I have downloaded geth and ethminer, and started running a testnet with 2 nodes - 1 mining and the other not. Here's my (noobish) problems:

  1. If I submit a txn to my non-mining node, it won't get processed by the mining node even though both nodes are peers. Does it mean that only txns that are submitted to a mining node will be propagated to other mining nodes and get settled?

  2. I tried to hook up my ethminer (1.4.x) to one of the nodes and perform gpu mining, but it either crashes my nvidia card (with 2MB mem) or just mine with 0 H/s. thoughout the trial the node seemed to recognize that something is trying to mine for it (eth.mining == true and it says the next block is committed to be mined). Why does the ethminer instance keep producing 0 hashrate (I am actually ignoring the gpu crashing issue since it gets 0 H/s even with cpu mining)?

  • No, it's not normal if your second node is mining, but from your second point I understand that you can't mine. Can you clarify, is your second node mining successfully or not? Commented May 22, 2016 at 20:58
  • yes, second node can mine. I'm limited to mine with only 1 node by my DAG, which seems to disallow concurrent access by >1 nodes and I was fine with it until I discover that txns submitted to my 2nd non-mining node couldn't be settled. I restarted both nodes and switched to mine with the 2nd node, which mined and settled my resubmitted txn. That's how i conclude that only txns submitted to my mining node can be settled. Commented May 23, 2016 at 17:46
  • Did you figure out why it happend ? Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 17:22
  • haven't figured that out, and I sort of given up gpu mining and just play with cpu instead for point #2, and just live with the behavior described in point #1. Commented Jul 29, 2016 at 16:40

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Transactions may be dropped for reasons not related to mining. Make sure your transaction is propagated between nodes.

  • check out the logs,
  • check minimum gas price of the nodes (--gasprice option),
  • check gas price of the transaction,
  • check the nonce of the transaction.
  • In my case, i am quite positive that the txns never get propagated to other nodes as they never appear in the logs of the peer nodes Commented Jul 29, 2016 at 16:44

I have had a similar experience, after fiddling with some of the geth flags the non-mining node's transactions started getting distributed. I'm not sure about this and I know it sounds wierd, but try removing/adding --nodiscover?

  • tried but no luck.. Commented Jul 29, 2016 at 16:40
  • any update on this @coeniebeyers Commented May 11, 2020 at 11:31

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