Sorry, brain overload, got some zzzzzz’s…
Please understand that I have no prior experience with cryptocurrencies or related software. I have never owned a Bitcoin or any other. Tried several Bitcoin setups recently but couldn’t get past the ID stage because I don’t have a cellphone so can’t text (don’t want one, but that’s another story). Didn’t like that idea anyway, had heard Bitcoins were anonymous but the opposite seems true. Managed to get an offline Electrum wallet if needed in future(?). Could hardly believe my eyes when Coinmama asked me to do a selfie holding up my driver’s license with a sign hung around my neck with her name and the date handwritten. Wow! How desperate can one get with gold fever? This has been an educational week!
Appreciated the offer of a neonBurst download, which alas I couldn’t get to work. Maybe wrong db for anything except H2 db(?). I decided to use Firestone.db apparently the most compact available. Also lack confidence that any of the exports will work on my system, so am doing it the hard way = download the entire block chain, 1 transaction at a time!? Coming through at about 2-3 transactions per second, will take awhile to get all half million. If I actually get the whole thing, will consider starting a torrent or burning to DVDs for Xmas presents this year.
It would be nice if some of the details, unknown to newbie, were explained briefly in advance. Landing on the site pushes to download wallet immediately, leading only to frustration in my case. A bit slower approach would work better, nice graphics but… The 4 db options offered require flipping a coin. I also kept my coin handy when selecting this forum vs the other 3 offered!? And what about those acronyms? ‘cg’, ‘NRS’, ‘nxt’, ‘Maria’ The unknowns here seem to come in sets of four. Best way might be to provide some tool tip popups in wallet and/or a Help section. Cram as much info as possible into each screen-view is best way, or some scrolling is acceptable.
The trick to start block chain download is apparently to open Edit>Settings and click OK at bottom, otherwise I might sit here and get blue in the face til Xmas hoping it will start. Maybe that was the cause of H2 db failing to update too(?), the reason I started this thread in the first place?! Looks like something essential might have been left out of the coding for my W8.1 op system, maybe a permission override or some such. Sometimes block chain starts downloading on its own, sometimes it appears dead in the water, cause unknown. There’s a delay of variable length so that’s not always easy to determine. How about little green & red lights to show whether it’s downloading? I’m sort of coming to expect that sort of thing off of github or sourceforge where the gurus mostly use Linux, it seems. Good stuff in general, world class of course, if you can figure it out.
Don’t know if my GPU gets involved or not, have no way to monitor it, afaik. I have AIDA 64 and the usual W8 task manager/resource monitor. I suspect so, because I’m getting receive burst Ethernet rates up to about 5 Mbps which exceeds my normal ATT download limit of about 1.3 Mbps. However there is no heating of the diode or increase in GPU fan speed: GeForce GTX 645 2Gb 128-bit 10Gb/sec.
The limiting factor seems to be my 7200 rpm system hard drive which is averaging about 75% activity. I raised hyperthreads from 6 to 8 without any strain on this system which handles much more demanding tasks. I’ve got a spare internal hard drive to hook up when I get around to it, so it can percolate on its own. Also have an internal SSD that is used mostly for read-only stuff which I could activate, but doubt it’s needed after the entire block chain is downloaded.
Is it worthwhile? I still need a zen diagram of the proofs to decide. Seems to me the block chain could grow to unmanageable size soon.