Help

20th September 2014

It is becoming increasing obvious that many of you are using torrent clients that are either out of date or incorrectly set up, which can be the cause of not being able to, or restricting your ability to, download. This blog now operates in a way that requires the latest version of the more popular torrent clients, i’m afraid no guarantee can be given if old or poorly programed programs are used.

I’ve included some areas that should be set to correct operation. This will be continually updated.

1, Encryption. As of the 9th December 2013, clients that DO NOT have encryption enabled, will NOT be able to download from me.

2, Port. The default port for the BitTorrent protocol is any between port numbers 6881-6999. ISPs throttle traffic on these ports as BitTorrent sharing involves high bandwidth usage. Itโ€™s easy to configure a different port in your torrent client. Use some number above 10000.

3, DHT. It is essential that DHT is enabled.

Here are the settings for the most popular Windows torrent clients:

uTorrent & BitTorrent:

(Protocol Encryption ) Outgoing: Enabled.
Allow Incoming Legacy Connections: Ticked.
Enable DHT Network: Ticked

Tixati:

Outgoing Peer Connection Encryption: Encrypted Preferred
Incoming Peer Connection Encryption: Accept Either
Startup DHT Mode: On

Vuze:

As well as the above settings, due to the programย  it is necessary to install a plug-in to overcome the programs use of an incompatible version of DHT from other programs. It is available here:

http://plugins.vuze.com/plugin_details.php?plugin=mlDHT

For MAC Users: Seems there’s a lot of MAC users using out of date, sub standard software. If your having problems connecting, it might be advisable to use uTorrent or Transmittion

80 Responses to “Help”

  1. Owen Smith August 24, 2016 at 18:15 #

    I believe I have sorted out why some people were having trouble downloading from me. I was finally able to get to the bottom of it because OD couldn’t download something from me. I had disabled uTP aka “Enable bandwidth management” or the various things torrent software calls it. This is meant to mean that TCP is used instead, the older way that torrents worked originally and is in fact much better. What’s supposed to happen is peers try uTP, see it’s not accepted, and try again with TCP. It turns out a lot of torrent software is rubbish, it tries uTP, gets told it’s not accepted, and gives up completely. The annoying thing is having turned uTP back on, all torrent connections to me now use it. Sigh. It seems this is how it has to be, rubbish enabled so that more people can connect.

    I first turned uTP off during experiments with sacd-to-dvda on his damp string bandwidth from Australia where it became clear disabling uTP considerably improved his speeds. I guess he’ll have to disable it from his end if he still needs to.

    Before anyone tells me uTP is a good thing (which uTorrent try to persuade everyone of), let me say there is nothing wrong with its aims. The trouble is it just doesn’t achieve them consistently or reliably, and in my experience it causes as many problems as it solves. When I was on an unreliable ADSL link uTP was awful, giving up at the slightest sign of any error. Now I’ve got a reliable FTTC link uTP seems to work OK.

    So if you have a bad line and you start having trouble downloading from me, you know why. Try turning uTP off at your end.

  2. Bruce June 5, 2016 at 00:28 #

    I’m hoping someone can help me. I’ve downloaded twenty or so albums over the last month or so and all has gone well, except for 2 of them. I’ve been told that I’ve probably been getting my data from some of you who continue to seed the albums. So, now I’m trying to get the last 10% working. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have been using Vuse and it is up to date. I’ve tried turning on everything I can find that seems to apply to the directions listed here, but nothing is working. I checked my firewall and upnp is enabled. I installed qbittorrent and updated the settings. Didn’t work. I installed uTorrent. Updated the settings. Didn’t work. I installed qbittorrent on my work computer on another completely different network. I still can’t get to the private trackers.

    Someone in the U.S. turned on their seeding for a couple of hours and I got 1% of the file. But that’s all. The file I’m trying to download is DS217. If anyone can help, I’d greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

    • Owen Smith June 5, 2016 at 10:53 #

      I’m seeding pretty much everything, and I run one of the private trackers. There have been plenty of people downloading from me recently, so I suspect any problem is at your end or with your ISP I’m afraid. The private tracker runs uTorrent so that should have worked. I don’t know what to suggest, but a lot of ISPs block or restrict torrent traffic. Mine does not.

    • Owen Smith June 5, 2016 at 11:36 #

      It should be added we’ve always had problems for some downloaders and never really got to the bottom of it. Some people seem not to be able to get myself or OD and rely on other seeders. We are both in the UK which may be relevant for some US downloaders depening on the policies of your ISPs.

      • oxforddickie June 5, 2016 at 11:40 #

        The odd thing is that this particular title is pre the blogs move to using its own trackers, which i would have thought shouldn’t be causing too many problems. Hmmm….

        • oxforddickie June 5, 2016 at 11:44 #

          I’ve had to dismantle my home network here to allow for some changes to be made, but i’ll connect the computer that is used for seeding temporally to see if that helps the situation (although i’m rather doubtful)

          • Bruce June 5, 2016 at 17:08 #

            I’m seeing an 82. address giving me a nice stream right now. If that is you, then whatever you did is working. Thank you!

            To answer some of the points made… Most of the albums I’ve downloaded, seem to be coming from UK addresses. So, it could be more specific to your ISP and not the whole country. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I was trying from two different networks with different ISPs, one of which is a business class ISP.

            There are so many variables here, it could be several things going wrong at once. The office computer still wasn’t getting your stream so I turned it off. That could have to do with the firewall I suppose. I don’t understand enough about torrents and Google wasn’t much help on the subject.

            So, what does this torrent and DS420f have in common? I started a download on that one over a month ago and never got a seeder. I’m guessing it is an old one as well?

            A big thank you to all of you out there who are reseeding. For whatever reason some of you are easier to get to than others.

            • oxforddickie June 5, 2016 at 19:07 #

              Indeed you were downloading from me, which has now completed. The ‘business’ class ISP was banned, please don’t try to download using two seperate ISP’s, apart from it stopping somebody being able to download at a reasonable speed, it’s just not right.

              As to DS420ch it’s a standard torrent that only makes use of the blogs own trackers, nothing else, so there shouldn’t be any problems as long as your set-up comply’s with the previously mentioned settings.

              • Bruce June 5, 2016 at 23:23 #

                I apologize for using two computers. Since one was obviously not reaching you, I tried from a different ISP and then forgot to turn that one off. I know that is bad behavior to use two for downloading. It won’t happen again.

            • Owen Smith June 5, 2016 at 20:34 #

              Do you mean DS420f or DS420ch? DS420f has been replaced by newer release DS420ch, and I am only seeding the most recent version of any release. So you can get DS420ch from me, but not DS420f.

              If you are getting traffic from me it will appear as coming from owensmith.net, I forget the IP address but I have my own domain name.

              • oxforddickie June 5, 2016 at 20:52 #

                Indeed, as soon as a new version of a title is issued then the previous version is permanantly removed

              • Owen Smith June 5, 2016 at 21:20 #

                Torrents don’t work like that, once it’s out there you largely lose control. If someone can get the .torrent file and someone else is seeding it then it can be downloaded, even if you have “removed” it. In particular the use of DHT prior to the private trackers removes all control.

                However in the case of DS420/ch both were on the private trackers so the .torrent file isn’t wandering around the ether in the DHT scrapers. So in that case removing DS420f is moderately effective unless someone has a stashed copy of the .torrent they didn’t download at the time.

                • oxforddickie June 5, 2016 at 22:42 #

                  I meant as far as seeding is concerned. Of course, if somebody continues seeding the older version then it will still be available, but i’d imagine those who download the newer version would use that for seeding.

              • Bruce June 5, 2016 at 23:29 #

                DS420f was the link from your list of freebies. I suppose you should probably take that one off the list. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again for your help… And the music!

  3. Glen A. Gill February 6, 2016 at 20:21 #

    Is anybody else having a problem with uTorrent 3.4.5? I keep getting a “signature corrupt or invalid” error message and my computer will not permit the download. I still have 3.4.2. I’ve done a few downloads with the latter and there does not appear to be any issues with that version.

    Another issue is the green circled check in the lower right corner. uTorrent is configured exactly as you state above. In fact, it was there for the first 5 downloads with no issue. Now, all I get is the yellow triangle. It does state that you can continue to download which I did for a couple of more with no apparent issues; even no appreciable difference in the download speed. Should I not worry about it.

    When I first started (back in the day), OD always emphasized that the green circle must be there. Is that still the case?

    Or, Is it me?

    • oxforddickie February 6, 2016 at 21:01 #

      Well, firstly welcolme back, you are one of those from the early, early days. And somethings have changed somewhat since your last appearance.

      One of them is that i now my own trackers, one controlled by Owen and the other by myself. Becausde of this the torrents are marked as ‘Private’ so don’t use DHT, which would be why the green light isn’t green if all you are doing is downloading using my torrents.

      • Glen A. Gill February 6, 2016 at 22:30 #

        OK. I un-ticked “Enable DHT” at the symbol. I, also, went into preferences and un-ticked “Enable DHT Network” and “Enable DHT for new torrents”. Protocol Encryption Outgoing is still “enabled” and allow incoming legacy connections is still ticked. Am I missing anything. Sorry for being dense, I’m not usually this computer illiterate, but I want to get this right.

        • oxforddickie February 6, 2016 at 22:42 #

          As the DSQA torrents now have DHT disabled there’s actually no need to disable DHT within the program as it will probably be needed for torrents from elsewhere.

          But this isn’t dealing with the other problem. Have you triedanother program like qBittorent or Tixatti to see if it’s just a uTorrent issue or something external from that?

        • Owen Smith February 7, 2016 at 14:25 #

          As OD says you don’t need to disable DHT, but it makes no difference for OD’s releases. You might find you need DHT for the Captain Beyond releases, depending on which public trackers are working this month.

          The rest of your settings sound correct. So look at the firewall in your router. Do you have uTorrent allowed to use upnp to open a hole in your firewall, and does your router support that and have it turned on?

    • Owen Smith February 6, 2016 at 21:38 #

      I’ve given up on uTorrent updates. All they do is introduce more bugs, more adverts and assorted malware, and generally mess around without actually improving anything. I’m using 3.4.2 though I’m not sure if it was the final 3.4.2 release since uTorrent in their madness don’t let you download old releases and they release multiple versions which claim the same number. Very unprofessional outfit.

  4. Owen Smith January 5, 2016 at 18:18 #

    Would the person running Transmission 2.84 on port 51413 please stop downloading 13 titles simultaneously. OD’s rules say no more than 3 titles at once, and you are killing my broadband link doing this (plus denying others a fair share of my bandwidth). If you don’t stop this you will find yourself blocked on my server.

    Note these are all recent releases using the blog’s own trackers so this isn’t some DHT scraper, this person should be on the blog. Many of these releases look like freebies, maybe all of them (I haven’t checked). Some new member getting over enthusiastic perhaps?

    If this is just a mistake and you are trying to set up a download that will run unattended, set your torrent software to download no more than 3 torrents at once. It will then do 3, and when one finishes move on to another one. If Transmission can’t do this then get some software that can, or do it manually.

    • oxforddickie January 5, 2016 at 18:28 #

      I was just about to email you when your post appeared. I’ve emailed him regarding this, and i’m afraid he was banned here until he agrees to the fair limits that are set

    • Owen Smith January 5, 2016 at 19:05 #

      I’d already stopped most of his downloads, because no-one else was getting any traffic. But until I can get to my server and block him directly, no-one else will be able to download those titles either.

      • oxforddickie January 5, 2016 at 19:13 #

        Well people, now you see what happens when one person doesn’t play by the rules, everyone else suffers. And that is not fair for all of those who play fairly. Cheers Owen.

  5. Shane Smith December 18, 2015 at 03:10 #

    I’m trying to figure out how to download the torrents. I’m trying to find links, but is this a private tracker?

    • oxforddickie December 18, 2015 at 09:23 #

      The blog is in a state of suspension at the moment, so (members) freebies are only available to them at this present time.

    • Owen Smith December 18, 2015 at 09:31 #

      There are some releases with direct links, all the CB (Captain Beyond) titles and others that say “Freebie with link” or “Freebie link” which you could possibly search for.

      Also while waiting for this blog to sort something out, you could look at “SACD to DVDA Resurrected” in the links on the right. Those releases all have links.

    • Owen Smith December 18, 2015 at 13:38 #

      Search box top right, enter “freebie link” finds lots of them. The same should work on the classical blog.

  6. Adam Sweet September 23, 2015 at 23:11 #

    Yes, dumb newbie question but after I download a torrent (I’m using Tixati and used the settings described above) and it reaches 100% it automatically starts seeding, right. Do I need to do anything else?

    • oxforddickie September 23, 2015 at 23:24 #

      Not really, apart from sitting back and enjoying the music LOL

  7. capt2muchclutter August 28, 2014 at 00:31 #

    Hello,
    I have a torrent problem. I don’t know if it is related, but I installed Tixati last night without uninstalling uTorrent. I tried American Spring, but now a day later, there was still no activity. So I just uninstalled Tixati, restarted, deleted the old torrent and re-downloaded, and started as usual in uTorrent. It stays stuck at Finding Peers 0.0%, another new one shows the same problem. I tried an older one that worked before and it seemed OK (showed number of peers), but I already had the data so that doesn’t tell much I guess. Using Vista, automatic updates, DHT and encryption are on, the last time I added a new torrent without issue was no longer than a few weeks ago. I am far from an expert, suggestions from OD and members here have kept me going, so any ideas are greatly appreciated! Thank you for any suggestions.

    -quadsearcher

    • oxforddickie August 28, 2014 at 00:44 #

      Have you made sure that Protocol Encryption is enabled? it seems to be the biggest issue with many members, even though i keep banging on about it. Also, you may need to ensure your router is opening the port that Tixati is using.

    • Owen Smith August 28, 2014 at 00:48 #

      OD has both Tixati and uTorrent installed, they seem to play well together from what I see from the outside.

      Amercian Spring is the third release to use a private tracker, DHT and Peer Exchange don’t work as the torrent is marked as Private. You must be able to contact the tracker to get the peers. I am seeding this title and someone is downloading it at the moment, so the tracker is working. It is possible things were only working for you with older torrents due to DHT and Peer Exchange, but usually trackers are the most reliable approach with the least complications.

      Try going to this address in your web browser:

      http://dreamingspires.mooo.com:51299/

      If it says “invalid request” in a blank web page then your network and PC can talk to the tracker and the problem is your torrent software. If it doesn’t say “invalid request” then you have a network problem since you can’t get through to the tracker.

      • oxforddickie August 28, 2014 at 00:56 #

        Yes and tonight i installed Bittorrent, all three get along famously.

        That’s a very helpful tip for people to try, thanks.

      • capt2muchclutter August 28, 2014 at 02:07 #

        Private tracker might be the issue. I use NoScript with Firefox and only allow known good sites, but sometimes a site will not resolve without notice from NS unless I find the name of the site and allow it in a new browser page.

        The address above did not resolve or say “invalid request”, just ” connection timed out”. After dinner, I’ll look to find “Protocol Encryption”. I have outgoing connections encrypted but that might not be the key here. I’m just focusing on uTorrent, having uninstalled Tixati and going back to what I know a little more about the navigation of options. If I can’t find Protocol Encryption options within a reasonable time I’ll disable NoScript and try it that way.

        • capt2muchclutter August 28, 2014 at 03:01 #

          Protocol Encryption was set to Outgoing. I tried Forced with no difference. I’ll try disabling NoScript although that should only affect the browser and not a torrent client.

          Wait, Owen, did you say DHT does not work? I thought it was best to have it enabled. So much to catch up on. I’ll try disabling DHT and Peer Exchange.

          • oxforddickie August 28, 2014 at 05:10 #

            I’m sorry for this confusion, i guess it’s my fault moving over to a private tracker, which is really no different to a normal torrent. Yes, it is important to still have DHT active for older torrents and those from The Captain, but this shouldn’t really cause problems.

            I’m hoping that if you use either uTTorent or BitTorrent set up as suggested there should no no further problems. Shame you couldn’t get on with Tixati, the new v1.97 seems to have a few niggles ironed out and works very well. If anyone is still using v1.06 i recommend upgrading!

            • oxforddickie August 28, 2014 at 05:52 #

              For those having problems with the DHT & Protocol Encryption settings, this is what they should be set to to allow for all torrent use:

              uTorrent & BitTorrent
              Outgoing: Enabled.
              Allow Incoming Legacy Connections: Ticked.
              Enable DHT Network: Ticked

              Tixati:
              Outgoing Peer Connection Encryption: Encrypted Preferred
              Incoming Peer Connection Encryption: Accept Either
              Startup DHT Mode: On

          • Owen Smith August 28, 2014 at 09:22 #

            Protocol Encryption Forced means you won’t make outgoing un-encrypted torrent connections. This is not the problem here. So long as encryption is enabled you will be able to download from this blog, it isn’t an issue if you also accept other unencrypted torrents.

            I never understand why people have so much trouble with encryption. A new installation of uTorrent enables encryption in the default settings. The only way it can break on a recent version of uTorrent is if people fiddle with settings which they would be better off leaving alone until they understand them.

      • capt2muchclutter August 28, 2014 at 03:26 #

        Apparently I have a network problem since I don’t see “invalid” request” when going to the above link in a browser. Don’t know where to go from here. My port is over 10000.

        • Owen Smith August 28, 2014 at 09:11 #

          Your torrent port is irrelevant when using a web browser to see if you can connect to the tracker. If it says “connection timed out” then you can’t connect to the tracker and can’t find peers. If you having something that blocks sites in your browser (that’s a new one on me, yet more “protection” software that causes trouble) then this test is useless to you.

          OD: your help above says:

          “3, DHT. Is it essential that DHT is enabled. If it is not you will no longer be able to download from me. This is because i have dropped the use of trackers and now rely entirely on DHT.”

          This is out of date. There were a handful of DHT only torrents, and now we’re on the private tracker (which should work with a wider range of torrent software than DHT). DHT is worth having for the older releases, but isn’t what is currently in use (except for CB releases).

          • oxforddickie August 28, 2014 at 09:37 #

            Good point, will alter it

          • capt2muchclutter August 28, 2014 at 14:24 #

            Thanks for sticking with me on this. I disabled NoScript completely and also tried Internet Explorer, the above link still did not work. Could my ISP have started blocking it? I just tried it from work and got the correct response. Getting closer…. I’ll try it from other computers at home tonight.

            • oxforddickie August 28, 2014 at 14:29 #

              I wouldn’t have thought so

              • capt2muchclutter August 29, 2014 at 03:17 #

                It’s all good now. “invalid request” from the link, and uTorrent is running. I didn’t change anything from the last time I tried, and I had rebooted several times to no avail. I doubt there’s anything to learn from this, just a “fluke”. Thanks OD and Owen, at least I know my settings have been correct. I’ll try Tixati again sometime, the information it provides looked amazing.

            • Owen Smith August 28, 2014 at 20:30 #

              Our firewall at work deems any address on mooo.com as malware and blocks them all, aparently it blocks all well know dynamic DNS providers. How fascist of them.

              We are working on an alternative, bear with me while I get time to sort something out for OD. Probably this weekend.

  8. beukenoot August 18, 2014 at 06:48 #

    Hello Owen,
    I am terrible sorry. I tried to set up things here also to seed. Your comments i did not see because i have not subscribe to this thread (i see now the little comments down under my post. Again, sorry for the mess.

    • Owen Smith August 18, 2014 at 11:47 #

      Which of my posts are you replying to? It’s a lot clearer if you use the “Reply” option under the relevant post. Also you can subscribe to the entire blog, I get emailed whenever anyone posts anything.

      • oxforddickie August 18, 2014 at 12:01 #

        This is the member you emailed me about regarding downloading 20 titles at once. As promised i emailed him, this is his response to you.

      • Owen Smith August 18, 2014 at 12:05 #

        Thanks for clarifying.

        • beukenoot August 18, 2014 at 12:50 #

          Hi owen, ok, i have found out also how to block peers in utorrent.. And am testing with a portable version that i can amge better. Now have to find a version that works on a WD Live storage disk, then i can also contribute to the network. (previously i got problems with skype, bad connections eg. )

          i want to share my dvd-a metabase from foobar2000, then users can get titles etc with the music.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          I check them all on discogs.

        • Owen Smith August 18, 2014 at 13:53 #

          I’m not sure what you’re trying to say here. You stiil haven’t explained why you were trying to download more than 50 torrents simultaneously. You must have changed your torrent software configuration, because by default none of them are set up that way.

          • beukenoot August 18, 2014 at 14:50 #

            Hi Owen. That’s right. I wanted in fact upload, but the files were not in the good folder. I have searched the net and read about this now and it is more complicated than i thought. What is strange now, is that when i have downloaded files, they switch to upload, but nobody is getting them, i tried now with this newest QQCC release where i guess are some users trying it to download, but here upload only works while i am downloading, and when it is finished there stays “upload” but nothing happens.. So more to read and find out.. I had that working in the past but now i have a new version of utorrent (a bad one i guess, also it looks more ugly). Version 3.4.2.

            There are so many options..

          • Owen Smith August 18, 2014 at 20:40 #

            Couldn’t you tell from what uTorrent was displaying that it was trying to download 50 plus torrents?

            I’m using uTorrent 3.4.1 and find it OK, I can’t imagine 3.4.2 is that much diifferent. I do mainly use the Web UI to manage it, maybe that is better than the one in the application itself?

            • beukenoot August 18, 2014 at 21:17 #

              I had most connection with peers problem, onle few were really downloading but i was away for a while, restarted it and went to sleep later.

              But now i have installed a portable version of it (got rid of this win7 user folder stuff..) , and it looks it works allright. In the new version they made the distances between the lines much bigger, so you can only see few lines if you not maximize.

              At the moment i have set the max torrents (up and down) but max download to 0, i do this using forced download if necessary.

              And bandwidth to 70, since i have 10/1 Mbit and thus 90 would al;so be possible but gives problems with skype talking. (we use dualphones here)

              • beukenoot August 18, 2014 at 21:28 #

                in addition: now i managed to put the files in a map, the torrent files that belong to them in another, install this portable version, start it and set the up/download to zero. Then change the patch according to the maps i created, and open (and add) the old torrent files (those belonging to the data). Then it cannot start up/download to prevent accidents like yesterday, and now it works. it will after restart check all the torrents.

                Funny thing is that soem got to 99% because in some folders this (!@#$%^) thumbs.db was present. I delete these always. Have switch off those indexing things, they make my computer too slow.

              • Owen Smith August 18, 2014 at 22:49 #

                Some of the older .torrent files were built including a thumbs.db file which would have been downloaded as part of the torrent. If you delete them the relevant torrents become incomplete.

                It’s unfortunate, because some backup software skips thumbs.db on the basis they can be rebuilt (or so it thinks) so the torrent backup is incomplete.

                I don’t recall an accidental thumbs.db in any of the torrents for a long time, whatever OD was doing that created them seems to have stopped.

  9. Owen Smith August 15, 2014 at 18:54 #

    Somone from telfort.nl on port 27778 is trying to download 14 torrents from me. There might be a lot more, uTorrent has queued about 50 torrents due to excessive numbers of download requests and I usually don’t see any queued. It is not sensible to try to download 14 torrents at the same time. The protocol overheads in torrent packets are fixed, but as the speed slows down the packets get smaller so a higher proportion of the traffic becomes overhead and hence less of it is the actual data you are trying to download.

    Your torrents will download faster if you only download a modest number at a time, say about 4 (that’s what I have my max concurrent downloads set to). Ideally you want the speeds per peer for each download to be over 10KB/s, below that and the overheads start to hurt more.

    • Owen Smith August 15, 2014 at 19:03 #

      Ah it’s actually 20 torrents simultaneoulsy this person is downloading from me. It’s just that the 6 that are achieving less than 1.0KB/s aren’t shown as Active by uTorrent, I have to view All and then sort by “Up Speed” to see them.

      This is a huge waste of bandwidth, whoever you are all you’re doing is transferring massive amounts of protocol overhead and very little real data.

    • Owen Smith August 17, 2014 at 23:18 #

      The same person is still at it, now on port 59265 and downloading 22 torrents from me and making uTorrent queue 50 more. This makes no sense, you are getting almost no effective bandwidth. Also you are preventing anyone else from getting any bandwidth from me.

      I’ve never had to do this before but I am seriously contemplating blocking your IP address. The only reason I haven’t already is I don’t have any software in place to do it, I’ll have to investigate and install some.

      You’ve been asked to stop and haven’t, so now I’m telling you. The person on 212.182.128.96, stop what you are doing or I will stop it for you.

  10. Owen Smith October 31, 2013 at 12:11 #

    I’m changing ISP during the day tomorrow. So for those of you used to seeing my bethere.co.uk address (or 188.220.200.14 as an IP), it’ll be replaced by something on Andrews and Arnold tomorrow evening (if I’ve got it all working). Possibly an aaisp.net address.

  11. startrek1701 October 15, 2013 at 19:32 #

    I’ve developed a problem. When I had to disconnect my hard drive then re-connect it, the drive letter changed. Now, I have almost 20 downloads that cannot seed because uTorrent has a different drive letter on those downloads. I looked and find no instructions as to how to change the drive letter on the Torrent. Any suggestions or if anybody knows where to find the instructions, I would be greatly appreciated.

    • oxforddickie October 15, 2013 at 21:11 #

      Depending on the program you’re using, all you need to do for each torrent is to select where the files are and allow the program to scan each album. There must be a help file with the program, or how about visiting the programs web site

    • Owen Smith October 15, 2013 at 22:28 #

      In uTorrent right click on the torrent in the list and select Advanced, then “Set download location” might do it. I use that to move torrents into a “Quad Blog” direcoty, it renames the files. It might reconnect you to one that is missing, but you might have to do a Force Recheck in uTorrent too.

      Or if the drive letter change was unintentional, go into windows drive management and change the drive letter back. I have done this in Vista, I don’t know if the steps would be the same in any other version of windows.

    • rayshackleford September 22, 2014 at 07:23 #

      Man I hate windows for that reason…

  12. Owen Smith September 11, 2013 at 00:04 #

    I’m noticing I rarely get data from MAC users.There’s one seed keeps popping up running uTorrent MAC 1.0.4 which is so old it’s archeological, and I never get decent amounts of data from it. Come on MAC users, why run such ancient software on your shiny Apples? Your computers deserve better.

    • oxforddickie September 11, 2013 at 08:58 #

      I totally agree, everyone should use the latest version of whatever software they are using. Everyone, please update and ensure that you have Legacy & Encryption connections enabled.

  13. beukenoot May 27, 2013 at 14:08 #

    I have got it back running, but now I have for each entry an .torrent and a .1.torrent file.

    This with the advanced menu i don’t understand. I leave them for now in the finished folder. And i made a copy of all to my external (backup) drive.

  14. beukenoot May 25, 2013 at 20:10 #

    Hello. I moved all the DS-files to a special folder and i copied the torrents too. But with utorrent it seems now unpossible to connect it again to keep seeding for you. DOes it not allow 2 folders for seeding?? I have messed up the whole thing and also all other torrent files (finshed ones) were deleted but i could them recover from the recycle bin.

    Now I have to try to set up the seeding for you again, but from another folder. Aslo i want receive the finished DS files in that folder, but not other stuff. Is that possible?

    • Owen Smith May 26, 2013 at 18:36 #

      Put the files all back where they were and do a Force Recheck in uTorrent. Once it is happy and starts seeding showing it has the files again, use the Advanced menu in uTorrent to set the Download Location and this allows you to put all the Dreaming Spires releases in a sub directory with uTorrent still knowing where they are. This is exactly what I do.

  15. startrek1701 April 27, 2013 at 19:40 #

    Curious, the Skydive site…once the connection has been made to uTorrent and the downloads begin, do I have to keep these sites up? Sorry if this is a stupid question. I’m still feeling my way throough this process.

    • oxforddickie April 28, 2013 at 13:24 #

      No,you download the torrent and tat’s it, no need to keep the Skydrive window open

  16. Owen Smith April 15, 2013 at 00:19 #

    One thing I’ve noticed in uTorrent’s log window is “Banning peer: too many pex messages” for various peers. I assume pex means Peer Exchange. The strange thing is that it lists the software of the banned peer and pretty much all of them are uTorrent, many running 3.2.3 which is the version I run. It seems strange that the same software talking to itself exceeds some internal limit on allowed peer exhachange messages.

  17. ultimatetrouble April 14, 2013 at 01:01 #

    Say if I wanted to share some stuff as torrents, what would I have to do? I know I need a severer, no problem there, have an old low volume system i can leave on. just need to know how to get the file populated so people can download. Thanks in advance.

  18. Owen Smith April 12, 2013 at 18:05 #

    I turned off accepting unencrypted connections in my uTorrent configuration about a year ago. So if you’re trying to connect without encryption, you won’t be able to download from my server.

    I have my port set to be randomised in uTorrent, this means that every time I reboot my server it selects a different uTorrent port number randomly. Sometimes it seems like this helps, sometimes it doesn’t. It may depend what ISP the people downloading from me are using, since my ISP on my broadband package doesn’t do any traffic shaping (and I’ve run the tools that check this).

    Is this why you’ve changed from uTorrent to Tixati OD? You’ve been using uTorrent when new releases have been seeded previously, but for the second EV-4 release it looks like you’ve switched. What benefits does Tixati give?

    • oxforddickie April 12, 2013 at 18:17 #

      I’m wondering if that is the reason so many seem to be having problems downloading from us.

      I’msick and tired with the problems with uTorrent. TThe latest version won’t even create a torrent!!!!!!

      I looked around for a better replacement, an Tixati came out better in a test i read. It certainly has a lot more information about what is going on.

      Anyway, i’ll try it for a while

    • Owen Smith April 12, 2013 at 18:46 #

      I’ve not had any problems with uTorrent, except perhaps that the web client is out of date and getting more so since it appears to be un-maintained at the moment. I haven’t created any torrents for more than a year so I don’t know if that works.

      On another forum I frequent people suggest using Trader’s Little Helper (TLH) to create torrents instead of using the torrent software itself. I played with it once and it seemed to do a good job but it has lots of other features many of which need turning off.

      Tixati doesn’t have a web client so it isn’t suitable for use on my headless server. It does appear to be the best choice for information junkies.

      • oxforddickie April 12, 2013 at 18:54 #

        Your spot on about it being perfect for informaion junkies, i can now see who isn’t using encryption! ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Quite how they can muck up such a simple thing like like torrent creation is beyond me, and to be honest it never seemed to be as fast since it went to v3.

        Tixati doesn’t seem to muck about, speed certainly is not an issue (so far)

      • Owen Smith April 13, 2013 at 01:17 #

        The benefit of V3 uTorrent for me is that the web UI is quite a bit better than even the last V2 releases eg. 2.2.1. I also like the fact that there is no installer for uTorrent, you just run the .exe.

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