Hey guys, I need some help. I have a faster laptop which I use for personal and daily use. I also have a much slower desktop computer from back in the day that I wiped and use solely for minting Peercoin, NuShares and BlockShares. I don’t touch this computer except to update the clients and leave it running 24/7.
This older computer has been sufficient running these clients for a while now, but unfortunately I’ve been running into problems over the last month. The B&C and Peercoin client work fine. My main issue is with the Nu client. It takes hours to start up and even longer to update the blockchain. When I go to switch to the NuShares tab, the entire client freezes and says it’s not responding. Sometimes it recovers and sometimes it doesn’t. If it doesn’t then I have to wait for it to restart all over again. Another problem I’ve been having is that I’ll finally get the client running, unlocked for minting and the blockchain completely updated, but then when I check on how it’s doing a couple days later I notice that the blockchain is a couple days behind, like it stopped downloading for some reason. The spinning wheel is there in the bottom right corner, but I don’t think it’s actually downloading anything, like it got stuck, or is at least downloading too slow.
I realize that the devs are working on a new client version to help use less resources and speed things up, but since the network is currently under stress because of the demand for new NuBits, I figured I should be more proactive in getting my minting power added back to the network as soon as possible. I decided that I’d like to purchase a new laptop solely for minting to replace the old desktop that I use. I’m hoping that will help solve some of my issues due to the increased speed, memory, etc…
I have about $400 to burn and was thinking about taking a ride up to Best Buy later today to look for something. The problem is that I don’t know that much about computer specifications, so I thought I’d ask here for feedback. Again, the only thing this laptop will be used for is minting 24/7, not playing games or using the internet, except to download new versions of the clients. Because of this, I figure it doesn’t have to be an expensive laptop, but I’d at least like to have the required specs to simultaneously run a lot more clients in case we expand into even more DAOs/DACs over the next couple years. Can anybody suggest what type of specs I should be looking at to meet this goal?
Another question is the operating system I should install on it. I have been using Windows 7 for minting without any problems, however I expect any new laptop I purchase to come pre-installed with Windows 10. I currently use this OS for my personal computer and I like it, but I’m concerned about using it for minting coins and shares. For one it’s still a brand new OS, so anything could go wrong. Second, Windows 10 is a lot more connected to Microsoft than previous versions. I don’t want the possibility of things I type such as my wallet unlock passwords to somehow make their way into being stored on their servers, where it can be abused. I hear you can disable Microsoft’s data collection somehow, but I would still be hesitant to use it. I know some people will suggest buying a Raspberry Pi for minting, but it’s currently too complicated for me and I’d rather have the actual clients installed on my computer so I can take advantage of the GUI and all its features. Some will also probably suggest Linux as a safer OS, but I honestly have no experience with this at all. Older versions of Windows like XP and 7 have worked fine for me so far as long as I don’t use the computer for anything else except for minting. What do you think of buying a new computer and just wiping it and installing Windows 7 on it like I’ve had for the last year? Does anyone else share my concerns about Windows 10? Does anyone actually use it for minting?
Anyway, thanks for any help.