No build, no matter how simple is.... simple. Every one has its particulars and in this case it was the magic Asus A8N-SLI Motherboard and it's 4 GB of RAM, or rather it's lack of allowing windows to USE it's 4 GB of RAM. Bios for this particular motherboard have not been updated through Asus since 2010 I believe but my build was so old that the Bios was still out of date. Booting off a thumb drive with Mr. Pink calling the shots remotely we manged to update an antiquated bios and lo an behold, 4 GB of RAM.
Below is what windows looks like before the update, you can see only 2.75 GB available. When you fix it it simply states 4.00 GB which it does now.
We even made sure it was new RAM:
Mr. Pink worked his tweaks and got us to a really stable 891 or so kh/s. The temperature is still decent at 80 degrees Celsius. I think with a mix of more tweaking and better cooling we can break 900. 1000 may be pushing it but I am sure going to try. For those numbers though it will take a lot of trial and error, mostly on Mr. Pinks part. He has the heart of a miner.
Not bad at all.
I now feel like I am contributing to out efforts in a realistic way. If I happen to make any money any time soon I will certainly be either upgrading my machine with another card and power supply or building another machine. This stuff is fun if not anything else. I love the fact that our old gear is actually useful now and in a capacity we never would have dreamed.
The HappyBlox is on line and mining litecoin! Mr. Pink says it's running well and the hash rates will keep improving as he tweaks the settings for this specific rig and the final GB of RAM is installed. Ran all night with no worries and I even ran the Happybox at the same time for an hour or so to make sure I didn't blow a fuse or tear a hole in the space time continuum. It is so loud in here when both machines are running it's like Romp A Room.
With Mr. Pink working remotely on the machine and me still installing drivers and some fan manipulation the build is in high gear. The HappyBlox should me mining litecoins in a matter of hours. Mr. Pink has got his wires together (not crossed mind you) and all is going well.
Swapped some drives, swapped some RAM, swapped out a CD drive....
Even the HappyBox stepped in to do his part.
After a quick run to the store for a new Battery we had some Bios action.... that could be saved.
Next is some remote access software changes, like updating the Motherboards Bios and installing and tweaking the mining software for the R9. As soon as the O.S. finishes its 98 updates. . .(not kidding) I will move the HappyBlox to it's new home where the office all in one fax, scanner, blah blah machine is. From there I will install drivers for this little tiny monitor that's run off USB called a Mimo (710). It's small and don't mess with the graphics card so it's perfect for a mining machine.
Should be up and mining by as soon as tonight, depending on how smooth everything goes and how much time Mr. Pink can scrape together before a work week. Either way sooner rather than later I will be making a sizable leap in my contribution to the mining pool.
The HappyBlox litecoin miner is all wired up and awaiting it's new video card. I went kind of all out for my nonexistent budget and ordered an Asus R9 290X. The hash rates on some of the R models go into the 900 per second but I hope to achieve 1000 with the overclocking software it comes with and the fact that it's a barebones kit with excellent cooling. More cooling means more overclocking means a higher hash rate. I may even keep this sucker in the garage for maximum cooling.
A picture of the card because it looks bad ass:
Doubt I will make my money back, especially if I am paying the bill myself (I have a team of 4 others that I mine with) but I figure the only real risk is not being involved at all.
The old HappyBlox computer was dragged out of the closet with a myriad of parts. Time to get busy. An Asus A8N SLI Motherboard witha few GB of ram will be reused along with various fans and hard drives and such. Also using an old Thermaltake case which I will be modifing to the point of destruction durignthis build, to keep temperatures down.
The old GPU was liquid cooled so First thing I had to do was convert the mother board back to an air cooled unit. Of course this meant removingthe whole board tro get to the back for fittings.
The old thermal paste left quite a mess.
Look at the surface area difference.... guess which one I went with! All cleaned up with ascetone and ready to be mounted to the board.
Chipset all cleaned up and reinstalled.
Back in and ready for componants.
Right before I put the motherboard back in.
Allthese fans need to be cleaned and tested and put back intothe machine but probably not in stock places. I will rig something up when the new whardware arrives.
The piecesof good luck, this penny, from 1972 (year before I was born)...
And this stamp which I never noticed before, August 17th, by birthday. A sign from the internet gods?
Illustrating a book was harder than I thought mostly because I had not picked up a marker in a couple of years, not seriously anyway. I also had a hard time drawing somebody else's thoughts. I am used to, as most artists are, taking some input from a client and then running with it. Tweaks aside it's usually a one brain activity so getting a drawing to a place we were both happy with was a challenge. Certainly I learned a lot in the process and I look forward to giving it another go, both in this way and trying one on my own too. All I need now is the time.
Here is a video of the largest page being drawn. I forget how fast I time lapsed it but it was many many hours. I think it was spread out between a couple of days too if I remember correctly.