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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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  #261 (permalink)  
Old September 7th, 2004
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checkairway is flying high

I had a simular problem look here see if it helps
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Old September 14th, 2004
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valfran is flying high
Default connection

It didn't work Windows XP
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Old September 15th, 2004
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Wink it worked

deleting the pref file worked! but i'm not sure how long this is gonna last. i followed the "connection problem" link on LW and changed the firewalls settings for gnutella network and that worked for that one time too. and after that, it just wont connect again till i tried this method. i'm just worried that this problem might recur. i don't want to be deleting my pref file everytime i want to connect. another prob would be files that were incomplete wont be able to continue downloading if i were to turn on LW the next time.
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Old September 16th, 2004
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valfran is flying high

I follow LW "connection problems" but still no luck.
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Old September 16th, 2004
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Default Connection Problem

Unfortunately....... it appears that the connection problems in truth, DO NOT lay with the user...... but with a problem within Limewire.

Lo and behold, an error message came up today about a BUG.
the first one I've seen since this problem started.

I've had limewire for quite a while and until this past week it worked just fine.

Now, It tells me I'm not connected to the internet ..... Wrong... I'm connected 24/7. Then I go from disconnected to connecting.. to turbo.... then steadily down. Even reloading the program several times does not help, nor did reinstalling it.

I must caution the NOVICE.... Tweeks and messing with certain aspects of your security sytsems may not only cause you more problems , but also open the door to invasion.

We can either put up with the irritation of the program not working properly, or just wait until someone from Gnutella takes the time to really look into this situation.

And yes... it worked just fine after the Win XP service pk 2 was installed and tweeked.

Last edited by Suzanne Knight; September 16th, 2004 at 05:39 PM.
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Windoze XP SP2 does ALL manner of naughty self-indulgent and self-important things upon installing it...

Firewall settings, Outlook Express security options, blah blah blah...

Install it if you feel that you must, but
be sure to check all of your previous configurations...

MANY changes are made to default settings and there is no adequate warning to the user that such changes are being made.

10s and 10s of 1,000s of businesses have been badly bent by this crap from M$ as, at the least, they were unable to deal with email attachments until Outlook Express options were manually reset to 'workable' parameters...

On more than 10 of the machines I tend in a rather wide-spread flock, 3rd party internet security and firewall and antivirus software was disabled by installing XP SP2.
Nice, hmmm ?

btw... who Suzanne Knight ?
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Old September 19th, 2004
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Nstock is flying high
Question firewall problems

I just downloaded limewire four days ago and have never been able to connect. I cannot connect to any other download program either. It says that I have a firewall problem. I have tried to put limewire on the exceptions list for firewalls and I put the port UDP and TCP 6346 port on there also as an exception. I am running the new service pack from microsoft and windows xp. I always get a message that a firewall is blocking my access. What else am I supposed to do? I really want this program to work.

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Old September 19th, 2004
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Default follow directions

If you are having trouble connecting, Follow the Directions to the letter and you will connect I was having trouble for a while, played with every port that they say and no connection. found this little fix to remove that folder and B I N G O connection. but make sure you are exactly where it says. Thanks so much for this fix
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Old September 19th, 2004
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>>If you are having trouble connecting, Follow the Directions to the letter<<

Follow what directions??? I see no directions, and if I do, its all about xp, which I don't have. I have ME, but I'm sure its not much different. And for the love of God, where do I go to disable the firewall? I have no idea why I can't get connected and it's very frustrating. I have the newest Java because I just downloaded it yesterday.
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Old September 19th, 2004
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Ranana I have no idea whether this will lead to some hints (I'm a mac person sorry), but I've a few links related to Win ME: Link 1 , & Link 2 , & Link 3 , & lastly Link 4. This is obviously not my area, but there might be some points there. There's also a forum/2 you can post about such things specific to Win ME. Just a thought. But then, does win me have its own firewall? I suspect it's the firewall brand/router brand that you might need to be having a look at. See pointers about this at bottom of the following page or search the forum for firewall/router.

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