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  #162 (permalink)  
Old March 12th, 2004
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4cstr is flying high


sorry about the multiple posts

this may sound stupid, but when I download the 3.6.15, what file do I download. I followed the link to the old downloads, and there were a bunch there. I tried to download the one I thought was valid for win, but maybe I messed up.
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Old March 12th, 2004
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Default Removing and Re-Installing LimeWire

Don't sweat the multiple posts right now...
You've got other stuff to worry about first !!!

Anyway... click on this one

and when you get to the 'Downloads page'


LimeWireWin.exe 11-Nov-2003 16:17 4.8M

When the 'Download Box' opens, be sure to click on Save and NOT Open.
(You will need to select a suitable folder where you wish to 'Save' the file... Good idea to have a look first and see where you want to put it or, even 'create' a New Folder named "Program Installers" or something else equally catchy !!!)


Remember, it's OK to download the 3.6.15 version now, but BEFORE you try to install it, make certain that you have properly and completely Removed the other version you had/have installed.

To do this, click on 'Start' (down on the lower left of your Windows screen) and then click on 'Settings'...

Next, click on 'Control Panel'...

Then, click on the icon which says 'Add/Remove Programs'...

A 'terrifying' box will appear !!!

Scroll down the display of programs until you find 'LimeWire'...
Click ONCE on 'LimeWire'...
This will make the 'LimeWire' line highlighted...
Now click on the button on the lower right of the Add/Remove Programs screen in order to 'Remove' the highlighted program... i.e. LimeWire in this case...

You will then see some 'UnInstall' screens and you will need to answer 'yes' when prompted...

After this is all finished, be sure to go back and look in your (probably) C:\Program Files\ folder to check that there is nothing remaining there that relates to LimeWire...
If there is anything, Delete it... Yes, you can even delete the main LimeWire Folder if you should find it...

Phew, huh ?

NOW, really important...

(Do NOT 'Restart'... Actually 'Shutdown' the machine and 'Start' it 'fresh'.
(This is necessary so that 'Registry values' can be properly changed.)

After you Restart, do NOT connect to the internet... Do NOT even connect to your Internet Service Provider (ISP)...

Find the LimeWireWin.exe 'Install Program' that you Downloaded and click on it to make it Run...
Follow the basic install instructions...
Do NOT set it to 'start automatically' when you start your computer.

Don't even 'Run' it after you have installed it (If you have the choice.)

Now, guess what ?



Shutdown your machine and then start it again...
Same old thing... The 'registry' needs to be correctly updated.
(This is a habit that you should follow with 99.99% of ALL of the software that you install on your machine !)

Now, pray and start LimeWire !

If none of this helps, call 'Peerless' or 'trap_jaw4' !!!
(A little joke, sorry..)

By the way, it takes about one third less time to do all of this stuff than it does to write it down !!!

Important - Try to be sure that no other programs are running while you do the actual installation of programs...
Another very important habit that far too many people ignore, only to have problems later...
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  #164 (permalink)  
Old March 13th, 2004
Join Date: March 12th, 2004
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4cstr is flying high

Well, I tried. Twice even. Made sure there were no traces of any previous LW programs on the computer, and followed your instructions to the letter. Still no go. If I try to manually connect the little ball turns green for maybe a second or two, then goes back to red. *sigh...
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  #165 (permalink)  
Old March 17th, 2004
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Thumbs up OS 9.2.2

Also works for Mac OS 9.2.2 just have to find the Limewire preferences in the Preferences folder in the System folder. (I just did a search for Limewire and then clicked on each one until I found the one in the preferences folder) once you find it, drag it to the trash, then restart Limewire. You need to go through the set up again (takes just a moment) but Wahlah! Thanks!
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Old March 18th, 2004
Join Date: March 16th, 2004
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shoo is flying high

I have downloaded limewire 3..8.7 and couldn't connect. I am currently running Windows 2000 and went through the steps to delete the limewire directories from my user name file, like instructed and still nothing works when i try to click file and connect. HHHHEEEEELLLLPPPP
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Old March 18th, 2004
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Hi shoo.
There is a way to test for at least some connectivity: click on If the page does NOT say "Your test page was a success!" you'll have a quick indication something IS blocking connections on the default port of 6346.
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Old March 18th, 2004
Join Date: March 12th, 2004
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4cstr is flying high

Ok, I tried clicking that link, and the page just sat still with the hourglass. Nothing came up. So, does this mean that my provider is blocking conectivity to LW, or what? Is there any other way to connect?
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Old March 18th, 2004
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Someone who knows Windows will have to help (I'm on OSX), but that test told you that your computer couldn't make a connection through port 6346, the default gnutella port.

Where's the block? Whoever controls your access to the internet

1. Firewalls and other very valuable anti-virus software--how to set them up will vary depending on your OS and versions, so posting the specifics can catch the attention of others who have a similar setup.
2. Home Routers--they are a popular way to hook up home networks, and most have the very necessary built in blocks, which are not easy to configure. Post the specs if you use one, and again, someone might recognize the model and have some experience to share.

3. Try another port. Look for the links to other ports in Ursula's signature--they're in the Tips and Tricks Forum.

Beyond those three options the problem gets really messy, and ball is in the coders and business managers (who have used up most of the easier solutions) who put out your software and the network admins who provide the wiring and switches that make up the internet.

Here's a horribly simplified version of what else can be attempted for those who have given up on easy downloads and just are interested in the filesharing.

The wires (usually) run to upstream routers and other controls--run by network admins, usually the ISP or work/school people. There are businesses who sell p2p controls to networks, and their sales depend on convincing the ISPs that blocking p2p will solve many problems and save money. All you can do here is politely build up a relationship with these people, find out their policies, and try to get them to cooperate with your communication needs. After all, that's what they want to do, but there's a lot of FUD about the legitimacy of p2p. Once the wire is out of your home, the political problems become greater than the technical.

bottom line--support p2p developers who are the ones really trying to get you connected. Your network admins will be happy if you just browse the Web and do email, or pay them for downloading what they offer.

Cheers--sorry about the length, but this problem of connections gets me going.
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  #170 (permalink)  
Old March 20th, 2004
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Does anyone know where I can download an old version of Limewire and give me a link.
OS X 10.1.5
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