(Bottom line: here’s a ready-to-go iso-image that’ll turn a 16GB USB stick into a self bootable linux-‘disk’ that’ll automatically run lukMiner – so you can run your Phi nodes without the need for buying disks or installing linux’es…)
With all the interest in the Asrock machines, one question that came up again and again is “if I do get one of those machines, what else will I need to mine on it” … after all, this machine has been stripped of many things including disks and memory, and even by Asrock is sometimes called a “barebone” – so maybe this question isn’t all that surprising.
Now “in theory”, the one single thing this machine was missing is a pair of harddisks, and, of course, a software install on those disks that will actually contain and run the miner. And sure, you can get such disks for $10 a pop on Newegg – but the software install can be a little bit more of a pain, in particular for those among us that aren’t enough of a Linux experts to do things like auto-starting the miner, etc (and even for those among us that have done all of that before, it still takes a lot of time to do all this).
As such, from the very beginning I had promised I’d look into coming up with something that would be a bit easier; possibly using a bootable USB stick that would automatically run the miner… Now when I first floated that idea I got lots of positive feedback (in fact, one user even offered to “buy” those sticks!); but it did take a while to make it work.
Anyway – today, without further ado, I present to you – ta-daa – the “lukStick” …. the best invention since sliced bread, a cure against all illnesses, and …. well, maybe not all that good, but hopefully still useful! In all seriousness: the “lukStick” is nothing but a ready-to-go Linux image for a 16GB USB stick; bootable, with the miner started automatically, and a separate dos/fat partition that contains the config file (for those users that are more comfortable with dos/windows machines 🙂 ). And no, you won’t have to pay for it – if you absolutely want to I will of course take donations, but you most certainly won’t have to ;-).
So, without further ado, here’s what you have to do
- get a bunch of 16 GB USB sticks (you can get them for $5 a pop on NewEgg; I took the Cruzer 16GBs)
- download the latest image from http://files.lukminer.com/lukStick-latest.iso.gz
- unzip the downloaded image
- take a USB stick and copy that .iso image onto it (I use ‘dd’ under linux, but there’s probably windows tools for that, too)
- Once the iso image is burned, take the USB stick out, and plug it back in; this should mount the fat partition that contains the “mine.sh” script. Edit that script to use your own pool, port, address, etc.
- Plug the stick into an Asrock KNL box, turn it on, done.
Of course, the same stick will also work in the Exxact boxes; however, you may have to take out the disks to make sure it actually boots from USB first (the Arock machines don’t have disks, so will boot from USB automatically).
The Stick has a complete Ubuntu 17 on it, so once it’s plugged in you won’t need any harddisk any more – meaning it’s all you’ll ever need to make the Asrock machines go. Also, the miner is preinstalled on that stick, and will get started automatically upon boot. Oh, and of course, there’s no reason whatsoever why this would/should be restricted to the Asrock machines, or even to only Phis … you can of course change the mine.sh script to also use the ‘cpu’ miner, and run that on any machine you want.