New Zcash Nvidia Mining Pendrive OS

Free Linux Pendrive OS that boots and mines Zcash. No need to install any software. Up to 16 Nvidia GPUs. No user registration. Free Download (1.5 GB) at


your OS contain virus or trojans ?

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No virus or trojans.

The live pendrive boot can be used on a machine without hard disk. So you can
test without risking your computer data.

In addition the system can be inspected without booting by mounting the .iso
file as follows
mount -o loop zminer-banet-1.9.iso /mnt/disk

You will find stock ubuntu desktop 16.04, plus nvidia driver 384, ewbf miner,
eth claymore dual miner.

This doesn’t have persistence so you need to configure everything every time you boot it? Who would this be useful to compared to other mining distros?

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You have to burn the pendrive with Universal USB Installer
It adds the persistence file automatically

How to create persistence with dd?

I am not sure directly with dd. But from ubuntu you can use the app mkusb mkusb - Community Help Wiki

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I managed to create a .img file. That can be burned with rufus or dd. Persistence is created automatically. I am uploading it now. The new file is zminer-banet-v34.img.gz

Thanks, Ubuntu 17.04 is going EOL soon so I’ve been looking for a replacement.

I downloaded zminer-banet-v34.img but it contains a single FAT32 partition?

Disk zminer-banet-v34.img: 3.8 GiB, 4007657472 bytes, 7827456 sectors                                                                                                                                                
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x3a3c9936

Device                Boot Start     End Sectors  Size Id Type
zminer-banet-v34.img1 *     8064 7827455 7819392  3.7G  b W95 FAT32

Right a single fat32. After install it has automatic persistence.
Burn it with windows using rufus.

  • To burn the pendrive with dd on MacOS

Identify the disk (not partition) of your USB flash drive e.g. disk3:

banet@macbookpro ~ $ diskutil list
Unmount your USB flash drive:

banet@macbookpro ~ $ diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk3
Copy the image to your USB flash drive:

banet@macbookpro ~ $ sudo dd bs=1m if=zminerd-banet-v34.img of=/dev/rdisk3

banet@banet-zcash-miner:~$ nvidia-settings
The program 'nvidia-settings' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing
sudo apt install nvidia-settings 

banet@banet-zcash-miner:~$ sudo apt install nvidia-settings
Reading package lists... Done      
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
nvidia-settings is already the newest version (361.42-0ubuntu1).

banet@banet-zcash-miner:~$ dpkg -L nvidia-settings 

banet@banet-zcash-miner:~$ ls -la /usr/bin/nvidia-settings
ls: cannot access '/usr/bin/nvidia-settings': No such file or director

is this on purpose as part of the PRO “Individual GPU Overclocking Control” feature?

Yes. Although I will include it again in the free version v35. PRO will have extra features and tech support for managing mining farms.

Some suggestions:

No password sudo

Add pci=noaer to GRUB

Create and enable a service to generate xorg.conf on boot.

Description=Generate xorg.conf
ExecStart=/usr/bin/nvidia-xconfig -a --cool-bits=28 --allow-empty-initial-configuration


Coolbits 1 and 2 are unnessasary.
1 (bit 0) - Enables overclocking of older (pre-Fermi) cores on the Clock Frequencies page in nvidia-settings.
2 (bit 1) - When this bit is set, the driver will “attempt to initialize SLI when using GPUs with different amounts of video memory”.

Thanks! Will add it.

Version 35 is ready to download

Switched 2 of my rigs to this. Used ansible-playbook for bootstrapping. Now I need to compile ccminer against CUDA 7.5.

Great. Good to see new users!

Been stable so I switched 2 more rigs over. Tried installing Nvidia 387 to try miner compiled against CUDA 9 but ran out of space mid install and wouldn’t boot anymore. Had a feeling something like this might happen so I prepared another drive as backup.

How about an AMD version. I only have one nvida card the rest are AMD.