Turn your Raspberry Pi into a dedicated Bitcoin mining machine

Being a Bitcoin miner is raunchy. Not harsh like getting the black lung, or taking a chance a voetgangerstunnel collapse. Not harsh like living te despotical company towns or grinding out a back problem with no health coverage. But, you know, raunchy te other ways. You have to spend a while designing a machine to do all that mining. You have to wait a while for the mining to be done. And, worst of all, you can only see and control the progress of your mining operation if you have both a monitor and keyboard.

Well, the working man need suffer no longer. The tutorial experts at Adafruit have concocted a plain mining-monitoring system using a powerfully modified version Raspberry Pi, and they’ve made a step by step guide to getting it going.

It’s an interesting little chunk of hardware, honestly, and it has some cool capabilities. Actually building the thing seems to be at least half the point, but it truly does make Bitcoin mining more klein and efficient.

It requires a few reserve parts, like Adafruit’s own klein LCD display, an SD card, and of course the mining hardware itself. USB-dongle mining units require a powered USB hub, since the Raspberry Pi can’t do that on its own – and if you’re building this thing you’ll almost certainly want to use that sort of portable solution. With all this and a little software configuration, you’ll get a nicely did-it-yourself solution that’s both stijlvol and powerful for letting you control your portable mining operation. And, not counting the mining laptop itself, this will run you well under $100, making it far more affordable than even a modest rekentuig display.

This gizmo will use its modest little RasPi display to vertoning you the average hashrate (mining speed) of your setup, along with network status, error rate, and more. This is all necessary information for a dedicated Bitcoin miner, time wasted while a system is bogged down or te network difficulty is literally money down the drain. A clever little input houtvezelplaat gives you about the number of buttons on an old NES controller – more than enough to take care of a few auto-miners.

And that’s it. After a few painstaking chunks of software configuration, you’re ready to go. It’s almost otherworldly, the idea that such a puny, low-impact project could produce a literal money-making machine, but that is the world wij live te today. This project won’t produce a particularly powerful mining behemoth, certainly not something that can rival te the age of distributed mining super-networks, but it could make you a few bucks.

And, since this is from the RasPi pioneers overheen at Adafruit Industries, it’s the making that’s a good portion of the point.

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