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How to setup a cgminer using xubuntu 11.04 live on a USB The master version of this document is here: https://github.

com/kanoi/linux-usb-cgminer The actual file is: https://github.com/kanoi/linux-usb-cgminer/blob/master/linux-usb-cgminer The copy in cgminer (check to make sure it isn't older) is: https://github.com/ckolivas/cgminer/blob/master/linux-usb-cgminer The original old verion on bitcointalk is: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=28402.msg426741#msg426741 ======== I have said to select English for the install process for 2 reasons: 1) I don't know any other spoken language very well and 2) I'm not sure what problems installing under a different language might cause (it will probably cause no problems but I don't know) Software ======== Short hardware comment: Your mining computer doesn't need any HDD or CD/DVD/BD as long as it has at least 2GB of RAM, can boot USB, has some network connection to the internet and of course a reasonable mining ATI graphics card ... Or you can boot a windows PC with the USB to only do mining ... and ignore the system HDD ... wasting energy running the HDD (roughly 10 Watts per HDD) :) If you wish to install to an HDD instead of a USB, see the changes to the instructions at the end To create the USB, you need of course a 4GB USB and temporarily need a PC with a CD (or DVD/BD) writer, a USB port and of course an internet connection to the PC 1) Download the xubuntu 11.04 desktop live CD iso for amd64 ( look here for mirrors: http://www.xubuntu.org/getubuntu ) 2) Burn it to CD then boot that temporarily on any PC with a CD/DVD/BD and a USB port (this and the next 2 step won't effect that PC) Select "English" then select "Try Xubuntu without installing" and wait for the desktop to appear (this happens by default if you wait for the timeouts) 3) Plug in your 4GB USB device and it should appear on the desktop - you can leave it's contents as long as there is at least 2.8GB free 4) Now run "Startup Disk Creator" in "Applications->System" (the system menu is the little rat in the top left corner) (if you have no mouse you can get the menu with <ctr><esc> and navigate the menu with the arrow keys and <return> key) From here select the boot CD as the "Source" and the USB as the "Disk to use" lastly move the slider to 2GB for reserved extra space The 2GB should be enough for modifications

Click: "Make Install Disk" After about 10-15 minutes you have a base xubuntu 11.04 boot USB (you can shut down this computer now) 5) Boot your cgminer PC with this USB stick, select "English" then select "Try Xubuntu without installing" and wait for the desktop to appear (this happens by default if you wait for the timeouts) 6) Start a terminal "Applications->Accessories->Terminal Emulator" 7) sudo apt-get install openssh-server screen if you have a problem here then it's probably coz the internet isn't available ... sort that out by reading elsewhere about routers etc 8) sudo apt-get install fglrx fglrx-amdcccle fglrx-dev sudo sync sudo shutdown -r now N.B. always do a "sudo sync" and wait for it to finish every time before shutting down the PC to ensure all data is written to the USB 9) sudo aticonfig --lsa this lists your ATI cards so you can see them sudo aticonfig --adapter=all --odgt this checks it can access all the cards ... 10) sudo aticonfig --adapter=all --initial this gets an error - no idea why but the xorg.conf is OK sudo sync sudo shutdown -r now 11) sudo aticonfig --adapter=all --odgt this checks it can access all the cards ... 12) get AMD-APP-SDK-v2.4-lnx64.tgz from http://developer.amd.com/sdks/amdappsdk/downloads/pages/default.aspx ( http://developer.amd.com/Downloads/AMD-APP-SDK-v2.4-lnx64.tgz ) sudo su cd /opt (replace /home/ubuntu/ with wherever you put the file: ) tar -xvzf /home/ubuntu/AMD-APP-SDK-v2.4-lnx64.tgz cd AMD-APP-SDK-v2.4-lnx64/ cp -pv lib/x86_64/* /usr/lib/ rsync -avl include/CL/ /usr/include/CL/ tar -xvzf icd-registration.tgz rsync -avl etc/OpenCL/ /etc/OpenCL/ ldconfig sync shutdown -r now You now have an OpenCL enabled xubuntu 13) cgminer: sudo apt-get install curl

get the binary linux cgminer (see the bitcoin forum cgminer thread for where to get it) https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=28402.0 ./cgminer -n this shows you the GPU's it found on your PC See further below if you get an error regarding libtinfo.so.5 14) An OC option: This is no longer needed since cgminer 2.* includes OC, however: sudo apt-get install libwxbase2.8-0 libwxgtk2.8-0 http://sourceforge.net/projects/amdovdrvctrl/ for an Over/underclocking application and get the file listed below then: sudo dpkg -i amdoverdrivectrl_1.2.1_amd64.deb 15) set the screen saver to ONLY blank ... Move the mouse to the bottom of the screen and you see a set of icons like on an Apple PC Click on Settings, then in the Settings window "Screensaver" Set "Mode:" to "Blank Screen Only" 16) apt-get install ntpd An accurate clock is always a good idea :) 17) if you wish to ssh into the box you must set a password to do this you simply have to be logged into it at the screen and type sudo passwd ubuntu it will prompt you (twice) to enter a password for the ubuntu account Initial setup complete. ======== If you want to SSH into the machine and run cgminer: From a terminal on the miner display each time after you boot: xhost + 'xhost +' isn't needed if you ssh into the machine with the same username that the GUI boots into (which is 'ubuntu' in this case) Then after you ssh into the machine: export DISPLAY=:0 before running cgminer Also note, that you should force the screen to blank when mining if the ATI card is displaying the screen (using the screen saver application menu) In my case it takes away 50Mh/s when the screen isn't blanked It will auto blank - but make sure the blank is of course just blank as mentioned above at 15) This is of course just the basics ... but it should get you a computer up and running and able to run cgminer

======== You should keep an eye on USB disk space The system logger writes log files in the /var/log/ directory The two main ones that grow large are 'kern.log' and 'syslog' If you want to keep them, save them away to some other computer When space is low, just delete them e.g. sudo rm -i /var/log/syslog sudo rm -i /var/log/kern.log The 'df' command will show you the current space e.g.: sudo df Filesystem aufs none /dev/sda1 /dev/loop0 none tmpfs none none 1K-blocks 2099420 1015720 3909348 670848 1023772 1023772 1023772 1023772 Used Available Use% Mounted on 892024 1100748 45% / 628 1015092 1% /dev 2837248 1072100 73% /cdrom 670848 0 100% /rofs 136 1023636 1% /dev/shm 16 1023756 1% /tmp 124 1023648 1% /var/run 0 1023772 0% /var/lock

This shows the 2GB space allocated when you setup the USB as '/' (aufs) In this example, it's currently 45% full with almost 1.1GB of free space ======== The latest version (2.0.8) of cgminer is built with 11.10 (not 11.04) If you get the following error when running the prebuilt version in 11.04: ./cgminer: error while loading shared libraries: libtinfo.so.5: cannot open s hared object file: No such file or directory The fix is to simply link the old curses library to the new name e.g.: cd /lib64/ sudo ln -s libncurses.so.5 libtinfo.so.5 ======== If you wish to install to an HDD instead of a USB: -------------------------------------------------As per before: 1) Download the xubuntu 11.04 desktop live CD iso for amd64 ( look here for mirrors: http://www.xubuntu.org/getubuntu ) Then: 2) Burn it to CD then boot that on your new mining PC Select "English" then select "Install Xubuntu" (you have 30 seconds to do this) 3) When the Install window comes up - again select "English" and click "Forward"

4) The next page will show you if you meet certain install requirements (make sure you do meet them all) Don't select the download option The 3rd party option isn't needed for mining so ignore that also Click "Forward" 5) With "Allocate drive space" it's probably easiest to say to use the "Erase" option. This is just for mining right? :) However, if you have anything on the HDD that you want to keep - the "Erase" install process will delete it - so back it up (quit the install) Also make sure there are no OTHER HDD attached that it may erase also i.e. only have attached the one HDD that you want to install onto unless you know exactly what you are doing If you see the "Install Xubuntu 11.04 alongside 'something'" then that just means that the HDD wasn't blank. If you want to try this option - do that yourself and then skip to step 7) below when you get to that. There are plenty of other options available if you select "Something else" but I'm not going to go into all the details here other than to say that my preferred partioning is: /boot = 1GB = ext2, swap = twice memory size, / = 100GB = ext3 and the rest: /extra = ext3 Click "Forward" 6) If you selected "Erase" then it allows you to choose the drive to install to Then click "Install Now" 7) "Where are you?" sort that out then click "Forward" 8) "Keyboard layout" sort that out (use the default) then click "Forward" 9) "Who are you?" The important one here is "Pick a username:" coz that's the name you will need to ssh into, to access it remotely (and of course the "Choose a Password" you set) If you set the "username" to anything but "ubuntu" then: wherever in this document I have mentioned the username "ubuntu" you must of course use the username you chose here instead of "ubuntu" Important: set it to "log in automatically" if you ever want to be able to start cgminer without being in front of the computer since 'X' must be running to use cgminer properly That does of course mean that the computer isn't secure from anyone who has access to it - but then again no computer that can automatically reboot is secure from anyone who has access to the actual computer itself Then click "Forward" 10) Of course when it completes click on "Restart Now" ... and remove the Xubuntu CD when it asks you 11) Wait for it to finish rebooting ... and it will auto login (unless you didn't do step 9) "Important:")

12) After it logs in, an upgrade popup for 11.10 (or later) will appear Select "Don't Upgrade" 13) Now go to step 6) of the USB script above for what to do next and that covers everything else needed