How to mine Vidulum (VDL)
If you are new to mining this is not a comprehensive guide. I will show you the basics to get you up and running Vidulum. Mining this coin requires 4 components:
- Graphics card (gpu) capable of mining
- Wallet to generate a mining address and store your coins
- Mining software
- Mining pool
A graphics card is a must and there generally two manufacturers, Nvidia and AMD. The pros and cons of each card is outside the scope of this article. I use Nvidia graphic cards to mine Vidulum.
Vidulum’s wallet is the best, I use the web wallet which is available in browser or through the google play store. There is also a desktop wallet you can download from Vidulum.app, either are excellent choices. One of the advantages of using the Vidulum web wallet is its v-staking feature. Once you accrue 100 or more coins you start earing free Vidulum! Point your browser to: https://wallet.vidulum.app/#/
Register for an account, two factor authentication (21FA) is not necessary but recommended for added security. You should always keep your passwords in a safe place.
When registering if you see a red circle next to the input line then you have not entered supported information. Hover over the question mark (?) for further direction.
Once in the wallet you will see all the coins supported. Choose the Vidulum icon and it will take you to wallet page for this coin.
There are several actions that can be initiated from here but we are looking for a VDL wallet address. At this time, I would have a notepad document up or somewhere you can store your data. Since the batch files we will be working with later are simple text files I use notepad. You will have a wallet address already generated. Copy and paste this into notepad.
Now that you have a wallet address you need mining software. I use Gminer to mine Vidulum. There is other mining software that will mine this algorithm, play with them to find out which one works best for you. Search for Gminer github:
Download and install the latest miner for your operating system.
Your computer may see mining software as a virus. I create a new folder, go into security, then exclude that folder from Windows Defender. I name my folder after the miner and version number, gminer2.06 shown here. Mining software updates on a regular basis and it’s good to track what version you’re using.
We will come back to this folder later and configure your miner.
Now that we have the mining software, we will go find a pool to mine on. There are many pools to choose from, at this time there are over 10 pools actively mining Vidulum. I have found the mining pool operators very helpful in getting you started. I use EquiHub to mine Vidulum. The operator is great and quick to help. https://equihub.pro/
This will take you to their Vidulum page. This page has information about the number of miners, coins mined per hour, blocks mined and instructions on mining VDL. This page has a connect selection that has a sample batch (.bat) file we will use to configure our miner. EquiHub has selections for three miners. Copy the sample configuration shown below and paste it in the notepad document you created earlier that has your wallet address in it. Here is a gminer sample:
miner.exe --server eu.equihub.pro --port 7032 --user WALLET.WORKERNAME --pass anything (not x) --algo 192_7 --pers EquivPoW –pec
Now that we have a mining pool go back to the folder you have your miner in. There is not a pre-configured batch file for Vidulum so we will create one. We will just rename a batch file already in the folder.
Right click any .bat file, rename and save it. I name it after the coin_miner_version to keep things organized.
Right click and edit your renamed batch file. Delete the current contents then cut and paste the string listed above that you stored in notepad. The copied configuration is now shown in the edited batch file. Now copy and paste your Vidulum wallet address where it says WALLET.workername.
It’s optional to put in a worker name and I put a pause comment one line below. The pause ensures that if your miner does not run properly it will pause so you can read the error message. In the EquiHub batch files you will need to put a password in, I use my miner name (–pass darkdleggs).
Save the newly configured batch file. I right click the batch file, create a short cut then drag and drop it onto my desk top. Double click the icon and you will be mining Vidulum! You can check on your miner at the mining pool. It usually takes an hour or two but the coins will start showing up in your Vidulum wallet! You can now go back to EquiHub, paste your wallet address and track your miner.