Here’s a quick step-by-step guide for newbies on how to mine PascalCoin on Nanopool
To mine Pascal coin you need is a PC with a CPU (Due to the fork, Pascal mining is heavily relies on CPU usage while the GPU sits idle). Although there's a miner you can mine Pascal with GPU, it most likely won't worth the effort. Instead, you can mine Pascal coin on a CPU + another coin on a GPU. You'll also need a miner and a Pascal receiving address to receive your mining reward. Check the list below and make sure your hardware/software meets the requirements:
|PC/Mining RIG with a CPU
||The CPU you're going to mine with should be x86-64
|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'll be using a miner that is called Nanominer
|Pascal payout address
||To receive your rewards from the pool you'll need to obtain an address.
IMPORTANT: Don't use a public key as your payout address, otherwise, you won't receive your reward
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: Obtain a Pascal Wallet Address
Pascal coin is different and its wallet works differently too. In order to receive and store your reward on the wallet, you have to have a PASA (pascal account) which can be obtained in several ways: 1. You can get a PASA at the official Pascal web-site or you can request us for a fee PASA, however keep in mind that it takes a while. So if you cannot wait, this case is not for you. You can also obtain a Pascal address at an exchange and mine 20 coins to receive a PASA from the pool. Once you get a PASA from Nanopool, you can switch to mine directly to your Pascal coin wallet. In either case you will need to download Pascal coin wallet to generate your public key.
- To get a PASA at the official Pascal website, download the wallet first, generate your public key and follow the instruction on the website (currently not working)
- To request us for a free PASA, just email us your public key at: [email protected] (it takes up to 14 business days to process such requests)
- If you decided to go the third way, register at an exchange to obtain a Pascal address and download the wallet to generate a public key to set it in your Nanopool account settings
To generate a public key, please download the wallet first and head over to: 'Project→PrivateKeys', choose the key and click Export Public Key button.
NOTE: By setting your public key into the Nanopool account settings (it's when your account has appeared), you'll be able to receive 1 PASA for every 20 coins you mine. The PASA goes along with the next payout after 20 coins are paid. If you're mining to an exchange address, you can set your public key in too. It's not necessary to switch to Pascal coin wallet when you get your first PASA from the pool, but you can do so.
Bear in mind, storing your funds at an exchange/web-wallet is always associated with a risk.
Step 2: 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 (not necessary for Nanominer)
Step 3: Download and Set up a Miner
There are various of miners out there to choose from that are not covered here as we are doing to use our own miner called Nanominer in which our team put a lot of time and effort to make it simple to use and efficient to mine, so you should not have any trouble with it.
Depending on your OS, download Nanominer for Windows or Linux
Extract the miner to any folder you like and navigate to it
Locate and edit "config.ini" file with any notepad app
- And fill the following in the file if you have a PASA:
[RandomHash] wallet = 787878 paymentId = 0 algorithm = RandomHash
Then fill your PASA next to the "wallet" line, which is pretty much enough to start mining. And If you obtained a Pascal address at an exchange, your address will look a bit differently. Example:
[RandomHash] wallet = 866446 paymentId = 7qw17er1717abc17 algorithm = RandomHash
You can also specify a name for your RIG and your email address to receive alerts from the pool when your RIG goes offline (your email will also be your password to access the account settings).
Add "rigName = MyRIG" line under the wallet to indicate your RIG name
Add "rig1 email = [email protected]" line to indicate your email/passphrase
NOTE: Nanominer will connect to the pool's default server, and It might be not the best choice for you as there's latency and you want the server you connect to to be as closer to your location as possible. Therefore, by adding the follower parameter at the bottom of your Nanominer's config.ini file, you can be sure that Nanominer will pick the server that has the lowest ping time from your location and your network latency will not affect your mining as the pool and the miner will communicate at the highest speed possible.
"sortPools=true" this will enable automatic pool's servers sorting based on their ping speed
Full configuration example with an Exchange address:
wallet = 866446 paymentId = 7qw17er1717abc17 algorithm = RandomHash coin = Pascal rigName = Goodboy email = [email protected] sortPools=true
Full configuration example with a Pascal Coin Wallet address:
wallet=7878787 paymentId = 0 algorithm=RandomHash coin=Pascal rigName=Goodboy [email protected] sortPools=true
If you don't want to receive alerts form the pool when your worker (RIG) goes offline, you can just use a passphrase instead of an email address to access the account settings. Once done, save the file and jump down to the next step.
TIP: Since Pascal mining is performed on a CPU, you can use your GPU (If you have it and it meets requirements) to mine another coin within Nanominer at the same time. Please look up for dual mining setup examples in the Nanominer's README file.
Step 4: Start the Miner
Start the miner by running the nanominer file. Nanominer will start, run the commands to set those environment variables, initialize each of your CPUs and start hashing away. After a while, you'll be able to find your account on the pool.
Step 5: 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 Pascal 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 the pool and its features; you'll like the interface.
Step 6: 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-hours 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-hours 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 7: 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 Pascal, 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.