Hive OS In Detail
Recently, the mining community has seen a massive transition to the Hive OS (HiveOS) operational system, which has integral software for mining a variety of cryptocurrencies on all popular pools. Also, users are attracted by the well-thought-out HiveOS web interface, which makes regulation and administration of the performance of rigs and ASICs insanely convenient and simple processes.
The first version of Hive OS was launched in the fall of 2017, while being a little more complex in terms of settings than what we have today. The software distribution is available for free download, but you will need to pay for utilizing it in mining.
Basically, Hive OS is a functional system from the Linux family (on the basis of Ubuntu) developed specifically for use in cryptocurrency mining. It contains many software solutions that greatly simplify the procedure of setting up and managing the production of cryptocurrencies on popular GPU devices (farms and ASIC miners).
Thanks to HiveOS, there is no need to alternately connect video cards (those who mine on Windows know what it is about), download, install and update various mining software and drivers, as well as edit many bat files. This system supports NVIDIA and AMD graphics accelerators, is not demanding on the resources of the hardware used (2 GB of RAM is enough) and can work stably even with old AM2 / 774 sockets. At the same time, up to 19 graphical cards can be installed in one rig.
The list of tasks that can be performed on Hive OS is really impressive:
- Viewing equipment performance data;
- Setting energy consumption parameters;
- Overclocking video adapters;
- BIOS firmware (for AMD cards);
- Creation of a schedule for automatic activation/deactivation and reloading of rigs;
- Quick reconfiguration to mine other coins, etc.
All this is very convenient, especially when there is no way to physically be near the equipment in order to solve the problems that have arisen during the mining process.
Where to download HiveOS
It is recommended to download this operating system only from the links posted on the official HiveOS website in the “Install” section. Among all the options available, you need to choose an OS image suitable for the user’s equipment – for ASICs, GPU-rigs or AMD Vega video cards.
How to install Hive OS
The procedure is user-friendly:
- Unpack the image of the system.
- Record it to a flash-disk.
- Make the necessary settings in the files on the flash drive.
- Connect a USB-drive with Hive OS to the mining device/farm.
In fact, installation in the usual sense is not required: a ready-to-use system image is downloaded from the site, which must be written to a flash drive and then made several settings. Details of this process are presented later in the text.
Recording a HiveOS image to a flash-disk
After completing the necessary downloads, you need to unpack the archive with the HiveOS image using standard system tools and create an installation flash drive with it. Since the resulting file weighs 7.5 GB, to record it, you will need to connect a flash drive with at least 8 GB memory to any free USB port on your PC. Next, you need to launch the Etcher program (installation is not required, since the version is portable), click “Select image” and select the unpacked Hive OS image. And how can it be without the latest news in cryptocurrency ?
After that, the USB-drive connected to the computer will be automatically detected by the program and all that remains is to press the “Flash!” Button to write the Hive OS image to it. When Etcher informs about the end of the recording, the flash drive must be removed and reconnected to the PC so that it is re-identified in the system.