Introduction: How to Make Money Using Your Computer
Have you ever wondered if there was a way you could put your computer to work to make some extra cash? Well guess what? Now there is a website that has made this possible for everybody with a computer that has a newer video card! In this guide we'll show a how to use the considerable computing power in your video card to make some extra money, even while you sleep.
There are just five simple steps to get started:
1. Update your video drivers
2. Register at http://www.compute4cash.com
3. Download the Compute4Cash client
4. Enter your account name in the configuration file
5. Run the program in the background and watch the money accrue
Step 1: Update Video Drivers
The Compute4Cash client requires some software components that only come with newer video driver packages so the first thing that we must do is update the video drivers. You can download the latest drivers at the links below and follow their installation instructions:
For ATI/AMD video cards: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx
For nVidia video cards: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
In order to use the Compute4Cash client you also need the latest VC++ package from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=a7b7a05e-6de6-4d3a-a423-37bf0912db84
After installing these packages you will need to restart your computer to finalize the installation.
Step 2: Download the Client
Visit http://www.compute4cash.com/index.php?downloads and download the Compute4Cash client. It is a very small download so it shouldn't take long. Once you have the zip file, extract it into any directory. This is a good time to look over the README.txt, then move on to the next step.
Step 3: Configure the Client
The Compute4Cash client has very little configuration and all that most people will need to do is change the account name. The account name specified in the Compute4Cash.ini file is the account that will be credited with the work your video card completes so it is very important to make sure it is correct!
Open the Compute4Cash.ini file with notepad and on the line that says "ACCOUNT=" remove the default value and replace it with the account name you created on the Compute4Cash website. Then save and close this file and move on to the next step.
Step 4: Run the Program
Now that the Compute4Cash client has been configured all that is left to do is run the program! Just double click the Compute4Cash.exe file and a console window will open to display the status of the program. It should report that it has found at least one OpenCL compatible GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) and then after a minute or so it should begin reporting the WU/hr rate for your hardware.
Now you can surf the web, walk the dog, go to work, sleep, and so on and as long as you keep this program running in the background you will be making money! The faster your video card the more money you will make. The Compute4Cash system pays each user based on how much work they complete (measured in Work Units), so the more WU you complete the more you get paid.
You can monitor your account balance by logging in at http://www.compute4cash.com, and once you've built up enough WU you can request a cashout and Compute4Cash will send your funds to the Paypal or Liberty Reserve account you specify.
That's all there is to it! You can throttle back the program using the configuration file if it is interfering too much with your normal activities, but the program seems to do a pretty good job of that itself. Enjoy!