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birdy March 4th, 2009 09:40 PM

If LW 5 Will Not Connect
 
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The advice in this thread is intended for people using LW 5 only. If you're having a connection problem with LW 4, please click on the link below:)
http://www.gnutellaforums.com/connec...t-connect.html
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If LW 5 will not connect, here's what to try first.

Connection fix (Windows users)
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Try this fix:* Windows Gnutella Connect Fix, 2013 / Mirror download site 2 (registration necessary for Mirror 2) / Uploaded mirror / MediaFire mirror (no wait, just a couple of clicks of the LPE ConnectFix file.)

*A kind user has made a YouTube video, detailing how to use the Windows Gnutella Connect Fix 2013 which uses same approach: How to fix Limewire connecting problem in 2012 - YouTube

(If you are using similar program to LW, then see http://www.gnutellaforums.com/other-...re-clones.html. . FrostWire users see LW4 Connect help page)

1. Download the LimeWire Connection Fix zip file, save the file.
2. Double click on the file that you've saved & extract it with an archive utility such as WinRar, 7zip, WinZip.
3. Close LW & make sure that it's not running by checking in Task Manager. If a LW process is running, end the process.
4. Run the LimeWire Connection Fix installer by double clicking on the icon. Click 'Finish' once installation is complete.
5. Restart LW.

If LW hasn't connected after 15 to 20 minutes, close LW, wait at least one to two minutes & then open LW again. If still no connection, run the Connection Fix installer again.

* If you don't have an archive utility already installed then you can download 7-Zip for free here: 7-Zip

If after trying the fix a few times and LW does not connect, leave LW running for 30-60 minutes, sometimes LW will mysteriously connect.

(Users of LimeWire 5 or Pirate Edition should install the LimeStart program to prevent their connection file being deleted if LW has not been used after 28 days.)

Users can save the Connection Fix installer & use it again if they experience further connection problems ;)

If you are using Cabos or a LimeWire 4 Clone, find a ConnectFix installer here or at Sabercat
If using WireShare, simply delete the gnutella.net file whilst WireShare is closed. Then re-open WireShare and the connection file will be automatically replaced.


Connection fix (Mac OS X users)
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Run * MacOSX Gnutella Connect Fix (runs on any OSX) . / . MediaFire Mirror . / . 4Shared Mirror. Francais is now incorporated within the installer based on auto-detection of system language. This will allow you to connect whether using LW 5 or LW 4. - (If problems running the fix-program, please let us know.)


Instructions: (1) Make sure LimeWire is closed. (2) Download the zipped file. (3) Unzip. (4) Run the LimeWire ConnectFix program & it should take about 2-3 seconds before finishing. (5) Restart LW.

If LW hasn't connected after 15 or 20+ minutes, close LW, wait at least one to two minutes and then Open LW again. If still no connection, run the Connection Fix installer again.

If after trying the fix a few times and LW does not connect, leave LW running for 30-60 minutes, sometimes LW will mysteriously connect.

If you are using Cabos, Acqlite or Acquisition, find a ConnectFix installer here or at SaberCat . . FrostWire users see LW4 Connect help page (link at top of post).

If using WireShare, simply delete the gnutella.net file whilst WireShare is closed. Then re-open WireShare and the connection file will be automatically replaced.

Users can save the Connection Fix installer & use it again if they experience further connection problems. ;)

* If using MacOSX 10.8 or later, set the program to 'Prevent App Nap' otherwise App Nap will continually drop all active connections between every 15 to 120 minutes if not actively using the program. In Finder, use the Go menu on the toolbar & choose Applications (else keyboard shortcut is Shift-Command-A.) Find the program you are using (LimeWire, WireShare, FrostWire, Acqlite, Cabos) and control/right-click the program and choose Get Info. Check the option for 'Prevent App Nap'. Also disable the option to 'Open in 32-bit mode'. Desktop computers don't need App Nap in any case, they don't run off batteries!!!

LimeStart to protect LW 5 / LW Pirate Edition from deleting your connection file if LW has not been used in 28 or more days. See details here.

Connection fix (LINUX users) - LimeWire or FrostWire
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Download the file called Linux_Combo_LimeWire-FrostWire_ConnectFix.tar.gz from here or via SaberCat
A very basic Connection Fix installer for Linux users of either LimeWire or FrostWire. Download the file and uncompress. Open the uncompressed folder and either read the note or follow these instructions:
Set the LimeWire/FrostWire ConnectFix script file's properties & permission to Execute. Then open the file in Terminal & follow the prompts. Easy as that. Careful to choose either LimeWire or FrostWire or otherwise an unnecessary folder will be created in your settings folder.

Linux users of LW5 / LPE are recommended to use the Linux version of LimeStart to prevent LW deleting the connection file if LW has not been used in 28 or more days. Details here.

If using WireShare, simply delete the gnutella.net file whilst WireShare is closed. Then re-open WireShare and the connection file will be automatically replaced.
REPLACE gnutella.net FILE
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Close LW. Make sure that it’s properly closed by opening Task Manager (ctrl+alt+del for Windows XP, Ctrl+Shift+Esc for Windows Vista & Windows 7) & click on the Processes tab. If there’s a LW process running, end the process.

The links below will take you to file hosting sites where you can download a file named gnutella.net.
* If using WireShare, simply delete the gnutella file and WireShare should be able to download fresh connection data next time you start the program.

Here are a few options: gnutella.net via Sabercat hosting and gnutella.net via MediaFire. Other alternatives are Gnutella.net or gnutella.net 3 but please note that 4Shared requires you to be registered & logged in before you can download files.

When a dialog box appears, asking you whether you want to open or save the file - save the file. Remember where you've saved the file to. If you download the gnutella.net file direct, your browser may ask you what to do with the file, simply save to computer then follow the directions below.

LimeWire's gnutella.net file is located within LW's preferences folder... a folder named LimeWire.

Windows Xp: Click on Start > click on run > type %appdata% into the text field > ok.
You should now see a lot of folders - find the one named LimeWire, open it & you'll see your gnutella.net file inside that folder. Delete that gnutella.net file & replace it with the one that you've just downloaded.
*If you can't see your LimeWire (preferences) folder then please follow the more detailed instructions below...

Go to Control Panel > Folder Options > click on the View tab > put a dot in the circle next to ‘show hidden files and folders’ > apply > ok.

Go to Start > click on My Computer > double click on Documents and Settings > double click on the folder with your username > double click on Application Data. Now look for a folder named LimeWire. This folder named LimeWire is your preferences folder. You need to open the LimeWire folder by double clicking on it.
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Once you’ve opened the LimeWire folder, look for a file named gnutella.net (or it may be named gnutella).
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Delete that file. Leave the LimeWire folder open.
If there’s no file named gnutella.net or gnutella, don’t panic...you can put one into the folder.

Go & find the gnutella.net file that you downloaded earlier. Copy that gnutella.net file & paste it into the open LimeWire folder.

Close all folders, restart your computer & then start LW.

WindowsVista: You'll need to look for your preferences folder in a different place. Try C:\Users\your username\AppData\Roaming\LimeWire
And more info about how to show hidden files & folders, and how to find the preferences folder here LimeWire Pref Folder in Vista and Windows 7

Windows 7:
Click the Start button > type %appdata% into the text field > ok.
You should now see a lot of folders - find the one named LimeWire, open it & you'll see your gnutella.net file inside that folder. Delete that gnutella.net file & replace it with the one that you've just downloaded.
*If you can't see your LimeWire (preferences) folder then please follow the more detailed instructions for Windows Vista above (same advice for Windows 7)...
Windows 8: Search > type %appdata% into the text field.
Roaming will appear listed below the search box, click on this listing and the Roaming folder will open on Desktop. Find a folder named LimeWire, open it & you'll see your gnutella.net file inside that folder. Delete that gnutella.net file & replace it with the one that you've just downloaded. Click here to see Windows 8 search sample image

Mac users check out LOTR's post here for instructions: http://www.gnutellaforums.com/326820-post7.html

Linux users replace the gnutella.net file at ~/.limewire/gnutella.net
Or simple instructions for Linux users, see http://www.gnutellaforums.com/genera...eferences.html
The ~/.limewire folder is hidden unless you enable show hidden files and folders, else navigate there via the terminal.
Linux users of LW5 / LPE are recommended to use the Linux version of LimeStart to prevent LW deleting the connection file if LW has not been used in 28 or more days. Details here.
CHECK YOUR FIREWALL
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Make sure that you're only using 1 software firewall (running multiple software firewalls won't give you extra protection - they'll conflict with each other & won't work properly).

Make sure that your firewall is configured to allow LW.
Check out this sticky: Setting up an exception for LimeWire in your software firewall
Also have a look at this site for info about how to configure popular firewalls: PortForward.com - Free Help Setting up Your Router or Firewall
If your firewall doesn't appear in the list, check your firewall's website for more info about configuring.

In LW go tools > advanced tools...there you'll see whether you're behind a firewall or not: (click here to see Sample image) & have connection problems after updating your version of LW - try removing the present LW rules from within your firewall's config. Then start from scratch & add new rules. eg here's some advice for Norton users: http://www.gnutellaforums.com/226610-post6.html

DISCONNECT/RECONNECT LW

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In LW, click on File > exit. Wait a couple of minutes & then restart LW
UPDATE/REINSTALL JAVA
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You can update to the latest version of Java here:Java Downloads for All Operating Systems - Sun Microsystems
Download the Windows offline installer. After downloading the installer, remove any other Java versions installed via Control Panel. Install the latest Java & then reboot your computer. If using Vista or later, see Java administrator installation permissions below.

* Note: Often Java updates are the 64-bit version which breaks LW5 or LPE's connection abilities on Windows. Answer is to reinstall the 32-bit Java. The 32-bit version is usually named with i586 within the file-name. The 64-bit version will usually have x64 or la64 within the file-name. ie: the 32-bit Java must always be installed last on Windows systems. Example here.
If you are using Java 6, then you can find a java 6 version here for Windows, MacOSX 10.7-8, or Linux.
Set Java to 'Run as Administrator'
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This applies to Vista, Windows 7 or 8 or later only.
Go to the Start menu search box and type in java.exe. Right-click the search result and choose Run as Administrator. Alternatively, reinstall Java and set the Java installer to Run as Administrator. For some odd reason this seems to improve LW's ability to connect. Two methods to set Java to Run as Administrator.
Sample images: Set Java to Run as Admin during installation and Set Java to Run as Admin if Java is already installed

CHANGE LISTEN ON PORT
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In LW tools > options > advanced > super really advanced > firewall. Change LW's listen on port to 65000 (or try any ports in the range of 49152 - 65535) > apply > ok. If you have port forwarding set up for a modem/router, you'll need to change the port forwarded to match LW's new listening port. If you have a specific port number allowed thru a software firewall, make sure that you allow LW's new port number. Sample image click here

PURGE DOWNLOAD QUEUE
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See LOTR's advice in post #4 here: http://www.gnutellaforums.com/gettin...tml#post339715
DELETE LIMEWIRE'S PREFERENCES FOLDER
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Deleting LW's preferences folder will change all of the settings within LW's options (speed, max number of downloads, down/upload bandwidth etc etc). If you're not too sure of your settings, go to LW's tools > options & make a note of how everything's set, so that you can reset things later.

LW must be properly closed before deleting the preferences folder. Windows users, check in Task Manager to see whether there's a LW process running. If there is - end the process.

See this link: http://www.gnutellaforums.com/window...ng-should.html
Don't forget to read this post if you have incomplete downloads that you want to resume later!

If you're using Vista or Windows 7 or 8, you'll need to look for your preferences folder in a different place. Try C:\Users\your username\AppData\Roaming\LimeWire
And more info about how to show hidden files & folders, and how to find the preferences folder here LimeWire Pref Folder in Vista and Windows 7+8

Mac OS X users see LOTR's post in this thread for how to delete preferences: Deleting LW Preferences folder in OSX

Linux users simple instructions without using terminal see http://www.gnutellaforums.com/genera...eferences.html

You'll know if you've deleted the preferences folder properly...when you start LW, it will take you through the setup wizard. Also, all of the settings within LW's options will have reverted back to default. If you restart LW & don't have to go through the setup wizard, that means that you haven't deleted the preferences folder properly. In that case, make sure that LW's properly closed & start again!

There's a small chance that you might have 2 preferences folders - one named .limewire & one named LimeWire. Sometimes there are 2 folders, because very old versions of LW have the folder in a different location.
DISABLE ULTRAPEER CAPABILITIES, DHT & TLS
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Originally Posted by Lord of the Rings (Post 310353)
Something else to try is go to LW's menu bar, Tools > Options > Advanced > Super Really Advanced > Performance and disable Ultrapeer and DHT and TLS. Then press apply. Then connect manually. If it connects, then can re-enable those performance options. :)
(later LW 5 versions: Tools > Options > Advanced > Performance)
Click to see sample for LW 5


IF YOU'RE STILL STUCK

If you're sure that you've done everything correctly, but LW still won't connect...use the forum search. Looking through older threads might help you to solve your own problem. lf you need more help, post with your details. Maybe your connection problem has something to do with your software firewall, your ISP, an internal firewall within your modem/router, or the place you're trying to connect from. But we'll never know unless we have details about your setup!!

Click on this link & you'll see the details that we need.
System details - help us to help you -> Provide these details when you post!!!(click on link)

When you post with your details, please tell us what fixes you've already tried.



Do not disable file-sharing, do not 'freeload', if nobody were sharing files, you know of course there would be no files to download. If you are a part of the file-sharing community, then share your part and be a respected member of the file-sharing community. Do you never return what you borrow from your friends? Do you never return your partner's kisses and attention? File-sharing can even be a passion!


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