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January 09, 2013, 03:01:55 PM
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Hi,

Does your computer have to be "online" when receiving payments?

And does your wallet have to be running when receiving payments/donations?


I'd like to seek help from a bitcoin professional.


Many thanks!!!
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January 09, 2013, 03:14:07 PM
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Not at all. Hence the ability to have a paper wallet or other offline addresses to use as a type of secure savings account.
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January 09, 2013, 04:26:19 PM
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You need to be online only for sending them, not for receiving.

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January 09, 2013, 04:40:15 PM
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No.

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January 09, 2013, 04:54:20 PM
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Does your computer have to be "online" when receiving payments?

As far as I know, the computer only has to be online when sending payments.
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January 09, 2013, 05:44:54 PM
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Does your computer have to be "online" when receiving payments?
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And does your wallet have to be running when receiving payments/donations?
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I'd like to seek help from a bitcoin professional.
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January 09, 2013, 10:34:08 PM
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Nope, transactions that have happened since will sync up again eventually.

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January 19, 2013, 05:56:34 PM
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Thanks for all the replies; this really helped.

Oh, and does anyone know why it takes so long to sync? This is my 3rd day and syncing isnt over yet.. maybe there's something wrong with my pc?
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January 19, 2013, 06:51:02 PM
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Oh, and does anyone know why it takes so long to sync? This is my 3rd day and syncing isnt over yet.. maybe there's something wrong with my pc?
That's because you don't know what "sync" means, it means it's downloading the whole blockchain, wich yes, takes days. The standard client isn't exactly meant to be used by normal people.

Please use a lightweight client like MultiBit https://multibit.org/ or Electrum, they don't need the blockchain.

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January 19, 2013, 09:08:37 PM
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Ok im downloading the client now (n00b)


Well, after all these, i dont consider myself "normal" anymore
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January 19, 2013, 11:11:31 PM
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There are plenty of normal people who happily use the reference client (Bitcoin-QT), but certainly there have been more user friendly "light" clients created that can get you up and running faster.  Electrum and Multibit are both good choices.

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January 20, 2013, 04:19:41 PM
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Thanks a lot for that danny; i appreciate the assistance Smiley
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January 20, 2013, 04:58:03 PM
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The new qt-client with the new database will be much faster at getting the blockchain.

This said, a lightweight client is instantly ready, and also have a much much much better interface

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January 20, 2013, 09:17:28 PM
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Hi,

Does your computer have to be "online" when receiving payments?

Payments are "received" when someone sends coins to your bitcoin address.  The transfer occurs in the blockchain, which continues to accumulate transfers whether you're computer is on or not.  The "miners" keep the blockchain alive so you don't need to.
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January 20, 2013, 10:01:50 PM
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Your wallet stores the crypto keys used to unlock the bitcoins you have "stored" in the blockchain.  The wallet doesn't need to be running to receive bitcoins, but if you loose it you won't be able to use your bitcoins.
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