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How to Mine ZCash (ZEC) - Step by Step Guide

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In this guide I go through the process, start to finish, of how to setup and mine ZCash (ZEC). I use an NVIDIA GPU for this example. ZCash Website - https://z.cash ZCash Wallet Download - https://www.zcashcommunity.com/wallets Nanopool Mining Pool - https://nanopool.org/ Nanopool ZEC Pool - https://zec.nanopool.org/ Nanopool ZEC Miner Help Page - https://zec.nanopool.org/help If you are getting the message about the daemon taking to long to respond, do the following. Go to C:\users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Zcash and edit zcash.conf at the end of the file add the following line disabledeprecation=1.0.12 and save the file and try again. If you are getting another error let me know and I'll try to help you get up and running. https://www.reddit.com/r/zec/comments/7uncpo/zcash4win_is_out_of_date_once_again_work_around/?st=jd7v3wah&sh=a2641e3e Donations are appreciated! Below are my crypto wallet addresses. ZCash - t1PzX7tdHgLJUdBn4GsjAarf3LyTtNFqnET Ethereum - 0xde4af79c3e28304398aa0fc6df6f53c94f7a8f08 Bitcoin - 143VTmTenTw3Cb8juYgqbm1jKhXfa3MysD Music by Hydrogen Factory - http://www.hyfac.com/
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Jobe (1 year ago)
If you are getting the message about the daemon taking to long to respond, do the following. Go to C:\users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Zcash and edit zcash.conf at the end of the file add the following line disabledeprecation=1.0.12 and save the file and try again. If you are getting another error let me know and I'll try to help you get up and running. https://www.reddit.com/r/zec/comments/7uncpo/zcash4win_is_out_of_date_once_again_work_around/?st=jd7v3wah&sh=a2641e3e
M Maruf (1 year ago)
dear jobe i was using zcash4win after watching your video. it was working fine suddenly from last night it has stoped working and the "daemon taking too long" is showing. the disabledeprecation=1.0.12 line was already there when i installed it. i checked the debugg file in C:\users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Zcash . it is showing that it has shut down after getting an error of "Error opening block database" . can you help me?
Jobe (1 year ago)
so on Nanopool if you click on the payments tab on the bottom have you received any payments yet? Nanopool will not send your coins to your wallet until your balance hits the minimum payout amount. I can't remember what the default is but you can always change the minimum payout by clicking the Settings button on Nanopool.
PIRVU MARIO (1 year ago)
its a miracol just done it corectley this time .. but the wallet is not uppdated with the balance that is on the nanopool , haw can i do that thank you
Jobe (1 year ago)
So you are unable to right click the zcash.conf file and open it with notepad? You will want to make sure you are trying to open the correct file, if you do not see your file extensions you will want to click the view tab at the top and check the box that says "file name extensions" then you will see a zcash.conf, right click it and select Open, then if it asks for what program to use select notepad.
Joe Chow (9 days ago)
Thanks for the great video. May I have an idea how long does it take to mine 1 ZEC with a general gaming PC?
Aaron Bob (5 months ago)
PLEASE help, my cmd says when i try to run it, that miner is not a recognised comman????
enjoy land (7 months ago)
no show my wallet adrss plz help \ Account t1XAJvYKwDwQsB26f9QcpnAVCTuk76TvyoZ not found Remember: to add your account to the database you should find at least one share
best recommended (7 months ago)
I'm looking for my address on the site He writes that the account does not exist that need to be added / shared And'when I'm trying to join is giving just an option for AMD
Robert S (1 year ago)
Do you plan on doing other videos because this one is right on the money?
Jobe (1 year ago)
lol thanks Robert! I will look into this and see what I can come up with :D
Robert S (1 year ago)
I should ask about a zcash node with redhat/linux ubantu and how many zcash needed for stake/pow. Sorry about my limited knowledge but thats why I am asking because your videos are easy to follow and you don't talk like you've drank 5 Redbull & a line of coke,lol Thanks
Robert S (1 year ago)
Maybe how to setup a node, masternode. I know the change to WinZec wallet and have DLed the blockchain for zcash but can we monetize this after we mine zcash to it or am I thinking about something else?
Jobe (1 year ago)
Yeah I plan on making more, any particular video you would like to see?
Goto M (1 year ago)
Strange that you say it an be installed for Windows, but the site says that only Linux can be used, and has to have particular PC requirements (that this spare PC is over-qualified for). Already got a lot older trying to figure out this pyramid scheme.
KYGamer (1 year ago)
go to the claymore miner config file and change intensity, default is 6, changed mine to 8..
Jobe (1 year ago)
I'll check this out, thanks!
M P (1 year ago)
Great video!
Jobe (1 year ago)
Thank you!
John Ployhar (1 year ago)
Great vid. Wish i had this 6 months ago! I still need info on sending out zec to the Destination address. Help!
Jobe (1 year ago)
Thanks! Are you trying to send ZEC to your wallet from nanopool or are you trying to send ZEC to another ZEC wallet or to somewhere you can turn it into bitcoin or usd?
Andrew Gru (1 year ago)
Why do all crypto mining programs shoe up as viruses
Jobe (1 year ago)
Mainly because hackers and other bad actors install miners in malware and viruses on peoples computers without their knowledge. You are downloading and using the software legitimately but your antivirus can't tell a difference, in it's eyes it just sees a signature for a miner and flags it as it thinks it was installed on your system without your knowledge.
HippieWithA Gun (1 year ago)
How long does it take for the Zcash wallet to synchronize?
Jobe (1 year ago)
Depending on your internet connection it could takes a few hours or up to a day or two. The blockchain is currently 11.72GB in size.
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vincent baak (1 year ago)
nice video only when i start i will get a errror cudart64-80.dll cann't find
vincent baak (1 year ago)
hey thanks it's working now
Jobe (1 year ago)
Thanks Vincent. You may want to try reinstalling your NVIDIA drivers. Try installing the particular driver package for your specific card instead of using Geforce Experience. The NVIDIA driver download page is linked here, good luck https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx
KYGamer (1 year ago)
dont use zcash4win.. it wont open after you get a payout from mining..
KYGamer (1 year ago)
I'll bookmark it and check into it.. I'll be waiting for your video on it..
Jobe (1 year ago)
Awesome glad to hear it, also when it comes time if you are looking for a good service to transfer your zcash to say ethereum or bitcoin to an exchange like coinbase, check out https://info.shapeshift.io I am planning on making a video to show the process as soon as I get some time.
KYGamer (1 year ago)
ok after it sat for some time i recieved the payout and showing in my wallet.... Thank you..
KYGamer (1 year ago)
ok, that got it open, but now i have zero balance in the wallet, but i show a payout on the public record.
Jobe (1 year ago)
If you are getting the message about the daemon taking to long to respond, do the following. Go to C:\users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Zcash and edit zcash.conf at the end of the file add the following line disabledeprecation=1.0.12 and save the file and try again. If you are getting another error let me know and I'll try to help you get up and running. https://www.reddit.com/r/zec/comments/7uncpo/zcash4win_is_out_of_date_once_again_work_around/?st=jd7v3wah&sh=a2641e3e
AjQ #xrpthestandard (1 year ago)
Great video, one issue I am having is in the zecash file it only says start, not start bat. And quickly flashes and disappears the moment I hit start. Any ideas?
Jobe (1 year ago)
w00t! No prob :D
AjQ #xrpthestandard (1 year ago)
FINALLY? Miner is working, thanks so much!
Jobe (1 year ago)
That's the problem, there should be a file in there called miner.exe. This is the executable file that the start file targets. I bet your antivirus has quarantined the file. My advice is to add an exception in your antivirus/malware software to exclude the folder these files are in. You will also probably either need to remove the file from quarantine or redownload the miner once you have the exclusion created.
AjQ #xrpthestandard (1 year ago)
miner.cfg
Jobe (1 year ago)
lol no prob, one thing you might check is if your antivirus has quarantined your miner. Do you have a file called miner or miner.exe in the same folder as your start file?
Venkateshwara J (1 year ago)
very detailed video for beginners...thanks for upload bro....this is venkat from INDIA.....
Jobe (1 year ago)
Thanks Venkat!
RIPOFF65 (1 year ago)
Can show how to remove the zcash client fully.Iv uninstalled it and when reinstalled it has my same account info,NOT good. why? starts using an Nvidia card but when looks up account I get the AMD GPU workers that are no longer in PC
Jobe (1 year ago)
The claymore miner for zcash is for AMD only but it may have been updated since I last looked at it. Are you using AMD cards or NVIDIA? If you are using nanopool here is their help page that lists all their miners and how to configure them https://zec.nanopool.org/help
RIPOFF65 (1 year ago)
claymore
Jobe (1 year ago)
What miner are you using? Claymore, Excavator, EWBF, ZM, other?
RIPOFF65 (1 year ago)
That worked,Also I see "make sure you define GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100,I do that how and where?
Jobe (1 year ago)
The ZCash clients wallet and blockchain information is stored in a folder in AppData. You will need to delete after uninstalling to fully remove the program. The folder you want to delete is located at C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Zcash
Its not working for me. The zcash wallet is showing "the demon is taking longer than expected to start".
Jobe (1 year ago)
You may try uninstalling, restarting and reinstalling. I found a reddit forum describing the issue you are having, there are a few things to try here. Let me know how it goes. https://www.reddit.com/r/zec/comments/7jl19n/zcash4win_wallet_not_starting_giving_me_daemon_is/?st=jd4rdym9&sh=1beee39f
Filip Petreski (1 year ago)
It can't recognize my adress on nanopool ! Why?
Jobe (1 year ago)
You won't be able to see your address on nanopool until you solve your first share, should appear within the hour.
MrVashsword (1 year ago)
Does anyone know how to make McAfee ignore it because it hates it and won't let me run it
humberto wilkins (1 year ago)
MrVashsword uninstalled it
Jobe (1 year ago)
If not you can always try to use a different miner, check out nanopools list here (https://zec.nanopool.org/help) Miners downloads are the on the page, if you cant get ewbf to work you can always try excavator. If it doesnt work you can try using zm's dstm miner (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2021765.0) there are other miners out there as well.
Jobe (1 year ago)
Here is an article on how to add file/folder exceptions for mcafee, hope it works! https://itstillworks.com/add-exceptions-mcafee-29665.html
Phrest (1 year ago)
This guide is absolutely phenomenal, thank you so much for this.
EDUARDO CASTELLUCCI (1 year ago)
Hi. Thanks for teaching how to do. I have a problem with try to download "Download EWBF's ZCash Miner " buy does't work. Y try Chrome, Firefox an Edge and the same problem. Help me please.
Jobe (1 year ago)
Anytime Eduardo, good luck to you!
EDUARDO CASTELLUCCI (1 year ago)
You are a monster. Thanks>>>>>
Jobe (1 year ago)
Thanks Eduardo! I bet your browser is blocking the download of the file. If using Chrome, try going to the menu by clicking the 3 dots in the top right corner and select Downloads. Does it show the file in this list? If so does it give you an option to keep dangerous file? The miner is safe so you can allow it without fear. If you want to try another miner, you can try Excavator at https://github.com/nanopool/excavator/releases/download/v1.1.0a/excavator_v1.1.0a_Win64.zip which is listed on the Nanopool Help page for Zcash. Let me know how it goes!
Khaled Ameur (1 year ago)
Thanks Jobe for your great explanation. But I have got a problem during the download of the proving key. an Error window pops up telling there is a reset of connection. Do you have any idea about it?
Jobe (1 year ago)
Hey Khaled Ameur, thanks! The proving key is almost 900MB in size so the download time depends on your connection speed. If you have a slower internet connection it may take a while to complete. If you think it has gone longer than it should to download 900MB you might consider manually downloading the proving key and putting it into the ZcashParams folder. To do this you will first want to stop the wallet, make sure the process is closed (restart computer is the best for sure way if you are not comfortable with task manager). Then you will want to download the ZCash Proving key at https://z.cash/downloads/sprout-proving.key and the ZCash Verifying Key at https://z.cash/downloads/sprout-verifying.key and store both of these files in your C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\ZcashParams folder. Both of these files are trustworthy as they are hosted on the z.cash server as you can see in the URL. Then start the wallet up and hopefully it comes right up! Good luck and let me know how it goes :D
scarecrowOmicron (1 year ago)
This is awesome! Please make more videos with other cryptocurrencies. Also, Im really glad that music only lasted a few seconds.
scarecrowOmicron (1 year ago)
Sounds great. I'm looking forward to the next videos. I'm sure I'll be following you as I get involved in mining.
Jobe (1 year ago)
Thanks scarecrowOmicron. I'm working on some new videos as we speak. I've gotten some feedback on the music, I am going to omit it from my next videos. Thanks again!
Mark Mamola (1 year ago)
great video, when i make it big with zec ill be sure to send some your way!
Jobe (1 year ago)
Good luck Mark, if you have any questions give me a shout!
solipsistic lemur (1 year ago)
Looking forward to more! Have been interested in this kinda thing but have yet to take the leap.

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