I too have the 'synch stuck' syndrome suffered by many others. I don't think I've ever been this frustrated but am trying to be patient. After 12-24 hours I get stuck around 2.4m block after multiple tries. Tried to access my Mist wallet after a long time since last successful access and now can't get it to synch. Running Win 10. Did some searching and found the youtube video by IMineBlocks "How to use Ethereum Mist wallet with Parity intead of geth." The Parity release was 1.3.3 at the time of the video. The latest release is 1.6.8. I followed the instructions and when I executed the Parity shortcut the window monitor opened, printed out a few lines very quickly and the then window shuts suddenly. I tried loading previous versions of Parity with the same or worse result. The windows shuts so quickly that I can't read what the few lines print.
I have a few questions: 1- Am I destined to never be able to access the ETH in my wallet, ie is it lost forever 2- What does the 'Skip Peer Search' mean? When I click on it, I can see my wallet but can't do anything with it, eg. can't 'SEND' ETH... 3- Any suggestions where I can go from here.
Thanks for any help.