Sunday, March 10, 2013

HOWTO : BitCoin Mining with nVidia GeForce on Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 LTS and 12.10

What is BitCoin?

Bitcoin is an experimental new digital currency that enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere in the world. Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority: managing transactions and issuing money are carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is also the name of the open source software which enables the use of this currency.

BitCoin Mining Benchmark

I think it is not too late for BitCoin mining. I know that AMD Radeon display card is more faster than nVidia when doing BitCoin mining and hash cracking. There is a benchmark comparsion at here. However, I have two nVidia GeForce GTX590 display card and I have no fund to buy another system for the purpose.

To install Ubuntu Desktop on nVidia system, you need to add "nomodeset" as Linux kernel parameter.


(A) BitCoin Wallet

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bitcoin/bitcoin
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install bitcoin-qt bitcoind

(B) OpenCL

sudo apt-get install ocl-icd-libopencl1

Download nvidia-opencl-icd 195.36.31-6squeeze2

Download nvidia-opencl-common 195.36.31-6squeeze2

Download libcuda1 195.36.31-6squeeze2

Install them with the following command :

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

sudo apt-get install python-pyopencl python-pyopencl-headers python-wxgtk2.8 python-wxtools wx2.8-i18n python-bumpy python-netifaces

* nvidia-opencl-icd, nvidia-opencl-common and libcuda1 may be fixed in Ubuntu 13.04 and you are not required to download sperately

(C) nVidia driver

sudo apt-get install jockey-common

For Ubuntu 12.10 :

Please refer to here as the Ubuntu 12.10 have a minor bug for nVidia display driver as it lack of kernel headers for building the nvidia module.

(D) GUIMiner

GUIMiner download from

sudo apt-get install git
git clone

Edit the file to correct something :

cd poclbm

To make it looking like the following at the beginning of the file :

from glob import glob
#from import list_ports
import serial

To run the GUIMiner :

cd poclbm

(E) Bonus

(1) GUIMiner for Windows (All-in-One)

GUIMiner Advanced Setup download

(2) AMD APP SDK for AMD Radeon


(3) Ufasoft Miner (bitcoin-miner for CPU)

bitcoin-miner for Windows
bitcoin-miner (Source Code for Linux)

(4) GUIMiner ( Settings

For best performance but higher temperature -
nVidia GTX590 : -v -f0 -w128
nVidia GTX460 : -v -f0 -w128

For lower temperature but lesser performance -
nVidia GTX590 : -s0.01
nVidia GTX460 : -s0.01

e.g. Two GTX590 (a total of 4 CUDA devices) running setting of -s0.01 at room temperature (21 degree) under water cooling. The temperature of each CUDA devices is around 50 degree. The performance of each CUDA device is around 73 Mhash/s. The total performance is about 292 Mhash/s. If this box is running in room temperature in summer here (around 30-33 degree), the maximum temperature of CUDA device will be around 80 degree under water cooling condition.

The performance of BitCoin mining of this box is not good at all with the high price of the GTX590. I do not recommend to use nVidia display card for BitCoin mining and hash cracking.

* each entry for each CUDA device in GUIMiner

(5) BFGMiner for AMD Radeon/CPU/ASIC

Ubuntu PPA

(6) ASIC mining is the most fastest in the world so far

(7) Make sure you have backup your BitCoin (BTC) as it is either stored in the pool server or local machine.

That's all! See you.