GAW Miners Black Widow Setup Instructions And User Manual –
The GAW Miners Black Widow is a scrypt ASIC miner that can be used to mine scrypt based crypto-currencies such as Litecoin and other Alt-coins. The GAW Miners Black Widow is part of GAW Miners “Generation A” line of scrypt ASIC miners which also includes the Fury, Falcon, and War Machine. What many GAW Miners customers realize after purchasing and receiving their Black Widow is that the unit includes everything needed to start mining EXCEPT an instruction manual. This will article will cover how to go about setting up your GAW Miners Black Widow on a Windows 7 machine.
The first thing that you will need to do to setup your GAW Miners Black Widow on a Windows 7 machine is connect it to a power supply. On the back of the unit you will see that there are two connectors available to connect your GAW Miners Black Widow. Plug in both connectors using 6-pin PCIe connectors. If you have an 8-pin connector, DO NOT PLUG IN ALL 8 PINS! It has been mentioned multiple times that plugging in all 8-pins can damage the hardware.
After you have the power cables plugged in you will need to install the proper drivers. You will need to install the CP210x USB to UART Bridge VCP Drivers to allow your Windows machine to communicate with your GAW Miners Black Widow.
Once you have the drivers installed you will need to install mining software onto your machine. There are a handful of options out there, but I have personally tried the “modified” versions of both CGMiner and BFGMiner and they both seem to work well. When I say “modified” I mean that the original versions of software have been modified to work with ASIC hardware produced by Zeus Integrated Systems Limited. Although this is never explicitly written anywhere, the general understanding in most crypto-currency forums is that Zeus Integrated Systems Limited provides the chips used in GAW Miners Generation A Miners. CGMiner for Win V3.0 is the latest version of the “modified” CGMiner that was released on 02Jul2014. Alternatively, if you are interested in trying the BFG Miner Port for ZeusMiner, visit my other article here.
Assuming you have downloaded the compatible version of CGMiner, you just have to extract the zip file, set up your configuration and run it. The easiest way to run it is by creating a batch file. I gave an example of the command to put into your batch file below, but you should change the pool address, username, and password accordingly.
cgminer.exe -o stratum+tcp://usa-1.liteguardian.com:3335 -u aaaa.256 -p x --chips-count 64 --ltc-clk 328 -S //./COM4
The other thing that I need to point out is that the communications port (-S //./COM4) may be different for every machine. To find out which communications port your GAW Miners Black Widow is connected to, plug in your machine using the USB cable provided. After the device is plugged in, you should see a popup window telling you that the device has been connected. You will then have to go to your Device Manager to find out which port it has been connected to. To get to the Device Manager, right click on Computer and select “Manage”. From there, select “Ports” to see which port it is connected to.
Once you find the correct port, modify your batch file and you should be good to go. The default clock setting I provided above is 328, but you can experiment with this to see if you can get a higher hashing rate. Generally speaking, anything below 10% hardware errors should be considered acceptable.
Here is the original ZeusMiner Manual from their official site.
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