Saturday

Trying Hive OS For Mining - *Updated*

Windows 10 is actually a decent OS, except that Microsoft seems to insist upon an approach that must surely alienate a good percentage of its users. I'm referring specifically to configurations and settings that I have made mysteriously being reset during updates.

Actually, it's not that mysterious - Microsoft just knows what is good for me and is saving me from myself.

I finally became tired of that, after finding that the sudden, curious lockups of my "mining" computers were actually due to the blasted things going to sleep after Microsoft reset the power settings. What is the point of even allowing me to change system settings if you are just going to reset them every few weeks?

A section of the Hive OS web interface, showing my 3 GPUs
Today, I started experimenting with Hive OS on one of my cryptomining PCs. Hive OS is a Linux-based operating system designed specifically for mining crypto currency. It can run from a USB stick or can be installed to a hard disk - I have mine on a 16GB USB stick for now (and it appears to work fine that way).

Hive OS is Ubuntu-based, and is designed for use on "headless" systems - although a monitor and keyboard are needed for some very basic initial setup tasks. Otherwise, the PC is managed from a web interface. The OS takes care of drivers, mining software and so on.

There was a little bit of head-scratching setting up my miners, because while the process is similar to  setting things up in Windows, it is different. There are also quite a lot of (probably useful) options, which can be a little confusing at first. 

Once I got the gist of it, though, the process was easy enough and I managed to start mining after about 20 minutes (I'm sure it would have been about 5 minutes had I used Hive OS before). A few more "tool tips" when hovering the mouse around would be useful here, I think.

The perceived advantage of using something like this is that it's designed as a cryptomining platform, not a full operating system like Windows 10. In truth, something like Hive OS (or one of it's competitors such as SMOS) is really more useful - almost essential, in fact - for those who have more than just a couple of mining rigs under their control.

Hive OS is free to download and for a small hobby miner like me, and if it works out I will set up my other mining computer on it - I hesitate to refer to them as "mining rigs", as they are simply PCs running laid on their side with the cover removed.

It has support for Nvidia and AMD GPUs and some ASICs (specialized mining hardware). It also can work with wireless networking. At this time, I believe SMOS does not support wireless connections.

*Update* 

This morning I tried setting up my AMD GPU system on  Hive OS - and it was kind of a disaster, to be honest. Only 3 out of the 5 cards were available, and the system would not mine at all. This was a complete contrast to my Nvidia system - I had always had issues getting my 3 Nvidia GPUs to work on one computer, so they actually were spread over two PCs.

With Hive OS, I was able to consolidate them into one system with no issues. On the other hand, my AMD Windows system was running fine, but I figured since Hive OS had worked so well with Nvidia, it would make sense to put it on Hive OS too . . .  but not so much.

I *may* take another crack at it next weekend, but that was kinda ugly. Not sure what the issue was. I tried moving some cards around and rebooted several times, to no effect. Two cards would not work at all - they showed up, but were not available to use - and the system would not start mining.

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