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sheehan_01 June 10th, 2006 09:05 PM

how to speed up downloads
after you start a download and it is going slow go to the bottom of the screen and right click on the file that is going slow and search for the exact name file, for some odd reason the file downloads faster after you search for the exact file name, why i don't know:)

Sleepless June 10th, 2006 10:20 PM

Actually it works even better if you actually find the file in question. When you right-click on the file and search, it searches in all files and (usually) only finds lots and lots of zipfolders that are 851.7 in size.

If you search for it the same way you found it in the first place, it will bring up the right results and speeds up the download.

As to why, I have no idea either :)

stured June 11th, 2006 04:02 AM

my guess is that, due to restrictions on the other side (the ones who are sharing it from) eg they only share at say 7kb/s, the more people you find the more people you can download it from so if there are 3 people at 7kb/s then you might get around 21kb/s (not exact figures) sounds right to me...but probably wont make much sense

stief June 11th, 2006 05:00 AM

stured is right--finding more and faster hosts helps, because LW will download from multiple real sources.

Also, "general" searches tend to get flooded with the junk and other hosts drop searches once lots of hits have been found. So, a "specific" search goes out to the network further, and finds fewer, but more exact hits.

So, specific searches (with each keyword a minimum of 3 letter) go further and find your download the best matching sources.

Jamieson June 15th, 2006 03:49 AM

Thanks for the tip, it worked and I'm now getting triple the d/l speed I was getting before. Thanks for sharing!

mikenlapaz June 20th, 2006 06:28 PM

As mentioned above search for titlse gave me a 50X faster download on 2 very slow files. :)

DoomThree June 20th, 2006 10:12 PM

One thing to consider is that most firewall programs and anti virus are not alike. My downloads were brought to a crawl thanks to Webroot Spysweeper. I tried it in conjunction with PC CILLIN by Trend Micro and anything I tried to download was either brought to a crawl or denied outright. Nothing beats quality anti virus and other protections needed for safe surfing and dependign on your software, OS, and several other factors can speed up or slow down a computer depending on how paranoid you are. Temprarily shutting these extra defenses off and scanning your share folder BEFORE opening any of them should afford enough protection from sneak attacks. I never shut down PC CILLIN since it does everything I need without getting in the way like invasive programs like Webroot Spysweeper (famous for the message "Registry Change Denied" prior to killing your download and with particularly large DLs like some windows updates can lead to HOURS of lost time redownloading the same update) or Norton Anti Virus which I despise for making computers REALLY slow down. It gets into everything and screws with many applications unless you know what you are doing when you set it up and PC CILLIN still blows it out of the water dollar for dollar with great support and constant (although sometimes annoying) updates. It is one of the most proactive defenses I know. I have heard good things about Microsoft's anti virus software but I am sticking with Trend Micro for now. It just works that good for me. The other suggestions really make a lot of sense and I got to thank the others posting these suggestions since I will have to try them and see how it works with the performance of the search engine used here.

Going into the fog is easy. Finding your way home is the tricky part. 4:20

Sleepless June 24th, 2006 11:47 AM


Originally Posted by DoomThree
One thing to consider is that most firewall programs and anti virus are not alike. My downloads were brought to a crawl thanks to Webroot Spysweeper.

I have heard good things about Microsoft's anti virus software

If you are talking about Windows Defender.

I tried it and it brought my PC to a crawl. After I deleted it my PC was working at more than twice the speed.

BTW I'm using Panda Platinum Internet Security and allthough annoying at times (having to press "always allow this connection" like 10 times before it figuring out that this connection should always be allowed) as a whole I'm quite happy with it. + It does not use as much CPU as some others on the market right now and it finds pretty much anything annoying.

There is one problem with it though. It keeps deleting the EviD Patch like once a week. I then have to turn it off and reinstall the patch and I'm good for another week. (for some reason it won't be added to the exeptions list)

ianpants69 June 24th, 2006 06:30 PM

How is this done?

Right clcking on an existing download doesn't give the option of searching for...


ianpants69 June 24th, 2006 08:05 PM

Right clicking only gives me these options:

Cancel download
Resume download
Pause download
Preview download

Clear all inactive
Chat with host
Browse Host

Change file location

There is a search under Navigation, but it doesn't seem to do anything!

waki June 24th, 2006 08:34 PM

Surprised this works.

Being trying to download a file for more than a week now, but I couldn't because 'Need more resources'

Just did what Sleepless suggested and it started downloading now from 8 hosts, amazing.

What you have to do is to Right-click on the file being downloaded (the lower panel where the download progress is being displayed), and then go to search->search more specifically.

It works

Sleepless June 24th, 2006 09:22 PM


Originally Posted by ianpants69
How is this done?

Right clcking on an existing download doesn't give the option of searching for...


You can also search normally for the same file. Just find it the same way you did when you first started downloading it.

ianpants69 June 24th, 2006 09:24 PM

Version 4.9.23

ianpants69 June 24th, 2006 09:32 PM

I can do that but then the programme just tells me I'm downloading it already - what is the advantage?

waki June 24th, 2006 09:37 PM


Originally Posted by ianpants69
Version 4.9.23

Please get latest version

waki June 24th, 2006 09:41 PM


Originally Posted by ianpants69
I can do that but then the programme just tells me I'm downloading it already - what is the advantage?

Just searching and displaying the results is enough, you don't have to start downloading again

ianpants69 June 24th, 2006 09:46 PM

OK I have upgraded and now I have that option and it does seem to make a difference.

In the search box what is HASH? if it is the number of uploaders for that file why is it not the same as the number from which i am downloading?

Also I have the firewall symbol at the bottom despite having made limewire an exception on windows firewall, should I worry about this? Will it make any difference?

Sleepless June 24th, 2006 10:05 PM


Originally Posted by ianpants69
I can do that but then the programme just tells me I'm downloading it already - what is the advantage?

I don't mean press for download again. This is for when you are downloading a file allready. Don't think you read the previous post carefully. By finding results for the file you're downloading, in a lot of cases your downloadspeed will improve.

joelvaz June 30th, 2006 12:49 AM

hi there,

i'm new to this stuff.

i use win xp sp2 256mb ram, norton anti virus 2006, 64 kbps connection speed (cable connection) and can download @ 8 to 10 KB/s a 700mb file using limewire 4.10.9 pro

i would like to know whether i could increase this speed somehow ?

please help me.

birdy June 30th, 2006 01:43 AM

That's about the best speed that you can expect from a 64kbps connection:)

stured June 30th, 2006 10:58 AM

yes, it indeed is. 10 kbps on a 64kbps connection! lol i get that on a 2 meg connection! (on some downloads)

anfield July 1st, 2006 04:03 PM


Originally Posted by ianpants69
I can do that but then the programme just tells me I'm downloading it already - what is the advantage?

When this box appears what i do is click save as and just add a fullstop to the file name and click okay and it usually downloads. just remember when you download more than one of a particular item when the first one has downloaded cancel the others as so not to get two or more.

Lord of the Rings July 1st, 2006 04:14 PM

The new LW 4.12.3 will automatically add a no. to the file-name so that problem is solved.

anfield July 1st, 2006 04:26 PM

Fantastic, its the little things that count.

ajaykumar July 2nd, 2006 01:59 AM

thanks for the tip man..
this is amazing ..
on my 2 MBps connection i feel the download speed to have been tripled or so..
oohhh.. thanks a lot man...

Lord of the Rings July 2nd, 2006 02:59 AM

The improvements you can find here so you can always bookmark this page to see what is happening with the newest version if they have gotten around to updating the documentation.

Get LW from here (unless a pro user):

Or get the beta from here (unless a pro user) :

Pro users get official & beta releases from their own personal pro download page!!! ;)

albiondean July 2nd, 2006 04:45 AM

ive just perchased pro and it dont seem to be any faster can u help please.

thedeadman July 3rd, 2006 12:19 PM

I do exactly as you say, but all my download does is get slower and slower.

stured July 3rd, 2006 12:29 PM

erm you expect help? well im gonna need some an actual problem to overcome, you say you have done all that is said...havew you done it correctly? it takes some fine tuning..and by getting slower and slower, do you mmean it actualy does get slower and slower or its just real slow? because the speed is afected by a few things:

time of day- people with the file have to be online, and the right people
your internet connection
their internet connection (only go for those with full stars of quality)
number of people who have the file (time of day)
try it with different files and see what happens

without a proper problem, im afraid i can provide little/no further help

thedeadman July 3rd, 2006 07:17 PM

When i search, the speed starts to go down and stay the same, even after I am done searching. But when I restart limewire, and download again, its back up to the normal speed.

birdy July 3rd, 2006 07:31 PM

Try downloading a file from here & tell us what speeds you get

How fast is your internet connection? You can do a speed test here

Who is your ISP? Have you tried using other p2p apps & does the same thing happen?

coolmool86 July 3rd, 2006 11:31 PM

Dont know y but suddenly my total download speed does not pass the 50kbps, i used to download at 100 or more kbps when i had 1mega and now with 2,5 megas my downloads are much more slower when it is supposed to be all the opposite.
my firewall is desactivated and the limewire settings are as they used to be when i had 1mega. The time of the day is not the problem cause i have it activated almost all the day. I think the connections of me and the sharers is not the problem cause i have 2,5 megas and i only download files with lot of sharers.
speed stays in 50kbps either when i download 2 files or when i download 20, 30 or 40 files. it does not go up over it.
is somebody having the same problem as me, can somebody help me?
i'm using limewire since 2002 and this is the first time I'm thinking of changing this software for a similar one.

Morriah July 4th, 2006 07:20 AM


First time here, so thank you first of all for creating this forum.

System; I have a 2.8gig, P4, 2gig ram system, connecting with DSL and I am running LimeWire pro 4.12.3.

Problem; Although "some" files download with only one source available, most of the downloads I am trying to use have multple sources. But, all of my files are sitting there with "need more sources" even though most have more than 10 sources to download from. I did try and define my searches, but I am still getting the same result. I tried to clear the download, and start them over, but same results. Am I doing something wrong? It says my connection speed is "turbo-charged" so I assume I am connected to the full extent possible. Reason is, right now I have 4 waiting in download and all 4 have at least 20 or more users, but none are downloading. I tried to leave it run over night, but woke up with none of them being started.

Next question; Do I need to stay in the same search window for the files to download faster or can I start another search and download?

Thank you for all your help.


Lord of the Rings July 4th, 2006 08:19 AM

No you don't need to keep the same search window open.

Beware of dud files. If you find you're getting high search results for popular copyright files, eg: 100 for one, 99 for the next, etc. then those will most likely be spammed fake results. Instead, look for those with 10 or 20 search results further down the results.

Doing repeat searches or varying your search for the same topic, can help find more sources.

Morriah July 4th, 2006 02:02 PM

Thank you for the advice, it helped.

Maybe you could help answer another question possibly? For instance, I am trying to download "Enigma - 15 Years after" and all the sources that have a # next to them, or not, none of them will download. I have tried them all. Should I just assume that although they show up, that in reality, there is no source to pull them from?

Thank you


Spookster23 July 13th, 2006 07:13 AM

Hey, Ive had LimeWire for about 2 months now, and my downloads never exceed 5kb... i mean for a couple seconds I get 11kb-15kb but only like once a week.

I have Dial-up:mad: and I would just like to know if there is anyway I can speed up my downloads, My LimeWire Accelerator 4.10 doesn't work, and even getting PRO didn't work, BTW I have LimeWire Pro 4.12.3

Lord of the Rings July 13th, 2006 07:29 AM

You can't get faster downloads than that on dial up. Next step would be to upgrade your connection to broadband or cable, etc. And no, the LimeWire Accelerator does not work. It's a gimmick!

Spookster23 July 13th, 2006 07:33 AM

Man, I have talked to like 500 people about getting any fast speed, but I guess it just cant happen... So I am stuck with 5kbs until I can get T1 or something..:mad: :mad: :mad:

Lord of the Rings July 13th, 2006 08:12 AM

I used LW with dial up for 2 & half years. I understand the feeling. Even now I'm only using bottom end broadband since it's what I can afford & know it's unlimited downloads where I am.

Spookster23 July 13th, 2006 08:30 AM

I dunno it should be illegal to have speeds this slow...

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