I use a VPN and regularly change my IP. As it is, I've been running Bitcoin on and off (mostly "on") for over a year now and have yet to generate anything (well, except lots of heat). So I got to wondering if having different IP addresses would help explain this "dry spell."
Thanks for the responses. I'll be more clear.
"...running Bitcoin...." means I have the "Bitcoin client" up and running with "8 active connections to Bitcoin network." The green checkmark icon on the lower, right-hand portion of the "Bitcoin Wallet" window, which is what comes up when I single-click the "Bitcoin Client" icon in the System Tray, reports "Up to date. Downloaded 188,522 blocks of transaction history. Last received block was generated 32 seconds ago";
"...generate anything...." means I have a "0.00 BTC" balance in my wallet.
My system as a relatively-basic Windows Vista computer that is my primary device for reading, composing, blogging and (occasional) video watching; no gaming and the like. It does have a GPU (128M or 256M, as I recall) but it, as well as the system as a whole, is neither intended nor designed as a Bitcoin generator. I just thought since I'm online a lot during the day and do torrents overnight (the PC doesn't stay off for long), why not put it to work generating Bitcoins?
Maybe I'm doing it incorrectly.
Ok. I definitely didn't do this whole Bitcoin thing correctly from the start.
As near as I can tell, I had downloaded and was running only my wallet; I was doing no mining (Sure pays to completely read directions.)
So I'm now running the GUIMiner program, doing pool mining.
I think I'm now on the right track.