Getting started with SolidCoin
SolidCoin runs on a network powered by nodes. Nodes relay, store, and verify transactions. You'll need to download one to access the network! Your node will also act as a client, allowing you to send, recieve, and view transactions.
Firstly you'll need to download the relative client for your system. Currently Windows, Linux and MacOS binaries are provided. If you know how to compile source code, then you can also download the source to make it more specific for your platform.
Download the Windows setup from the main page and run it. Choose where to install and click "Run SolidCoin after setup".
SolidCoin doesn't store any configuration data in the folder solidcoin.exe is in or the registry, instead it will be in one of the folders below.
C:\Documents and Settings\YourUserName\Application data\SolidCoin2
Download the Mac archive from the main page then expand the archive to your hard drive.
Drag the SolidCoin icon to the desired install location, and double-click or COMMAND-O to run the application. The SolidCoin window will open and connections will start up in minutes. The blocks will begin downloading. Your address and balance are at the top of the window. Click "Copy to Clipboard" to copy your address. Transactions are displayed in the main window.
Download the Linux archive from the main page then untar the archive to your hard drive.
./solidcoind for the daemon/headless version or
./solidcoin for the GUI version.
If you have issues with the compiled version, you can try building from source, it's very similar to the instructions on building Bitcoin.
Things to Remember
- You don't need to register to be your own SolidCoin bank. Just download the client and away you go!
- You don't need to be online to receive SolidCoins, the next time you log on they will be there.
- You create an address using the client and this address is what people send SolidCoins to. Using a different address each time helps you to stay anonymous.
- You cannot send SolidCoin to a Bitcoin address, or an invalid address. ALWAYS double check the address is correct before pressing send
- Once SolidCoins have been sent, no one is required to give them back. Be careful with your SolidCoins, they are like cash.
- The wallet file holds your important keys that allow spending and receiving, so you should protect the computer from the risk of loss and theft. At least backup your wallet.dat to a removable flash drive!
- Leaving the SolidCoin open helps the network process payments and provide anonymity. If you aren't on dialup think about leaving the client open all the time so that your transactions are processed quickly!