results... So, here we go, with bold letters. Download AMD Catalyst 13.1 Software Suite Vista/7 64-bit AMD
AND AMD APP SDK v2.8
Link for AMD Catalyst 13.1 is here---> http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/2196/amd-catalyst-13-1-software-suite-vista-7-64-bit/
and for AMD APP SDK v2.8 is here-->http://developer.amd.com/amd-license-agreement/?f=AMD-APP-SDK-v2.8-Windows-64.exe
If for any reason the links go offline, just google them and grab them from there. Install first the AMD Catalyst drivers, reboot, install the AMD SDK 2.8, reboot again. You are set.
On our way to step 4!4.
Drivers installed, well done! Now we must create an account on the pool we want to use. For this example, we will use our pool, https://www.WeMineLTC.com
Sit down tight, this may take few minutes!
First of all, we visit the pools' page. You should see smth like this Click Register. You will be redirected to a page that looks like thisAfter filling everything correctly,you should see a screen like this Login with the new credentials you just created, by filling your username/password upper left on the dashboard After logging in, go to account details There, you will need to request for an email code verification, in order to protect your account AND setup
your payout address(remember in Step1, we created our unique payment address!)! Put your PIN and ask for an email confirmation!
You should see this on the upper screen
After asking for the confirmation, go to your email you used for your registration. You should have an email there from WeMineLTC. open it.Perfect! Now we have the code! Lets go back to the Account Details page and lets put our payment address nowIf done correctly, you should see this! Now, lets go create our first worker. Go to My Account--> My workers Set the password for your miner(doesnt have to be something difficult, 1234 will do just fine), leave the difficulty settings as is, and hit Update.
That will do you in case you have one pc. In case you have more than one, you can create multiple workers, one for each PC, or you could point them all to the same worker, wont make any real difference.
usually people set one miner account per PC because it makes monitoring easier! Lets move to the next step!5.
To actually mine LiteCoins, we need a mining software. At the moment, there are two that we could use. CGMiner and GUIminer. With simple words we could say GUIminer is cgminer with graphics, and
cgminer is abit more"advanced" than GUIminer. More experienced users prefer cgminer while less experienced ones go for the GUIminer. We will cover both, so you can make your own choice
proceed though, go to Getting Started-->New user info and you should see this screen with the pools' current mining servers.
Make sure to check all the time this page, among with site news since more and more servers are been added!
For our example, we will use the first one,
Stratum Server (World Wide): stratum+tcp://stratum2.wemineltc.com:3335
(this is an old server now, and not used anymore! Now we will use stratum+tcp://global.wemineltc.com:3334 instead, which you will find in the getting started page !)GUIminer version:
First of all, be aware that GUIminer was originally developed to mine BITCOINS, and not LITECOINS.
What we will actually work with to mine litecoins is called GUIminer Alpha
. Thats the one you need!
The original GUIminer CANNOT
Ok, since we got that clear, lets start!
At first, we need to download latest version.
You can find latest version here --> https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=150331.0
Download and extract somewhere(for example, your desktop). You will end up with something like this:
Locate guiminer.exe and run it. GUIminer will run, and will give you some fields to complete. In host, we put the server we chose WITHOUT HTTPS or tcp:// or port. So we will put global.wemineltc.com
in Port we will put 3334, in username field we put our workers name(in our example, Tutorial.1) and the password we created for it( in our case, 1234). We make sure that the stratum box is ALWAYS on
YES and we can select from some pre-defined settings for our GPUs! In our case, our miner has 2x GigaByte 7950 cards, so we selected that one, and it fills all the other fields like thread
concurrency,worksize, vectors etc automatically.So we end up to something like this:
If you cannot see your card there listed, you can check the mining comparison wiki for litecoin and grab the settings for your cards here --> https://litecoin.info/Mining_hardware_comparison
Thats it! Hit Start, wait few seconds and you should see in awhile GUIminer counting shares.
Congratulations, you are mining litecoins!CGMiner version :
for the most experienced users, and the ones that want some more"flexibility" and stats, cgminer is the key! It may look abit more"complicated, but it really isnt that much when
someone explains you what on Earth it is, and how to use it! So lets start!
Go here --> http://ck.kolivas.org/apps/cgminer/3.5/ and get 3.5 version
Author has deleted all the windows binaries from his server! I have uploaded the 3.5 windows version of cgminer on
megaupload for you here --> https://mega.co.nz/#!1d11xbAb!uUOGzb_WKWkO9xmJ8ZtYEpA-brjY_RZc2nkRmuM1hog
Alternatively, you can download it here --> https://github.com/kanoi/cgminer-binaries/blob/master/3.5.0/cgminer-3.5.0-windows.zip?raw=true
Save to desktop, and extract.
Navigate in the folder, right click and create a new text document.
In the first two lines, paste those commands:setx GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
setx GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS 1
And after that, this:
cgminer --scrypt -o stratum+tcp://global.wemineltc.com:3334 -u Tutorial.1 -p 1234 --thread-concurrency 24000 --lookup-gap 0 --gpu-engine 1100 --gpu-memclock 1250 --gpu-powertune 20 -w 256 -I 19 -g 1
After you write that, click Save As--> from the save as type select All Files
and name it My Miner.bat
Reason we name it with a .bat extension, is to make it executable and run cgminer with the
parameters we wrote. Actually what we did here, is we give cgminer the command to run, in scrypt mode(thats the one litecoin uses), to connect in the server we said we would
use(stratum+tcp://stratum2.wemineltc.com:3335) , following by some parameters, like our username (-u), our miners password (-p), the thread concurrency of our cards, the look-gap command, where we
want the gpu engine to run, where its memory clock, if we want to use the powertune option and how much, the workload(w), the Intensity of the card(I) and the number of threads per gpu(g). Those are
the best settings that worked for us, for our GigaByte 7950s. You should find your own settings, again from the awesome guide over the litecoin hardware comparison wiki here --> https://litecoin.info/Mining_hardware_comparison
Thats it! Double click the My Miner.bat and you are mining litecoins!
For any feedback/suggestions/help, remember we also have a dedicated forum at www.WeMineCryptos.com
plus you can always get a hold of us in our chat here--> http://www.wemineltc.com/userirc
Happy mining and welcome aboard!PLEASE NOTE IN OUR EXAMPLE WE USED AN OLD SERVER WHICH IS FULL BY NOW! ALWAYS CHECK THE GETTING STARTED PAGE TO SEE THE LIST OF AVAILABLE SERVERS AND PICK ONE!