There may be a few issues you encounter while attempting to keep your rig hashing 24/7. Here’s the main issues you’ll encounter, and how I’ve personally combated them.
Odds are, you’re running your rig as is… Plugged directly into a surge protector, then to your wall. The optimal way to power your rig, would be through a battery backup, as it would keep power to your machine constant, and stable, during power flickers and outages.
However, not all of us have a spare “backup” laying around. Which is, understandable.
Setting Your Machine To Turn On Immediately After Power Is Restored
After the power goes out, and your rig is shut down you have two options. Go over, and manually turn your machine back on… Or, change a bios setting, so it turns itself on. I think the choice here is obvious.
- Turn your machine off, and back on.
- Before it loads up the OS, open up your BIOS menu(often with F2, F12, or the . key).
- Go into your “power management” settings tab.
- Find the “AC Power Recovery” option(or something similiar), and change it to “On”.
- Restart your machine, it’s done.
It’s important to know that some motherboards don’t support this function. It’s most likely that your’s does, if it was made within the last eight years or so.
Applying Overclocks On Startup
If you’re overclocking, I recommend you do so with MSI’s “Afterburner” tool. It’s process is part of startup, and will apply your overclocks as your machine logs in. This has made overclocking incredibly easy, and automated for me.
It’s also important to note, that your miner will not be able to start mining, or apply overclocks automatically if you have a password set on the default user.
Opening The Mining Software On Startup
After starting back up, and applying overclocks after an outtage(if you have any), we’re definitely going to want the miner to start hashing again. Right? Duh.
I accomplished this by utilizing Windows “startup” folder. If you’re on any other operating system, you’ll have to either do some research, or find another way around it… Sorry.
- Hit your window’s key and type “run”.
- Enter “shell:startup”.
- Open up your root folder of your mining software.
- Right click your start file(usually ends in .bat, you should know which one…), and create a shortcut.
- Drag your shortcut file over to the “Startup” directory.
Now, whenever you start your machine it will begin hashing.
If you are overclocking, you must find the perfect balance between your core voltage, memory, and core clock. An imbalance in these may seem fine, however if something’s off, your machine will crash… Eventually. It’s best to make sure that your rig is running as stable as possible, and experiences the minimal amount of downtime. Get your overclock settings down, and you’ll never have to change them again.
“But, what if for some reason the mining software stops?”
This is what remote access is for. Your miner may stop hashing for other reasons, like an error with the mining software. There’s not much you can do to make fixing this automated, but your best bet would be to install a Remote Desktop Application. These are great! I enjoy using “Chrome Remote Desktop“, since it allows me to access my rig from other machines, and even my phone. All with the ease of my daily used Google login. The other similar alternative if you’re not a fan of chrome, is “TeamViewer“.
From here you can usually troubleshoot the issue and resolve it, from anywhere!
Setting your MOBO to turn your machine on after outage is a must, and thanks to the Window’s startup folder, we can open up our miner afterward too. It helps however, to have stable overclocks, and power coming from your wall.
There might be other issues that need your full attention to fix, however those can be done remotely.
The less time you need to spend bringing your rig online, the better for you, and your machine.
Sean Hannold · February 21, 2018 at 3:17 pm
Great advice. I live on the coast and power outages are at least once a week.