I bought a very small amount of ETH on coinbase just to try it, and I wanted to create my own wallet to get it out.
However, I've been trying to get Mist working for 3 days and it is always stuck on some step: not connecting to peers, the blocks stuck without downloading, chain structures increasing faster than my computer can download them, and crashing my admittedly modest Intel i5 @ 2.80 GHz/ 6 gb RAM computer.
I'm aware I can just launch the application and get an account, but shouldn't it work all the way? Does it matter that I can never sync completely?
I can also just use myetherwallet but I really wanted the official recommended desktop app to work. I don't want to disparage ether and I'm really glad that my ETH revaluates every day or almost every hour, but how do you expect widespread acceptance if the official app appears not to work?
I hope this post doesn't get flagged as "pointless", and that someone can really explain if I'm doing or understanding something wrong here.
Thanks in advance.