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  #641 (permalink)  
Old April 23rd, 2008
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Default Download question

Got a problem--I think. I'm running Windows XP and using the McAfee Firewall. I notice that I'm not getting hardly any matches at 320KB when I used to get a lot. The a lot f the content I am getting will not download. What's the scoop. Is it me or is the net just getting to the point that most people want 128KB downloads.. Thanks, Megasoid
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Old May 4th, 2008
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Default help

Well you seem to know what you are talking about so I thought I would ask a question.
I am pretty new to limewire. When I origianally downloaded it I had now problems. But now when i do a search the progress bar advances slowly but nothing shows up in the feed of possible songs to download.
I have no idea why nothing is coming thru

Originally Posted by LeeWare View Post
I posted this thread in the open discussion but decided I should also post it here as it could be useful for some people.

Maximizing upload/download Success LimeWire


I'm starting this thread to address two common problems which seem to appear over and over again in the forums.

General description of the problem:

1. Problems downloading content
2. Low upload count

With the influx of users to peer to peer networking and specifically New LimeWire users many of which I assume are also new broadband users there are several issues that arise out of a general lack of knowledge in what is required to participate in this type of networking model with moderate success. There are a few things that become self evident if you've spent any time on the Gnutella network and these forums.

1. Posts to the forum that don't adequately describe the problem. (for example, I can't connect.) -

The status of these problems would have a higher probability of receiving useful feedback if users provided some basic information such as; machine, operating system, connection speed, location of connection I.E. School work or home.

For example: I'm new to Limewire- I just downloaded limewire and installed it on a Windows 98 Machine with a T1 connection to the network from school. I don't have a firewall installed on my computer and don't know if there is one here but I cannot seem to connect using limewire. My other application i'e web browsers and email work fine. Can anybody tell me what's wrong?

2. Posts to the forum for issues that have been addressed in the FAQs suggests that people are not reading them.

3. Posts to forum for issues that have been addressed in other threads this also suggests that people are not even reading the threads before they post.
4. Post to areas of the forum that are not necessarily dedicated to the issues being raised. Connection Problems in the Open Discussion Forum. MAC issues in the Open Forum.

5. Finally, posts to the forum that have nothing to do with file sharing.

Now, for the problems people are having with uploading / downloading, Consider the following suggestions:

To maximize your ability to download successfully do the following things:

1. Go to tools/options/searching/Quality (show all four star results)

This will effectively filter out all of the people who are behind firewalls or have other connection issues, this will greatly reduce your frustration in downloading.

I should note however, that this could significantly reduce the amount of content you see, as most of the content being shared on the network is being shared from hosts which are poorly configured for sharing and you would probably have problems downloading from them anyway.

2. Go to tools/options/searching/speed (show all speeds)

I make this suggestion because if you are already filtering by Quality, filtering by speed will further reduce your results. If there 20 people on modem connections that have the content you want why not download from them.

3. Go to tools/options/filters/hosts under the disallow all messages from specific hosts add the following IPs: 192.168.*.* AND 10.*.*.*

I make this suggestion to filter out all the host who have incorrectly forwarded their private IP address on the network. These IP addresses are NOT routable and you will NOT be able to connect and download content from these hosts so ignore results from these guys. if

4. Go to tools/options/filters/keywords Filter out search results containing !!!

Most likely viruses or porn files emulating your search queries.

Now on to problems with uploading. If you are experiencing problems with people up loading from your computer the suggestions I made in and maximizing your ability to download see 1 through 4 above.) your machine could be one of these hosts.

I'll start with some general suggestions:

1. Make sure that you are not sharing from a work or school location as peer to peer traffic tends to be administratively prohibited. although it may not be explicitly blocked they could be applying quality of service rules to your traffic.

2. If you are sharing from home - leave your machine on for at least 4 hours (you can't expect people to download from you if you jump on the network do some searches and then disconnect.)

3. Finally, if you are using NAT (meaning that the IP address of your machine is 10.x.x.x or 192.x.x.x ) now, might be able to connect, search and download from the network but no one will be able to upload from you. If you have taken the advise of others to force your IP using limewire then your half way there, as your port forwarding is working correctly. But, you need to FORCE THE IP OF YOUR ROUTER or FIREWALL to the network. To find out what your ip is from the machine that you use to get on Gnutella open a web browser to What Is My IP Address? - IP Address Lookup, Info, Speed Test, and more
(write this IP down and force this IP in Limewire) If you need help testing this Just post a reply to this thread.

By implementing these suggestions you will have better luck downloading and uploading on Gnutella.
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Old May 22nd, 2008
Join Date: October 13th, 2006
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 7
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Hi All,

I haven't posted on this forum for a long long time. Back when LW was 4.12.x. I just downloaded the most recent LW from the main page.

I have about 30gb of stuff to share.. mostly .mp3's at 128 or 192 quality.

I have Windows XP SP2 (upgraded from 1a) and now about to upgrade to SP3.

How much RAM / Memory does LW 4.16 need to use to operate properly? Can a user set the preferences so that the system allocates enough RAM to the program each time it is started?

Also, I'm still on Dialup, using my local free dialup ISP ( / IP @ but I use a few local wifi connections a lot. I get lots of varying speeds from LW while downloading files off LW.

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Old May 23rd, 2008
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Only thing I know for sure about your updates, is DON'T download the new Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows is a mess full of glitches they will be patching forever with updates; stick with SP2. It is a bit difficult to share 30 Gigs of stuff or download more with only a dial-up, which I think is a max of 56K. Even with the odd wi-fi hook-up it sounds like your computer is fairly dated because of your concern with RAM. A few suggestions based on speculation about your system, which all, unfortunately, cost money.
First, your dial-up is a major choke-point with narrow bandwidth - would suggest you pay an Internet Service Provider for bottom end hi-speed service. Second, suggest 512MBytes RAM and 1GigaHertz computer clock speed is bare minimum for your system if you want to have LWire on and still be able to do other tasks. Hope Vegan replies to my questions and this post to you helps a bit. Let me know, caseybob
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Old June 27th, 2008
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Red face Dircect Connect

Hello newbie here.. is anyone here can teach how to use direct connection in frostwire..

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Originally Posted by bartyboy15 View Post
Hello newbie here.. is anyone here can teach how to use direct connection in frostwire..
How to use Magnet Links & Direct Connect
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Old July 13th, 2008
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Hello! I have Windows XP - computer is only just over a year old DEll XPS and have an extremely fast cable connection. I had limewire pro for a year with lightning downloads. My year ran out and I renewed last week with the upgrade to 4.18 and connections have been poor to non-existant all week. Limewire recieved payment but I have only been able to download two songs in a week.
Is the upgrade at fault? Is there something else I need to get for the rest of the internet gives me full download whilst my Limewire is stuck in "starting connection" 59 out of 60 minutes an hour.
Please help. Thanks!
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Old October 8th, 2008
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Default not downloading or playing.... Help!!!

when i click on download or play, nothing happens... this technical support format is not very user friendly. i just wanna know exactly what to do so that i can use what i have paid for... please help me .
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Old October 8th, 2008
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Originally Posted by monsieur305 View Post
when i click on download or play, nothing happens... this technical support format is not very user friendly. i just wanna know exactly what to do so that i can use what i have paid for... please help me .
See: License Warning Option.
If it ain't broke, fix it till it is!
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Old October 11th, 2008
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Unhappy port fowarding

I need help with manual portfowarding for limewire. I dowloaded the program a few days ago and I have very slow downloads. The port 6346 is busy so I have to us another port. Also the IP address that my computer gives me via the command prompt is different than the one I receive from the "what is my ipaddress" website
1. OS version? Windows xp pro
2. What firewalls you have? I have just the firewall that comes with windows
3. How much ram? 1.86GHz
4. Hard Disk space available? 160gb
5. Connection type? (eg: dialup, broadband, cable, etc.) cable, I am in a dorm with wireless internet.
6. Modem & router brand name & model numbers? I don't have my own router
I am connecting wirelessly via the Dorms' network
7. Where are you trying to connect from (house, appartment complex, school, student accomodation, work, etc.)? student accomodation
8. What version of LimeWire (LW) & Java do you have? Limewire 4.18.1-- Java 1.6.0_07
9. Who is your ISP (Internet Service Provider)? Unknown
10. Do this simple test for us. Using your browser go here: The page should say 'Your test worked!'. What happens when you go there? It said 'your test worked'
11. Are you sharing the connection with other computers or p2p sharing programs? If yes, please give details of set up. Yes I am sharing the connection with other computer in this building
12. Is this a your 1st try at LW or is this a new problem with an experienced user. I have used limewire at home before but I had my own router and I portfortwarded with my own router, the port 6346 was not busy, I was using XP home edition, and my ip address was 192........, and it seemed much easier the last time I did it.
13. Do you see a brick wall in front of the blue world icon at the bottom of LW's interface? Yes I see the brick and it say "limewire has detected a firewall" which is what I am trying to remove without disabling my firewall on my computer.
14. For those using a modem/router, how is your modem/router set up...are you port forwarding or is UPnP enabled?
15. What security programs are you using (antivirus etc)? Some people might not be aware that their security suite includes a firewall. I am using spybot and AVG.
16. What country are you living in? Sometimes there are ISPs with the same name in more than one country (eg Clearwire in the USA & also in Ireland). I am in the US
17. Has anything in your setup changed recently? Have you updated your version of LW or Java? Have you added any new software or new hardware? Have you updated any software? Have you moved house, changed internet plan or ISP etc etc?
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