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June 14, 2011, 04:41:07 AM
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I sent a bunch of bitcoins to the computer on my other wallet and they haven't transferred to the other computer yet.  HOWEVER, they have been deducted.  What do I do to get them back or cancel the transaction?

FWIW, I've saved the key string.  PLEASE HELP!
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June 14, 2011, 04:41:52 AM
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Double click the transaction.  How many nodes has it been broadcast through?

Does it say 0/unconfirmed or something else?

Does the target computer have all the blocks downloaded?

Companies claiming they got hacked and lost your coins sounds like fraud so perfect it could be called fashionable.  I never believe them.  If I ever experience the misfortune of a real intrusion, I declare I have been honest about the way I have managed the keys in Casascius Coins.  I maintain no ability to recover or reproduce the keys, not even under limitless duress or total intrusion.  Remember that trusting strangers with your coins without any recourse is, as a matter of principle, not a best practice.  Don't keep coins online. Use paper wallets instead.
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June 14, 2011, 04:42:15 AM
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Try putting it in the microwave...

...or...

...be patient. Has it been x hours?
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June 14, 2011, 04:51:13 AM
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It says 4/unconfirmed.

Recipient computer shows 0 connections 60,000 blocks (approx) and 0 transactions.
Can you lose these things for good?
That would suck ... I went pretty heavy
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June 14, 2011, 04:54:51 AM
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You need to finish downloading the block chain. Please read how the Bitcoin works in the FAQ.

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June 14, 2011, 05:15:48 AM
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It says 4/unconfirmed.

Recipient computer shows 0 connections 60,000 blocks (approx) and 0 transactions.
Can you lose these things for good?
That would suck ... I went pretty heavy

0 connections...there is your problem.

Block count needs to be at least 130665 for your transaction to show (current as of this posting)

The transaction looks safe, the receiving computer doesn't need to be on or connected for the transaction to go through.  It went through when it was confirmed by a miner.  For maximum safety, generate one or two new addresses in the receiving side, then backup wallet.dat from your AppData\Bitcoin directory onto a USB flash drive.

Companies claiming they got hacked and lost your coins sounds like fraud so perfect it could be called fashionable.  I never believe them.  If I ever experience the misfortune of a real intrusion, I declare I have been honest about the way I have managed the keys in Casascius Coins.  I maintain no ability to recover or reproduce the keys, not even under limitless duress or total intrusion.  Remember that trusting strangers with your coins without any recourse is, as a matter of principle, not a best practice.  Don't keep coins online. Use paper wallets instead.
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June 14, 2011, 05:33:50 AM
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Thanks, fella!  Good info.

My other computer's connection went down, but it is catching up - now up to about 90,000.  Sorry to bother you but will it show up in the other account when the block count gets up to 131,000 or so?
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June 14, 2011, 01:12:13 PM
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For what it's worth, one of the moderators closed a similar thread, but the subject was different.  It stated:

"Can I reverse a transaction before it is confirmed?"

The answer is no, you cannot reverse a transaction.  You signed the coins over.  You cannot "unsign" them.
However, if the transaction is never confirmed you could "double spend" the coins by signing them again and sending to someone else.

However, whichever transaction is confirmed and put into the block chain will invalidate the other transaction entirely.

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