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March 03, 2012, 11:07:55 PM
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Ever since i've been using bitcoin, the block chain has been downloading at an excrucuatingly slow pace [about 1 block per 5 seconds]. I used to think that it was beacuase of my abbysal download speed [it used to go at about 100 kbps] but now that i have a 1mbps connection, the block download is still going rather slow [it doesn't help that i'm at block 149696.]

Any suggestions on how to speed it up, or why is this happening?

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March 04, 2012, 02:07:43 AM
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Ever since i've been using bitcoin, the block chain has been downloading at an excrucuatingly slow pace [about 1 block per 5 seconds]. I used to think that it was beacuase of my abbysal download speed [it used to go at about 100 kbps] but now that i have a 1mbps connection, the block download is still going rather slow [it doesn't help that i'm at block 149696.]

Any suggestions on how to speed it up, or why is this happening?

Using windows vista 86 bits

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March 04, 2012, 06:55:31 AM
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Blockchain always downloads slow for me
download them from this and use -rescan if non clear wallet
http://pro2host.com/cryptocoin/

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March 04, 2012, 04:51:05 PM
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http://eu1.bitcoincharts.com/blockchain/
You can download a daily blockchain snapshot to speed up the process a lot.
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March 04, 2012, 05:40:50 PM
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The slow part is not downloading the blockchain, it's verifying it and building a transaction index for it (the blkindex.dat file).

You can download a premade blockchain + index, but that implies a certain amount of trust in the supplier of the files, as they are not verified as thoroughly that way.

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