CPU mining other Altcoins while GPU mining Litecoin

CPU mining other Altcoins while GPU mining Litecoin

CPU mining other Altcoins while GPU mining Litecoin


Apart from the two most popular crypto-currency, Bitcoin and Litecoin, there is a huge amount of potential to make money by mining some of the less known coins. Since i’m utilizing my GPUs for Litecoin mining, i’ll run CPU mining to test out the other altcoins, in order to maximize the hashing power by putting the idle CPU to work as well. Today, i will show you how to maximize your earning potential by using the CPU that would be otherwise sitting idle in a GPU mining rig.


Primecoin is somewhat unique in that it uses the algorithm for proof-of-work that focuses on finding chains of prime numbers, and cannot be mined with GPUs. Thus, Primecoin can be mined alongside Litecoin since it is a CPU mining coin. This tutorial will show you how to start mining Primecoin with the power of your CPU.


CPU mining guide – Primecoin (XPM)

Step 1 : Join a pool

We should look for a pool where multiple users work together to mine Primecoin and share the rewards based on work completed. I will be using ypool.net for this tutorial as they have the largest share of the market, thus, the stales and invalids will be minimized. Register for an account at ypool.net. After that, log in with the newly created account, select Workers on the left tab. You should add a new worker for each computer that you plan to mine with. You can use one worker for all your computers but it is always recommended to have one worker for each machine. This way, you will know the output from each machine and easier to troubleshoot for any problems later.



Step 2 : Install a mining software

ypool.net has created it’s own CPU miner, so you can download the jhPrimeminer from the How-To section.


Once downloaded, the configuration is pretty simple with jhPrimeminer. The default miner setting will work fine. You can also read more about it from the official release thread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=304924.0

  • Default settings:

 jhPrimeMiner.exe -o http://mining.ypool.net -xpt -u [minername] -p [minerpass]

  • Recommended i5 and i7 settings:

jhPrimeMiner.exe -o http://mining.ypool.net -xpt -u [minername] -p [minerpass] -m 61 -target 9 -bttarget 9


Use the command above to start up your CPU miner and begin mining Primecoin. It is as easy as that, then launch your CGMiner for Litecoin mining as well, so both your CPU and GPU will be earning coins for you.

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