How to enable zombie mode mining on lolMiner?

Since ETH is slowly approaching 4GB DAG size and ETC already exceeded it, 4GB GPUs have troubles mining these two coins. ETC is planning a fork at block 11,700,000, which will decrease the DAG size, but since this is scheduled for the end of November, you might wonder what to do in the meantime. You can find DAG sizes of different Ethash coins and forks on our DAG size calculator and calendar.

Developer of lolMiner introduced a zombie mode, which will help 4GB GPUs mine Ethereum for a few more weeks, however, with reduced hashrate.

Zombie mode will work on Linux and Windows, but the performance has shown to be best at Linux.

How to test it?

To test it, you can run the following configuration on Linux and Windows. Unfortunately, benchmark option is not available through minerstat configuration yet, but you can test it outside minerstat.

lolMiner on Linux

--benchmark ETHASH --benchepoch 385 --keepfree 5

lolMiner on Windows

--benchmark ETHASH --benchepoch 385 --keepfree 56

If the miner boots up, then your --keepfree parameter value is suitable or a little bit too high - but it works. You can also try to adjust --keepfree parameter to make it right. LolMiner developer suggests to decrease it for 8 Mbytes - in Linux from 5 to 0 and in Windows from 56 to 48.

If it doesn't boot up, then your --keepfree parameter value was too low, and you will need to increase it by 8. Keep doing it until, your mining client boots up.

How to use it?

When you find the perfect value for your --keepfree parameter, you can add it to your lolMiner configuration and start mining.

{ "MINERSTAT" : { "DEVICES" : "AUTO", "APIPORT" : 3333, "ALGO" : "ETHASH", "KEEPFREE": 5, "POOLS" : [ {"POOL" : "(POOL:ETH)⁣", "PORT" : "(AUTO)⁣", "USER" : "(WALLET:ETH)⁣.(WORKER)⁣", "PASS" : "x"} ] } }

Expected hashrate

The expected hashrates for Windows and Linux for RX 580 4GB in zombie mode are the following.

Epoch Linux Windows
29th Dec 2020
24.71 MH/s
16.60 MH/s
18th Jan 2021
16.62 MH/s
10.73 MH/s
7th Feb 2021
10.75 MH/s
6.81 MH/s
28th Feb 2021
6.83 MH/s
4.41 MH/s

The estimated dates are changing all the time and are getting closer to real date as time passes. You can find current dates in our DAG size calculator and calendar.

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