GAW Miners Falcon Setup Instructions And User Manual
A few weeks ago I posted some pictures of the unboxing of a brand new GAW Miners Falcon scrypt asic miner. While it looked like it was ready to go right out of the box, the one thing that wasn’t included with the GAW Miners Falcon was an instruction manual.
The first thing that you will need to do in order to setup your GAW Miners Falcon on a Windows 7 machine is to connect it to a power supply. All of the pictures on that I have seen seem to have power cables coming out from the rear of the GAW Miners Falcon, but mine did not.
If your GAW Miners Falcon was like mine and lacking any power cables coming out the back you will have to unscrew the lid to get to the power connectors. Opening the lid also allows you to examine the unit to make sure everything is in order or if anything shifted during shipping.
From the picture above you’ll notice that there is space for you to put a power supply within the case itself if you want, but I ended up just keeping mine on the outside. You will need two 6-pin PCIe connectors to power your GAW Miners Falcon. If you have an 8-pin connector, DO NOT PLUG IN ALL 8 PINS. It has been mentioned many times on multiple forums that for some reason this will damage the asic mining hardware, so only connect 6 pins.
The next thing that you will need to setup your GAW Miners Falcon on a Windows 7 machine are the proper drivers. You will need to download the CP210x USB to UART Bridge VCP Drivers to your machine and install them in order to allow your computer to communicate with your GAW Miners Falcon.
After you have the power hooked up and the drivers installed, you will also need version of CG Miner compatible with the GAW Miners Falcon. The latest version updated on 02Jul2014 is CG Miner for Win V3.0. As an alternative, you can also use the BFG Miner Port For Zeus Miner as well.
Once you have downloaded the compatible version of CG Miner, extract/unzip the contents of the zip file and create a batch file to run the command for CG Miner. Here is an example of what the command in the batch file should look like. (Change the pool address, username, and password for your pool.)
cgminer.exe -o stratum+tcp://usa-1.liteguardian.com:3335 -u aaaa.256 -p x --chips-count 128 --ltc-clk 328 -S //./COM4
Also, keep in mind that the communications port (-S //./COM4) may vary for each machine. To find out which communications port to use, you will have to plugin your GAW Miners Falcon to your machine using the USB cable.
Once the GAW Miners Falcon is connected to your machine using the USB cable, you should see a popup window that shows the device has been connected. To find out which communications port it has been assigned to, you will have to go to Device Manager -> Ports. (To get to the Device Manager, right click on Computer and select ‘Manage’.)
Change your batch file based on the communications port that your GAW Miners Falcon has been assigned to. You should now be able to run your batch file and your GAW Miners Falcon should be up and running.
The last thing to point out is that you can experiment with the clock speed setting as well (–ltc-clk 328). 328 is a good starting point, but it seems like the general consensus on the forums is that anything under 10% hardware errors is acceptable.
Here is the original ZeusMiner Manual from their official website. Even though this manual is not from GAW Miners, the general consensus is that the asic chips used in the mining hardware are identical. The ZeusMiner Manual also provides a good starting point for figuring out how to setup the GAW Miners Falcon scrypt asic miner.
Here is the original article showing pictures of the unboxing of the GAW Miners Falcon.
Here is a video showing how to setup your GAW Miners Falcon: