Sunday, 10 July 2016

Got Me Some GridSeeds

Ok so a bit behind with the times I know but I managed to pick myself up 5 Gridseeds and a PSU for £30 which I just could not turn down. Now at the time of writing this is cheap cheap especially just to put on scrypt only and let them mine.

So this is my experience....

First things first my god they are noisey, but after a little bit of research I found the fans are only placed on them for sha-256 mining which is not recommended anyway. So I went ahead and removed all the fans and now have one Arctic Silver fan pointing at them. This was very easy to do

1, Remove 4 Screws from the fan
2, Flip the Gridseed over and remove the 4 screws
3, Now give the Gridseed a little tug and twist and it should come off in two pieces
4, The fan wires are soldered on, so if you twist the wires close to the solder it will break off without the need of a soldering iron. PLEASE NOTE the wires will require soldering back on so dont do this if you dont know how to solder or want to put the fans back on later
5, Now reverse the order and you have a nice quiet Gridseed.


The above is very important now that we have no fans, if it runs in sha-256 mode the Gridseed will overheat and die.

Next step for me was to get them hashing, I had a hard look around for software and struggled at times to get them working. The best one I found was BFGMiner 3.9 which you can download here. This is re-written for the Gridseed and has a nice big LTC_ONLY BAT file that you can run to mine Scrypt only. To edit the BAT file,

1, Right Click LTC_ONLY.bat and click edit
2, Enter your pool details
So it should look some thing like this
bfgminer.exe --scrypt -o stratum+tcp:// -u 12qheQMkzsHUZv2MLesQZCbXEX5zFUD8qe -p d=256 -d gridseed -S gridseed:all --set-device gridseed:clock=850 --no-submit-stale
Replace the web address with where you want to mine and the username with what the pool requires which will either be a username or a BTC address depending on where or what your mining

If there is anything I have missed out I will try to add it and do comment if you can add anyhting further. Happy mining

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