How to set up a Zencash Mining Rig

ZenCash is a fairly new coin – it started out as ZCash, and then split off after a hard fork to ZClassic, and now into ZenCash. From what I’ve read, there is lots of reasons to support this coin. This is what I did to set up a GPU miner to mine ZenCash.

  1. First thing you need to do is select a pool to mine ZenCash with, or if you are a large miner, you might want to solo mine, but then again you wouldn’t be on my site reading how to start out mining would you!I chose to use SuprNova, but you may choose another pool. The ZenCash website has a list of the best pools:
  2. Once you’ve created an account and logged in, you can click the ‘Help’ link on the left hand side and choose ‘Getting started’
  3. Also on the ZenCash site is a list of available mining software. I like Claymore’s Ethereum software, but looks like he doesn’t have an NVidia equihash miner, so I downloaded EWBF’s Cuda Zcash miner from here (I clicked on the Windows x64 download link and downloaded the newest ZIP file)
  4. In your SuprNova account, Click on ‘My Account’ and ‘My Workers’ and add a new worker. Remember this username and password as that’s what you’ll use to set up your EWBF Zcash miner .bat file
  5. On your ZenCash mining rig, extract the ZCash Miner zip file, open up the directory and look for the suprnova.bat file. Right click on it and select edit. Change the ‘–user suprnova.1’ to be your worker name and worker password like this ‘–user accountname.workername’
  6. Change the ‘–pass x’ to read ‘–pass workerpassword’
  7. Save and close the file.
  8. Double click on the .bat file to start up the EWBF miner and happy hashing!

Troubleshooting EWBF ZenCash Miner

Error: Cannot Connect to Pool

Make sure you have the pool address correct, and the port correct. The suprnova.bat that ships with the EWBF zcash miner uses the old port 2412. The port needs to be 3618

Error: No devices selected

Make sure you have the –cuda_devices option set to the numbers of the GPU you want to use. I also had permissions issues under windows. For some reason the claymore Ethereum miner didn’t have any issues, but the EWBF miner did have troubles. I could test this by right clicking on cmd.exe and choosing ‘run as administrator’. Once opened, I navigated to my EWBF directory and manually typed in the line I had entered in the .bat file. It ran without a hitch.

To get around having to manually do this, I created a shortcut to the zencash mining .bat file (right click, choose ‘create shortcut).

Next, I right clicked on the shortcut and selected ‘properties’. In the popup, under the ‘shortcut’ tab, click the ‘Advanced…’ button and check off ‘run as administrator’. Click OK, and then click OK on the other window too.

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