I've just installed the official bitcoin client for the first time on my PC and have visited a website that gives free bitcoins. I've been waiting for more than an hour, but the amount given to me is still not showing in my bitcoin client. Have I missed anything in setting up and configuring the client software?
There are a few things that you should check:
- Your client is connected (it shows
N connectionsin the status bar). If it doesn't, you have connectivity problems.
- You have downloaded the whole blockchain (the
N blocksin the status bar is not increasing rapidly). You need to wait until you have downloaded all blocks.
- Blockexplorer can tell you if the payment has been sent to your address. Just type your address in the search box. If it doesn't show up in there, it's because it wasn't sent yet.
These websites give very small amounts of money for free so they usually group transactions (instead of making many small ones). You probably need to wait a while before the payment is sent.
As nmat said, plus you can be sure you have the entire block chain loaded by checking Bitcoin Watch and confirming that you have the same number of blocks it shows as the current block count.