For some reason the Windows client will not start generating (the Primecoin equivalent to Bitcoin's "hashing") until you run a command in the debug window. To do so:
- Go to Help.
- Click Debug Window.
This is the console where you will execute all commands to the Primecoin daemon.
Type this command to use all CPU cores:
If you want to use a specific number of cores, instead of -1, type the number of cores.
You can then type the following to see the status of generation.
Screenshot of the getmininginfo response, where "primepersec" is your generation rate: http://i.imgur.com/WfiagnJ.png
If you want to turn generation off you can use:
This allows you to keep the wallet running without generating to receive/send transactions, messages, etc.
You are now generating. Transactions will appear in the Overview window. When you get paid for generating it will appear as an incoming transaction.
Screenshot of incoming transactions: http://i.imgur.com/ogqc1Mv.png
To generate Primecoin under Linux, refer to the commands above or by using the Primecoin help command.
Backing up and Moving Primecoin
If you want to move Primecoin, install the Primecoin wallet software on the target computer and drop wallet.dat into the install folder. To backup your wallet, make a copy of the file wallet.dat.