Exploits of a Burstcoin Miner

Mine Some Burst catalogs the adventure of becoming a Burstcoin Miner! Burstcoin or BURST is a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin that uses a Proof of Capacity model, which is much more eco-friendly and makes a better case for decentralization.

Compiling Scavenger From Source to add OpenCL Support

Now that I have Scavenger up and running on the ODROID-XU4, it’s time to do a little optimization to see how much I can really get out of it. For this I’m going to use 1.6.0 from the releases page. Download Source code(tar.gz). The development team has some really great information on all of the configuration options on the github wiki, so make sure to check that out if you’re going to try this on your… Read more »

Scavenger 1.6.0 vs. creepMiner 1.7.18 – 32 Bit Showdown

On October 8th, Scavenger 1.6 was announced, which is pretty exciting for us miners using Linux on a 32-bit ODROID-XU4! Not only does the 1.6 update add support for 32-bit machines using ARM7, but it also has NEON support! Scavenger 1.6 can be downloaded on the PoC-Consortium GitHub page here. Previously, I had started a little work on a few projects that might have sped up my mining rig, including porting Blago’s miner, adding NEON… Read more »

Norton Antivirus Flags Cryptocurrency Miners

It’s been a while since I’ve started up my Burst Wallet, and today I was in for a surprise! Norton 360 Firewall blocks all attempts to communicate! Poor wallet. All it wanted to do was requestType=getBlock. This is HIGHLY annoying since the Norton notification on Windows 10 pops up every 2 seconds as the wallet tries to keep updating. So what’s going on here? I’ve already added a rule for Norton to ignore BlagoMiner_AVX2 (which… Read more »

Burstcoin Mining on an ODROID-XU4 and creepMiner OpenCL

This post is a follow-up to a question posted by Anton on my earlier article about setting up the ODROID-XU4 as a Burstcoin mining rig. Anton asked if the ODROID-XU4 could handle running creepMiner with OpenCL, and as it turns out, yes it can! If you look at the ODROID specs on the Hardkernel site, you’ll see that it supports OpenCL 1.2 Full profile. This means I should be able to run creepMiner in that… Read more »

PoC1 to PoC2 Burst Plot Conversion Results

These results are from over a month ago at this point, but I thought it would be worth posting for anyone who is still converting (hopefully nobody) and those who read this blog (definitely nobody.) The Seagate conversion went MUCH better than expected and I absolutely recommend converting the SMR drives vs. re-plotting. The final result using Johnny’s converter was a little under 34 hours, which compared with the 190 hours to initially plot is… Read more »

Burstcoin PoC1 to PoC2 Conversion Speed Tests

Before converting my entire mining capacity, I wanted to do a few tests to see what might make the most sense. Would it be better to convert one drive at a time? Would it make more sense to convert all at once? Is converting faster than re-plotting? To get some results without taking hours or ruining perfectly good plot files, I started creating some 5GB plots with TurboPlotter 9000. From my previous 500GB conversion, I… Read more »

Adding a PoC2 Plot File to the Burst Mining Mix

The old 500GB Western Digital My Book (USB 2) finished converting from the PoC1 format to PoC2 in 7 hours, 24 minutes. I don’t know why exactly it took so long, but now it’s time to add it to the ODROID-XU4 Burstcoin miner that I have set up. The first step will be to download and compile the new creepMiner that’s compatible with PoC2 plot files. I’ll be using the 1.7.18 version, which can be… Read more »

How to Convert from PoC1 to PoC2 Format

Well, it’s been a couple of days and with a busy life, I’ve missed the 500,000 block! As it turns out the 500,003 block was actually the one with the new features.. but you know what I mean! Now it’s time to get back to the Burstcoin plot conversion process. I only have a few days before the Burst PoC2 format goes into affect. It is stated that miners won’t need to convert to PoC2,… Read more »

Upgrading Burst Plots to PoC2

It’s time to start the process of upgrading plots from PoC1 to PoC2! I’ve been waiting for Creepsky to release a version of his creepMiner that I use on the ODROID-XU4 and it’s finally here! Version 1.7.18 is now available on GitHub. I’m currently using version 1.7.16, so what’s new in this release? 1.7.17 (Jun 7th) The all important PoC2 support! The addition of Bintray Some minor fixes 1.7.18 (Jun 8th) PoC2 -> PoC1 conversion… Read more »

Updating to Qbundle v2.1.0

Qbundle v2.1.0 was released yesterday, so let’s give updating a shot. I had a few issues with the Qbundle installation the first time around − with the database not working correctly and a blank screen. I hope this version will not have those issues, but only time will tell. I actually think some of those issues stem from other programs on my computer using the same ports anyway.   Step 1: Download the latest Qbundle release… Read more »