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March 10, 2012, 06:24:08 PM
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I'm running Bitcoin version 0.52 and every time I enter my Wallet passphrase, the wallet crashes. This happens whether I try to send btc or change the passphrase. This is usually not accompanied with an error message. Is there any way I can fix this, or is there someone I can send my wallet.dat to take a look at it?
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March 10, 2012, 07:38:59 PM
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I'm running Bitcoin version 0.52 and every time I enter my Wallet passphrase, the wallet crashes. This happens whether I try to send btc or change the passphrase. This is usually not accompanied with an error message. Is there any way I can fix this, or is there someone I can send my wallet.dat to take a look at it?

Windows, Mac or Linux?  (and version.  e.g., Windows 7 Home)

(This matters as the troubleshooting steps might be different)

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March 10, 2012, 10:52:48 PM
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I have Windows XP
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March 11, 2012, 12:54:16 AM
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or is there someone I can send my wallet.dat to take a look at it?

Of course, in doing so you are trusting the person that you send it to with your bitcoins in the wallet so keep that in mind.

It is possible the problem is not with the wallet.dat but with some other file.

Firstly, make sure you have a back up of your wallet.dat

To determine if the problem is with the wallet or somewhere else, do you have another computer that you can put bitcoin 0.52 on and copy your wallet there?   Or else you could on your current system clear out the data, and reinstall the client, restore the wallet.dat file and see if the problem persists.  A recent blockchain copy is available here: http://eu1.bitcoincharts.com/blockchain/  (though know that there is a risk to using a blockchain obtained from third-party source)

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March 11, 2012, 01:41:46 AM
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I tried that already. I saw someone had a similar problem on github but the issue was unresolved. As far as sending my wallet.dat file, I only have a few bitcoins so I'm willing to take the risk.
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March 11, 2012, 11:43:04 AM
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I tried that already. I saw someone had a similar problem on github but the issue was unresolved. As far as sending my wallet.dat file, I only have a few bitcoins so I'm willing to take the risk.

If you wanted to try, you could try pywallet to dump the keys.    The latest version will work against encrypted wallets:
 - https://github.com/joric/pywallet

 $ python pywallet.py --dumpwallet -password=xxxxxxxxxxx

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March 12, 2012, 01:18:34 AM
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Thanks. I'm definitely no computer expert but I think I'll try to figure it out.
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