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As soon as the client begins synchronizing it crashes. It's stuck at 139,500 blocks left. I am brand new to bitcoin and sent $300 to an address on this client.

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  • Can you give more details? Try running the client from the command line. Does it report any errors? – Stephen Gornick Jul 18 '12 at 18:35
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The quickest way is probably to import the private key of the address to which you sent the bitcoins into blockchain.info's web wallet service.

Alternatively, if you want to keep using the satoshi client, you might find it useful to download a recent snapshot of the blockchain and let it update from there.

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