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  #1081 (permalink)  
Old March 15th, 2007
Join Date: March 15th, 2007
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Unhappy I need help badly

I've been using LimeWire for years. I used to have LimeWire Pro (4.2.6). I rebooted my pc. I reinstalled everything and decided to install LimeWire 4.12.11. I suddenly can't connect. I have Windows XP, Belkin router and McAfee Internet Security. I already disabled ALL firewalls but LimeWire still shows I'm behind a firewall. I tried BearShare and it worked (and then uninstalled it again). I really wanted LimeWire to work coz I love it and I'm used to its settings... but if it doesn't work I would have to use BearShare instead.
Can someone please help me get LimeWire to work. Thanks!
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  #1082 (permalink)  
Old March 15th, 2007
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What if my 'test page' worked (per previous note to check this page first for connection). there was no information or link to address if there seems to be some kind of communication- but there still is 'no connection' w/ Limewire.
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  #1083 (permalink)  
Old March 23rd, 2007
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RodsterOH73 is flying high
Thumbs up it worked!

I'm on XP and I had to search in a little bit further then the location you suggested, but I found the file and upon restarting Limewire after deleting said file it seems to be working fine again. An additional note I will add is that I had been able to connect on this system prviously.
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  #1084 (permalink)  
Old March 23rd, 2007
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Smile It Worked

Thanks this worked a treat!!!
Windows xp
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  #1085 (permalink)  
Old March 23rd, 2007
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marvlo is flying high

this didn't work for me either...
Checked my Windows firewall... and LW is selected to let thru.... what else??? as mentioned b4- it worked a few weeks ago....
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  #1086 (permalink)  
Old March 24th, 2007
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larsenator4000 is flying high

How do you know what file to delete? Which file is the preferences file?
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  #1087 (permalink)  
Old March 24th, 2007
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Originally Posted by larsenator4000
How do you know what file to delete? Which file is the preferences file?
It's a folder.

For LW versions 4.9.34 & later:

In Windows it's C:\Documents and Settings\your username\Application Data\LimeWire. It's hidden by default, so you'll have to show hidden files & folders to see it.

Instructions for deleting the preferences folder are in points 2 & 3 of this sticky.
Fixes for LimeWire

Last edited by birdy; March 24th, 2007 at 05:05 PM.
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  #1088 (permalink)  
Old March 25th, 2007
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Hey, I know how you guys feel about this connection thing, I tried everything, including sdaswani's idea of deleting the limewire's directory. And when I say everything I mean everything. I attempted to manually port forward, but my isp (internet service provider) didn't like me tinkering with the connection settings and made me go back to default. I've readjusted my firewall, everything, and whatever I do it's always that one constant green bar with a brick wall in front of the globe. And the most frusterating thing is, Limewire used to work amazing. The only reason it doesn't now is I was forced to uninstall it while removing a worm from my pc. now when I re download it, everytime, it never connects. It's sooooo frusterating. And in case that "birdy" user desides they want to help me, I'll give all possible information. Please I'm desprate, if any of you can give me any more ideas it would greatly apprechiated! Thanks!

1. OS version? (eg: Windows 98) Windows XP
2. What firewalls you have? Windows Firewall (the one that came with it)
3. How much ram? 376 mb ram
4. Hard Disk space available? 1.66 GB on my (D) drive and 211 GB on my (:C) drive
5. Connection type? (eg: dialup, broadband, cable, etc.) dial up
6. Modem & router brand name & model numbers? Agere Win Modem version, (I can't find a model number, the modem came with my computer
7. Where are you trying to connect from (house, appartment complex, school, student accomodation, work, etc.)? House, but the connection is through the school board
8. What version of LimeWire (LW) & Java do you have? (Go to LW's menu Help>About LW...) Will show both LW & Java version. 4.12.11 (limewire) 1.5.0_11 (java)
9. Who is your ISP provider (Internet Service Provider)?Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (hpedsb)
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 says your test worked than tells me the page is loaded leaving me on a white screen with "Your test Worked!" there in black letters. that's it.
11. Are you sharing the connection with other computers or p2p sharing programs? If yes, please give details of set up. no, I have my own personal client number
12. Is this a your 1st try at LW or is this a new problem with an experienced user. It's a new problem, like I said earlier, limewire never used to act up until I had to reinstall it from a worm
13. Do you see a brick wall in front of the blue world icon at the bottom of LW's interface? Most definitely, with zero connection and one green bar at a constant.
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  #1089 (permalink)  
Old March 27th, 2007
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Default Still can not connect

Hi All,

I am running XP Pro.
I was able to connect b4 but not anymore.
Have tried everything from this forum, when i try to check this does not work.

I am able to connect to BearShare

Please help.

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  #1090 (permalink)  
Old March 27th, 2007
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Default Help Can Not Connect

Hi All,

I tried everything and still can not connect.
Tried this test but did not work.

I was able to connect b4.
I am able to connect to BearShare

Please Help
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