Welcome to Torrent Move ( We move your life ) ทอเร้นมูฟ!!!!

This site is running off a modified version of TorrentBits. Our goal is not to become another mainstream torrent site but a mac/ music specialty tracker. If you have any problems with this site please contact us!

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

Before you go any further you should read the user agreement.

Special Thx!
  • Redbeard & wyz: the tracker source code (made freely available under the GPL).
  • Oink: the request page and more...
  • MrMister: great tutorial & forum.
  • SKORiUS: passkey and more...
  • Psor: toolbar and more...
  • Drewcifer: time zone.
  • And many more @ http://www.tbsource.org...


    Contents



    Site information


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

    Check out Brian's BitTorrent FAQ and Guide.


    Where does the donated money go?

    Torrent Move ( We move your life ) ทอเร้นมูฟ!!!is situated on a shared server. It would be nice to get a little more bandwidth so we can have more users. A shared server can't handle many peers and we will eventually have to get a dedicated server. This is pretty expensive and will at least cost $150/month.




    User information

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

    You can use this form to delete the account so you can 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?

    Please use this form to have the login details mailed back to you.


    Can you rename my account?

    We do not rename accounts. Please create a new one. (Use this form to delete your present account.)


    Can you delete my (confirmed) account?

    You can do it yourself by using this form.


    So, what's MY ratio?

    Click on your profile, then on your user name (at the top).

    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).


    Why is my IP displayed on my details page?

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


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

    This problem sometimes occurs with MSIE. 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.


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

    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.


    Why am I listed as not connectable? (And why should I care?)

    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).


    What are the different user classes?

      Peasant   Users with a ratio below .30 & who downloaded more than 1 GB for 1 week (7 days) will be warned to correct their ratio. They wll be able to seed/leech 5 torrents. If they don't fix their ratio after 2 weeks they will be automatically demoted to peasant and limited to 2 torrents max. Peasants will have 2 weeks to increase their ratio or their account will be deleted.
      User   The default class of new members. If you have downloaded less than a 1 GB you will only be able seed/leech 5 torrents at a time. After you have downloaded 1 GB and your ratio is above .3 you will be able to seed/leech 10 torrents at a time.
      Power User   Are able to seed/leech 100 torrents at a time.
      Star   Has donated money to and are immune to automatic demotion.
      VIP   Same privileges as Power User and is considered an Elite Member of . Immune to automatic demotion.
      Other   Customised title.
      Uploader   Same as PU except with upload rights and immune to automatic demotion.
      Moderator   Can edit and delete any uploaded torrents. Can also moderate user comments and disable accounts.
      Administrator   Can do just about anything.
      SysOp   iamkinghenry (site owner).


    How does this promotion thing work anyway?

      Power User   Must have been be a member for at least 4 weeks, have uploaded at least 10GB and have a ratio at or above 1.05.
    The promotion is automatic when these conditions are met. Note that you will be automatically demoted from
    this status if your ratio drops below 0.95 at any time.
      Star   Just donate, and send iamkinghenry - and only iamkinghenry - the details.
      VIP   Assigned by mods at their discretion to users they feel contribute something special to the site.
    (Anyone begging for VIP status will be automatically disqualified.)
      Other   Conferred by mods at their discretion (not available to Users or Power Users).
      Uploader   Appointed by Admins/SysOp (see the 'Uploading' section for conditions).
      Moderator   You don't ask us, we'll ask you!


    Hey! I've seen Power Users with less than 10GB uploaded!

    The PU limit used to be 5GB and we didn't demote anyone when we raised it to 10GB.


    Why can't my friend become a member?

    There is a 100000 invite limit. When that number is reached we stop accepting new invites so no new members can join. Accounts inactive for more than 16 days are automatically deleted, so keep trying. (There is no reservation or queuing system, don't ask for that.)


    How does this invite thing work anyway?

    Invites are given out every 10 days and depend on your stats:
    InvitesStats
    1
    Downloaded 1-4 GB and ratio is greater than .90
    2
    Downloaded 4-7 GB and ratio is greater than .95
    3
    Downloaded 7-10 GB and ratio is greater than 1.00
    4
    Downloaded greater than 10 GB and ratio is greater than 1.05

    If an invite is not confirmed within 3 days it is automatically deleted. You also have the option to delete invites by going to your "User details" page and selecting "Given" under "Invites." A table will be generated that displays all the invites you have given. Select "Delete" to delete an unconfirmed invite. All deleted invites will be replaced with an additional invite so do not worry about deleting them.

    You can view how many given/available invites by going to your "User details" page and looking at the number next to "Given"/"Available." To invite someone select "Available", enter an email/message on the following page, and press "Invite!" A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you have entered and the person will be given 3 days to confirm it.

    How do I add an avatar to my profile?

    First, find an image that you like, and that is within the rules. Then you will have to find a place to host it, such as Upload-It! or ImageShack). All that is left to do is copy the URL you were given when uploading it to the avatar field in your profile.

    Please do not make a post just to test your avatar. If everything is allright you'll see it in your details page.

    When are accounts auto-pruned?

    • Unparked accounts are pruned when 28 days have elapsed since the last recorded activity. Parked accounts are pruned when 56 days have elapsed since the last recorded activity. Also note that we regularly clean out accounts with very low share ratios.
    • Peasant accounts are pruned after 4 weeks
    • Accounts with nothing uploaded/ downloaded are pruned after 4 weeks


    What's a "passkey"?

    A passkey is a 32 characters key associated with your account that uniquely identifies you as a user.hen a .torrent file is downloaded from your account, the passkey is automatically added to the announce URL in the .torrent file.
    Make sure you keep your passkey private at all times.

    What's this "Reset passkey" feature in my profile?

    You can use this feature to generate a new passkey for you account.
    Remember that the passkey uniquely identifies you, therefore if someone would learn it they would be able to leech from your account. Should you suspect your key from being compromised just create a new one.
    Note that by using this you will invalidate all the .torrent files that you may have previously downloaded, and will have to download them again.



    Stats


    Most common reason for stats not updating

    • The user is cheating. (a.k.a. "Summary 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.

    Best practices

    • 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?

    Yes. The tracker now updates the stats correctly for all bittorrent clients. However, we still recommend that you avoid the following clients:

    • BitTorrent++,
    • Nova Torrent,
    • TorrentStorm.

    These clients do not report correctly to the tracker when canceling/finishing a torrent session. If you use them then a few MB may not be counted towards the stats near the end, and torrents may still be listed in your profile for some time after you have closed the client.

    Also, clients in alpha or beta version should be avoided.


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

    If for some reason (e.g. pc crash, or frozen client) your client exits improperly and you restart it, it will have a new peer_id, so it will show as a new torrent. The old one will never receive a "event=completed" or "event=stopped" and will be listed until some tracker timeout. Just ignore it, it will eventually go away.


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

    Some clients, notably TorrentStorm and Nova Torrent, do not report properly to the tracker when canceling or finishing a torrent. In that case the tracker will keep waiting for some message - and thus listing the torrent as seeding or leeching - until some timeout occurs. Just ignore it, it will eventually go away.


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

    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.)


    Multiple IPs (Can I login from different computers?)

    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?

    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 Torrent Move ( We move your life ) ทอเร้นมูฟ!!!users in the LAN

    You should use the same Torrent Move ( We move your life ) ทอเร้นมูฟ!!!account in all 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 (they will be listed as such, 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

    Each torrent will be associated with the user's ip and passkey. The stats for each user should be recorded accurately because the stats depend on both to function properly.

    For those of you who are interested...

    Some info about the "Anatomy of a torrent session".


    Uploading


    Why can't I upload torrents?

    You probably do not have your bitTorrent client setup correctly. Make sure you have used the tracker's announce url and the information areas are filled in correctly.

    1) This is a guide explaining how to upload torrents using the BitTorrent client Azureus.

    • Download Azureus from here: 'Azureus.'
    • Go to the preferences (Azureus->Preferences).
    • In the "Server" page change the "Incoming TCP listen port" to a non Peer-to-Peer port (6879 will work).
    If you have a firewall make sure this port range is open in both directions.
    • Time to create a torrent to upload (File->Create a Torrent).
    • In the "Announce URL" put "?passkey=".
    • Click the "Browse" button and find the file you want to share then click "Next".
    • Check to see if the right file is selected and click "Finish".
    • Voila, the torrent will be created where the file is.
    • Login to the site 'Torrent Move ( We move your life ) ทอเร้นมูฟ!!!' and go to the "Upload" section.
    • In the "Torrent file" area click the "Browse" button and find the torrent file then click "Open".
    • In the "Torrent name" area type the name of the file if the name on the torrent is not descriptive.
    • In the "Description" area type a thorough description of the file. Make sure the description is complete and includes all relevant information. DO NOT POST SERIALS/CRACKS.
    • In the "Type" area choose the type of file by clicking on the pull down menu. Make sure the file is under the correct type.
    • Check over the following steps and if everything is correct click the "Do it!" button.
    • Time to seed the torrent: download the torrent off the site, click "Open"(File->Open->.torrent File), and find the downloaded torrent. You will not be able to seed the torrent created by the client because of the passkey that needs to be embedded in the torrent.

    It will take a couple minutes for your torrent to appear in the "Browse" section.

    2) This is a guide by verve explaining how to generate and upload a torrent using the official bittorrent client "BitTorrent 3.4.2" by following an example.

    Let's say you want to share a folder called "success" with a file "how-to.txt" in it, lying on your desktop. Do the following steps:
    • Download "BitTorrent 3.4.2" from here: 'BitTorrent 3.4.2'
    • Install and open it.
    • Go to the menu "BitTorrent-->Preferences..." and change "Low Port: 6890", "High Port: 6999" and check "always ask for download folder". Click on "Save"
    If you have a firewall make sure this port range is open in both directions, meaning in and out, maybe you should turn it off for this first time.
    • Go to the menu "File-->Generate Torrent File...".
    • Type in the "Tracker URL:"-field "?passkey=".
    • Drag'n'drop the "success"-folder from your Desktop into the little squared window you see over the "Generate..."-button, after that you can see the path of your "success"-folder, that should be "/Users/.../Desktop/success/". Make sure the "Make a torrent for each file/folder within this folder..."- box is unchecked.
    • Click on "Generate..." and select the place and name you want the new torrent file to be saved. Just to keep it near the "success"-folder choose your Desktop and leave the name as suggested. Click on "Save". When generating has finished, close the generate window.

    So with this youซve got the "success"-folder and a file called "success.torrent" lying on your Desktop.

    • Go to 'Torrent Move ( We move your life ) ทอเร้นมูฟ!!!' login and go to the "Upload" section.
    • In the "torrent file"-field click on "Browse" and select your newly created "success.torrent" lying on your Desktop, you should see it after that beside the button.
    • Type in the "torrent name"-field a descriptive torrent name you want to be seen by others on the "browse" page of Torrent Move ( We move your life ) ทอเร้นมูฟ!!!, maybe "Success - How to become an uploader".
    • Type in the "description"-field a description of the content of the "success"-folder, maybe "This is a short introduction to upload a torrent with BitTorrent". Make sure the description is complete and includes all relevant information. DO NOT POST SERIALS/CRACKS HERE.
    • Choose a category from the pulldown menu, maybe "Books/Articles/Magazines".
    • Click on "Do it!", check the confirmation message.
    • Download the torrent off the site , go to "BitTorrent 3.4.2", choose "File-->Open..." and select the "success.torrent" from your Desktop. After that choose your "success"-folder as place to be saved. "BitTorrent 3.4.2" should now check your "success"-folder and states "checking-->complete-->seeding". You will not be able to seed the torrent created by the client because of the passkey that needs to be embedded in the torrent.
    • Go to 'Torrent Move ( We move your life ) ทอเร้นมูฟ!!!' "browse", after some minutes you should see "Success - how to become an uploader" with one seeder.

    You've done it !

    What rules must I follow to remain part of the Uploader team?

    You must be able to provide releases that:
    • All uploads must include a detailed description.
    Please refer to topic: Poor descriptions
    • No nasty files!
    • All files must be in a legitiment format so they are functional.
    • Pre-release stuff should be labeled with an *ALPHA* or *BETA* tag.
    • Make sure not to include any serial numbers, CD keys or similar in the description (you do not need to edit the NFO!).
    • Make sure your torrents are well-seeded for at least 24 hours.
    Also, you should have at least 1MBit upload bandwidth.
    • Do not include the release date in the torrent name.

    If you have something interesting that somehow violate these rules, ask a mod and we might make an exception.

    Can I upload your torrents to other trackers?

    No. We are a closed, limited-membership community. Only registered users can use Torrent Move ( We move your life ) ทอเร้นมูฟ!!!(TB 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 Torrent Move ( We move your life ) ทอเร้นมูฟ!!!, 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.)



    Downloading


    How do I use the files I've downloaded?

    Check out this guide.


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

    Check out this guide.


    Why did an active torrent suddenly disappear?

    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) Torrents are automatically deleted after 3 days of inactivity.


    How do I resume a broken download or reseed something?

    Open the .torrent file. When your client asks you for a location, choose the location of the existing file(s) and it will resume/reseed the torrent.


    Why do my downloads sometimes stall at 99%?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    Why do I get a "Not authorized (xx h) - READ THE FAQ!" error? (off until further notice)

    From the time that each new torrent is uploaded to the tracker, there is a period of time that some users must wait before they can download it.
    This delay in downloading will only affect users with a low ratio, and users with low upload amounts.

    Ratio below
    0.50
      and/or upload below
    5.0GB
      delay of
    48h
    Ratio below
    0.65
      and/or upload below
    6.5GB
      delay of
    24h
    Ratio below
    0.80
      and/or upload below
    8.0GB
      delay of
    12h
    Ratio below
    0.95
      and/or upload below
    9.5GB
      delay of
    06h

    "And/or" means any or both. Your delay will be the largest one for which you meet at least one condition.

    This applies to new users as well, so opening a new account will not help. Note also that this works at tracker level, you will be able to grab the .torrent file itself at any time.

    N.B. Due to some users exploiting the 'no-delay-for-seeders' policy we had to change it. The delay now applies to both seeding and leeching. So if you are subject to a delay and get the files from some other source you will not be able to seed them until the delay has elapsed.


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

    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.

    Torrent Move ( We move your life ) ทอเร้นมูฟ!!!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 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. See the Why am I listed as not connectable?  section and links therein for more information on this.


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

    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 "TTL" in the browse page?

    The torrent's Time To Live, in hours. It means the torrent will be deleted from the tracker after that many hours have elapsed (yes, even if it is still active). Note that this a maximum value, the torrent may be deleted at any time if it's inactive.


    How can I improve my download speed?


    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:


    Do not immediately jump on new torrents

    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.)


    Make yourself connectable

    See the Why am I listed as not connectable?  section.


    Limit your upload speed

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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. You can use NetLimiter to limit your upload/download bandwidth.

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


    My ISP uses a transparent proxy. What should I do?


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

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

    What is a proxy?

    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?

    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 am I listed as not connectable even though I'm not NAT/Firewalled?

    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?

    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.

    (Not working) 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 :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 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?

    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 signup from behind a proxy?
    It is our policy not to allow new accounts to be opened from behind a proxy.


    Does this apply to other torrent sites?

    This section was written for TorrentBits Tracker, a closed, port 80-81 tracker. Other trackers may be open or closed, and many listen on e.g. ports 6868 or 6969. The above does not necessarily apply to other trackers.


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


    Your failure to connect may be due to several reasons.


    Maybe my address is blacklisted?

    The site blocks addresses listed in the (former) PeerGuardian 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

    (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.


    Alternate port (81): off until further notice

    Some of our torrents use ports other than the usual HTTP port 80. This may cause problems for some users, for instance those behind some firewall or proxy configurations. You can easily solve this by editing the .torrent file yourself with any torrent editor, e.g. MakeTorrent, and replacing the announce url :81 with :80 or just .

    Editing the .torrent with Notepad is not recommended. It may look like a text file, but it is in fact a bencoded file. If for some reason you must use a plain text editor, change the announce url to :80, not . (If you're thinking about changing the number before the announce url instead, you know too much to be reading this.)


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


    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.
    • And needless to say: be polite. Demanding help rarely works, asking for it usually does the trick.

    FAQ edited 2005-02-22 (22:26 GMT)





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