We just released a new update for the Idle-Empire miner, v0.3.0. Upgrading to the new version will be mandatory in roughly 24 hours.
v0.3.0 only includes a new version of the XMR-Stak miner that we use. This version includes a new mining algorithm that will be used by the Monero network soon. Monero has a scheduled hardfork (update) on the 18th of October, which is in about 2 days. This update will require all miners to use a different mining algorithm. The old mining algorithm will be invalid and therefore, all mining software is required to be updated.
Please note that your old configuration files will not work with this new update. That means you can’t just copy your old config files and use them with the new miner. If you want to use customized CPU or GPU config files, you will need to start the new miner and default config files will be automatically generated for you. After that, you can open the config files and customize them. You can refer to our article CPU and GPU – Advanced Configuration for this purpose.
If the new miner does not start properly, please make sure that Visual Studio libraries are installed. You can download them directly from Microsoft.
What happens after the hardfork?
Mining profitability is expected to slightly increase as some miners will stop mining. This means that you might earn more points than before for a short amount of time.
You can download the new miner through this link.