Step 1: Litecoin LTC GPU mining This guide will show you how to get started with Litecoin mining example GPU mining. This guide will show you how to get started with Litecoin GPU mining.
If anything is unclear in this guide please leave a comment about it. When looking at the hash to watt ratio this is currently the most efficient card on the market. The difficulty of the network is too high to effectively solo mine with a single computer. It’ll take a very long time to get a single block of 50 LTC. However, for people with access to many computers I’ll leave the basics of solo mining in this guide and you can continue reading. If you want to solo-mine you’ll need to have the litecon client installed and configured. After you installed the litecoin client it will have to catch up with the network first before you can start mining as you can see in the image below.
And rename it to litecoin. Now you should get this pop-up as you’re trying to change the extension of a . In Windows XP this menu should be visible without pressing ALT. After this, remove the . You should change the username and password for safety, even though you’re only allowing the localhost here trojans and mallware ect. Currently I advice you to use cgminer as guiminer-scrypt is still very unstable.
Cgminer is command line software and a bit harder to set up but if you follow this guide it should be no problem as we also create shortcuts on your desktop to start the mining. I won’t be covering the Reaper miner here since it is less stable than cgminer and doesn’t have any performance advantages. This one is not recommended but you can try it if you like. Now not all graphic cards support mining but if you purchased a medium range or better one the last 1-3 years you should be able to mine. AMD drivers are up to date.
If you are solo mining you can proceed to step 4. In order to mine with a pool you’ll have to register an account. I will be using coinotron in this guide. 1 for username and password. Make sure LTC is selected under coin.
Now you’ll have to determine the optimum settings. Intensity, this you can set anywhere from 0 to 18 where at 18 your computer becomes unusable and might even freeze. For me the optimum setting is 12 when I’m at my computer and -16 when I’m not working on my computer. You’ll have to see what works best for you.
You can try any of the thread concurrencies within these ranges but it has to be a multiple of 64. Make sure you use the concurrency that fits your card model. You can set a maximum temperature if you run into problems, the default is 95 which is ok for most cards. I prefer to run it from cmd so I can see any error might it occur. Guiminer-scrypt can be setup like this, it has some default values also but you’ll want to tweak to get the right settings. Note that guidminer-scrypt gets very different results with the same settings, I find it harder to get good hashrates with guiminer-scrypt. Now you should easily be able to start mining with your gpu from your desktop.