The program is running although very slowly and the FAQ page posed this question;
I've been mining for a long time and haven't created any new Bitcoins. What's wrong? https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/FAQ#How_long_will_it_take_to_generate_all_the_coins?
In the early days of Bitcoin, it was easy for anyone to find new blocks using standard CPUs. As more and more people started mining, the difficulty of finding new blocks has greatly increased to the point where the average time for a CPU to find a single block can be many years. The only cost- or time-effective method of mining is using a high-end graphics card with special software (see also Why a GPU mines faster than a CPU). Since CPU mining is essentially useless, it may be removed from future versions of the Bitcoin software.
I was considering a new system soon anyway but thought if I could get by with one of the Radeon 5000 series to generate several coins per day then it might be worth the effort. (At least thats the advice of my advisor.)