Reconciliation: Incorrect Starting Balance

Tom Purl tom at
Tue May 29 22:02:42 EDT 2007

OS: Linux
GC Verson: 2.1.2

I have been using GnuCash to manage my checking account for years, and
reconcile it every month.  However, when I tried to reconcile it this
month, the "Starting Balance" amount was off by $6.36.  It should have
been $497.11 (for example), but instead, that amount was $503.47.  When I
try to reconcile my account, it therefore says that I'm off by $6.36.

The previous month's bank statement had an ending balance of 497.11, and
I am sure that everything balanced properly that month.  I am really
perplexed as to why last month's ending balance of of 497.11 then
"turned into" this month's "reconciled" value of 503.47.  I also checked
every 6.36 transaction that has cleared over the last year, and they all
are valid.

How do I even begin to troubleshoot or fix this problem?  In the short
term I guess I can just add a fake 6.36 transaction and then reconcile
it, but I don't want to have to maintain a bunch of fake transactions in
the long term.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!

Tom Purl

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