Question about torrents

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May 18, 2007

Question about torrents by Samutz at 10:15 PM (2,371 Views / 0 Likes) 34 replies

  1. Samutz
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    I fucking hate torrents. But sometimes what I'm looking for can only be obtained through a torrent.

    It seems every single time I download something by torrent, it gets to about 99% and then just stops for several hours. And I can't figure out why.

    Currently I'm downloading a 4.7 GB iso. The night before last I got about 40% of it while I was asleep.
    Then when I went to bed it was at 82%, so I figured it would be done in the morning.
    It was at 93% when I woke up, so I figured it would be done by noon.
    It was at 99.36% when I checked on it during my lunch break, so I figured it would be done by the time I got home.
    I came home and it's at 99.96% now and not moving. Despite there being "210 sources", nothing is downloading.

    Yet, I'm uploading it to others at about 20 KB/s, which is faster than it ever downloaded as far as I remember.

    So I'm stuck here looking at it, needing only about 1 MB more and wondering why this keeps happening to anything I try to download by torrent.
     


  2. Xeijin

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    How many seeds are on the torrent? Seeds are usually the number outside the brackets. 210 leechers may be all well and good, but I'm betting that most of 'em are also stuck at 99%. If there are only a few seeders or none, then its gona take a while since the seeders will be bombarded by other users or there are no seeds to do it.

    If its 210 seeds, well I have no idea [​IMG]
     
  3. lagman

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    Sounds like a bad torrent.

    http://forum.utorrent.com/viewtopic.php?id=22858.

    EDIT:
     
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    Some torrent trackers require you to upload a certain amount before being able to download the whole thing. They allow you to download 99% so you have as many chunks of the file as possible to share, and will give you the last 1% when you upload your quota.

    Other times it's just shitty luck. Of those 210 how many are seeds? Maybe nobody has the last .04%.
     
  5. Samutz
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    My client just says sources, not seeders or leechers.
    But the tracker says 202 Seeders, 591 Downloaders.

    I'm using Shareaza to download right now because I was lazy and didn't want look for torrent client.

    What's a good torrent client and can I transfer the download from one client to the other without loosing what I've already downloaded?


    I've uploaded about 2.3 GB so far according to the stats that my client spits out.
     
  6. lagman

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    utorrent and yes.
     
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    Another vote for utorrent. Best client and no bloat.
     
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    Apparently it won't let me move it to utorrent.
    Looking at what's already downloaded, there's one file that seems to contain both files provided by the torrent (an ISO and a smaller ZIP).
    Then the filename has seemingly random characters followed by the torrent name (no extension):
    T34J5H3234LKJH5K42J5H TorrentNameHere
    Then there's a 2nd 1MB file with the same name but a .sd extension:
    T34J5H3234LKJH5K42J5H TorrentNameHere.sd

    And I have no idea how to get this into utorrent. But I noticed utorrent doesn't combine the files like this.

    And now it's moved up to 99.97% [​IMG]

    Edit: Found a guide on splitting the combined file. Gonna back it up and try it.
     
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    try Azureus. Its not banned on any private tracker, vs BitComet, which i actually prefer but is banned all over the place for "forcing seeds to download to you, tricking the swarm"
     
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    if you're getting slow speeds, you probably don't have your ports open
     
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    Apparently it finished as soon as I loaded it into utorrent. Thanks for the help guys. I'll definitely be using utorrent from now on.
     
  12. fischju_original

    Banned fischju_original I used to be a jerk before i got banned

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    the last part was probably only on the private trackers then
     
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    I'd recommend Azureus - best client ever.
     
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    azureus is the best client. uTorrent is too basic
     
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    Banned fischju_original I used to be a jerk before i got banned

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    it's µtorrent, it's supposed to be small
     
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    Glad you got it worked out. I've never understood why anybody would use anything but uTorrent.
     
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    Yeah its more basic than Azures, but I don't think most people even use half the options Azures offers. I know most don't even take a peek inside the settings...just fire it straight up.

    Azures is good, was my previous client. But they sacrificed performance for multi-platform-compatibility (by using Java) which in my book is unacceptable because:

    1. There are decent clients available for each OS, multiplatform isn't really necessary.

    2. The performance hit is not good in the context of a torrent program, as its something you likely leave on in the background for long periods of time (i.e. while seeding/downloading) so its basically being a very inconvinient resource hog.

    uTorrent's simplicity means it maintains a small memory footprint which basically means, it hogs less resources, while essentially doing the same job as other clients. I mean the standalone client is only 170kb!! The installable client is only 681kb! (Though this dosen't exactly equate to better performance, it gives you an idea no?)
     
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    Fine fine, micro torrent, u torrent... whatevs

    It still doesn't have the tweakability of azureus
     
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    Xeijin: That's a good point about the memory

    Azureus is the worst client for that. But I guess if you've got enough memory, then having more features is a bonus. Again, you're right, most people won't use them.
     
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    3-And it comes with a Tetris game [​IMG]
     

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