I'm running a geth console on Windows with the following command:

geth --fast --cache=512 console

I've been playing around with Ethereum for a little bit, and want to do a little more. I want to just read the balance of my account for now. My account is:


I get the following values:

my eth balance

This contradicts the amount I know to be in the account, and what reads out on etherchain:


etherchain balance

Any reason why this could be? Is it because I am using fast syncing?

1 Answer 1


Fast sync, most likely. During a fast sync, balanceOf will apparently return 0 for everything.

Source: I ran into the same issue when I fast synced.

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