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Bitmain’s new payment system is broken for LTC/L3+ miner. Support just say wait

UPDATE: Bitmain did eventually respond and fix mine and others orders but it took 8 days without any response in between.

Quite a few people have recently purchased L3+ miners using LTC. (Previous orders using BTC have worked fine). Bitmain are taking the money but not updating the order status.

Their support is not responding to tickets apart from just saying please wait longer (it’s been 4 days for me)

The problem is the orders expire in 1 hours and they are don’t appear to either be updating the orders for the limited batch or refunding people their payments.

There are also reusing payment addresses which will make working out who payed for what very hard as you will have customer payments to the same address.

Have a look down at the comments here and here

You can see the payment wallet address reuse here

The final wallet is here (probably BitMain but it looks like it goes through a mixing service so it might not be)

Rebuilding FFmpeg with NVENC and AAC on Ubuntu

This mini guide will show you how to rebuild the exact version of FFmpeg that comes with your version of Ubuntu and just add support for NVidia GPU encoding via the NVENC API and ACC via libfdk_aac.


# Download and unzip the NVIDIA Video Codec SDK from https://developer.nvidia.com/nvidia-video-codec-sdk
wget https://developer.nvidia.com/video-sdk-601
unzip nvidia_video_sdk_6.0.1.zip

# Copy the headers files from the SDK so FFmpeg can find them
sudo cp nvidia_video_sdk_6.0.1/Samples/common/inc/*.h /usr/local/include/

# Make sure "Source code" is enabled in System Settings... -> Software & Updates
# Download the build dependencies for FFmpeg
sudo apt-get build-dep ffmpeg

# Install libfdk_aac
sudo apt-get install libfdk-aac-dev

# Download the source for the exact version of FFmpeg you already have installed (not as root)
apt-get source ffmpeg

# Go into the ffmpeg source you just downloaded
cd ffmpeg-2.8.6

# Find out the exact command the ffmpeg was originally built with
ffmpeg -buildconf

# Copy the single line "configuration:" and pass it to ".configure" but add "--enable-nonfree --enable-nvenc --enable-libfdk-aac" on the end
# Mine looks like this:
./configure --prefix=/usr --extra-version=1ubuntu2 --build-suffix=-ffmpeg --toolchain=hardened --libdir=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu --incdir=/usr/include/x86_64-linux-gnu --cc=cc --cxx=g++ --enable-gpl --enable-shared --disable-stripping --disable-decoder=libopenjpeg --disable-decoder=libschroedinger --enable-avresample --enable-avisynth --enable-gnutls --enable-ladspa --enable-libass --enable-libbluray --enable-libbs2b --enable-libcaca --enable-libcdio --enable-libflite --enable-libfontconfig --enable-libfreetype --enable-libfribidi --enable-libgme --enable-libgsm --enable-libmodplug --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libopenjpeg --enable-libopus --enable-libpulse --enable-librtmp --enable-libschroedinger --enable-libshine --enable-libsnappy --enable-libsoxr --enable-libspeex --enable-libssh --enable-libtheora --enable-libtwolame --enable-libvorbis --enable-libvpx --enable-libwavpack --enable-libwebp --enable-libx265 --enable-libxvid --enable-libzvbi --enable-openal --enable-opengl --enable-x11grab --enable-libdc1394 --enable-libiec61883 --enable-libzmq --enable-frei0r --enable-libx264 --enable-libopencv --enable-nonfree --enable-nvenc --enable-libfdk-aac

# Now build it
make

# And finally install it over the original
sudo make install

Linking Nvidia GPU temperature with a motherboard PWM fan in Linux

So I have a closed loop water cooler on my GPU and I replaced the stock single speed fan with two Noctua PWM fans (doing push/pull) connected to my motherboard. Even though the fans can be seen by lm_sensors and fancontrol the Nvidia GPU does not appear as it’s proprietary driver.

I knew nvidia-settings could be used to query the temperature (and the pump speed if you care) so I wrote a script to tie it all together:

#!/usr/bin/env bash
set -e

# This is the path to the PWM controlled fan (use lm_sensors/fancontrol to help you identify this)
fan=/sys/class/hwmon/hwmon1/pwm1
# Read https://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/hwmon/ for your PWM chip to find the correct values (I have a nct6792)
automatic=5
manual=1
# Temperature at which to run fan at 100% speed
max=80

# Re-enable automatic fan control on exit
trap "echo ${automatic} > ${fan}_enable; exit" SIGHUP SIGINT SIGTERM ERR EXIT

# Enable manual fan control
echo ${manual} > ${fan}_enable

function temperature() {
        nvidia-settings -q [gpu:0]/gpucoretemp -t
}

function fan_speed() {
        echo Setting FAN Speed to $1%
        echo $(((($1 * 255)) / 100)) > ${fan}
}

while true; do
        temp=`temperature`
        echo GPU Temperature: $temp

        if [ "$temp" -ge "$max" ] ; then
                fan_speed 100
        else
                fan_speed $(($temp + ((100 - $max))))
        fi

        sleep 1
done

Then make the script sudoable without password and run on login. Now my fans run at 600rpm at idle and go up to 1100rpm when running a GPU burn in tool.