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September 30, 2014, 07:02:22 PM
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 Newbie question: Just installed Bitcoin Core 2 days ago. Start synchronizing the block chain since (24 hours x 2) on Macbook 10.9.3  So far, I got only "Processed 239569 blocks, last received block generated 1 year and 16 weeks ago". The last received block still changing but...
     Why it is painfully slow like this? Any tip to accelerate the speed of synchronizing ?

Thanks a bunch for any advise.
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September 30, 2014, 07:09:27 PM
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It depends of your internet speed as the QT has to download the data. I would suggest using electrum if you dont want to download everything.

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September 30, 2014, 07:12:53 PM
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Newbie question: Just installed Bitcoin Core 2 days ago. Start synchronizing the block chain since (24 hours x 2) on Macbook 10.9.3  So far, I got only "Processed 239569 blocks, last received block generated 1 year and 16 weeks ago". The last received block still changing but...
     Why it is painfully slow like this? Any tip to accelerate the speed of synchronizing ?

Thanks a bunch for any advise.

If you want to speed things up, follow the instructions at the bottom of https://bitcoin.org/en/download:
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If you know how to download a torrent file, you can speed up this process by putting bootstrap.dat (a previous copy of the block chain) in the Bitcoin Core data directory before starting the software.

You can get the torrent file for bootstrap.dat here: https://bitcoin.org/bin/blockchain/bootstrap.dat.torrent
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September 30, 2014, 07:21:33 PM
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I prefer an online wallet! No sync buuut you risk having your coins stolen if you aren't careful!

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September 30, 2014, 07:30:23 PM
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better download it separate ..! or use Multibit , electrum, armory .. or paper wallets.! Bitcoin QT will take ages to sync there was a member who was selling Pen Drives that has a copy.

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September 30, 2014, 07:42:44 PM
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better download it separate ..! or use Multibit , electrum, armory .. or paper wallets.! Bitcoin QT will take ages to sync there was a member who was selling Pen Drives that has a copy.

I have multibit and armory on my laptop and I have to say both are of an amazing standard, good enough for me Smiley
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September 30, 2014, 07:48:27 PM
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better download it separate ..! or use Multibit , electrum, armory .. or paper wallets.! Bitcoin QT will take ages to sync there was a member who was selling Pen Drives that has a copy.

I have multibit and armory on my laptop and I have to say both are of an amazing standard, good enough for me Smiley

I'm thinking to move to armory/multibit as well, fidn really annoying the syncing process every time there is an update.
What I would like to know is if there isany way to take my old btc addresses, the ones I created and used with my current BitcoinQT (on laptop) and Bitcoin Core (on desktop PC) wallets, aalong with me

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September 30, 2014, 08:50:36 PM
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get a lighter wallet like others mentioned. lol.

multibit also shows the dollar denomination.
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September 30, 2014, 09:17:40 PM
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Download old blocks from torrent. Jeff Garzik had a post about this, search and find it.
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September 30, 2014, 09:27:41 PM
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Download old blocks from torrent. Jeff Garzik had a post about this, search and find it.

Maybe read the thread before posting? Wink

Newbie question: Just installed Bitcoin Core 2 days ago. Start synchronizing the block chain since (24 hours x 2) on Macbook 10.9.3  So far, I got only "Processed 239569 blocks, last received block generated 1 year and 16 weeks ago". The last received block still changing but...
     Why it is painfully slow like this? Any tip to accelerate the speed of synchronizing ?

Thanks a bunch for any advise.

If you want to speed things up, follow the instructions at the bottom of https://bitcoin.org/en/download:
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If you know how to download a torrent file, you can speed up this process by putting bootstrap.dat (a previous copy of the block chain) in the Bitcoin Core data directory before starting the software.

You can get the torrent file for bootstrap.dat here: https://bitcoin.org/bin/blockchain/bootstrap.dat.torrent
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September 30, 2014, 09:33:14 PM
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But by downloading by torrents, there is always a change you have something different in your blockchain.

Only 100% sure way to get the complete and correct blockchain is wait the sync proccess end.

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September 30, 2014, 09:36:10 PM
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Yeah I saw your post later. Browser was opened and I wrote but I realize I didn't hit the post button. I was watching PSG - Barcelona game. Smiley
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September 30, 2014, 09:37:24 PM
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But by downloading by torrents, there is always a change you have something different in your blockchain.

Only 100% sure way to get the complete and correct blockchain is wait the sync proccess end.

Incorrect. This is a developer-made torrent. And anyway, Bitcoin Core doesn't just load the file, it verifies the entire thing like it was downloading it from other nodes.
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October 01, 2014, 02:20:30 PM
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Newbie question: Just installed Bitcoin Core 2 days ago. Start synchronizing the block chain since (24 hours x 2) on Macbook 10.9.3  So far, I got only "Processed 239569 blocks, last received block generated 1 year and 16 weeks ago". The last received block still changing but...
     Why it is painfully slow like this? Any tip to accelerate the speed of synchronizing ?

Thanks a bunch for any advise.

If you want to speed things up, follow the instructions at the bottom of https://bitcoin.org/en/download:
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If you know how to download a torrent file, you can speed up this process by putting bootstrap.dat (a previous copy of the block chain) in the Bitcoin Core data directory before starting the software.

You can get the torrent file for bootstrap.dat here: https://bitcoin.org/bin/blockchain/bootstrap.dat.torrent

Many thanks for the suggestion.  I got 22Gb in one file(bootstrap.dat). What should i do next?  How to import bootstrap to Bitcoin Core?
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October 01, 2014, 03:38:14 PM
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Newbie question: Just installed Bitcoin Core 2 days ago. Start synchronizing the block chain since (24 hours x 2) on Macbook 10.9.3  So far, I got only "Processed 239569 blocks, last received block generated 1 year and 16 weeks ago". The last received block still changing but...
     Why it is painfully slow like this? Any tip to accelerate the speed of synchronizing ?

Thanks a bunch for any advise.

If you want to speed things up, follow the instructions at the bottom of https://bitcoin.org/en/download:
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If you know how to download a torrent file, you can speed up this process by putting bootstrap.dat (a previous copy of the block chain) in the Bitcoin Core data directory before starting the software.

You can get the torrent file for bootstrap.dat here: https://bitcoin.org/bin/blockchain/bootstrap.dat.torrent

Many thanks for the suggestion.  I got 22Gb in one file(bootstrap.dat). What should i do next?  How to import bootstrap to Bitcoin Core?

You need to put it into the Bitcoin Core data directory, which varies depending on your OS. Information from https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Data_directory

If you are on Windows:

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Go to Start -> Run (or press WinKey+R) and run this:
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explorer %APPDATA%\Bitcoin

The data directory for Linux is at
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~/.bitcoin/
and at
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~/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin/
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Please note that these are default locations Smiley
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October 01, 2014, 05:05:34 PM
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i'm running on Mac 10.9.3.

I checked on all location, including

/Users/username/Library       -This path does not have subfolder Application Support

and

/Library/Application Support   -This path does not have subfolder bitcoin.


Then I try to open Bitcoin qt for a while, then close it.


What should i do next?


BTW, When I installed the Bitcoin QT, i did not install on the default folder but I put it under  /BTC  (my own made folder)
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October 01, 2014, 09:08:00 PM
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i'm running on Mac 10.9.3.

I checked on all location, including

/Users/username/Library       -This path does not have subfolder Application Support

and

/Library/Application Support   -This path does not have subfolder bitcoin.


Then I try to open Bitcoin qt for a while, then close it.


What should i do next?


BTW, When I installed the Bitcoin QT, i did not install on the default folder but I put it under  /BTC  (my own made folder)

Sorry, I'm not a Mac user and can't help that much Sad
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October 01, 2014, 09:09:36 PM
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If your on a Mac then you need to show hidden files.  You can turn this on and off thru the terminal.

http://osxdaily.com/2009/02/25/show-hidden-files-in-os-x/
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October 01, 2014, 09:18:52 PM
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This is also helping me! Thanks members Smiley
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thanks for a good advice  Smiley

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