I'm going to try and shorten this take out what is good.
1. Resolved I'm running correct bitcoin version 3.23
This link isn't working for me and I can't find it on the Wiki http://www.bitcoin.org
I know jedi the designer but sometimes he's very slow responding to my emails, so if someone has a good valid, safe link would be nice.
3. How do I know I'm connected to the bitcoin network?
Bitcoin is not firewalled, I'm generating, only 1-2 connections, but my blocks do not change?
You know you're connected, because you have connections. If you don't have any connections, you're not connected. You really should have more than 2, not sure why that's all you're seeing, could be a firewall issue, check here:https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/FAQ#Do_I_need_to_configure_my_firewall_to_run_bitcoin?
This is all gargon to me, I'm running win 7 which is new to me over the last month. Can't figure out how and if bitcoin is being blocked. I can tell you I hit allow bitcoin when it gave me the option after I loaded it. Confirming if my IP is blocking on the sending side could be the issue. A little more basic explanation would be nice if possible.
4. How long does it take the addnode to catch up on blocks?
A. How do I know the addnode thing is working?
It can take several hours to get the entire blockchain. You should fire up your client and then go to bed, in the morning you should hopefully have the entire blockchain downloaded.
Did this and it did not help, my bitcoin screen is sitting on 1000 blocks and not changing. I know that wallet has a lot more blocks but it's not changing. I do have the same wallet on 2 computers and both those computers are actively mining 24/7.
5. Why can't I get my BC client to receive coins without doing addnodes or something else?
Not sure. However, in order to "receive" coins, you have to have downloaded the block from the blockchain that includes your transaction. This is only necessary to actually see a balance in your client. You can receive coins to an address without being online or having the client running, but to use the coins received, you'll need to have a client that has access to your wallet.dat.
Yes, I figured that from reading everything I have read, however, it still does not resolve the matter that it seems my blockchain is not being generated. Why I don't know, can't figure it out. My addnode has been running for over 24 hours and my blockchain has not loaded on my computer. Yes I know I'm useing the right wallet.dat because it has the same receiving addresses as my original bitcoin file which held my balance.
Here if it helps I'm running my addnode
via cmd CTRL+Shift+Enter
gives me c:windows\system32
I type cd..
Gives me C:
I type cd\program files (x86)
Gives me C:program files (x86)bitcoin>
now the addnode I'm using is: bitcoin.exe -addnode=126.96.36.199 -addnode=188.8.131.52 -addnode=184.108.40.206 -addnode=220.127.116.11 -addnode=18.104.22.168 -addnode=22.214.171.124 -addnode=126.96.36.199 -addnode=188.8.131.52 -addnode=184.108.40.206 -addnode=127.0.0.1 -addnode=192.168.1.8 -addnode=192.168.1.5 -addnode=192.168.1.1
My computer just goes back to showing c:program files (x86)\bitoin> after hitting enter on last line of addnode
6. How come on one computer I see Generat bitcoin option but on other computers I don't have that option?
The ability to Generate Bitcoin was removed from the later versions of the client. I'm assuming not all of your computers are running the latest version of the client.
Weird but ok, reason it's odd is because both computers were built in the last month.
New ?6A: So how do I update my bitcoin version on other system without losing my wallet or coin? If I'm not connected I don't want to send it out and still lose the coin. I heard or read somewhere this happened to someone.
7. How do I know I have my computer on the right port?
Not sure what you mean about your computer being on the right port.
Most of your questions can be answered here: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/FAQ
I can't find crap on this wiki as for information I'm looking for not even in the FAQ, Yet port I'm referring to is when hitting option in bitcoin you have IP proxy and port:
?, That is what I meant by correct port.
Note: how is bitcoin interest supposed to peak if people such as myself are having all these issues. I know as bitcoin builds popularity I won't be the only one with this issue. There's got to be other people whom are ignorant on this matter.