howto: fix your Gridcoin wallet (make it run again; get in sync, ...)

in gridcoin •  last year


Welcome to the !LASToption - I assume here: no offered solution so far has worked for your problem (important, read: (A)):


  • 0. Read each step below first. Don't do them yet !


  •  1. Close your Gridcoin wallet
  •  2. Make a !backup
  •  3. Really, do step 2 + ideally put the backuped files on another PC/device.


  •  4. Deinstall your Gridcoin wallet 
  •  5. Delete everything in the !config directory, EXCEPT those important files from the !backup step (see step 2.)


  •  6. To get yourself on the current block in the blockchain faster, see !snapshot (using the !bootstrap file is more secure, but costs more time/cpu), Or: you just start normally your Gridcoin wallet and it will start to sync you from itself (this will take a little while though)
  •  7. reinstall Gridcoin (see !version)



The terms starting with ! are commands which the fediverse bot gives info on in IRC - I add them below, but it's best to check out always the newest version of those commands in the future.



(A) 

all steps above are for "nuking" Gridcoin + install it new, but:

  • I use the modular steps above also so I can direct people in need for help to here, 

and giving them e.g. instructions like:

  • case 1:  just backup your files: "do only steps 0-3 and restart your wallet"
  • case 2: sync problems? get yourself on the uptodate block: "do all steps, BUT leave out step4 (deinstall) + step7 (reinstall)"
  • case 3: nuke everything + start fresh: "do all steps 0-7"


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I have highlighted below unofficial downloads/places: 

  • this means those are done by volunteers, not by the "official" Gridcoin (dev) team. Thus there can happen errors, delays, ...

best is always to use the official links/ressources!


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!backup

  • Make sure: 1. your Gridcoin wallet is closed, 2. then make a backup of a) your wallet.dat + b) gridcoinresearch.conf files, + c) the directory: walletbackups. (Without both (2a+2b) you've LOST your Gridcoins.)
  • They are located in Windows: %appdata%\GridcoinResearch (and for linux: /home/your_user/.GridcoinResearch/ )
  • Want to install the backup'd files somewhere else? see here
  • You can also backup your blockchain (e.g. create your own snapshot, so if you want to sync up a little faster when you move your wallet)


!snapshot

  • You can download Gridcoin's blockchain faster, via 2 ways (inside the wallet or via importing the blockchain from outside): 
  •  1. start the Gridcoin wallet with admin rights (admin rights are required only under Windows): Go to menu: "Rebuild Block Chain" > "Download Blocks", or
  •  2. or: manually, via snapshot file (see: !snapshot howto) [or bootstrap file (bootstrap = secure, see: !bootstrap advantage)]: 
  •  a1. snapshot file: http://download.gridcoin.us/download/downloadstake/signed/snapshot.zip (unofficial places: https://spideroak.com/share/N4YFAZLQOBSXEMDP/public/d%3A/Gridcoin.Tools/Share/snapshot.zip (or via magnet file: !snapshot magnet ))
  • a2. unofficial: backups at: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B_s1cP1ZtRpqMHFUOERzWk44aHM
  •      (help how to use the snapshot/bootstrap: !snapshot howto )
  •  3. when the snapshot was imported, check with !verify if all goes in the right direction


!snapshot howto

  • 1. get the archived snapshot zip file via command: !snapshot
  • 2. close Gridcoin
  • 3. navigate to data dir: e.g. for windows: %appdata%\GridcoinResearch and for linux: /home/your_user/.GridcoinResearch/
  • 4. delete everything, except: gridcoinresearch.conf, wallet.dat and walletbackups folder
  •      (make also sure that your .conf file has uptodate Gridcoin nodes, see http://wiki.gridcoin.us/List_of_Addnodes (or !addnodes) )... now is also a good time to do: !backup
  • 5. extract the snapshot file to folder from step3
  • 6. launch the Gridcoin client
  • 7. how long does it take ? depends on CPU (4h on Intel Core i5-7200U 3.1 GHz, import: single-thread, and nothing intensive on processor elsewise)... the bootstrap file offers you more security: see !bootstrap advantage


!bootstrap

  • You can download Gridcoin's blockchain faster, via 2 ways (inside the wallet or via importing the blockchain from outside): 
  •  1. start the Gridcoin wallet with admin rights (admin rights are required only under Windows): Go to menu: "Rebuild Block Chain" > "Download Blocks", or
  •  2. or: manually, via bootstrap file (bootstrap = secure, see: !bootstrap advantage) [or snapshot file (see: !snapshot howto)]: 
  • a1. only UNOFFICIAL bootstrap downloads so far: https://spideroak.com/share/N4YFAZLQOBSXEMDP/public/d%3A/Gridcoin.Tools/Share/bootstrap.zip https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B_s1cP1ZtRpqMHFUOERzWk44aHM  (see bug)
  • a2. !bootstrap magnet (a bootstrap is more secure than a snapshot, but takes longer to import. see: '!bootstrap advantage')
  • b. unofficial backups at: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B_s1cP1ZtRpqMHFUOERzWk44aHM
  •      (help how to use the bootstrap: !bootstrap howto )
  •  3. when the bootstrap was imported, check with !verify if all goes in the right direction


!version


!config


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Great guide for wallet problem solving Erkan, these are things that often come up in #gridcoin-help on IRC.

http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=gridcoin-help&uio=d4

NEW USERS:

Remember if you haven't been to our IRC channel you will always find someone there from the community to assist you.

Remember please try and state your problem a clearly as possible to ensure that the 'helper' can assist you as quickly and clearly as possible.

boinc

Would you recommend me to use the gridcoin wallet over other wallets?

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Which other wallets do you have in mind ? The mobile one?
And for what do you want to use the wallet actually ? The dev wallets normally tend to have the most offered features