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Here’s a quick step-by-step guide for newbies on how to mine ZCash on Nanopool

To mine Zcash you need is a PC/Mining RIG with a GPU (Nvidia/AMD) of 3GB memory. You'll also need a miner and a ZCash address to receive your mining reward. Check the list below and make sure your hardware/software meets the requirements:

PC/Mining Rig with at least 3GB of GPU memory each
Zcash mining requires minimum 3GB of GPU memory
Installed Windows/Linux OS
Make sure your Windows version is at least 7 and the OS, whether it's Windows or Linux is 64 bit
Minimum 4GB of system RAM
You don't need much of system RAM, however you should have 4GB minimum
Stable internet connection
Your internet speed doesn't need to be super fast, but it's crucial that the internet connection is constant (get off Wi-Fi if possible)
Valid email address  
It's not necessary to use your email, however, if you want to receive alerts form the pool when your miner goes offline, you'll need one
Mining software (Miner)
We will be using EWBF miner for Nvidia GPU and Claymore miner for AMD GPU
ZCash wallet address
To receive your rewards from the pool you'll need to obtain a ZCash address.

Since Zcash is ASIC supported, the difficulty is pretty high and you have to have a powerful mining RIG (PC with a number of GPU) in order to make some profit. Otherwise, it wouldn't worth the effort and you'd need to pay for your electricity bill more than you make. If you have an ASIC, see how to connect it to the pool HERE .

Unfortunately, we don't give any recommendations on what hardware to buy or which one is more profitable (search the mining forums to choose a hardware), therefore we’re going to assume you’re already running Windows/Linux on your RIG and the hardware you have meets the requirements.

Step 1: Get Your GPU Drivers Installed

Double check the drivers are installed in advance or if you installed them previously you can skip this step. 

  • For Nvidia drivers, click here and enter your GPU info then click “Start Search”. Download the current driver version from the results. 
  • For AMD GPUs, go here and choose "Support & Drivers". Enter your GPU info and click "Display results" then click the download button for your current driver. 

Once downloaded, install the drivers like you normally would (next, next, OK, etc.) and reboot your RIG. You see your GPU’s are recognized correctly if you go into Device Manager (search in Windows search bar) and if you don’t see any warning marks on your GPU’s you're good to go to the next step. 

Step 2: Obtain a ZCash Wallet Address 

There's a number of exchanges you can get a ZCash address at, however some exchanges don't allow deposits from pools or don't allow very small deposits, so double check with the site before mining directly to an exchange address. There's also a list of ZCash wallets. But if you don't want to wait while the whole blockchain downloads to your PC, feel free to register at an exchange/web-wallet to obtain a ZCash address.

Bear in mind, storing your funds at an exchange/web-wallet is always associated with a risk 

Step 3: Apply some Tweaks to Windows before mining

First of you don't want your miner to be interrupt while mining if your RIG goes to sleep. You don't want to your RIG to be automatically rebutted either, which may occur if Windows updates. 

  • Go to your Windows Power Settings and set it to Never sleep 

  • Head to Control Panel/Administrative Tools/ Services. Scroll down to Windows Update and turn it off 

  • If you're running Windows Defender/Antivirus make sure to add an exception to it so that it doesn't flag your miner as a virus

Step 4: Download and Set up a Miner

For Nvidia GPU

  • Depending on the OS you have, download EWBF miner for Windows or Linux 

  • Extract the miner to any folder you like and navigate to it

  • Locate and edit "start.bat" file for Windows and "start.sh" file for Linux OS with any notepad app

No matter you use Windows or Linux, once you open the file, you will see the following string:

--server zec-eu1.nanopool.org --user YOUR_ADDRESS.YOUR_WORKER_NAME/YOUR_EMAIL --pass z --port 6666

You have to replace "YOUR_ADDRESS" line with your ZCash address, "YOUR_WORKER_NAME" with a short and simple name for your RIG (like MyRig) and replace "YOUR_EMAIL" with your email address to receive alerts from the pool when your RIG goes offline, otherwise, replace it with a passphrase to access the account settings. 

IMPORTANT: Make sure not to delete "/" that are separating your address, your worker name and the email.

Don't change anything else in the file, otherwise if you misconfigure it, the miner might not be able to mine. Once done, save and close the file.

For AMD GPU

  • Depending on the OS you have, download Claymore miner for Windows or Linux 

  • Extract the miner to any folder you like and navigate to it

  • Locate and edit "config.txt" with any notepad app

No matter you use Windows or Linux, once you open the file, look up for the following string:

-zpool ssl://zec-eu1.nanopool.org:6633
-zwal YOUR_ZEC_ADDRESS.YOUR_WORKER/YOUR_EMAIL
-zpsw z
-ftime 1

You have to replace "YOUR_ZEC_ADDRESS" with your own ZCash address, "YOUR_WORKER_NAME" with a short and simple name for your RIG (like MyRig) and replace "YOUR_EMAIL" with your email address to receive alerts for the pool when your RIG goes offline, otherwise, replace it with a passphrase to access the account settings. 

IMPORTANT: Make sure not to delete "." "/" symbols that are separating your address, your worker name and the email. 

Based on your current location, you can set another Nanopool's server that is closer to you (US servers if you're in the US, Asian servers if you're in Asia etc). See servers list in the Pool Info section.

Don't change anything else in the file, otherwise if you misconfigure it, the miner might not be able to mine. Once done, save and close the file.

Step 5: Start the Miner

Start your miner by double-clicking the "start.bat" file on Windows and "start.sh" on Linux. Your miner will start, run the commands to set those environment variables and start hashing away. After a while, you'll be able to find your account on the pool.

Step 6: Find your Account on Nanopool

Remember there's no registration on the pool. You just need to start mining and your account will automatically show up. However, allow some time as our system needs about 30 minutes to add your account to the pool's database since your miner submitted it's first share. So please, be patient and come back to Nanopool in a while, there's Address  filed on the right top in which you need to fill your Zcash address in. Once filled, hit enter, you'll be redirected to your Nanopool account page. 

Congrats! You have joined Nanopool. Spend some time to familiarize yourself with Nanopool and its features; you'll like the interface.

Step 7: Make sure Your Mining goes Smoothly

Let your RIG to mine for at least 6 hours (or even 12) then come back to check your account statistic on the pool. You just need to compare your 6-hour Average hashrate (Nanopool estimates avg hashrate by shares sent from you rigs) with the Last Reported hashrate (it's what your miner tells to the pool your hashrate is) and the values need to be close (the closer the better), however, allow 10% discrepancy. And if your 6-hour Average hashrate is lower by more than 10% than the Reported one, then there must be an issue and you should contact our team to figure it out. 

Step 8: Predict your Profitability  

There's a number of major factors your income depends on and the most obvious, easily identifiable and broad numbers that affect your mining profit are:

1. Difficulty increase
 The more users join the network to mine Zcash, the harder it's to find a block.
2. Pool luck factor
Cryptocurrency mining is extremely luck based in its nature and when the pool finds fewer blocks than it should with its hashrate on average, it's unlucky, but when it finds more blocks, the pool is lucky. And since our pool's payout scheme is PPLNS (you get paid after the pool finds a block), your estimated reward may decrease in both cases, if the difficulty increases and the pool gets unlucky.
3. Hashrate constancy
Your reward is also affected by your hashrate constancy. The more your hashrate fluctuates (network/hardware issues) the less your reward may be.

Keep in mind, none of mining calculators are able to properly forecast the future, as they don't simply take into account all possible variables, as a result this is almost near impossible to accurately predict uncertain inputs.

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