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Mining LOKI on Windows 10 with AMD RX Cards

How-to Guide for Mining LOKI

Quick rundown on how to mine a new crypto named LOKI or LOK as some of you may know it as.  I mine it with both NVidia and AMD series cards.  This guide will walk you through mining it with AMD RX Series cards

The mining software will throw errors with your AV program.  You will need to whitelist the files when they are downloaded, or disable Realtime Protection..  Personally, I only use Windows Defender on my mining rigs, so I can keep the costs down, plus it is easy to wipe and reinstall the OS if need be.

For Windows Defender, you will need to open the program up, and disable Realtime Protection

If you are using Chrome as your Browser, you will also need to allow the download there as well.  To do this:

Open up Chrome

In your address bar type in chrome://settings and press Enter

Scroll to the bottom and select Advanced

De-Select “Protect your device from dangerous sites” 

Now you can download the software

Open up another chrome tab and download XMR-STAK to your Windows 10 computer from here:

Once you have it downloaded, go ahead and unzip the file to your Desktop

Navigate to the unpacked files

Double click on xmr-stak and Run the file

You will need to insert a port for monitoring the progress.  I use port 30131 and press Enter

Next type in cryptonight_heavy and press Enter

For the pool address, I use  press Enter

Your username will be your wallet address, for example


Your password will be your worker name.  For example mine is Miner6

Your Rig Identifier can be empty, so just press Enter

Input N for TLS and press Enter

Insert N for Nicehash and press Enter

Input N for multiple pools and press Enter

Select Yes when prompted

and your miner will begin!

Now you can use the ipaddress:port/h of your miner to keep an eye on it’s progress from anywhere in the network.  For example, navigate to

Once you are mining, you can open up the amd file in the same directory as your xmr-stak executable.  Within the amd file, you will be able to modify your settings.  I have found that changing the intensity setting and also the worksize will yield the most results.  Each series of card can act differently, so spend some time, and fine tune these settings.  It will be worth the time invested.

Happy Mining!

Burning the Ubuntu Server 16.04.04 ISO onto a USB

Step One – Prepare the OS Installation Media

Below you will find the default way in which I use a Windows 10 Computer, Etcher, and a USB Drive, to create and install Ubuntu Server 16.04.04 onto a mining rig.  Once you have that ISO flashed onto a USB drive, you can go from mining rig to mining rig, installing the Operating System.  So this really is step one in the entire process.  This guide will in turn become the starting point for each linux based coin/token/masternode that we will gather.  Shoot me any questions you have.

From your Windows 10 machine, Download and install the Bittorrent Client:


Then download the Official Ubuntu Server 16.04.04 (x64) Release:

Finally, Download and Install Etcher (this will write your ISO to the USB Drive)

Once the Ubuntu software has been downloaded, insert a USB drive to write the Operating System Installer to

Make sure this USB drive has nothing else on it.   Everything will be erased

To write Ubuntu to the USB drive:

Open Etcher

Click Select Image

Navigate to where you downloaded the Ubuntu ISO (it is probably located in your Downloads folder)

Select the ubuntu-16.04.4-server-amd64 image and click Open

Click Select Drive

Select the USB drive

Click Continue

Click Flash

Select Continue to Flash the drive

It should take a few minutes for Ubuntu Server to be written to the USB drive

When it has completed flashing the USB drive you can click the X at the top right corner to close the window

Now, you are ready to begin the installation.  So, insert it into a USB 3.0 port on your mining rig, and turn the rig on


My Setup – Ubuntu Mining Rig with NVidia 1080Ti cards

Rig Parts Breakdown and Driver Installation for the NVidia 1080 TI GPUs on Ubuntu 16.04.04

I have several rigs running at any given time. Below you will find the equipment list for my NVidia 1080 TI Rigs, and also the installation instructions on getting the Drivers working under Ubuntu 16.04.04

Rack to Install the Hardware On.  I usually put two full rigs onto one single rack.  It saves space and I end up stacking mine (QTY 1): Seville Classics 3-Tier UltraZinc Cabinet Organizer, 7.5″ W x 17.5″ D x 18.5″ H

These steps will help you install the drivers.  It assumes that you have the hardware connected and Ubuntu Server 16.04 already installed.

Log into your Rig

Open a Terminal

sudo bash

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

apt-get install gcc libglu1-mesa libxi-dev libxmu-dev libglu1-mesa-dev screen

lspci | grep -i nvidia

Check to see if all gpus are listed

apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

mkdir /miner && mkdir /miner/drivers/ &&  mkdir /miner/drivers/nvidia && cd /miner/drivers/nvidia

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa && sudo apt update 


chmod +x cuda_9.1.85_387.26_linux

mv cuda_9.1.85_387.26_linux

apt-get purge nvidia*

screen sh

Answer “yes” for installing the nvidia-drivers, the cuda tools and the symbolic link.

nano /etc/

put only one line:

Save the file and exit

Then run


In the next step you will want to change tacticalware to the name of your home directory

cd /home/tacticalware/ && nano .bashrc

add this to the end:
# add cuda tools to command path
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/cuda-9.1/lib64:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
export PATH=/usr/local/cuda-9.1/bin:$PATH

Save the file and exit

systemctl disable lightdm.service


Log back in and check to ensure all of your GPUs are still accessible


That’s it.  Your GPUs are setup and ready to mine!

Hardware that I use:
Motherboard (QTY 1):

CPU (QTY 1):

Memory (QTY 1):

Hard Drive (QTY 1):

Risers (QTY 6):

Power Supplies (QTY 2):

Add2PSU (QTY 1):

GPUs (QTY 6):

Power Switch (QTY 1):