So lets just jump right into this. I have selected AEON as the coin for this tutorial. With AEON you can have some instant success quite early and can earn your first coin within a couple of days or sooner depending on your hardware. AEON mining can be done with a GPU or a CPU and is fairly easy to setup. It is back to the nitty gritty black/white terminal screen, but once you learn the basics, you’ll get more comfortable by the day. All that is required is a fairly modern Windows PC. I set this up on a Dell laptop with Windows 10 with no trouble at all.
First let’s get started by downloading the miner. For this guide, I have chosen XMR-Stak. You can download it from Github:
****IMPORTANT**** You must have a 64-bit machine to run this program. If you are unsure, you can check with:
Once you have downloaded the zip file you can open it to start the extraction. Hit Extract all on the next window up at the top of the screen:
Select the location where you would like to save the files to:
Once the files finishing extracting, a new folder will open and from here we can get started by entering into the xmr-stak-win64 folder directory.
Inside the xmr-stak-win64 folder you will find the following files:
The file that we want to run is xmr-stak.exe. But instead of double-clicking to launch the application, right-click and select “Run as administrator“.
Now here is where the black/white screen comes in. Once the miner loads it will ask you whether you want to mine Monero or AEON. Here we just type in “aeon” without the quotes and push enter. This software does support Monero but due to the difficulty of XMR mining, I chose to go with AEON. If you have a solid setup or dedicated hardware, then by all means visit the Monero sub-reddit and you can find guides, etc on how to get going using the same program.
The next option is going to be the pool address. You can choose any pool you like. At the time of writing this article, aeon.minepool.live was giving a 10% bonus for all coins mined. Take a look a look at AEON Mining Pools to find other pools if you want to test the waters. If you continue with the guide you can copy/paste aeon.minepool.live:5555 – Port 5555 is for decent CPU’s. If you have a lower end or older model, you can switch this to 3333 or aeon.minepool.live:3333. Additionally if you visit aeon.minepool.live you will find the config for a GPU setup.
Now time to enter your username. In this case, this is actually just your AEON wallet address. So just go ahead and paste this in here and hit enter to move on to the next part. If you do not have a wallet, please take a look at the following thread on reddit:
Reddit is a great source of info and help. So if you run into any roadblocks along the way, jump into reddit and someone will definitely help you out. Or leave a comment in the space below and I will see what I can do to assist.
The next screen is your “password”. You can enter an identifier for the machine you are running xmr-stak on, and your email address acts as your password to set your payout threshold within the pool. As an example, I used work-laptop:email@example.com. “work-laptop” is what I will see in my pool dashboard, so I will know how everything is performing. If you have multiple machines you can setup and do this on as many computers as you have. Your hashrate will only increase. If you give them all different names, you can see individually how they are doing. For example, you could have home-laptop:firstname.lastname@example.org running on another laptop and the pool will calculate your total hashrate and show you how both “work-laptop” and “home-laptop” are performing.
The next 3 questions we will answer No to by typing an “n” and pushing enter. So select “n” for TLS/SSL support and “n” again for nicehash, as well as support for multiple pools. You can dig deeper later on into these settings so you can find a configuration that works best for you. For now we’re just going to set this up with the most basic config that should work for the general population.
Once you enter “n” for multiple pool support, the miner will begin to start. Before we let it run off, let’s just close it for now – We will come back to it in just a second. You can either click the “X” in the upper-right hand corner or you can use the “Ctrl” key + the letter c. This should also close the window.
These questions provide the miner with what it needs to determine the best configuration for your machine. Since this is a laptop that I work on, I will want to slow it down a little or else my machine becomes inoperable. So lets go back into the folder where you have xmr-stak saved. Inside, you should now see 2 additional files that were not there before, config.txt and cpu.txt. Lets first open cpu.txt. Inside here we are only concerned about the number of threads that the miner will use. Right now it is set to use all 4 of my cores. Like I mentioned, if I allow it to use them all, the PC will slow down. So I can delete the last 2 entries in the “cpu_threads_conf”. This will leave core “0” and core “2” for mining. On the other hand, if you’re not going to use this machine for other means, skip this step. The more CPU threads the higher your hash and that means more share of the pool.
Now you can see in the image above that I deleted CPU’s #1 & 3. This leaves CPU’s 0 & 2 (below) for mining and 1 & 3 for me to use my laptop. On my i7-7500U I get about 325 h/s. This is hardly ideal for making serious cash, but it does earn coins. But, you can bump this up and use all your CPU power if you don’t intend on using your machine. At least that was my experience. When I let the miner run with default settings, my laptop became so slow that windows would fade away rather than snap and things took a bit longer to function. Alright, let’s save the file and exit.
Enabling Large Page Support – This is discussed and outlined for you in the config.txt file. This is rather straightforward, but you should enable this to avoid seeing memory errors. I have one laptop that this doesn’t seem to matter. I have memory errors, but the machine still returns a near 100% success rate – if not 100. So I am not at all sure how important this requirement is.
The miner is ready to go! ProTip: You should save this to your desktop/start menu as a shortcut by visiting the file and right clicking on the xmr-stak.exe file and mouse over “Send to” followed by “Desktop (create shortcut)”. You can also select “Pin to Start” if you want to move the shortcut there.
One more step to perform once you send it to either the start menu or desktop. Right click on your icon and select “Properties”. Select “Advanced” and here, check the box “Run as administrator”.
This makes it easier so that you don’t have to remember to right-click the program and select “Run as administrator” every time. Now when you double click the program your computer will automatically run this in administrator mode for you. Go ahead and launch the application and lets start mining! Select “Yes” to the UAC pop-up, and if everything loads correctly, your miner should look like this:
Let it run for a few minutes and you should see “Result accepted by the pool.” peppered in throughout the results above. This means you are well on your way to earning your first AEON! You can follow your work at https://aeon.minepool.live/#/dashboard. Just paste your wallet address to gather your recent hashrate, when the pool found its last block and how much you have earned so far. There is a chat here and many people you find will be helpful so just ask away.
Don’t get too drawn in to staring at a black and white terminal screen as this IS very boring. Get into the habit of checking your stats periodically throughout the day, otherwise you will drive yourself mad. This is seriously like watching paint dry. But popping in a couple of times a day is rewarding to see that my laptop has earned 0.24 AEON! Good luck and always remember to invest wisely!
Final note: If you want to change the default icon for the program to something more fitting. Feel free to download the following .ico file. Just save this in the same folder as your mining software. Right click on the shortcut and select “Properties > Change icon” and browse to where you saved your .ico file.
If you have any questions or need some help, feel free to drop a message in the comments section.