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Muse/SoundDAC / Muse - Claim Balance Button Dimmed
« on: August 08, 2017, 09:06:03 pm »
I am trying to claim my Muse into the I have imported my keys but when I get to the Claim Balances screen it say there are xxxx unclaimed Muse. If I check the box and try to claim them the Claim Balance button is dimmed. Any suggestions on how to proceed?

The last time I used Bitshares (ver. 0.9.3c) was on 11-22-2015. The next time I tried to use it, I had problems syncing the blockchain , so I never used it again.  I have a file called bts_keys.json with the same file date, so I think that is probably my exported wallet.

I want to import my old wallet into the current software, but I’m not sure which would be the easiest wallet to use and backup. I tried running bitshares2-light, but I get an error that says “Application initialization issues”.  If I go here: sometimes I get “Application initialization issues” too (Maybe because of latency – I have a satellite internet connection), but sometimes I am able to get to the account creation page. If I create an account there, will I be able to import my bitshares and NOTES balance from bts_keys.json. Are there instructions anywhere on how to do this? Would there be a better (i.e. easier) wallet choice for me? Thanks for any guidance.

Technical Support / Web Wallet - Add New Websocket API
« on: November 22, 2015, 09:45:42 pm »
I'm trying to migrate my bitshares 1.0 wallet to bitshares 2.0. When I go to the web wallet, it says I am not connected. There is a plus sign  next to wss://bitshares/ If I click on it, I get a message that says: Add new websocket API.  Are there any instructions that explain how to do this?

I’ve been following and investing in Bitshares for a couple of years now. I like the great ideas and the great development team and the tremendous potential and have been gradually accumulating BTS.  I realize that the developers work very hard for very little and I am hesitant to complain. However I am really frustrated by the Windows client installation procedure, and I doubt I am the only one, and I can’t help but think these problems are having a big negative effect on Bitshares adoption.  I cringe whenever there is a mandatory upgrade because I know it won’t go smoothly and will inevitably result in me having to download the blockchain yet again thus taking up a lot of time and using up a big portion of my monthly download allowance (I have a satellite connection with monthly download limits).

Bitshares has lots of great features and there are great ideas to enhance it even further. But without a functioning wallet, I can’t really use them. It does not matter how many great features you have, if updating the client is so painful, not very many people are going to go to the trouble.

Bitshares is beset with a number of problems and they’ve been talked about before on this forum as well as elsewhere, but IMO, far and away the number one problem with Bitshares and it isn’t close, is the lack of a stable wallet software. This needs to be fixed BEFORE focusing on increased adoption. In spite of all of the great features, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else until there is stable wallet software, and at this point I’m skeptical about whether such a wallet will ever actually exist.

I am currently running 9.1. Apparently there is now a 9.2 that is only required for delegates. I’m not a delegate, but in any event my software no longer syncs.  I’m not a software expert, but I have installed lots of software over the years and never encountered the problems that I have encountered with Bitshares. I’m pretty sure that if I wanted to spend a few hours or days fighting with it and use up a lot of my monthly download allowance then I could eventually get it working and synched. But it’s just not worth it to me anymore.

I am using Windows and I get that technically inclined users think that the Windows operating system is crap, but it’s what I know and am comfortable with. And it’s what a lot of other people use also, and we’re not going to switch operating systems just so we can use Bitshares.

I get that making a robust wallet that works across multiple operating systems is hard. But other crypto-currencies have done it. I have been updating my full node software for the bitcoin core wallet for several years now and upgrading has always gone flawlessly. Yeah, I know bitcoin has a much bigger user base and more developers who contribute to it, but I also own several other alt-coins and have not experienced anywhere near the frustration installing and updating the alt-clients that I have had with Bitshares.

I won’t bother going through the litany of problems I’ve experienced with software upgrades over the past year or so. Some of them are already documented in prior posts but there are many more that I’ve managed to (painfully) work through myself and have never posted about. Users try to help, but it’s just a frustrating time-consuming experience all around. There really needs to be an easy-to-find set of installation instructions with trouble-shooting procedures if something goes wrong, but unfortunately the software is so unstable I don’t think that’s possible.

I don’t have the technical skills to actually fix any of these problems but if I were convinced that there was a serious effort to solve these problems, I would probably be willing to do some beta testing and report on bugs and try different solutions but that’s about the extent of my ability.

Since we are using DPOS, it is less important for me to run a full node so a reliable SPV or web-based wallet would be fine for me as long as I maintained control over my own shares.

For now I’m just going to sit on my BTS, but I don’t plan to buy any more nor do I plan to recommend it to anyone else unless and until the wallet problems are solved.

General Discussion / Dilution of Bitshares
« on: December 28, 2014, 05:56:41 am »
I am trying to understand how share dilution works with bitshares.

With bitcoin, a new block is created on average every 10 minutes and 25 new bitcoins are created, which results in a current inflation rate of about 10%. 6 x 24 x 25 x 365 / 13,650,000 = 9.6%.

According to, the share supply of bitshares fluctuates. There are currently about 2.5 billion shares and the 24 hour supply change is about 50,000 which results in an inflation rate of about .7%.  50,000 x 365 /2.5 billion = .7%.

I understand how inflation works in bitcoin but I don't understand how it works in with bitshares. How are new bitshares created, where do they come from, and what is the formula that determines how many and when they are created. Also, I read somewhere that there is a hard cap of 3.5 billion bitshares.  If that is correct, where would I find the documentation for it?

Although I’m sure these questions have already been answered, I wasn’t able to find an answer that I understood in the forums, so any links would be appreciated.

Technical Support / Not Connected 4.12
« on: September 06, 2014, 10:10:04 pm »
I am using Windows 7. With earlier versions I was getting a message on the bottom line of the Bitshares-X window  that I was not connected.

I have uninstalled previous versions and deleted the Roaming\Bitshares X folder and reinstalled with the 4.12  32bit  version of the bitshares x wallet. 

However, I am still getting a "Not Connected" message, which remains there regardless of how long I wait.

Is there anything I can do to correct this, or at least to help diagnose what is causing the problem?

Technical Support / BitsharesX wallet Not Connected
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:08:44 am »
I am using version 4.7 of the bitshares-x wallet on Windows 7, and managed to add an account and get it registered.  But now, when I start the program I get a message at the bottom right hand corner of the screen that says "Not Connected". The status bar says: RPC Server Error: In method wallet_get_info: Key not found (6).  How can I recover from this?

Technical Support / Can't create bitshares-x wallet - Resolved
« on: August 25, 2014, 03:59:30 am »
I have downloaded and installed version 4.7 of the bitshares-x wallet on Windows 7.  When I start the software it asks me to enter a password to create a wallet. Nothing seems to happen. If I quit and restart the software, it asks for my password and then tells me I have the wrong password. I have tried uninstalling and deleting the appdata bitshares-x folder and reinstalling and starting over again, and I have tried starting the program as administrator, but I always get the same result.  Can you help me create and open a wallet?

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