FPGA Mining on Windows

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Using windows setup means you’re going to use 🔥whitefire990's bitstream or 🎅🏼dedmaroz's bitstream on your FPGA.
For starters, you will need to install these applications in order to run Whitefire’s bitstream/miner.

1️⃣ Install the FTDI D2XX drivers

2️⃣ Install Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable

3️⃣ Install Vivado Lab Edition or Use NextJTAG by NDS

Vivado Instructions

NextJTAG instruction

In order to use NextJTAG, you’ll need to buy the licenses for each one of FPGA boards you have. So if you have 5 boards then you’ll need to purchase 5 NextJTAG license. You can buy the license at 🛒FPGA Guide Shop.

4️⃣ Fix Mouse Problem

This is a common problem you find while running whitefire's bitstream. The mouse cursor might move randomly on its own. Here's the instruction on how to solve this:

  1. Click on the Windows start button
  2. In the search box, type in: regedit and press the enter key on your keyboard
  3. The Registry editor windows will open
  4. Navigate to the registry key named: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sermouse
  5. On the right hand side of the registry editor window you should find subkey named: start
  6. Double click on the start subkey and modify the value of the key to: 4 and click the OK button to return to the registry editor window Note: setting the "start" subkey value to 4 will disable windows from looking for serial mice at startup
  7. Exit the regitstry editor window & Restart Windows.

5️⃣ Sleep Settings

Of course you want to mine for 24/7. Don't forget to turn off the sleep settings. This is how on Windows 10:

  1. Go to Power & sleep settings
  2. Set When plugged in, turn off after to Never
  3. Then click Additional Power Settings
  4. Click Change plan settings of your selected plan
  5. Click Change advanced power settings
  6. Make sure Hard disk -> Turn off hard disk after is 0 minutes

Now, you’re done! You can choose any 🔥whitefire990's bitstream or 🎅🏼dedmaroz's bitstream you want to run and start mining!
All credits are refer to Zetheron and NDS. We compiled this information so it’s more understandable for the community. We will add more information in the future.

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