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Posted on: 08/04/2017 06:04
Title: A Warm Welcome

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.::General Rules - Breaking these rules can and will get you banned!!::.
  • Do not defy the Staff!
  • Do not upload our torrents to other trackers! (See the FAQ for details.)
  • No language other than English is to be used on the site.
  • Disruptive behaviour in the Forums, Torrent Comments, PMs or on the IRC channel will result in a warning an image.  You will only get one warning! After that it's bye bye Kansas!
  • No aggressive or unfriendly behaviour, flaming or racist remarks anywhere on .
  • Inflammatory or "Rant" discussions are only allowed in the Rant Forum & nowhere else on site. Keep it clean - any racism, politics, religious, bigotry or direct harrassment in that forum will result in bans.
  • Be patient with newbies! There are more stupid answers than there are stupid questions...
  • Maintaining your torrent share ratio at all times is a must!
  • Members are only allowed to have one account, those caught with multiple accounts will be forced to answer why.
  • No listing any other torrent sites in th file names nfo or description of any uploaded torrent... this will get you banned real quick
  • Requesting, discussion, or posting of serials, CD keys, passwords or cracks is NOT allowed on !
  • Do NOT hit and run on torrents ... share, donate or be gone

.::Torrent Download Ratio Policy::.
  • Access to the newest torrents is conditional on a good ratio!
  • The ability to download torrents is conditional on a good ratio!

These are the minimum ratio requirements based on how much you have downloaded.
is a sharing community, you are required to maintain your ratio at all times.

  • With a downloaded amount between: 3.0 GB and 6.0 GB you must have a ratio of at least 0.3
  • With a downloaded amount between: 6.0 GB and 9.0 GB you must have a ratio of at least 0.6
  • With a downloaded amount above: 9.0 GB you must have a ratio of at least 0.9

Just remember: Whoever you are, whatever your status is, how many millions you did donate, if your ratio drops below 0.8 (with 9.0 GB or more downloaded) and we see no activity from you to get your ratio up we will ban you!!


.::Forum Rules - Please follow these guidelines or else you might end up with a warning!::.
  • Please, feel free to answer any questions but leave the moderating to the moderators.

  • Don't use all capital letters, it seems like you're shouting.

  • No trashing of other peoples topics.

  • No uncalled for or excessive foul language (and none at all on titles).

  • No double posting. If you wish to post again, and yours is the last post in

  • the thread please use the EDIT function, instead of posting a double.
  • No bumping... (All bumped threads will be locked & archived).

  • Images should preferably be web-optimised. Large images will be resized.

  • No advertising, merchandising or promotions of any sort are allowed on the site (this includes posting links to other forums or torrent sites).

  • No consistent off-topic posts allowed in the forums. (i.e. SPAM or hijacking)

  • The trading/requesting of invites to other sites is forbidden in the forums.

  • Do not quote excessively. One quote of a quote box is sufficient.

  • Please ensure all questions are posted in the correct section! (Game questions in the Games section, Apps questions in the Apps section, etc.)

  • Please, feel free to answer any questions.. However remain respectful to the people you help ....nobody's better than anyone else.

  • Please read the FAQ and Search the forums, before asking any questions!

.::Avatar Rules - Follow these guidelines, or your Avatar will be edited for you::.
Do not add avatars featuring:
  • Male or female genitalia    
  • Political or religious material    
  • Animal/human cruelty    
  • Excessive foul language

Avatars must be:
  • No more than 400x400 px in width/height (avatars will be resized for display anyway, adding an avatar that is 150px wide will give the best results)
  • No more than 150 kB in size
  • In .gif, .jpg or .png format

And you must not:
  • Steal other user's avatars! If you like one so much, the least you can do is ask first
  • Hotlink avatars from sites that do not allow hotlinking

Staff will remove avatars that do not conform to these guidelines, and an excessive breach of these rules will result in a warning. Staff also have a final say in what is acceptable, if you are unsure - ask first!

.::Torrent Comment Rules::. - Follow these rules or you may end up with a warning!::.
  • First and foremost - Always respect the uploader!

  • Do not abuse the ability to place torrent comments. Well founded comments on the upload are very welcome, a thank you to the uploader is very nice, anything constructive is great - but flaming, arguments & comments like "this is crap" will not be tolerated

  • If you have no intentions of downloading, if the upload is not to your taste, or if you don't have anything nice to say, don't comment.

  • No language other than English is to be posted in the comments (except for clearly marked foreign-language releases).

.::Torrent Uploading Rules::. - torrents violating these rules may be deleted::.
By Uploading to you agree to follow our guidelines and our rules, failure to do so will result in your Upload being deleted without prior notice, and in repeated cases, UL capabilities can be taken away and warnings can be issued.

NOTE: Only power users and above have the ability to upload.

ALL Orange text below are clickable links that takes you to more in depth explanations. Please note some guides are animated and have been tested with firefox browser with java script turned off.

Basic Uploading Rules

  * All uploads must have the correct RAR sizes.

  * All uploads must include a proper NFO file.

  * All uploads must include an SFV file.

  * Improperly prepared torrents will be deleted!!

  * All uploads which are not music .MP3/WMA/FLAC/AAC/APE/WAV or a 0-Day Pack must be RAR'd

  * ZIP files are NOT allowed, please repack into RAR files, ZIPPED files WILL be deleted. EXCEPT 0-Day Packs. and MUSIC Which are the ONLY exception to this Rule.

  * Make sure NOT to include any mention of serial numbers, CD keys, Cracks, Keygens or similar in the description, title or the .torrent itself (you do not need to edit the NFO!).

  * Determine ahead of time whether you have the time, bandwidth and opportunity to seed your torrent until it has at least 4 active seeders other than yourself and/or has been snatched 8 times.

  * Make sure your torrents are well-seeded for at least 48 hours. (rather 72 hours)

  * Check that the torrent has not already been uploaded to the site (use the search function). Duplicate torrents will be deleted!
 Note: a duplicate is when it is the EXACT same file/release - a different quality encode is not a duplicate.

  * For content like games or movies that consist of multiple disks, repeat this process for each disk individually, leave each disk in a separate folder, labeled e.g. Disk 1, Disk 2 or CD 1, CD 2 etc. collect all disks/CD folders in one main folder, which you will use to make the torrent itself later on.

  * Scene releases of movies, games, etc should not be repacked, and should be left with their original RAR sizes (as long as they are compressed into split archives in the first place).

  * To avoid duplicates and general confusion, scene releases should have their release name in the title and their nfo's intact, and with the release group's name still included.

  * Do not include the release date in the torrent name.

  * Do not password protect the archives!

  * Do not upload any child pornography

  * Adding a link to a picture is optional, but recommended if you have one (screen shot) It will display up to a width of 500 px (larger images will be automatically resized).
 NOTE: NO nudity/naked images in the torrent descriptions,forums or torrent comments please. They will be removed and a warning will be given if you continue to ignore this rule.

  * Apart from the normal description, a link to a site with additional information and/or screen shots is recommended if available.

  * Do not add your name to a torrent if you did not rip/create the files yourself!

  * Try not to seed too many torrents at a time.

  * Try not to seed files bigger than your connection is capable of in a reasonable amount of time, i.e. uploading a DVD at 10kbps might not make everyone as happy.

  * Any form of linking to another site through the name of the torrent file or any files contained within the torrent is forbidden. see Advertising for more details.

  * If you are having internet trouble which may interfere with your seeding, let the leechers know a small torrent comment post can save alot of confusion

  * A detailed torrent description is a MUST 1 or 2 lines is NOT a detailed description

  * Anyone uploading a torrent HAS to be Connectable.

  * Do not upload any material that contains actual or implied to be actual (no matter how fictional the content): killings, executions, suicides, accidents, mutilation or torture (of both humans and animals) that has no journalistic, educational or other justifying context for the material being present. Some Examples:

   * The following are not allowed to be uploaded on this site due to the above rule: Faces Of Death; Faces Of Gore; Terrorists, Killers, & Middle East Wackos; etc

   * The following are allowed to be uploaded on this site due to the material being presented in a justifiable context: BBC/C4/CBC/etc documentaries on war/torture/etc.

This rule and how it is applied is not up to debate. If you are in doubt as to what is acceptable, pm a moderator before you upload..




.::Hit and Runs::.
A hit and Run is when you snatch a torrent less than 72 hours old and do not seed back the minimum ratio.

All torrents 72 hours or less old must be seeded to a minimum of 1:1,or you must seed a minimum of 48 hours whichever comes first. There are no exceptions. This Rule is for everybody.

F.A.Q.
F.A.Q.

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is a fairly new community, dedicated to providing the newest, best and most wanted torrents to our members.

This is a private site, and you have to register before you can get full access. Before you do anything here at we suggest you read the rules! There are only a few rules to abide by, but we do enforce them!

And thanks for dropping by!

Contents















Site information


What is this bittorrent all about anyway? How do I get the files? top

Check out Brian's BitTorrent FAQ and Guide


Where does the donated money go? top

is situated on a dedicated server in Georgia. Donations are used to pay for the server, the bandwidth and other costs. Any donation money left over is invested into future upgrades in order to keep us alive and kicking as we grow.


Eh? This FAQ is huge! top

Of course, we get asked a lot of questions!

We want to make sure that your use of this site is as easy and hassle-free as possible. So most of the info that you are likely to need is on this page. If you encounter a problem, turn here first. You can also use CTRL + F on your keyboard to search for certain words on this page - if you don't find what you are looking for, there are more resources listed at the bottom of the page.


User information


I registered an account but did not receive the confirmation e-mail! top

Are you sure? If you are using Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, etc - check your bulk mail folder in case the mail has ended up there. If not, you will need to re-register. Note though that if you didn't receive the email the first time it will probably not succeed the second time either so you should really try another email address.

I've lost my user name or password! Can you send it to me? top

Please use This Form to have the login details mailed back to you.


Can you rename my account? top

Short answer - no. Unless you make us a cup of tea. Strong tea, Tetleys, if you have it. Milk. Two sugars. Ta :)


Can you delete my (confirmed) account? top

Yes, send a pm to an Administrator.


Can I have two accounts? top

No. Any duplicate accounts that you create will be disabled, and you may end up getting banned. Secondary accounts (eg for people within the same household) are only allowed if they are authorised by an Administrator.


So, what's my ratio? top

Click on My Panel, then scroll down untill you see.


It's important to distinguish between your overall ratio and the individual ratio on each torrent you may be seeding or leeching. The overall ratio takes into account the total uploaded and downloaded from your account since you joined the site. The individual ratio takes into account those values for each torrent.

You may see two symbols instead of a number: "Inf.", which is just an abbreviation for Infinity, and means that you have downloaded 0 bytes while uploading a non-zero amount (ul/dl becomes infinity); "---", which should be read as "non-available", and shows up when you have both downloaded and uploaded 0 bytes (ul/dl = 0/0 which is an indeterminate amount).


How do I add an avatar to my profile? top

First, find an image that you like, and that is within the rules. Then go into your My Panel there is a link to the Avatar uploads. This will add your avatar to the rest of the site too.


Can I change the way that I view the site? top

There are many options that you can find in your My Panel.


Why is my IP displayed on my details page? top

Only you and the Staff can view your IP address and email. Regular users do not see that information.


Help! I cannot login!? (a.k.a. Login of Death) top

This problem sometimes occurs with IE/FireFox.

Internet Explorer - Close all Internet Explorer windows and open Internet Options in the control panel. Click the Delete Cookies button. You should now be able to login.
FireFox - In FireFox, go to Tools-->Options-->Privacy-->Cookies and click the Clear Cookies Now button. You should now be able to login.


My IP address is dynamic. How do I stay logged in? top

You do not have to anymore. All you have to do is make sure you are logged in with your actual IP when starting a torrent session. After that, even if the IP changes mid-session, the seeding or leeching will continue and the statistics will update without any problem.


What are the different user classes? top



  Leech

  Those with a poor ratio - certain features of this site are restricted for those marked Leech.


  Member

  The default class of new members.

  Star
  Has donated money to .
  VIP
  Same privileges as Member plus has access to the VIP Forums, the VIP Requests. Immune to automatic demotion.

  HSVIP
  High-Speed VIP's. Those that are putting a lot more into the site than what they are taking out, we love them.

  Uploader
  Staff uploader - give them a big hand folks!
  High-Speed Uploader
  Staff uploaders with big fat pipes and/or consistently deliver torrents of the highest quality - give them a big hand too folks!
  Moderator
  They are the law. Our tireless Mods toil away at and keep the place clean and tidy.

  Senior Moderator
  They are the law too. The Sr Mods are very experienced and know their stuff, ask em nicely and they'll help you out, but disobey them at your peril!


  Administrator
  Our Admins slave away 'behind the scenes', where they are whipped and chained - and boy, do they love it.

  Senior Administrator
  The Senior Admins keeps cogs turning. We asked them what would be a good description for them. They said: "Sado-Masochistic".

  SysOp
  The Bosses. They snort coffee.



How does this promotion thing work anyway? top

  Leech
  Unlike other classes, this is a demotion. If you have downloaded over 4GB with a ratio of less than 0.4, you will be demoted to 'Leech'. Users in this class have a serious risk of being banned unless their ratios improve!



 Star
  This ever-so-shiny star is awarded by donating.
  VIP
  Can be gained by donating. Also assigned by Staff at their discretion to users they feel contribute something special to the site.
(Anyone begging for VIP status will be automatically disqualified.)



  Custom Title

  Custom Titles are given at the descretion of Moderators and above. VIP can request a custom title.


  Uploaders
  Appointed by Admins/SysOp (see the 'Uploading' section for conditions).

  Moderator
  You don't ask us, we'll ask you!



Why can't my friend become a member? top

There is a 75,000 users limit. When that number is reached we stop accepting new members. Accounts inactive for more than 90 days are automatically deleted, so keep trying. (There is no reservation or queuing system, don't ask for that.)


Will The ever have RSS feed? top

We are NOT allowing RSS nor are we considering allowing RSS nor do we ever want RSS!!! WE believe That RSS feed leads to antisocial behavior. Please do your part for the community and let the Staff and Uploaders know you care..


Torrent Stats


Most common reason for stats not updating top

  • The user is cheating. (aka "Instant Ban")
  • The server is overloaded and unresponsive. Just try to keep the session open until the server responds again. (Flooding the server with consecutive manual updates is not recommended.)
  • You are using a faulty client. If you want to use an experimental or CVS version you do it at your own risk.
  • DHT is enabled within your client, any uploaded data transferred through DHT will not be credited to your stats, so make sure that you have DHT disabled



Best practices top

  • If a torrent you are currently leeching/seeding is not listed on your profile, just wait or force a manual update.
  • Make sure you exit your client properly, so that the tracker receives "event=completed".
  • If the tracker is down, do not stop seeding. As long as the tracker is back up before you exit the client the stats should update properly.



May I use any bittorrent client? top

No. The only clients (and versions) that are allowed for use on are:

    Windows Clients


    Linux Clients


    Macintosh Clients


    Java Clients


    There are many clients available, but it's recommended to use one from the list we just provided. This list is subject to change as newer versions of these clients are released, announcements will be made in advance of any changes so that users will have time to upgrade/change their clients.

    The clients that are not listed have various known problems, including incorrect handling of the BitTorrent protocol, innacurate stat reporting, and various known security issues, or they are simply outdated. We want to ensure that each member of is secure on our tracker, and also that the correct statistics are reported.

    If you are unhappy about this, complain to the authors and not us!


    Why is a torrent I'm leeching/seeding listed several times in my profile? top

    If for some reason your client exits improperly (e.g. your pc or client crashes) and you restart it, it will have a new Peer ID, so it will show as a new torrent. The tracker will never receive an "event=completed" or an "event=stopped" message from the old Peer ID, and it will be listed until it hits a timeout. Just ignore it, it will eventually go away. Alternatively, you can use the Flush Torrents! link in your User Details (the link is at the top left of this page).


    I've finished or cancelled a torrent. Why is it still listed in my profile? top

    See "Why is a torrent I'm leeching/seeding listed several times in my profile?" above.


    Why do I sometimes see torrents I'm not leeching in my profile!? top

    When a torrent is first started, the tracker uses the IP to identify the user. Therefore the torrent will become associated with the user who last accessed the site from that IP. If you share your IP in some way (you are behind NAT/ICS, or using a proxy), and some of the persons you share it with are also users, you may occasionally see their torrents listed in your profile. (If they start a torrent session from that IP and you were the last one to visit the site the torrent will be associated with you). Note that now torrents listed in your profile will always count towards your total stats.

    To make sure your torrents show up in your profile you should visit the site immediately before starting a session.

    (The only way to completely stop foreign torrents from showing in profiles is to forbid users without an individual IP from accessing the site. Yes, that means you. Complain at your own risk.)


    I suspect that someone else may have access to my account, what should I do? top

    Send a message to the Help Desk and ask for your passkey to be reset. Stop all your running torrents and delete them from your client (only the torrents, and not the files!). Then change your password through your My Panel. It will also be a good idea to change the password on your email account too. Once your passkey has been reset, you can re-download the torrents and resume them in your client.

    Also make sure that you are not sharing your .torrent files through traditional p2p, and also make sure that you are running an up-to-date anti-virus and firewall.

    Please note that the security of your account details on is your responsibility, you must keep your site password and access to your .torrent files secure. We will not alter or amend stats on your account if it has been used by someone else.


    Multiple IPs (Can I login from different computers?) top

    Yes, the tracker is now capable of following sessions from different IPs for the same user. A torrent is associated with the user when it starts, and only at that moment is the IP relevant. So if you want to seed/leech from computer A and computer B with the same account you should access the site from computer A, start the torrent there, and then repeat both steps from computer B (not limited to two computers or to a single torrent on each, this is just the simplest example). You do not need to login again when closing the torrent.


    How does NAT/ICS change the picture? top

    This is a very particular case in that all computers in the LAN will appear to the outside world as having the same IP. We must distinguish between two cases:

    1. You are the single user on the LAN

    You should use the same account on all of the computers.

    Note also that in the ICS case it is preferable to run the BT client on the ICS gateway. Clients running on the other computers will be unconnectable (their ports will be listed as "---", as explained elsewhere in the FAQ) unless you specify the appropriate services in your ICS configuration (a good explanation of how to do this for Windows XP can be found here). In the NAT case you should configure different ranges for clients on different computers and create appropriate NAT rules in the router. (Details vary widely from router to router and are outside the scope of this FAQ. Check your router documentation and/or support forum.)


    2. There are multiple users in the LAN

    At present there is no way of making this setup always work properly with . Each torrent will be associated with the user who last accessed the site from within the LAN before the torrent was started. Unless there is cooperation between the users mixing of statistics is possible. (User A accesses the site, downloads a .torrent file, but does not start the torrent immediately. Meanwhile, user B accesses the site. User A then starts the torrent. The torrent will count towards user B's statistics, not user A's.)

    It is your LAN, the responsibility is yours. Do not ask us to ban other users with the same IP, we will not do that. (Why should we ban him instead of you?)


Torrent Downloading


How do I use the files I've downloaded? top

Check out This Guide.


Downloaded a movie and don't know what CAM/TS/TC/SCR means? top

Check out This Guide.


What is the .sfv file for, and why are files split into small-sized .rar files? top

On very rare occasions, BitTorrent clients fail when doing hash checks (verifying the data that is downloaded is in one piece and free of errors). This is where the .sfv file included with the torrent comes in handy.

You will need a program called QuickSFV installed on your system. If you get errors whilst trying to extract downloaded files, double-click the .sfv file and it will check the downloaded files for errors. If QuickSFV reports filename.r23 (for example) as being corrupt, then simply delete the current filename.r23 and resume the torrent (assuming the files are still in your torrent download folder). The deleted filename.r23 will then be re-downloaded on it's own.

This is the reason why small .rar archives are used by the uploaders. For example, if a hash check fails on a torrent that contains a DVD ISO image split into small .rar files, you will only need to re-download a 50MB file. If the DVD ISO wasn't split into small .rar files and a hash-check failed, you would need to re-download the whole 4.5GB image, which would not be of any assistance to your ratio.


So what do I do with these .rar files? top

Install the latest version of WinRAR. Then just right-click on any of the .rar files and select Extract Here. Once the file(s) are extracted, as long as you don't delete the .rar files you can continue to seed them.


The .sfv file says everything is ok, but I still get an error message in WinRAR? top

If the error message is similar to "Authenticity Error" or "CRC Mismatch", then try the following method:
  • Double-click on any of the filename.rxx (or filename.partxx.rar) rar files to open WinRAR
  • Highlight the file to extract
  • Click the Extract To button at the top
  • Check the box in the bottom left that says Keep Broken Files
  • Click Extract
  • Ignore the error window, and it should extract fine



Why did an active torrent suddenly disappear? top

There may be three reasons for this:
  1. The torrent may have been out-of-sync with the site rules.
  2. The uploader may have deleted it because it was a bad release. A replacement will probably be uploaded to take its place.
  3. You may have paused/stopped the torrent and allowed the torrent to 'die'. Torrents are automatically deleted once there are both zero seeds and zero leechers (ie 'dead').



How do I resume a broken download or reseed something? top

Open the .torrent file (or redownload the .torrent file from here). When your client asks you for a location, choose the location of the existing file(s) and it will resume/reseed the torrent. Note that you can only reseed if you still have all of the original files that you have downloaded (the .rar's, .sfv, .nfo, etc)


Why do my downloads sometimes stall at 99%? top

The more pieces you have, the harder it becomes to find peers who have pieces you are missing. That is why downloads sometimes slow down or even stall when there are just a few percent remaining. Just be patient and you will, sooner or later, get the remaining pieces.


The torrent is supposed to be 100MB. How come I downloaded 120MB? top

See the hash fails topic. If your client receives bad data it will have to redownload it, therefore the total downloaded may be larger than the torrent size. Make sure the "kick/ban" option is turned on to minimize the extra downloads.

If this happens repeatedly, then there is something wrong with your client. Try using a different (and stable) client instead.


What's this "Your client is banned, please upgrade or change clients" error? top

See May I use any bittorrent client?


What are these "a piece has failed an hash check" messages? top

Bittorrent clients check the data they receive for integrity. When a piece fails this check it is automatically re-downloaded. Occasional hash fails are a common occurrence, and you shouldn't worry.

Some clients have an (advanced) option/preference to 'kick/ban clients that send you bad data' or similar. It should be turned on, since it makes sure that if a peer repeatedly sends you pieces that fail the hash check it will be ignored in the future.

Very occasionally, your torrent client may fail in it's hash check completely and not report it. If you have problems with the downloaded files, use the .sfv file that came with the files to check their integrity (you will need QuickSFV). If any parts of the download are damaged, delete them then resume the torrent in your client - the deleted files will then be re-downloaded.
(For example - QuickSFV shows download.part43.rar as being damaged. So delete download.part43.rar, resume the torrent and download.part43.rar will be re-downloaded.)


Why do I get a "rejected by tracker - Port xxxx is blacklisted" error? top

Your client is reporting to the tracker that it uses one of the default bittorrent ports (6881-6889) or any other common p2p port for incoming connections.

The does not allow clients to use ports commonly associated with p2p protocols. The reason for this is that it is a common practice for ISPs to throttle those ports (that is, limit the bandwidth, hence the speed).

The blocked ports list include, but is not neccessarily limited to, the following:

Direct Connect 411 - 413

Kazaa 1214

eDonkey 4662

Gnutella 6346 - 6347

BitTorrent 6881 - 6889

In order to use our tracker you must configure your client to use any port range that does not contain those ports (a range within the region 49152 through 65535 is preferable, cf. IANA). Notice that some clients, like Azureus 2.0.7.0 or higher, use a single port for all torrents, while most others use one port per open torrent. The size of the range you choose should take this into account (typically less than 10 ports wide. There is no benefit whatsoever in choosing a wide range, and there are possible security implications).

These ports are used for connections between peers, not client to tracker. Therefore this change will not interfere with your ability to use other trackers (in fact it should increase your speed with torrents from any tracker, not just ours). Your client will also still be able to connect to peers that are using the standard ports. If your client does not allow custom ports to be used, you will have to switch to one that does.

Do not ask us, or in the forums, which ports you should choose. The more random the choice is the harder it will be for ISPs to catch on to us and start limiting speeds on the ports we use. If we simply define another range ISPs will start throttling that range also.

Finally, remember to forward the chosen ports in your router and/or open them in your firewall, should you have them.


What's this "IOError - [Errno13] Permission denied" error? top

If you just want to fix it reboot your computer, it should solve the problem. Otherwise read on.

IOError means Input-Output Error, and that is a file system error, not a tracker one. It shows up when your client is for some reason unable to open the partially downloaded torrent files. The most common cause is two instances of the client to be running simultaneously: the last time the client was closed it somehow didn't really close but kept running in the background, and is therefore still locking the files, making it impossible for the new instance to open them.

A more uncommon occurrence is a corrupted FAT. A crash may result in corruption that makes the partially downloaded files unreadable, and the error ensues. Running scandisk should solve the problem. (Note that this may happen only if you're running Windows 9x - which only support FAT - or NT/2000/XP with FAT formatted hard drives. NTFS is much more robust and should never permit this problem.)


What's this "Connection Limit Exceeded! You may only leech from one location at a time" error? top

This error means that your client/pc has crashed and hasn't told the tracker that you have disconnected, so it takes the tracker a short while to realise that you aren't there anymore.
To solve this problem: Stop the torrents in your client, wait a short while, go to your My Panel page, click on your username at the top of the page to take you to your displayed profile, scroll down and click Flush Torrents!, then resume the torrents in your client.


Why do I get an "Error - Unknown Passkey" error? top

Each torrent that you download from here comes with a unique passkey, which is tied in to your account. If you either try to load an torrent with someone else's passkey, or if the tracker cannot read your login information from your cookie, then this error may appear.

To prevent this error from happening: do not attempt to use a torrent with someone else's passkey; do not logout of the site whilst you have torrents running (simply close your browser, but do not use the logout link); and make sure that the cookie can communicate with the tracker (don't use firewall/security features like Sygate's 'Stealth Mode Browsing' which anonymises cookies).

If this error occurs:
Method 1: Open your browser, log back in to the site, then force a manual update/announce on all torrents affected in your client. If this doesn't work then try Method 2.

Method 2: Make sure you are logged in to the site & that your firewall or security software isn't blocking the site gaining information from the cookie; delete the torrents from your client (not the files!); and re-download the torrents from the site and load them into your client.

Other common client errors top

windows cannot find... Download the torrent to your hard drive and launch it from there. Right click on the link and save the torrent to your hard-drive, then open the torrent that is in your hard-drive by double clicking on it.

problem getting response info - [errno2] No such file or directory

No space left on device

The client allocates the space needed to store the file on your HD, you get this error when you dont have enough space on your harddrive for bittorrent to fully allocate the file.

urlopen error - (7, 'getaddrinfo failed')

This means that the tracker is overloaded, just keep the torrent running and wait.

Problem connecting with tracker - (10054,'Connection reset by peer')

This occurs when an established connection is shut down for some reason by the remote computer, just ignore it.

Connecting to peers

Maybe there are no users to connect to. Leave your torrent open and maybe the bittorrent client will connect (it may take some time). Also make sure that you are Connectable.

Problem connecting to tracker - <urlopen error (10055, 'No buffer space available')>

A lot of routes in your routing table (due to a misconfigured router, or misconfigured default route). Or lots of stale connections in your connection table. Or a lot of data that is pending for sending or receiving on a current connection(s), which can't be sent or received for some reason (destination System dead or unreachable, for example). Or opening too many sockets at the same time. Or maybe you don't have enough free space on your hard drive.

"Error on Line xx" or "Cannot execute free Script" Do you have any ad blocking software running? Some firewalls like NIS and Agnitum Outpost have such options built into them. There is also at least one pop-up-stopper that now supports ad blocking. If you have any of those turn them off and try again. You also might like to check your security settings in your Browser. Perhaps you have very aggressive security and privacy settings that are causing it?

10047, address family not supported

This error is generated only because of incorrect network settings in Windows. Make sure you: Have "Client for Microsoft Networks"; Installed the Microsoft version of "TCP/IP"; Are logged in and have a current IP address, you can use "winipcfg" or 'ipconfig/all' from the Command Prompt; Test other network applications for proper operability

Problem connecting to tracker - <upload error (10065, 'no route to host')> This can be caused by the remote host appearing to be down (which could be the port chosen being blocked at the said host). This could also be down to your network admin having noticed unusual traffic and blocked a port or banned an IP.

Error:Existing data file length too large [1596>1404]

This is an Azureus specific error. Check the Tools -> Options -> Files -> Truncate existing files that are too large box.

Error : Data Missing {Path to files}

Somehow the download path is corrupt. Just stop your torrent and remove it in the client, move your files to another path, reload the torrent and point to the new path, make sure the files are hash checked and are not corrupt. This should fix your problem.

Got bad file info - path disallowed for security reasons

This is a BitTornado specific error, when you get it switch to another client like uTorrent, Azureus, ABC, etc.

Tracker Status: Offline (SocketException:Unexpected end of file from server) Re-download the .torrent file from the browse page and run it.

Couldn't listen -(10048,"address already in use ")

The port you're using is probably being used by other software. Try changing it in your bittorrent client.

Problem connecting with tracker - (10060, 'Operation timed out')

For all of these errors, just leave your torrents running in your client. The client will keep trying to connect to the tracker, when it does it will update your stats too. When you're already downloading, just ignore them.

urlopen error (10061, 'Connection refused"

Problem connecting to tracker - <urlopen error (111, 'Connection refused')>

Bad Data from Tracker

Bad Tracker Data

Problem connecting to tracker: HTTP Error -1

Problem connecting to tracker - timeout exceeded

Thanks to Youceff.com for the descriptions.

Torrent Uploading


Why can't I upload torrents? top

What criteria must I meet before I can join the Uploader team? top

You must be either:
    If you think you can match these criteria do not hesitate to contact one of the Administrators.
    Remember! Write your application carefully! Be sure to include your UL speed and what kind of stuff you're planning to upload.
    Only well written letters with serious intent will be considered.


    Can I upload your torrents to other trackers? top

    No. We are a closed, limited-membership community. Only registered users can use the tracker. Posting our torrents on other trackers is useless, since most people who attempt to download them will be unable to connect with us. This generates a lot of frustration and bad-will against us at , and will therefore not be tolerated.

    Complaints from other sites' administrative staff about our torrents being posted on their sites will result in the banning of the users responsible.

    (However, the files you download from us are yours to do as you please. You can always create another torrent, pointing to some other tracker, and upload it to the site of your choice.)


How can I improve my torrent download speed?


Do not immediately jump on new torrents top

The download speed mostly depends on the seeder-to-leecher ratio (SLR). Poor download speed is mainly a problem with new and very popular torrents where the SLR is low.

(Proselytising sidenote: make sure you remember that you did not enjoy the low speed. Seed so that others will not endure the same.)

There are a couple of things that you can try on your end to improve your speed:

In particular, do not do it if you have a slow connection. The best speeds will be found around the half-life of a torrent, when the SLR will be at its highest. (The downside is that you will not be able to seed so much. It's up to you to balance the pros and cons of this.)


Limit your upload speed top

The upload speed affects the download speed in essentially two ways:
  • Bittorrent peers tend to favour those other peers that upload to them. This means that if A and B are leeching the same torrent and A is sending data to B at high speed then B will try to reciprocate. So due to this effect high upload speeds lead to high download speeds.
  • Due to the way TCP works, when A is downloading something from B it has to keep telling B that it received the data sent to him. (These are called acknowledgements - ACKs -, a sort of "got it!" messages). If A fails to do this then B will stop sending data and wait. If A is uploading at full speed there may be no bandwidth left for the ACKs and they will be delayed. So due to this effect excessively high upload speeds lead to low download speeds.
The full effect is a combination of the two. The upload should be kept as high as possible while allowing the ACKs to get through without delay. A good thumb rule is keeping the upload at about 80% of the theoretical upload speed. You will have to fine tune yours to find out what works best for you. (Remember that keeping the upload high has the additional benefit of helping with your ratio.)

If you are running more than one instance of a client it is the overall upload speed that you must take into account. Some clients (e.g. Azureus) limit global upload speed, others (e.g. Shad0w's) do it on a per torrent basis. Know your client. The same applies if you are using your connection for anything else (e.g. browsing or ftp), always think of the overall upload speed.


Limit the number of simultaneous connections top

Some operating systems (like Windows 9x) do not deal well with a large number of connections, and may even crash. Also some home routers (particularly when running NAT and/or firewall with stateful inspection services) tend to become slow or crash when having to deal with too many connections. There are no fixed values for this, you may try 60 or 100 and experiment with the value. Note that these numbers are additive, if you have two instances of a client running the numbers add up.


Limit the number of simultaneous uploads top

Isn't this the same as above? No. Connections limit the number of peers your client is talking to and/or downloading from. Uploads limit the number of peers your client is actually uploading to. The ideal number is typically much lower than the number of connections, and highly dependent on your (physical) connection.


Just give it some time top

As explained above peers favour other peers that upload to them. When you start leeching a new torrent you have nothing to offer to other peers and they will tend to ignore you. This makes the starts slow, in particular if, by change, the peers you are connected to include few or no seeders. The download speed should increase as soon as you have some pieces to share.


Why is my browsing so slow while leeching? top

Your download speed is always finite. If you are a peer in a fast torrent it will almost certainly saturate your download bandwidth, and your browsing will suffer. At the moment there is no client that allows you to limit the download speed, only the upload. You will have to use a third-party solution, such as NetLimiter.

Browsing was used just as an example, the same would apply to gaming, IMing, etc...


Why am I showing as Connectable - 'No' in the peer list? (And why should I care?) top

The tracker has determined that you are firewalled or NATed and cannot accept incoming connections.

This means that other peers in the swarm will be unable to connect to you, only you to them. Even worse, if two peers are both in this state they will not be able to connect at all. This has obviously a detrimental effect on the overall speed.

The way to solve the problem involves opening the ports used for incoming connections (the same range you defined in your client) on the firewall and/or configuring your NAT server to use a basic form of NAT for that range instead of NAPT (the actual process differs widely between different router models. Check your router documentation and/or support forum. You will also find lots of information on the subject at PortForward).


Could my ISP be slowing my upload and download speeds when I use BitTorrent? top

Yes, some ISP's have introduced Traffic Shaping - which is an attempt to control network traffic, and the BitTorrent protocol in particular is affected by this. There is a list of known 'bad' ISP's at the Vuze Wiki.

If you are subject to Traffic Shaping there are two possible solutions: change ISP's; or use a BitTorrent client that implements encryption/obfuscation to 'hide' your BitTorrent traffic. Azureus and uTorrent both offer this.


My ISP uses a transparent proxy.

What should I do? top

Short answer...
...change to an ISP that does not force a proxy upon you. If you cannot or do not want to then read on.

Note: This is a large and complex topic. It is not possible to cover all variations here.


What is a proxy? top

Basically a middleman. When you are browsing a site through a proxy your requests are sent to the proxy and the proxy forwards them to the site instead of you connecting directly to the site. There are several classifications (the terminology is far from standard):

Transparent A transparent proxy is one that needs no configuration on the clients. It works by automatically redirecting all port 80 traffic to the proxy. (Sometimes used as synonymous for non-anonymous.)

Explicit/Voluntary Clients must configure their browsers to use them.

Anonymous

The proxy sends no client identification to the server. (HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR header is not sent; the server does not see your IP.)

Highly Anonymous

The proxy sends no client nor proxy identification to the server. (HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR, HTTP_VIA and HTTP_PROXY_CONNECTION headers are not sent; the server doesn't see your IP and doesn't even know you're using a proxy.)

Public

(Self explanatory) A transparent proxy may or may not be anonymous, and there are several levels of anonymity.

How do I find out if I'm behind a (transparent/anonymous) proxy? top

Try ProxyJudge. It lists the HTTP headers that the server where it is running received from you. The relevant ones are HTTP_CLIENT_IP, HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR and REMOTE_ADDR.


Why is my port listed as "---" even though I'm not NAT/Firewalled? top

The TorrentBits tracker is quite smart at finding your real IP, but it does need the proxy to send the HTTP header HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR. If your ISP's proxy does not then what happens is that the tracker will interpret the proxy's IP address as the client's IP address. So when you login and the tracker tries to connect to your client to see if you are NAT/firewalled it will actually try to connect to the proxy on the port your client reports to be using for incoming connections. Naturally the proxy will not be listening on that port, the connection will fail and the tracker will think you are NAT/firewalled.


Can I bypass my ISP's proxy?top

If your ISP only allows HTTP traffic through port 80 or blocks the usual proxy ports then you would need to use something like socks and that is outside the scope of this FAQ.

The site accepts connections on port 81 besides the usual 80, and using them may be enough to fool some proxies. So the first thing to try should be connecting to www.torrentbits.org:81. Note that even if this works your bt client will still try to connect to port 80 unless you edit the announce url in the .torrent file.

Otherwise you may try the following:
  • Choose any public non-anonymous proxy that does not use port 80 (e.g. from this, this or this list).
  • Configure your computer to use that proxy. For Windows XP, do Start, Control Panel, Internet Options, Connections, LAN Settings, Use a Proxy server, Advanced and type in the IP and port of your chosen proxy. Or from Internet Explorer use Tools, Internet Options, ...
  • (Facultative) Visit ProxyJudge. If you see an HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR in the list followed by your IP then everything should be ok, otherwise choose another proxy and try again.
  • Visit TorrentBits. Hopefully the tracker will now pickup your real IP (check your profile to make sure).

Notice that now you will be doing all your browsing through a public proxy, which are typically quite slow. Communications between peers do not use port 80 so their speed will not be affected by this, and should be better than when you were "unconnectable".


How do I make my bittorrent client use a proxy? top

Just configure Windows XP as above. When you configure a proxy for Internet Explorer you're actually configuring a proxy for all HTTP traffic (thank Microsoft and their "IE as part of the OS policy" ). On the other hand if you use another browser (Opera/Mozilla/Firefox) and configure a proxy there you'll be configuring a proxy just for that browser. We don't know of any BT client that allows a proxy to be specified explicitly.


Why can't I connect? Is the site blocking me?


Maybe my address is blacklisted? top

The site blocks addresses listed in the (former) PeerGuardian 2 database, as well as addresses of banned users. This works at Apache/PHP level, it's just a script that blocks logins from those addresses. It should not stop you from reaching the site. In particular it does not block lower level protocols, you should be able to ping/traceroute the server even if your address is blacklisted. If you cannot then the reason for the problem lies elsewhere.

If somehow your address is indeed blocked in the PG database do not contact us about it, it is not our policy to open ad hoc exceptions. You should clear your IP with the database maintainers instead.


Your ISP blocks the site's address top

(In first place, it's unlikely your ISP is doing so. DNS name resolution and/or network problems are the usual culprits.)
There's nothing we can do. You should contact your ISP (or get a new one). Note that you can still visit the site via a proxy, follow the instructions in the relevant section. In this case it doesn't matter if the proxy is anonymous or not, or which port it listens to.

Notice that you will always be listed as an "unconnectable" client because the tracker will be unable to check that you're capable of accepting incoming connections.


AOL users and 403 Forbidden errors top

For some reason, AOL's browser can block access to certain portions of this site. If you experience these problems, try using a different browser (eg IE or FireFox)


What if I can't find the answer to my problem here?


You can try these: top

Post in the Forums, by all means. You'll find they are usually a friendly and helpful place, provided you follow a few basic guidelines:
  • Make sure your problem is not really in this FAQ. There's no point in posting just to be sent back here.
  • Before posting read the sticky topics (the ones at the top). Many times new information that still hasn't been incorporated in the FAQ can be found there.
  • Help us in helping you. Do not just say "it doesn't work!". Provide details so that we don't have to guess or waste time asking. What client do you use? What's your OS? What's your network setup? What's the exact error message you get, if any? What are the torrents you are having problems with? The more you tell the easiest it will be for us, and the more probable your post will get a reply.
  • Use a clear thread title. Non-descriptive thread titles like "Question" or "Problems" are not very useful at grabbing the attention of those that can help you.
  • And needless to say: be polite. Demanding help rarely works, asking for it usually does the trick.



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