1. Create account.
2. Download mining software.
The choice of mining software to use is up to you. CGMiner and BFGMiner are two of the most popular choices. Their output and set up are very similar, and we'll show in the next step how to set up either.
Download the mining software of your choice from one of the links below:
BFGMiner Download here
CGMiner Download here
Once your download is completed, unzip or extract the files to your desktop, or preferred folder.
3. Select a difficulty.
The below table displays available difficulties to mine with. If unsure of the difficulty level to select it is recommended to mine with variable difficulty.
|Mining Difficulty||Stratum Connection String|
4. Configure your mining software.
At this stage your hardware should be connected and powered on. Let's now configure your mining software. We'll aim to produce a simple, reusable "start up" file. Once we're done, you'll simply double-click on this file to launch your software. This section looks long, but it is not as difficult as it seems. If you are confused about the instructions please be sure to double check the details of each step.
You'll need your credentials (called "worker" info) and some pool information to configure your mining software. Open your preferred text editor, such as Notepad, Notepad++, Vim, or gedit. We'll show the specifics of Notepad, but the steps are very similar for others.
In the below example we will use the variable difficulty stratum connection string, don't forget to replace the example worker info with that of your own.BFGMiner
bfgminer -o stratum+tcp://thecoin.pw:3740 -u Weblogin.WorkerName -p WorkerPasswordCGMiner
cgminer -o stratum+tcp://thecoin.pw:3740 -u Weblogin.WorkerName -p WorkerPassword
Double check you've entered the appropriate credentials and url, then save the file. This is not just a text file, though. On Windows you'll need to save the file with the ".bat" extension.
To do this in Notepad: Click on File, then Save As
Next to "Save as type", open the drop-down menu and select "All Files" instead of "Text Documents(*.txt). Next to "File Name", enter "StartMining.bat", without quotes! Double check that Save as type is not "Text Documents", and click save.
For ease later, move "StartMining.bat" to the folder containing your mining software files.
Note for Linux users: instead of StartMining.bat, name your file StartMining.sh. After you save it, right click the file, click on "Properties", then under the "Permissions" tab tick the box for "Allow executing file as program". This will allow you to double-click the file to launch your mining software.
Double click on your StartMining batch file.
5. Create a Takcoin address to receive payments.
Generate a new address and input it on your account page to receive payments.