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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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Old September 18th, 2005
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where is the preferences folder i have gone to the said folder in my documents and settings but there is no preferences folder please help? ben
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mrbenn use your operating system search engine to find .limewire; there's sample images of what to do at the bottom of the thread here: Fixes for Limewire
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Old September 19th, 2005
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worked for me. cheers.
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Old September 23rd, 2005
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Angry can't connect

i tried deleting the library and i still cant connect it says unable to initialize and start please allow access to internet and restart limewire. i have reset all ports in my firewall settings. it was working fine until it upgraded to .30 version got windows XP and windows fire wall thats it.
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Old September 23rd, 2005
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Angry cannot connect

i have tried your limewire fixes, i have deleted the .limewire folder, i have downloaded the JRE, and still nothing. all it says is unable to initialize and start please allow limewire access to the internet and restart limewire. i have added gnutella port 6346 ip address tcp and udp in my firewall connections which is windows w/ XP. still i get nothing, it was fine until it upgraded to 4. any other suggestions?
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A little more Information is needed.

Can you give us a total description of your set up:
1. OS version? (Eg: Windows 98)
2. What firewalls you have?
3. How much ram?
4. Hard Disk space available?
5. Connection type? (Eg: dialup, broadband, cable, etc.)
6. Modem & router brand name & model numbers?
7. Where are you trying to connect from (home, school, work, etc.)?
8. What version of Limewire (LW) & Java do you have? (Go to LW's menu Help>About LW...) Will show both LW & Java version.
9. Who is your ISP provider?
10. Are you sharing the connection with other computers or p2p sharing programs? If yes, please give details of set up.
11. Do this simple test for us. Using your browser go here: The page should say 'Your test worked!'. What happens when you go there?
These details are vital if you want us to find out what your connection problem is.

* Did you configure your firewall so it allows LW full access (advisable not to have 2 active firewalls b/c they can interfere with each other.

12. Do This test, Is the result True/False? Is the result True/False

13. Do a speed test post the results here.
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Old September 23rd, 2005
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i'm gonna try to answer your questions in order:
1.windowsXP firewall (and i did configure it to allow limewire)
3.512 ram
4.don't know about the hard disk space avail. it says 120GB on it.
5.dial-up (live in the boonies)
6.modem brand name & model? emachine?
8.limewire 4.9.30 java just downloaded jre version from lordoftherings limewire fixes
9.netzero p2p sharing
13.speakeasy speed test is still going after 15minutes. something must be wrong.

still don't know what's wrong, but i did get it to come up after restarting my computer twice. but it froze up the first time. now its closed.

thanx for the help.

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Old September 23rd, 2005
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worked perfectly on Win MX... go dude go
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It appears you have a firewall blocking you or your Internet service provider has started blocking p2p networks. I gust tried all the links they are all good you may need to reset your browser settings to default if you are using Internet explorer go to tools/Internet options/Advanced/click on restore default then apply then try the links again and do the test and suggestions in them.
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Old September 25th, 2005
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Default GRRRRrrrrrr

I have been through these forums tryinfig to find a fix for limewire but I still keep getting "LimeWire was unable to initialize and start. This is usually due a firewall program blocking LimeWire's access to the internet or loopback connections on the local machine. Please allow LimeWire access to the internet and restart LimeWire.". I have done the enabling of Gnutella ports on the control panel. And I have disabled Windows firewall, I have Norton internetworm protection on and I checked to make sure that javaw was on the "Permit All" list and it was. I have no Idea of what other direction to work in. Everytime I try to load LimeWire a prompt comes up from Norton Internet Worm Protection stating the it has detected a remote system trying to access my computer. It asks me if I want to permit it to allow access to the internet even though I click ok to permit I still get the same messege.

I have:
Microsoft Windows XP Home 2002sp2 (came with the system hate it)
Intel P4 1.8ghz
Motorola Cable modem Comcast Broadband
Norton Anti Virus w/ InternetWorm Protection
I have disabled Windows Firewall
I share no connections
My test did work
I can't do the true false test LimeWire won't open
I also have good speed on my tests
I have also deleted my preferences.

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