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Bit torrent Question.. I need someone to walk me through like I am 5

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by scubagal, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. scubagal

    scubagal won't read stickies

    Jan 18, 2003
    I have tried to figure out this Bit Torrent stuff FOREVER.. and never been able to get it to work.

    This morning my husband tried, and again.. we are coming up :mad:

    Using the bittorrent.com guide instructions.. the part we must be doing wrong is the web server part. Do I need a designated web server to download shows? I have my own personal website for business and Kevin has a web server for work, do we somehow need to tap into these?

    I was thinking this was more like downloading like I used to from Napster, etc... but apparently not.

    We also tried trackerless, since we don't have a tracker.. should we get a tracker? from?

    Is there a Bit Torrent for Dummies instruction/site/help out there?

    Please no laughing :)
  2. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    Install Azureus (http://azureus.sourceforge.net).

    For now, just leave everything as it installs it by default.

    Now use your web browser and go to a site like www.isohunt.com.

    Use the search box up top (labeled "file") and type in a show name, like "shameless", leave the "extension" field blank, and press the "Torrents" button.

    In the list that is displayed, the first one is likely to be "shameless SE3.EP1 divx"; click on that. It'll expand with more info. Click on the "Download .torrent" link; a dialog box will open asking what you want to do -- select "Open" or whatever similar thing to that is displayed depending on what browser you're using. This will open Azureus with the torrent file. Azureus will contact the tracker(s) identified in the torrent file and begin making connections with current seeders and leechers of that file in order to begin transferring data.

    That should be the basics; now there's some issues to deal with further -- if you have a router/firewall you should configure it so the specified incoming port connects automatically to your machine. You can also specify some limits on how it'll use bandwidth as well as making it default to certain directories. But we can deal with things like that once you've come back and said you've got the basics going.
  3. jschuur

    jschuur TV-holic, improving

    Nov 27, 2002
    London, UK
    Bonus points for promoting Shameless again, Doug! You got me interested in that show the other day too.

    ScubaGal: The only time you'd need a web server and have to worry about tracker based vs trackerless is if you yourself have a large file that you want to start sharing with others, rather than downloading an episode that's already been 'seeded' (made available via BT) for others. Is that what you wanted?
  4. mattpol

    mattpol ILYA KOVALCHUK

    Jul 23, 2003
    NEW YORK...
  5. TBDigital

    TBDigital B. Meisterburger

    Mar 14, 2002
    Kingwood, Tx
    In short, once you have your Bittorrent client of choice installed, and have found a reliable site that has the torrent files of shows you are interested in, download the .torrent file, and launch it. Your client will do the rest.

    Check out http://slyck.com/bt.php?page=3 for various clients and .torrent file sites.
  6. SeanC

    SeanC ECT

    Dec 30, 2003
    If you are going to be downloading things that other parties would be interested in. And those parties would be interested in contacting your ISP and finding out who you are you should download Peerguardian.
  7. thumperxr69

    thumperxr69 New Member

    Mar 21, 2004
    Central IL
    Yeah TBDigital Slyck is the best site to start at to see which Bittorrent to search from. :up:

  8. rloper

    rloper Is there an answer?

    Mar 25, 2002
    If you are running a firewall of some kind (HW or SW) you need to forward a port to get things to work smoothly. Set up the firewall (if HW) to forward port 6881 (by default) to the system running Azureus. If its a SW firewall set it to allow incoming traffic through port 6881. Then run the testing in Azureus to verify proper operation.

    Good luck!
  9. kiljoy

    kiljoy New Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    You also need to forward the tracker port to the machine running bittorrent. Forward 6969 and 6881-6890. If you can't do a range in your router, do 6881. Each subsequent connection uses the subsequent port. I only forward the first, but the rest seem to do ok without any forwarding. The important one is forwarding 6969, after that, it's gravy.

    Something to note, I may be doing something wrong, but every once in a while I'll click on one that says it's well-seeded, but it never starts. If you've got plenty seeding (say, >100) it should be fine.

  10. busyba

    busyba The Funcooker

    Feb 5, 2003
    Some tracker sites don't let you use their trackers on a "standard" bit torrent port.

    Also, some ISPs throttle or block standard BT ports.

    Your client software should allow you to specify an alternate port or range of ports. Something with 5 digits should be good.
  11. Redux

    Redux No intent to annoy

    Oct 19, 2004
    The early suggestion was to use Azureus and I think we're kindof following that lead.
  12. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    We're all getting ahead of scubagal, I think. Let's wait till she comes back with a progress report and take things one step at a time so as not to overwhelm her with conflicting info/purposes.
  13. busyba

    busyba The Funcooker

    Feb 5, 2003
    Asking a bunch of geeks a technical question... it was bound to happen. :D
  14. appleye1

    appleye1 New Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Back From...
    Yeah, if I was 5, I wouldn't know what in the hell you guys are talking about! :D
  15. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    So Scuba, have you tried Doug's suggestion yet and had any success?
  16. busyba

    busyba The Funcooker

    Feb 5, 2003
    When I was 5, I would have. ;) :D
  17. efilippi

    efilippi Active Member

    Jul 24, 2001
    Mundelein, Il
    May I add what seems to me a logical follow-up question? Now that I have found a torrent for my favorite show (Who's that girl?), is there a simple way for me to view it on my living room TV instead of my laptop?
  18. crowfan

    crowfan The Dude abides

    Dec 27, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    Once you have the file downloaded, you can do what you want with it (convert it, burn it to DVD, etc). BT is precisely why I am looking to buy a DVD player that supports divx.
  19. mpauley

    mpauley Im That Guy!

    Mar 19, 2002
    Don't use Azureus, it's a resource hog (darn java depenencies) Give utorrent a try. Its small light weight and darn fast...
  20. dennisacevedo

    dennisacevedo New Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    I found the easiest way to do this is buy a Philips DVP642 DVD Player and a handful of DVD+RWs (or even CD+RWs). This great DVD player will play .AVI and .MPG files right off the disc with no need to worry about "authoring" a DVD. Just copy the download shows onto the disc and pop it in the player.

    You can usually find these at Walmart, Circuit City, Amazon, etc...

    I agree :up: uTorrent Rocks!

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