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November 22, 2013, 10:24:47 PM
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Hi,
I downloaded a wallet and It's actually synchronizing
What is that ?
It takes a lot of time.

and the bitcoin I sent does not appear in the wallet.. is it because the synchronization is not finished ?

thank you..
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November 22, 2013, 10:29:44 PM
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The size of the blockchain is continuously growing, and the reference Bitcoin client requires a complete download of the entire transaction record to function as a wallet. Using a full Bitcoin client supports the operation of the Bitcoin network, but new users may find a “light” client or a web wallet a faster introduction to Bitcoin.
Depending on your network connection and CPU you are running, it may take over a day to download and verify all 12GB of blocks. If you sent bitcoins to an address you created in Bitcoin-Qt, they will be spendable when the download is complete.

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November 22, 2013, 10:31:29 PM
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is it because the synchronization is not finished ?
Yes, so stay calm  Smiley

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What is that ?
You installed the Bitcoin-QT client, it is a full node client, it means that it not only act as a wallet but it also download the FULL blockchain of bitcoin, wich means every transactions done and relay it to other nodes. The bitcoin network is a p2p one, so the full nodes relay all the transactions between them.

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It takes a lot of time
Yes, it is downloading more than 10GB of data and verifying them all.

Note that you do not need to have a full node, it is meant for people who want to run it constantly, having a full node when you use it only for 5minutes every some days is pointless. Get Multibit for example, much much quicker, for the same security

Oh and make sure you backup your wallet, have no virus on the pc and learnt about how to securely store your coins!
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November 22, 2013, 10:33:19 PM
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It took my HP laptop almost 3 days to sync. (270+ weeks?)
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November 22, 2013, 10:39:07 PM
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It took my HP laptop almost 3 days to sync. (270+ weeks?)

About the same, I guess laptop HDDs are very slow. I have 50Mbit internet connection so this should not be the issue...
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November 22, 2013, 10:39:59 PM
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ok thank you for your answers.
It's downloading 1 week at each 25 seconds approx..

so It gonna take something like 1h30 min Smiley

thanks !
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November 22, 2013, 10:41:16 PM
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You think so? Recent blocks are heavier and thus slower to get  Grin
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November 22, 2013, 10:50:09 PM
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I have the same problem too but seems like my sync is not progressing at all. dunno what to do..
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November 22, 2013, 11:05:37 PM
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You have to download all past tx, so it could take a week maybe... depends on your internet

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