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Connection Problems Problems getting the LimeWire or WireShare program connecting to the Gnutella network. (not about connecting to files, that is a Download/Upload Problems section issue.) Please supply system details as described in the forum rules.
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  #221 (permalink)  
Old July 19th, 2004
Posts: n/a

well, got a router, that wasnt the problem, got some kind of northon firewall, ive just disabled that one, just figured that out, so it wasnt really somethin special though
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  #222 (permalink)  
Old July 29th, 2004
Join Date: July 29th, 2004
Posts: 2
kidrev is flying high
Default step by step SOS!

I guess I need someone to "lead me by the hand" through this! Frustrating indeed. I am running XP and have not been able to connect at all. I do NOT use zonealarm and the xp firewall is not enabled.

I tried to delete the user file C:/Documents And Settings/your_username/.limewire as suggested by someone in the forum, but cannot locate this file. Via "search" all I can find is .limewire Suggestions?

They also said preferences would then need to be reset. Where is this accomplished?

Any other suggestions????
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  #223 (permalink)  
Old July 29th, 2004
Join Date: December 28th, 2002
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 7
Mommosan is flying high
Thumbs down You're wasting your breath...

... or rather, your keystrokes! It appears that there are no LimeWire techies interested in our problems who bother to read anything in this forum. So, it's just us frustrated, confused, Limewire users talking to ourselves... and the wall.

I even emailed them directly on their website, saying that I was a pro user. and they said their tech support was good for only six months (my program was a year old), and that I would have to buy the NEW pro version in order to get tech support again.

I responded saying I wouldn't mind paying that small sum, but wanted to know if they would guarantee it would work. They never bothered to respond!

Looks like the FORUM is just a gripe session amongst us grumblers.
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  #224 (permalink)  
Old July 29th, 2004
Join Date: January 2nd, 2002
Location: Ooltewah TN
Posts: 495
Norm is flying high


Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling Java?

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  #225 (permalink)  
Old July 30th, 2004
Join Date: December 28th, 2002
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 7
Mommosan is flying high

No I have not. I'm afraid I don't know about uninstallation / installation of java. However, I will search for information on it... unless you can tell me how to do that. Is it a regular 'program' that I can uninstall in the "Add/Remove Programs" section?

I truly appreciate any help you can give me....
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  #226 (permalink)  
Old July 30th, 2004
Join Date: January 2nd, 2002
Location: Ooltewah TN
Posts: 495
Norm is flying high


Here is something you might try first. Go to control panel, open the Java icon, select the browser tab and uncheck both IE and Netscape. Reboot and try Limewire.

If that doesn't work you can uninstall Java from the add/remove section.

You will have to go to and download Java if you don't have a copy to reinstall.

Good luck,

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  #227 (permalink)  
Old July 30th, 2004
Join Date: July 30th, 2004
Posts: 1
wjalverson is flying high
Default Connection Problems

I am SO confused. The ONLY reason I have limewire is so I can download music. I paid $18 for a two year subscription to MyMusic and it's now worthless because I can not connect.

This is B*LLSH*T

I'm using Windows 98 at my work. Can anyone actually help me?

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  #228 (permalink)  
Old August 9th, 2004
Join Date: April 9th, 2004
Posts: 41
bird is flying high
Thumbs down This *kinda* worked!

I deleted the .limewire directory, and now I can connect - which I couldn't do before - but I still get a 'poor' connection, or booted out.

This really sucks that I pay for a service i can't use. May raise some he** until I get a refund yet....
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  #229 (permalink)  
Old August 11th, 2004
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Angry can't *%$*@! connect

Tried your idea, but alas no go! it seems to attempt to connect but the quality doesn't rise above the first bar and then disconnects. i have tried everything including getting my IT guy to sit with me as we go through this thing and nothing is happening. what could be wrong? the server is set up to allow Gnutella through port 6346 and i have done everything asked of me in the setup of the program and through information gleaned from the website but to no avail. i feel like i should know what to do but must admit that it seems as though the program itself is at fault
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  #230 (permalink)  
Old August 12th, 2004
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Default connecting

i have done everything that has been said with in this forum, but i must be missing something. i restored my system back to May and everything was fine. then i downloaded about 3 songs quit for the night and tried again the next day. when i try to connect it truies but immediately disconnects. i have checked all zone alarm files you recommended, all of the firewall connections and everything is ok. what am i doing wrong. help
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