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September 29, 2011, 03:03:08 PM

Problem with my bitcoin wallet after 11 year old sticky fingers messed with it.

I had only 5.8 bit coins in the wallet but he managed to send payment for 6.21 bit coins for a world of Warcraft game code or something. It never sent the coins (didn't have enough) but it is still showing a 0/unconfirmed since the 25th of September.

Today I decided to just make a new wallet and transfer the balance. Its been over 4 hours and still sitting at 0/unconfirmed. The new wallet is not showing any transactions and the block values keep rising (so its connected).
I have 8 connections and the block values are not changing when I close my old wallet(damaged one) its connected. Any ideas how to fix this? seems like the transaction that my son is stalling everything. I would just  buy the game code but the code is no longer 6.21 bit coins it went up to over 7.7 bitcoins

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September 29, 2011, 08:43:11 PM

The new wallet is not showing any transactions and the block values keep rising (so its connected).

Is this "new wallet" on the same computer?  Please describe with a little more detail.  So that the advice is specific to your exact situation, you might consider providing the Bitcoin addresses of these transactions.

For a new installation, until the client has downloaded all the blocks needed, it will not show new transactions.

Any ideas how to fix this?

What you are describing can happen when the same wallet is copied and run from two separate computers.  When that happens, in certain instances an invalid transaction can be made and invalid transactions will not confirm and be left showing permanently as 0/unconfirmed.  Without performing surgery to the wallet, there is no way to get the "0/uncofirmed" to go away, so spending the wallet's balance and starting fresh is probably the best suggestion if that is what is happening.

Rather than depending on the client to tell you what transactions have been processed, consider using the BlockExplorer.  Once the transaction apears is in BlockExplorer, then you can know it was a valid transaction.

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