German PiMP (Deutsche PiMP)The community created for mining by Germans, for Germans.
A very special thank you to SEH for help with translation and support for our German PiMP community.
Frequently Asked Questions
We need your voice, miners! This is our FAQ section. Feel free to ask or answer any questions here about mining and vote your favorite answers!
Wir brauchen eure Stimme, Miner! Dies ist unser FAQ-Bereich. Ihr seid herzlich eingeladen zu fragen oder selbst Antworten auf Fragen über das Mining hier zu geben!
Sales and Pricing
Vertrieb und Preisgestaltung
Questions about the cost of PiMP OS, miner.farm subscriptions, and how to buy.
Fragen über die Kosten von PiMP OS, miner.farm Abonnements, und Alles zum Kauf!
Q: What is miner.farm?
Q: Was ist Miner.farm?
A: Miner.farm is a professionally hosted SaaS program to manage rigs. It allows you to monitor and manage mining farms and rigs using a visual web interface with graphing and alerts. It has a small agent that installs onto any linux-based mining rigs and communicates with mining sofware using their APIs. The client is also built-in to PiMP. Miner.farm is developed, funded and maintained by getPiMP.org, a leading cryptocurrency software company.
Miner.farm ist eine professionell gehostete SaaS Software zur Verwaltung von Rigs. Es ermöglicht Ihnen das Monitoring und die Verwaltung von Mining Farms und Rigs über ein visuelles Web Interface mit Aufzeichnungs- und Alarmfunktion. Es verfügt über einen kleinen Agenten, welcher auf jedem Linux basierten Mining Rig installierbar ist, und kommuniziert über die APIs mit der Mining Software. Die Client-Software ist ebenfalls in PiMP implementiert. Miner.farm wird entwickelt, finanziert und betreut durch die getPiMP.org, einer führenden Kryptowährungs-Software Company.
Basically, whether you have just one rig or a large farm, you should be able to monitor and control it from anywhere. Miner.farm allows this.
Okay, stop, wait a minute… What is a rig? What is an agent? What is a miner?
Im Grunde ist es egal, ob Sie ein Rig oder eine riesige Farm besitzen, Sie sollten in der Lage sein, diese von überall aus zu überwachen und kontrollieren. Miner.farm ermöglicht genau das!
Okay, halt, warte eine Minute… Was ist ein Rig? Was ist ein Agent? Was ist ein Miner?
What is a Rig?
Was ist ein Rig?
In mining, a rig is any computer system that you are going to use for mining crypto currency.
You can use your own computer or you can build a special one just for mining. Usually mining rigs are made with focus on the GPUs and/or CPUs as well as energy and cost efficiency.
What is an Agent?
Was ist ein Agent?
Once you have a rig, and you want to control it and monitor it, you have to install a small piece of software so it knows how. This software is called the Miner.farm Agent.
If you run PiMP, miner.farm is completely integrated and configured out of the box for many coins and configurations.
What is an Miner?
Was ist ein Miner?
“Mining software” is a program that runs on the rig (example: Sgminer-gm), reports to the agent, and does the actual mining operations itself. If it is running, and setup in the agent, you can see it on miner.farm website.
What is a Profile?
Was ist ein Profil?
A profile is simply a port number, a miner binary, and a conf file. The default profiles are set up as a matching miner (mining software program like sgminer-gm) and a conf file (such as sgminer.xmr.conf to mine xmr with it). So, the default profile for mining XMR with sgminer you should see as: “sgminer+sgminer.eth.conf”. This means, use /opt/miners/sgminer/sgminer as the binary, and /opt/confs/sgminer.xmr.conf as the conf file.
What is a port?
Was ist ein Port?
A port is just the TCP port number that minerfarm talks to the “miner” / “binary” / “mining software” with. You should be able to choose what port you want, and then it will launch the miner with that API port. If the miner does not support API, obviously this will not be very useful.
What is a binary?
Was ist eine Binärdatei (bin)?
A binary is just the miner software file. On windows, these are easy to pick out because they have .exe or .com on the file name. All of the miner binaries are stored in the /opt/miners/ under their own folder. Some miners put the binary in a dark, deep subfolder.
What is a conf? And definitely what is a .pcfg?!
Was ist eine conf-Datei? Und was genau ist eine pcfg-Datei?
A conf is just a config file. This is used to tell the miner binary what settings to use. Basically, the pool to mine to, the wallet or username of the pool, and the GPU settings such as intensity are all controlled by the conf. .conf files are written in JSON and are checked by PiMP and miner.farm for JSON syntax to make sure that it has a good chance of working properly.
Since some miners only accept command lines and not conf files, PiMP team has created our own way of giving you easy-to-edit conf files for those miners. This is what the .pcfg files are. They are written in Bash and give you an easy way to edit your pools/workers/settings for non-conf-compliant miners.
Miner.farm was released in July 2014 and Miner.farm v2.0 was re-released as a complete, top-to-bottom rebuild of the top requested features to coincide with the new modern releases of PiMP.
Developed in a secure environment: The Miner.farm team is made up of a small group of individuals who are the only ones trusted to commit changes and interact with the website, all of which is done using multiple secure protocols.
Miner.farm is specifically tailored to the needs of crypto miners, and therefore all documentation on this site assumes prior knowledge of, and familiarity with, cryptocurrency mining. Please see the Miner.farm Product page or website for more details on what makes Miner.farm unique.
Q: Is there any referral or affiliate program so I can earn money for recommending PIMP?
Q: Gibt es ein Empfehlungs- oder Partnerprogramm, so dass ich Geld verdienen kann, wenn ich PiMP weiterempfehle?
Yes! We are proud to launch the PIMP Referral program.
Step 1: BE ADVISED: Please read the section about this program in the Terms and Conditions.
Step 3: Give this URL out to people when you recommend PIMP.
Step 4: When they check out, you will receive coupon codes like store credit. They will be emailed to you.
Step 5: When you want to check out on getPiMP.org you can use your coupon codes to apply your credits and get your PIMP at a discount.
Q: If i would run into a jam, is there any support or do i have to wait a couple of days for my question to be heard?
Q: Was, wenn ich ein Problem habe, gibt es einen Support oder muss ich tagelang warten, bis man mir hilft?
A: You can get instant live help anytime from your fellow miners as well as the PiMP Devs most of the time. We also have a dedicated Testing/Support team that is run by our Community Manager and we are doing our best to see that it is staffed well for all time zones. Fill out an App to join the team!
We do respond to emails, Tweets, forum posts, and even Facebook Messenger. We are very widely known for our great level of friendly support and we are happy to help you. See you in the chat!
Q: Is PiMP easy for a Windows user?
Q: Ist PiMP auch für Windows-Nutzer einfach zu bedienen?
A: Sure is! PiMP is targeted at people who are not familiar with Linux, or are tired of endlessly tinkering and just want to mine. we make it as easy as possible for you to install and get mining!
Q: How can I buy PIMP?
Q: Wie kann ich PiMP kaufen?
A: Getting the PiMP Classic Image and Key
Step 1: On PiMP Classic page, click on product version you want.
Step 2: View release notes and compatibility and click Add to Cart.
Step 3: Review and click Checkout.
Step 4: After a checkout you will be able to access your Downloads and Keys on the website. (Ordering PiMP 1.9 or 2.0 gives you download links to both versions.)
Step 5: You can see your keys attached to the order at any time by going to https://getpimp.org/home-landing/my-account/orders/
Step 6: You can re-download updated versions of the image any time by going to https://getpimp.org/home-landing/my-account/downloads/
Step 7: The Download button should give you a direct download from our secure server.
Q: How long do licenses last? And how often are upgrades?
Q: Wie lang sind Lizenzen gültig? Und wie oft gibt es Upgrades?
A: Currently, PIMP keys work on all currently supported versions of PiMP (1.9, and 2.0).
Image releases (Periodic roll up of system, OS, pimpup and platform updates)
It is our intent to have your PIMP key last as long as we maintain and support these versions, and provide updated images for download when there are major changes.
pimpup: Easy live updates to minerfarm/PIMP software and the miners
In between rc image releases, you can quickly and easily update your rigs using the command pimpup. Whenever we release any updates to MINERFARM and PIMP software package, it will tell you “PiMP News is available, type pimpup to read it” whenever you login to the rig.
pimpup will auto-update the default confs in /opt/confs/default without prompting.
If there is an update to pimpup itself or minerfarm/pimp software, it will ask you, and then self-update if you say yes.
After that it shows the news, this shows the list of updates and announcements for you.
Then, the miners menu: You can pick from these to update the miner to the current version. Some are quick binary downloads, some take time to clone and compile from source. It is all automatic, and backups are created just in case.
Q: How do you charge for PIMP and for Miner.farm?
Q: Wie zahlen Sie für PiMP und für Miner.farm?
A: We charge per copy (per key) for PIMP software; and per month for miner.farm subscription. It seems to work well for most people. If you can afford a $1000-2000 rig, you can afford a copy of PIMP.
What about volume pricing?
Gibt es Volumenpreise?
If you have many rigs, and would like volume treatment, feel free to make us an offer! We do provide volume deals as well as many extra tools and methods to make deploying your farm easy.
What about monitoring?
Wie läuft das mit dem Monitoring?
The monitoring at miner.farm is charged by monthly subscription. There is a free demo-ish tier, and we just lowered all the prices! Also, now that we have gotten the foundation rock solid, we are now building out many of the features that you have been asking for.
Can I try for free?
Gibt es eine kostenfreie Testversion?
Free versions were available from 2012-2016; that is no longer the case. You may purchase a copy from the site and see if it meets your needs. Our trained, friendly support team will be standing by to assist you at almost all hours of the day.
Wie geht es los?
Questions about how to download PIMP, how to setup miner.farm accounts, how to key your rig, and other setup steps.
Fragen zum Download von PiMP, zum Einrichten von Miner.farm Zugängen, zur Verwendung des Schlüssels und anderer Einrichtungsschritte.
Q: Why do the fans come on about 20 seconds after boot? After booting, the fans go at 75%. Can I change this?
Q: Warum drehen die Lüfter 20 Sekunden nach dem Booten hoch? Nach dem Booten laufen die Lüfter auf 75%. Kann ich das ändern?
A: We bring the fans up to 75% on boot by default to protect new pimps when trying new settings. After that, you can control your fans using miners such as sgminer-gm and claymore-zcash-amd (which allow you to set the target temperature, etc. in the conf files) and/or the gputool/fans command line options (for miners which do not control the fans or provide temps.)
Example: The command fans 75 will set them to 75% , miner MUST not be running!!!
Note: Some miners will manage the fans by temp (sgminer, claymore). They will override what you do using fans/gputool unless you customize your conf or pcfg.
At this time, gputool and the fans command only work on PIMP 2.0 due to AMD driver limitations.
Until we make a nicer way of changing this, you can edit the /etc/crontab file with command:
and you will see the user settings section show the following line:
@reboot root sleep 20 && /opt/pimp/gputool –setall -f 75 && sleep 5 && /opt/minerfarm/minerfarm –start 1
Simply change the -f 75 part to the FANS % you want to use at boot, OR:
Change the command to eliminate that part like this:
@reboot root sleep 20 && /opt/minerfarm/minerfarm –start 1
Q: What are pools, workers, and shares?
Q: Was sind Pools, Worker und Shares?
A: Would Litecoin mining be profitable for me?
Ist Litecoin Mining profitabel für mich?
That depends on many factors, including your hardware, the cost of electricity and the value you give to a litecoin. Check out a mining profitability calculator.
Can I use a Bitcoin ASIC miner to mine litecoins?
Kann ich einen Bitcoin ASIC Miner verwenden, um Litecoins zu schöpfen?
No, it’s not possible. Litecoin uses an entirely different hashing algorithm (scrypt).
Can I use the same worker name and password for more than one physical miner?
Kann ich denselben Workernamen und dasselbe Passwort für mehr als einen physischen Miner verwenden?
Yes, but if you use different workers it is easier to track your miners’ performance.
What’s a share?
Was ist ein Share?
A share is a unit of reward that miners earn by submitting proofs of work (the result of hashing) to the pool. The term “share” originates from the reward system of proportional pools, whose total earnings are distributed among miners in proportion to the number of shares they submit. In a PPS (pay-per-share) system, shares are paid directly to miners, indipendently of how many blocks the pool actually finds. The value of a share depends on two factors: the network difficulty and the share difficulty.
What is the network difficulty?
Was ist die Netzwerk Difficulty?
The network difficulty is a number (currently 33202.95439611) that gives an indication of how difficult it is to find a block. The Litecoin network automatically adjusts its difficulty every few days so that blocks are found on average every 2.5 minutes. This means that the more hashing power is on Litecoin, the harder it is to find a block.
What is the share difficulty?
Was ist die Share Difficulty?
The share difficulty is a number that gives an indication of how difficult it is to find a share. The lower this number, the more shares a miner will find at a given speed, and the lower their value. For this reason, the share difficulty does not affect miners’ expected earnings.
Why does the pool report more shares than my miner?
Warum zeigt der Pool mehr Shares an als mein Miner?
This pool serves variable-difficulty work units, so when you solve a share the pool counts it with multiplicity, according to its difficulty. For example, if you solve a share that is four times as difficult as the baseline share, it gets counted as four shares.
Why variable-difficulty shares?
Warum variiert die Share Difficulty?
The technique of adapting the difficulty to each miner’s hash rate allows the pool to measure workers’ speed more precisely while keeping bandwidth usage optimal.
How does share difficulty influence my earnings?
Wie wirkt sich die Share Difficulty auf meinen Verdienst aus?
Short answer: it doesn’t. Long answer: a higher/lower share difficulty does not mean you will be earning more/less, because your expected earnings are independent of the share difficulty: they only depend on your hash rate and on the network difficulty. A higher share difficulty can only increase the variance, but not in a significant way.
Is it possible to set the share difficulty manually?
Ist es möglich die Share Difficulty manuell einzustellen?
Yes, but it’s usually pointless, as the pool can automatically serve work of optimal difficulty. If desired, however, the default adaptive mechanism can be overridden by appending “,d=N” to the worker’s password (in your miner’s configuration, not on the website). For example, if a worker’s password is “foo”, connecting with password “foo,d=64” will ask for share difficulty 64. Keep in mind that difficulty can only be set per-connection, so if you connect multiple workers via a proxy they will all share the same difficulty (this is a limitation of the Stratum protocol). Moreover, the server may round or cap the difficulty you asked for in order to prevent denial-of-service attacks.
How is the value of a share (a.k.a. the PPS rate) computed?
The standard PPS formula is used: BS × R / ND × (SD / 65536), where BS is the block subsidy (currently 50 LTC), R is the PPS ratio (currently 1.25), ND is the network difficulty, and SD is the share difficulty (expressed as a multiple of the minimum share difficulty, which is what cgminer displays).
What is a PPS ratio?
Was ist ein PPS-Verhältnis?
A PPS ratio of 1 (or 100%) corresponds to the expected earnings of a Litecoin solo miner in an ideal world, without taking into account aspects such as orphaned blocks. (In practice, a Litecoin solo miner will always achieve a slightly lower ratio in the long run.) We say “expected” earnings because mining is a stochastic (random) process, and it is therefore impossible to know beforehand exactly how much a miner will earn in a given lapse of time. Thanks to merged mining, a technique that allows multiple cryptocurrencies to be mined simultaneously, it is possible to achieve PPS ratios higher than 100%. This is unrelated to what profit-switching pools do, as in merged mining all chains are mined at the same time. For this reason, merged mining does not cause sudden difficulty spikes and does not harm any of the involved networks.
How and when does the PPS ratio change?
Wie und wann ändert sich das PPS-Verhältnis?
The PPS ratio depends on factors such as the current network difficulty and market price of merged-mined cryptocurrencies. Since these elements can be highly volatile, the ratio can change frequently.
Do block finders get extra reward in PPS pools?
Bekommt man einen Extrabonus für das Auffinden von Blöcken in PPS-Pools?
No. That would go against one of the main goals of the PPS system, which is to minimize variance. It would also make miners who don’t find blocks earn less, as the PPS rate would need to be adjusted downwards. Some do list recently found blocks and their finders, but only for transparency purposes.
I’ve just started mining and all my shares are being rejected, what’s wrong?
Ich habe gerade mit dem Minen begonnen und all meine Shares werden abgelehnt (rejected), was läuft falsch?
Make sure that your hardware and software support scrypt mining, and that they are configured correctly. Configuring a GPU for Litecoin mining requires particular attention; please refer to our configuration wizard to get an idea of what settings you need.
Why doesn’t the hash rate reported by the pool match that reported by my miner?
Warum stimmt die Hashrate, die der Pool anzeigt, nicht mit der Anzeige meines Miners überein?
Because of how pooled mining works, the pool has no way of knowing your exact hash rate, so it can only estimate it based on how frequently you submit shares. After you start mining, it takes about 10 minutes for the estimates to become accurate. They will never be very precise, though; even if your miner’s hash rate is steady, the pool estimate will keep fluctuating around the actual speed.
The pool keeps reporting a much lower hash rate than cgminer. What’s going on?
Der Pool zeigt ständig eine viel niedrigere Hashrate als cgminer. Was ist los?
If the estimate displayed on the site stays too low for more than 10 minutes, then you are almost certainly experiencing hardware errors. cgminer checks every solution generated by your hardware devices, and if one turns out to be incorrect because of hardware errors it (rightfully) doesn’t even submit it. Since pools can only estimate your hash rate based on how many solutions you submit in a given amount of time, their estimate will be lower than your real raw hashrate. This raw hashrate, which is correctly displayed by cgminer, is, however, not meaningful if the solutions your card generates are wrong. You need to make sure that all (not just the top one) of the HW figures in cgminer are zero or next-to-zero; if that’s not the case, you need to review your settings. Make sure you carefully read the documentation about scrypt mining provided with cgminer.
What are stale shares?
Was sind Stale Shares?
Servers provide each miner with some unique data that the miner must use to find a share. This data needs to be updated every time a new block appears on the Litecoin network, and that’s why servers must promptly notify miners when they detect a new block. Every second you keep on mining for the old block is wasted, because that block has already been found. If a new block is found before a submitted share hits the server, the share is marked as “stale”, and yields no reward. Stale shares are caused by latency, which can happen at various levels. The most obvious cause is a high ping time to the server, which however shouldn’t affect the stale rate by more than 0.5%.
I’m getting more than 2% of stale shares, is this normal?
Ich erhalte mehr als 2% Stale Shares, ist das normal?
No. On our Stratum servers, most miners achieve a stale rate well below 1%. If you’re GPU mining, make sure the intensity parameter is not set too high on your miners. More generally, consider that anything that pushes your hardware too much can cause additional latency, which results in a higher rate of stale shares. Some software latency is sometimes unavoidable when GPU mining, but if your stale rate is above 2% then something probably needs to be fixed. Should I set the –no-submit-stale option in cgminer? The –no-submit-stale option tells cgminer to skip the submission of shares that it detects as stale. You should only set it after you have made sure that your other settings, such as intensity, aren’t causing too much latency locally. Note that some of your submitted shares will still turn stale because of network latency, which is unavoidable.
What is Stratum?
Was ist Stratum?
Stratum is a network protocol for pooled mining, designed as a replacement for the now obsolete “getwork” protocol. It was originally proposed by Marek Palatinus (aka Slush), who also wrote a proxy for miners that could only understand the getwork protocol. Today most mining software supports the Stratum protocol natively, but the Stratum proxy is still useful for reducing network bandwidth usage on large installations.
What is the “resume” extension to Stratum?
Was ist die „Resume“-Erweiterung von Stratum?
It is an extension to the original Stratum mining protocol, jointly designed by Slush and ckolivas, the maintainer of cgminer. If your mining pool supports the extension and your Internet connection has a hiccup, the server may still accept any shares that your miners found while disconnected, if they reconnect and submit them within a reasonable time. As simple as this may sound, it is actually tricky to implement this feature correctly, because Stratum is not a stateless protocol.
Why did my Google Authenticator codes suddenly stop working?
Warum funktionieren meine Google Authenticator Codes plötzlich nicht mehr?
It might be because the time on your Google Authenticator app is not synced correctly. To make sure that you have the correct time, go to the main menu on the Google Authenticator app, and select “Settings”, “Time correction for codes”, “Sync now”.
What is intensity, xintensity, etc?
Was ist Intensity, Xintensity, etc?
Go to http://k-dev.net/cgminer/kalroth-changes.txt for a document that explains how the intensity values are calculated.
Q: Hey my rig rebooted for the first time, what do i do now?
Q: Hey, was tue ich, wenn mein Rig zum ersten Mal wieder hochgefahren ist?
A: Please read the newpimp first, this will guide you to the next steps to make your miner run. Either click NEWPIMP on desktop GUI or type newpimp command in the terminal for the quick 1-2-3 setup.
We also have video guides on https://getpimp.org/tag/help-video/
As well as professionally maintained Users guides, FAQs, and Articles on and we have a complete users guide at https://getpimp.org/guide2/ for you to use.
If all that is not enough we also have live support and chat area for all miners to talk about mining, simply go to your livechat command or on the help page https://getpimp.org/help#irc
Q: Help! My Key doesn't verify.
Q: Hilfe! Mein Schlüssel wird nicht verifiziert.
A: First, Thanks for supporting PIMP!
Since it may be hard to type in correctly, we recommend you try copying it in via SSH first from a different computer. You can use a program like PuTTY and the ip on your rig screen as the address to connect to your rig.
We also have a guide where this process is explained, and a video on how this process is done:
Q: Cannot connect to the miner API – the miner program failed to start
(Q: Es kann keine Verbindung zum API Miner aufgebaut werden – das Miner-Programm konnte nicht gestartet werden)
A: Thanks for the great question! There’s a few things it could be, so we would need some more information.
First, check out this video on a quick start. https://getpimp.org/video-how-to-start-mining-crypto-currencies-with-pimp-in-less-than-5-minutes/
Also, please provide the output url from the helpme command so we can see what’s going on in your rig.
Feel free to come join the livechat at https://getpimp.org/help#irc and get support faster!
Q: How do I install PiMP? How do I write it to a disk?
Q: Wie kann ich PiMP installieren? Wie schreibe ich es auf einen Datenträger?
A: From the Users Guide:
2.2: Writing the Image to an SSD/HDD
Plug in a 16GB or larger SSD to your USB dock, USB adapter, or SATA ports. (USB Sticks and HDDs are no longer recommended for use with PiMP due to new requirements of mining.)
Right click the .zip file and Extract using Windows Explorer, WinRAR, or 7zip.
The release zip file contains a raw image file (.img) that is a combination of boot sector and partitions. It is ready to go. This process will completely overwrite whatever is on the target disk with the PiMP image. It does not require formatting. It will partition and everything for you. Note: this is not an ISO and you cannot use tools such as Unetbootin to write it. This is a full drive image which must be copied sector by sector.
There will also be utilities included: win32diskimager (for USB connected drives) and dmde (for SATA connected drives).
If you want to check the sha1sum in Windows:
You can get a quick freeware sum checker for Windows by clicking here: http://files.getpimp.org/pimp-classic/ComputeHash.exe
Uncheck all but SHA1, and then click “Select file” and find and select the pimp img file. It will compute for a while with a candy can progress bar then show you the sum. It should match the website and the sha1sum file.
Now to write the image to the disk.
Go into My Computer and see which drive your target drive is. One thing about Windows, it will not be able to write the image with any program unless you have a FAT or NTFS partition that windows can see and has a drive letter.
Writing with win32diskimager (for USB connected drives)
Download the free edition of win32diskimager from getpimp.org.
Browse into the win32diskimager folder you unzipped, and click on the Win32DiskImager program.
Click on the folder icon to browse to the PiMP img file and select it. Then choose your target drive in the dropdown box to the right. If you have a valid USB drive it will select that by default.
Choose Write Image. it should take about 5-15 minutes depending on your target disk speed.
A tiny box will pop up and say Write Done. Exit Win32diskimager by clicking the X in the top right, and remove your target disk.
Writing with dmde (for SATA connected drives).
Download the free edition from http://dmde.com/download.html.
Launch DMDE (Tested on 2.8.2 Free Edition)
Click Cancel or Ok -> Close (you wont be using any of the popped up windows)
Click Tools -> Copy Sector / Alt + W
Click Source; In this case pick “file”, point to your desired PiMP .img
Click Destination; Whatever device. (Tested with HDD, so SSD should work as well.)
Q: How can I get help or support?
Q: Wie kann ich Hilfe und Unterstützung bekommen?
A: Guide available at https://getpimp.org/guide2/
The livechat command in the terminal will open a chat program and connect you to the public #PiMP IRC Channel with your fellow PiMPs as well as the PiMP developer and support teams. Since PiMPs are worldwide, there is almost always someone available.
If connecting via another IRC client, #PiMP can be found in Freenode . See here for connection information: https://freenode.net/kb/answer/chat .
You can also access this at any time using our Webchat page on https://getpimp.org/help#irc.
Getting Troubleshooting information is as easy as running the helpme command in PiMP terminal.
This will run through common hardware and software diagnostics for a moment. At the end it will provide you a URL. This does not have any key or sensitive information and can safely be shared with support and other PiMPs so they can help you.
Cloud Pasting is also available when you are trying to show other PiMPs the output of your command or contents of a text file. Here are some examples of cloud pasting in PiMP:
Paste the sgminer.eth.conf file to the cloud:
cat /opt/confs/sgminer.eth.conf | pastebinit
Paste the output of pimp –test command to the cloud:
pimp –test | pastebinit
For Self help resources: Guides, Videos: Go to getPiMP.org and click Help at the top.
FAQ and community content such as hashrates, FAQ: Go to getPiMP.org and click PiMPS CORNER at the top.
The Official PiMP Users Guide: https://getpimp.org/guide2
Live Chat from PIMP rig: type livechat or use the icon on the PIMP desktop)
Live Chat from this site: https://getpimp.org/help#irc
Live Chat from your irc client: chat.freenode.net port 6667 channel #PIMP
Q: How do i paste the key in instead of typing it?
Q: Wie kann ich den Schlüssel einfügen anstatt ihn einzutippen?
A: You can key the rig using SSH from another machine so you can easily copy and paste.
1. Boot the rig. As long as it has network, it will ask for the key. But it will also show your IP address. Example 192.168.1.150.
2. Go to another machine and SSH to your rig using the IP.
3. Paste the key into the rig when it asks. It will reboot in verified mode.
Note: If you are trying to use Wi-fi (not recommended) you should first use a Ethernet cable to get the rig verified. Then it will boot into the GUI and you can configure Wi-fi much more easily.
Q: What is the default login and password? How do I change it?
Q: Was ist der Default login und Passwort? Wie kann ich es ändern?
A: Default login is root, password live
To change this: Drop to terminal and type:
Then pick a new password.
Configuration and Daily Use
Konfiguration und tägliche Verwendung
Questions about configuring PiMP and miner.farm and other ‘Daily Use’ type questions.
Fragen über die Konfiguration von PiMP und Miner.farm und andere „Tägliche Verwendungs“-Fragen.
Q: How do I reset my confs or pcfg’s to the default? How do I download the latest default confs?
Q: Wie setze ich meine conf- und pcfg-Dateien auf Default zurück? Wie kann ich die neuesten Default Einstellungen downloaden?
A: Once you have edited a conf or pcfg with the edit command such as edit sgminer.eth.conf, you can remove it and restore the default by using del sgminer.eth.conf and say Yes. Then your sgminer.eth.conf will be restored to the latest default.
We regularly update and improve the default confs and they get pushed automatically to the rig during a pimpup.
Q: How do i know what username and password to use in the conf or pcfg files? Do i need “x” as the password?
Q: Wie weiß ich, welchen Benutzernamen und Passwort ich in den conf- und pcfg-Dateien verwenden muss? Muss ich „x“ als Passwort verwenden?
A: Most pools use username: wallet address, then a dot, then the workername and password: x.
Look at your pool’s “Getting Started” section to see how to set up your conf. A lot of pools show it as “command line options” or “batch file” which is what windows miners would use. This is similar to how we do it with pcfg/conf.
Zpool and Nicehash uses BTC address dot workername for the username and x or parameters for the password.
Some pools you login to and create an account and a worker and they hold the money and pay it out from the website or you tell it to pay it out to your wallet. Examples: Suprnova.cc and miningrigrentals.com.
Other pools pay out directly to wallet and you do not need an account. Examples are ethermine.org, xmrpool.net.
Some pools, like Nicehash, use the password field to accept parameters. For example, autoswitching, or some other information.
Most pools just use x because nothing is required beyond the Wallet and Worker name.
Q: How do i stop the miner in terminal?
Q: Wie stoppe ich den Miner im Termial?
A: In the terminal when you type pimp you will get a list of options (this is also explained in our user guide for the version you are using).
When you type pimp –stop this will give you a active list of the miners that are running at the time.
When you then type pimp –stop (minerid) this will stop that miner.
You can also type pimp –stop all this command will stop all actively running miners.
Q: How to adjust GPU and memory frequency in PiMP?
Q: Wie kann GPU und Memory Frequenz in PiMP einstellen?
A: On PiMP 1.9 version:
On v1.9 this can be done by adjusting the conf of the miner you are using. If you are using more than one GPU then be sure to put a , in between.
On PiMP 2.0 version:
It is a bit different than what you could do with the 1.9.
Some miners such as claymore and/or sgminer allow you to set the clocks using the conf/pcfg file. This works for some people and not for others. It is a AMDGPU Driver limitation that we are working around and will have some better solution in the future. Meanwhile, you can modify your bios directly to get the clocks changed.
You have to change the Video BIOS using a program that runs on windows such as VBE or Polaris BIOS Editor, OR, if you have a bios file to flash onto the card , that can be done using atiflash which is included with pimp. (Make sure to back up the original one first!!!)
Q: Hey new miner X,Y,Z is out!!! When’s it coming to PiMP?
Q: Hey, der neue Miner X,Y,Z ist draußen!!! Wann ist er in PiMP verfügbar?
A: First, thank you for helping the PIMP team keep alerted on new miners, coins, and algos. We make tools for you to mine, so please let us know if there is something you need which can be added to PIMP.
New miners are tested thoroughly for reliability, compatibility, and optimized settings when they are released, and then they are made available to all PIMPS using pimpup.
If you have an idea or you need a new miner or version to work with PiMP, simply contact us and provide us with this information. If possible, include the URL to the miner, software, script and/or announcement. Usually this will result in a tracker story for the developers, which they may provide you so you may track our Progress. You can also watch IRC/facebook/twitter, subscribe to the e-news, etc.
You will be notified about updates available with the message “New pimp news is available! Type pimpup to read it.” whenever you login to the rig using SSH.
Q: Do i need to restart my rig every x hours?
Q: Muss ich mein Rig alle paar Stunden neustarten?
A: So far we have found that only the newest and most experimental miners require a system reboot or even a miner restart. sgminer in particular seems to run for days and days with no issues. As far as the other miners… there are many variables, but we always aim to have the rigs run as stable as possible, and we contribute as much as we can to our fellow developers to make all of the mining software better for all of the PiMPs.
To put it very simply: You always will have to find the best line between reliability/stability and performance/hashrate, and use what works well for you.
Q: Is there an option in miner.farm to get an email when a device goes offline?
Q: Gibt es eine Option in Miner.farm, eine Email zu erhalten, wenn ein Gerät offline gegangen ist?
A: Yes, if you have a Farmer or Pro paid miner.farm account subscription.
1. go to the “Alert View” of miner.farm.
2. click “edit”.
3. toggle the email option on.
4. enter your email address.
5. click “set”.
Q: How do I get my farmer number for miner.farm? How to reset my password on miner.farm?
Q: Wie bekomme ich meine Farmer-Nummer in Miner.farm? Wie setze ich mein Passwort auf Miner.farm zurück?
A: If you have visited your farm in the past, you might find your farmer number in your browser history. In most browsers:
Open your browser.
Press Control-H (or go to History).
Type miner into the search box.
You may see your url, it should look like: https://miner.farm/farmer/4/farmstatus
The farmer number can be used to reset your password at miner.farm.
To reset your mf password:
Put the wrong password in.
It will say above: Password incorrect for email@example.com Would you like to reset your password?
It will send you an email to your contact email address.
If you cannot find your farmer number or email address, go to #PiMP Live chat and we will help you get back into your account!
Q: What do A, R, WU, and the other symbols in the miners and terminals mean?
Q: Was bedeuten A, R, WU und die anderen Symbole in den Miner Programmen und Terminals?
WU, or Work utility, is the product of hashrate * luck and only stabilizes over a very long period of time. Luck includes hardware error rate, share reject rate and other parameters. Therefore, it is often a better indicator of hardware or software misconfiguration.
A: The number of Accepted shares
R: The number of Rejected shares
HW: The number of HardWare errors
WU: The Work Utility defined as the number of diff1 equivalent shares / minute
AVA 0: 23C/ 47C 2280R | 77.10G/83.20Gh/s | A:120029 R:0 HW:2295 WU:1162.5/m
Each column is as follows:
Temperature (if supported)
Fanspeed (if supported)
A 5 second exponentially decaying average hash rate
An all time average hash rate
The number of accepted shares
The number of rejected shares
The number of hardware errors
The Work Utility defined as the number of diff1 equivalent shares / minute
TQ: 1 ST: 1 SS: 0 DW: 0 NB: 1 LW: 8 GF: 1 RF: 1
TQ is Total Queued work items.
ST is Staged work items (ready to use).
SS is Stale Shares discarded (detected and not submitted so don’t count as rejects)
DW is Discarded Work items (work from block no longer valid to work on)
NB is New Blocks detected on the network
LW is Locally generated Work items
GF is Getwork Fail Occasions (server slow to provide work)
RF is Remote Fail occasions (server slow to accept work)
(Special Thanks to Genesis Mining)
How to solve problems with hardware, software, and how to fix mining issues.
Lösen von Problemen mit Hardware, Software, und Beheben von Mining Fehlern?
Q: Why won’t the miner start?
Q: Warum startet der Miner nicht?
A: Well this could be caused by many things. To narrow it down:
1. Start with a helpme command to see which parts of the OS are able to see and use the hardware. If sgminer can see the GPU’s, you are usually good.
2. Start with the default confs that are using safe and fully tested options, as a base line.
3. If needed, start with just one GPU, in the first PCI x16 slot, with no riser. This is the best possible connection and best possibility of success with mining.
4. If that works, gradually add the rest of your hardware. Some GPUs may not be seen in some PCIe slots and with some risers so you may have to keep switching and swapping until everything works well.
5. Then start changing your confs, one thing at a time. Maybe start with just your pool/wallet and make sure you can mine to it using the default settings. Then you can tweak your settings.
6. Use the pimp –test tool to get more information about the miner. If all you see is the screen start and then exit, try running the exact command that it is trying to run by copying and pasting it right back to the terminal. Basically, try running the miner without the minerfarm and without the screen, in a “full manual start.” This may show you more output from the miner that you did not see before.
7. Try the above steps using a different miner profile, example claymore or optiminer, to see if they are having the same problem.
8. If all else fails you may consider trying to reimage the SSD and starting over, there may be some sort of problem with the image that can cause any number of strange effects.
Q: Why does the GUI Desktop become stuck or unresponsive sometimes, especially when mining?
Q: Warum hängt sich der GUI Desktop manchmal auf oder antwortet nicht, besonders während des Minens?
A: This is normal, the screen will get stuck because the GPU is hashing and it cannot keep up with writing the screen… Use SSH or miner.farm web interface to control the rig.
Q: After i did a re-image of PiMP my miner shows up twice on minerfarm. Why?
Q: Nachdem ich PiMP wieder neu aufgesetzt habe, wird mein Miner doppelt angezeigt auf Miner.farm. Warum?
A: Because of the new image and the fresh setup with the same name as the old this will make the miner appear as one online and one offline(the offline will die off as it is not receiving new data). The old one will drop off of the pimp farm after a while.
Also, you may be using the same name for 2 or more rigs. This is easily changed by going to your minerfarmagent and pressing c and giving your miner another name then you save it.
Q: Why is my miner running really slow?
Q: Warum läuft mein Miner sehr langsam?
A: Could be many things.
You can check your miner in a terminal by typing pimp –test
You may have more than one miner running. You can check this by typing pimp –stop in terminal to see what miners are running and if this is the case you can stop the second miner by typing pimp –stop and then the id number of the miner.
Sometimes you may have started the miner while the “automatically started miner on boot” has been started. This may require you to access the screens directly.
To view screens running, use command: screen -ls
To connect to a screen, type screen -r
Sometimes you can just reboot and start over. Miner ID 1 will auto start after 30 seconds on boot. This is changed in /etc/crontab.
If this is not the key to making your miner work please provide us with a helpme so we can look into it.
Q: I have x amount of cards installed, but only 1 or 2 are seen by PiMP or by sgminer, or my sgminer or helpme hangs.
Q: Ich habe x Karten installiert, aber nur 1 und 2 werden von PiMP oder Sgminer gesehen, oder mein Sgminer oder „helpme“-Kommando hängen sich auf?
A: Could you send us a helpme so we can make a better view of what is going on?
Did you check your connections from the card(s) to the motherboard and from the psu to your risers (if any)?
Could you try and rearrange GPUs, risers, and slots until everything is detected. We call this the GPU/Riser/Slot shuffle.
You can always do these steps at any given time to narrow down where the problem is.
Q: Why does my miner give me a black screen with a blinking gray cursor in the top left corner?
Q: Warum zeigt mein Miner einen schwarzen Bildschirm mit einem grauen blinkenden Cursor in der oberen linken Ecke?
A: This is usually caused by either wrong PIMP version, or the internal GPU (onboard video) interfering with the miner software. It could also be caused by your first GPU requiring a monitor or a “dummy plug” (fake monitor adapter) to be connected. (I believe this was very common with the H81 BTC Pro motherboards and/or R9 290X GPUs).
Go to your miners bios and turn off your internal VGA GPU and switch it to PCIe.
Try Connecting a monitor to the first card next to the CPU.
Try switching which card is first (closest to the CPU).
Try using just one GPU in the first PCI x16 slot without risers.
Q: Why does my miner does not see the GPU cards?
Q: Warum sieht mein Miner die GPU-Karten nicht?
1. Are you using the correct version for your card(s) , you can check this at https://getpimp.org/help/need-help-picking-which-pimp-is-right-for-you/ if you have the correct version for your cards.
2. Are you using GPU risers ?? rearrange them and make sure they are completely connected do this one by one , one step at a time. Sometimes some risers and some GPUs and some slots just do not get along with each other.
3. Use the helpme command to perform diagnostics so we can assist you in finding the problem. At the end it will give you a URL at helpme.getpimp.org. You can use this URL to get more details about your rig, and you can share it with support and/or other PiMPs to help you.
Q: Where is the missing miner info? Why is a value "NA" or always 0? What does "No API" mean?
Q: Wo ist die fehlende Miner Info? Warum ist ein Wert „NA“ oder immer „0“? Was bedeutet „No API“?
A: Modern mining programs, and in fact all modern networked programs, have an Application Programming Interface, or “API”. This allows other programs to communicate with it directly to get information or commands. CG/SGMiner and their forks, and CCMiner both have a well developed API that allows PIMP and miner.farm to communicate directly with them. This enables us to provide a full range of details about your miners, and allows you to control them directly with our software.
Mining programs that do not provide an API are “hobby grade” at best. There is no reliable way to monitor them or manage them remotely – you must be at the console of the miner. Obviously there are workarounds, and here at miner.farm we will do our best to get you critical mining information, but without an API we have to imitate a user at a console, and that is much more difficult to do. These fixes should be considered much lower quality; obviously the kind of data available will be limited, and control will be crude or non-existent. Clearly, managing a farm of any size with no API miners is a chore, and prone to many problems related to lack of an interface made for just these things!
If you are using a no API miner, please tell the developers how important an API is to you for managing your mining. We can tell them every day, but until they hear it from users of their product it doesn’t mean much. We aren’t particular about how they implement, but conforming to an existing standard (such as cgminer or ccminer) and providing documentation will make integrating with products like miner.farm much faster, and increase their adoption.
Here is the best implementation we have so far of a miner API:
Thank you for your support!
Q: The miner is not starting, or it says miner screen not available.
Q: Der Miner startet nicht, oder er zeigt „miner screen not available“.
A: Did you try the following steps:
1. In terminal type helpme and give us the link that comes at the end (this will give us more information on what kind of problem you might have.)
2. In terminal did type pimpup and see if your miner is up to date with current one supplied by pimpup.
3. Recheck your wallet address in the conf file.
4. Check if your pool is still up.
5. Did you mod your cards bios? then please return to the original and see if it runs then
6. Try running the miner with pimp –test.
7. Does it run great? now you may need to alter the conf/pcfg for your personal rig in order to make it run proper and stable.
Q: I used pimpup to update my miner. Why won’t it start anymore?
Q: Ich habe „pimpup“ verwendet um meinen Miner zu updaten. Warum startet er nun nicht mehr?
A: Some miner updates require you to clean your bins and let them regenerate.
Bins are stored in /opt/bins.
Easy way: Type in command cleanbins to clear them all.
A more surgical approach: rm /opt/bins/whatever.bin