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It's the End of the Program as We Know It, And I Feel Crytpo-Mine

By LoonyLiberal | Dollars and Nonsense | 12 Apr 2021


I've mentioned in previous blog posts that I used my third stimulus check to purchase a high-performance computer. My goal is for Soggy and me to use the computer for our individual and joint projects.

The high-performance computer is the most powerful computer I've ever owned:

  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core Processor
  • 16 GB of RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER

The computer starts up and shuts down quickly, most applications run instantly, and even the resource-heavy Skyrim runs better than it ever did on my XBox One.

This just makes it far more frustrating that I cannot get a crypto mining program to consistently work on this machine.


MINESWEEPER: YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG

One understandable, yet maddening, aspect of installing any mining software is that virtually every antiviral and security software suite treats mining software as viruses. I fully understand how hackers and cybercriminals can hijack a victim's computer to mine cryptocurrency, but I'm pretty sure that I'm not going to con myself.

Installing mining software leaves me with two options: a brute-force, trial-and-error pattern of multiple installations where I tell my antiviral software, "No, that's not a virus" tens or hundreds of times until the app runs smoothly, or deactivating the antiviral software while mining.

Since the internet is a terrifying place, the second option is a non-starter.

Every time I've attempted to install crypto-mining software, I've had to install it multiple times while assuring my antiviral software that the mining software is not a virus. For some programs, like MultiMiner, this is not enough, and the software will not run at all.

For the others...


CRYPTOMINER COLLAPSE

Until yesterday, I was using HoneyMiner. I noticed, though, that there was a significant gap between the estimated 24-hour yield (roughly $3) and the actual 24-hour yield ($1). I discovered part of the problem: the CPU miner was not working at all. Since Honeyminer does not allow users to manaually swap miners, and since HoneyMiner wasn't making the substitution itself, I sought alternatives.

NiceHash, BetterHash, Kryptex, EasyMiner... it was a 0 for 4 (note that I did not install all of them at once; I'm a Loony, not a newbie). The programs follwed a common pattern: after a troublesome installation process, the programs would begin their mining... and then abruptly terminate.

No error message. No notification. The program just stopped working. The only way I can detect it is to keep the application open and then notice, "Hey. There's a window missing."

The closest I've come to a clue is one line from EasyMiner's log. Since it was in the program's GUI and not in the text logs, I don't remember the exact words. But the message stated that EasyMiner received a stop-miner request, then proceeded to completely shut down. My hypothesis is that the other programs received similar messages and completely terminated.


PROBLEM EXISTS BETWEEN KEYBOARD AND CHAIR

As a former software tester, I've tested and observed a multitude of programs exhibiting gob-smacking defects. And since I have 20 years of observing how the software sausage is made, I tend to blame either coding errors or deliberate lack of quality assurance for software errors.

This time, though, I can rule out software errors for most of the mining apps with which I've worked. The odds of every single miner failing due to a developer mistake is not-worth-considering:1.

My two current hypotheses are:

  • My attempts to train my antiviral software to allow the mining apps are not as complete as I had hoped. There may be an aspect of the antiviral software that I either did not manually override via permissions, or there's a setting that I can't override, leading me to the choice between turning off antiviral software while mining, or not mining at all.
  • Some combination of my hardware and OS configuration is actively terminating the mining apps. I remember that HoneyMiner would not use the GPU until I downgraded its driver. Also, since this computer is fairly new, there could be any number of settings and optimizations that I have not yet applied which could cause the miner shutdowns. Finally, my overall knowledge of cryptocurrency is below-average at best, so the solution could be as simple as "Type the 'w' key, dummy."

I've performed multiple web searches for answers and solutions, but the only concrete solution I've found is with the GPU driver. Unfortunately, whether to rollback or update the driver depends on the software and the responder. Since neither option solves my mining problems, I'll let the dueling techies clash horns while I seek alternate solutions.


The appeal of using the high-performance computer to mine cryptocurrency is strong. The mining apps that I installed reported post-benchmark estimates ranging between $2.20 and $3.20 a day. Even with high network fees, any daily profit in that range would be a major boost in my crypto investments.

However, if I have to restart the mining app every time it shuts down, I gain nothing in the long run. (It's worse for EasyMiner, which does not award any profit unless the user lets a mining session run for two hours.)

I'm fortunate and grateful to have well over 300 followers. I'm hoping that one of them can nudge me towards a solution so I can get back to the crypto mines.

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LoonyLiberal
LoonyLiberal

I have 15 years of experience as a software tester. I've been writing off-and-on for 28 years. I adapt quickly to new technologies and new methodologies. And I believe that humor is the most important social skill.


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