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* ... and needless to say: be polite. Demanding help rarely works. Asking nicely for it usually does the trick.
* ... and needless to say: be polite. Demanding help rarely works. Asking nicely for it usually does the trick.
* '''DO NOT''' send a private message to a staff member. If you don't wish to post in the forums, use [http://www.boxtorrents.com/help.php the help form] instead, or ask on the [[IRC]] channel.
* '''DO NOT''' send a private message to a staff member. If you don't wish to post in the forums, use [http://www.boxtorrents.com/help.php the help form] instead, or ask on the [[IRC]] channel.
* To prove that you have read this FAQ before seeking help, please quote the words '
* To prove that you have read this FAQ before seeking help, please quote the words '' in your post. We are quite serious. Failure to do so will result in your thread being locked immediately or your help request being ignored. This phrase is subject to change.
Revision as of 03:26, 13 February 2009
- 1 Site content information
- 2 User information
- 2.1 How many accounts am I allowed to have?
- 2.2 I registered an account but did not receive the confirmation e-mail!
- 2.3 I've lost my user name or password! Can you send it to me?
- 2.4 Can you change my username or rename my account?
- 2.5 Will my account still exist if I don't use it for a while?
- 2.6 My account is gone! Can you recover it?
- 2.7 I don't want my account anymore. Can you delete it?
- 2.8 What is MY ratio?
- 2.9 Why is my IP displayed on my details page?
- 2.10 Help! I cannot login!? (a.k.a. Login of Death)
- 2.11 Why is my port number reported as "---"? (And why should I care?)
- 2.12 What are the different user classes?
- 2.13 How do I become a Power User?
- 2.14 I just qualified as a Power User, but my status hasn't updated?
- 2.15 How do I view peer lists for torrents?
- 2.16 How do I add an avatar to my profile?
- 2.17 I am warned, what do I do?
- 2.18 Forum registration is closed, what do I do?
- 3 Tracker Issues
- 3.1 Common Torrent Error Messages
- 3.2 I am seeing torrents on my userpage that I never downloaded / Someone has hijacked my account.
- 3.3 People are using my torrent key / I accidentally posted my torrent key
- 3.4 I accidentally posted a link to download.php and I'm being charged for the downloads
- 3.5 I'm uploading or downloading some torrents but I don't see them on my userpage.
- 3.6 What are bonus torrents?
- 4 Statistics Tracking
- 4.1 How is my traffic tracked?
- 4.2 My stats are not updating. What can I do?
- 4.3 Best practices
- 4.4 What BitTorrent clients can I use?
- 4.5 Why is a torrent I'm leeching/seeding listed several times in my profile?
- 4.6 I've finished or cancelled a torrent. Why is it still listed in my profile?
- 4.7 Why do I sometimes see torrents I'm not leeching in my profile?!
- 4.8 Can I login from different computers?
- 4.9 Can I seed from different computers?
- 5 Offer System
- 5.1 Why can't I offer new torrents?
- 5.2 How do I make an offer if I'm a Power User?
- 5.3 What does 'Semi-granted' mean?
- 5.4 What can/can't I put in my torrents?
- 5.5 What should I put in the description?
- 5.6 What are good keywords for my torrent?
- 5.7 What are "extra files" and what should I add?
- 5.8 How do I attach extra files?
- 5.9 What should I put in my torrents?
- 5.10 What is this torrent swapping feature?
- 5.11 Can I upload your torrents to other trackers?
- 6 Adoption System
- 7 Downloading/Seeding
- 7.1 How do I upload?
- 7.2 Why do I have to wait before I can download a new torrent?
- 7.3 What do I do if a torrent has no seeds?
- 7.4 What's the difference between seeding and uploading?
- 7.5 Why did an active torrent suddenly disappear?
- 7.6 I've finished downloading the files, so how do I seed back?
- 7.7 I can't seem to seed at all, or my upload speed is really slow.
- 7.8 "I got warned but my hard drive crashed/I got a virus/computer got thrown out of window/[Insert other reason] and I lost all my files and I can't seed and Q_Q unwarn please"
- 7.9 Why do my downloads sometimes stall at 99%?
- 7.10 What are these "a piece has failed a hash check" messages?
- 7.11 The torrent is supposed to be 100MB. How come I downloaded 120MB?
- 7.12 What's this "IOError - [Errno13] Permission denied" error?
- 8 Connection Issues
- 8.1 How can I improve my download speed?
- 8.2 My ISP uses a transparent proxy. What should I do?
- 8.3 I am on a dynamic IP/I just changed my static IP recently, and it seems to have affected my bittorent connection settings.
- 8.4 There are peers in the swarm but I can't connect to any of them.
- 8.5 Why can't I connect to www.boxtorrents.com? Is the site blocking me?
- 9 Is there an RSS feed available for BoxTorrents?
- 10 What if I can't find the answer to my problem here?
Site content information
What makes BoxTorrents different?
There are many anime torrent sites but BoxTorrents is unique in the quality of our content. Our goal is to provide only torrents for completed anime or anime-related material and we pick only the best versions. Not everyone may submit new torrents; only Power Users, users who seem to have at least some experience with our site, and other appointed users. All submissions are thoroughly checked before they are added to our ever growing list of series; by ever growing, we really mean ever growing in the sense that even old torrents are still seeded. In short: 'quality over quantity' and 'ease of use'. Do keep in mind that BoxTorrents exists because of its users; old content is still available because of many dedicated seeders, so sharing is a must.
This is a public tracker, but we do prefer users to register before using the site. Before you do anything here at BoxTorrents, we suggest you read the rules! There are only a few rules to abide by and most are common sense.
If you see anything in here that is out of date or incorrect, or you'd like to add something, please contact psyren.
What is this BitTorrent all about anyway? How do I get the files?
Check out Brian's Bittorrent FAQ and Guide.
How do I watch the files I download?
Visit this page and have a look around. The CCCP (Combined Community Codec Pack) is the simplest codec pack available on the internet, and the simplest codec pack to set up. Out of the box, it is practically guaranteed to play anything that you throw at it (from our site, of course). If you have any problems, please look here for possible solutions. If you can't find one, you may either post in the forums asking for help or use the Help Form.
Where can I learn more about codecs/anime/manga/Japanese culture?
Google and Wikipedia are your friends.
For specific information on Japanese animations, there are 3 main resources: AniDB, AnimeNewsNetwork (ANN), and AnimeNFO. Each site offers unique information on any given title.
For specific information on manga, there's MangaUpdates and AnimeNewsNetwork (ANN).
How do I favourite/bookmark a torrent?
Click on the yellow star next to the torrent title at the top of every torrent page. On your userpage, you will see the torrents you have bookmarked show up under the appropriate tab (next to your 'Currently Seeding' and 'Currently Leeching' tabs.
What does the Report function do?
The report function brings a torrent or a comment to moderators' attention. Use this function if a torrent does not comply with site rules (e.g., if it is blacklisted material), has corrupted files, has a broken link (i.e., you cannot download the .torrent file altogether), or has been superseded by another torrent (please link us to the newer torrent in that case). Reporting a torrent for any other reason than those just listed will incur warnings, and bans will be issued if abuse continues. The button to report a torrent can be found next to the title of torrents at the top of torrent pages, beside the bookmark button.
Report comments if they are abusive or simply spam (such as 'seed this' or 'approve this'). The report button for comments is on the right side of comment headers, next to the 'Quote' button.
How many accounts am I allowed to have?
One. Ever. You are only allowed a single account in your lifetime. What would you do with more than one account anyway? Users who are found with more than one account will have the newest ones removed and warnings issued. Repeated attempts to create new accounts will result in permanent bans of all accounts from our site.
I registered an account but did not receive the confirmation e-mail!
Mail can sometimes take up to half a day to be sent out by our server. Please be patient. 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 change my username or rename my account?
Users can rename their account on the tracker by using this form. Please note that the user is required to be a power user with report privileges. You cannot use existing account names, so check before renaming.
Will my account still exist if I don't use it for a while?
Used accounts are pruned after 6 months. Unused accounts are pruned sooner (0 download, 0 upload).
My account is gone! Can you recover it?
Unfortunately, we can't do anything about pruned accounts. If you were able to create a new account under the same name and/or e-mail address, it is proof that your old account is permanently gone.
I don't want my account anymore. Can you delete it?
Leave your account alone and it will be pruned after 6 months (See: "Will my account still exist if I don't use it for a while?").
What is MY ratio?
Click on your profile link, 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. Other 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. Another solution is to visit http://www.boxtorrents.com/my.php
Why is my port number reported as "---"? (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?
|User||Normal user, can choose to view hentai.|
|Power User||Higher user, can view peer lists and report bad torrents or comments. Can make torrent offers. Has access to RSS feed.|
|Uploader||Deprecated and merged with the Power User class.|
|Power Uploader||These people can upload directly to the torrent pool without requiring moderator approval. These people are appointed by staff if deemed a trustworthy member of the Box community.|
|Moderator/Admins||Appointed by Admins. Don't ask about becoming one.|
How do I become a Power User?
Seed at least 25GB and have a ratio equal to or greater than 1.
I just qualified as a Power User, but my status hasn't updated?
User status updates every day. Give it 24-48 hours and drop any of the staff a PM if it still does not update.
How do I view peer lists for torrents?
Become a Power User and click on the Peer List tab under torrent descriptions. Non-Power Users can not view peer lists.
How do I add an avatar to my profile?
First, find an image that you like, and that complies with the rules. Then you will have to upload it to a hosting site, such as Photobucket, Upload-It! or ImageShack. All that is left to do is copy the URL (direct link) to the avatar field in your profile once you have uploaded it.
Please do not add a comment just to test your avatar. If everything is alright, you'll see it in your details page.
I am warned, what do I do?
What is a warning?
- A warning means that your account currently has reduced rights; namely, the tracker will allow you to upload but not download. If you are warned it means you did something very wrong. The warning is there to protect other users and ensure that users seed what they download, do keep in mind that BoxTorrents only works because many users put in some effort and bandwidth to keep our torrents healthy.
Why was I warned?
- The warning may be set automatically if your ratio drops below a certain point or it may be set by a moderator if you broke a rule. In the second case, warnings will be longer depending on the severity of your offence that garnered the warning.
OK, so now what?
- While you are warned you may not download; you are only allowed to seed. When you are warned an evaluation time is scheduled (usually 1 week ahead). Your ratio is reviewed on evaluation day, and if your ratio exceeds the warning cutoff ratio the warning will be lifted. If your ratio is not high enough a new evaluation time will be scheduled.
So, what minimum ratio should I maintain to avoid being warned/get out of a warning?
- We do not disclose minimum ratios because this figure is subject to change. The only sure ratio to avoid getting warned is >1.0.
If you got warned because of a bad ratio (or if you you think you got warned because of a bad ratio ;) ) - the only way to get rid of the warning is by increasing your upload. The most obvious way is by seeding, but you may also use the bonus system (see: What are bonus torrents?). A third option is donating; the why and how is explained on the donation page.
Forum registration is closed, what do I do?
- Your main site account and forum account are linked. However, your forum account needs to be activated via your main site account. To do this, go to your profile editing page and scroll down to the checkbox that says "Enable Forum Account". Check the box and click "Submit Changes". Your forum account will then be active.
Common Torrent Error Messages
Failure: access denied, leeching forbidden, you are only allowed to seed
Cause: Your ratio is too low.
Solution: Seed more and improve your ratio.
"Failure: unregistered torrent pass"
Cause: The tracker can not find a user associated with the torrent pass you're sending it in your announce URL.
Solution: Log in to your Boxtorrents account and re-download the torrent from the site.
"Failure: unregistered torrent"
Cause #1: The torrent you downloaded is not/no longer tracked by our tracker.
Solution: Check if the torrent has been swapped or replaced. We occasionally prune old obsolete torrents or material that has become blacklisted.
Cause #2: The torrent was downloaded from another source and is using an invalid torrent key.
Solution: Download the torrent from Boxtorrents when logged in.
If you have checked and verified that it is neither of these causes, then it may be a database error. Report the torrent (click on the exclamation mark beside the torrent title) and let us know. Note that you need to be logged in to your Boxtorrents account in order to make reports.
"Failure: access denied, torrents limit reached"
Cause: You are downloading too many torrents.
Solution: Users are allowed to download 3 torrents at a time. Power Users are allowed to download 10 torrents at a time. You are allowed to seed an unlimited number of torrents, regardless of your class. Check your userpage to see which torrents you are already downloading.
I am seeing torrents on my userpage that I never downloaded / Someone has hijacked my account.
Cause: Your passkey's secrecy has been compromised.
Solution: See the entry below.
People are using my torrent key / I accidentally posted my torrent key
Cause: Your torrent key identifies you as a user; never give it to anyone. Staff will never ask for you torrent key.
Solution: Go to your Profile and generate a new key, all your old torrents will become invalid immediately so you will have to re-download your torrents. Wait about 10-20 minutes to be sure the tracker has recorded your key change before resuming your torrenting.
Cause: When you are logged in the download.php links are for your user, if you post them people will get your torrent and your key. If you are logged out the links are anonymous, posting them elsewhere will not work as they are only valid for 24 hours. Generating a new key does not solve this problem.
Solution: Wait 24 hours for the download link to become invalid (download links are only valid for 24 hours) or remove the download link from where you posted it. If no more new people are given your key you can generate a new key to get rid of the 'leechers'.
I'm uploading or downloading some torrents but I don't see them on my userpage.
Cause: You downloaded a public torrent.
Solution: Log in and re-download the torrent.
What are bonus torrents?
Bonus torrents are torrents with few seeders or few leechers, the idea of the bonus system is to keep older torrents alive. Bonus torrents are marked with an icon that looks like a yellow ball with a red "B" inside. When you seed a bonus torrent (and have 100%) you will earn 1 bonus point per hour per bonus torrent. Bonus points can be exchanged for upload credit on the bonus page (this means you can add an amount onto your 'uploaded' stat on your user page).
How is my traffic tracked?
BoxTorrents uses a passkey system to identify each user. Your passkey can be found on your profile page. When you announce, your passkey is used to identify you and to (very accurately) track your upload and download traffic, regardless of any IP changes. The passkey is automatically added to the announce URL of every torrent you download whilst logged in. YOU MUST NEVER, EVER GIVE OUT YOUR PASSKEY TO ANY OTHER PERSON. Doing so will allow people to generate torrent traffic under your account. We will not be held responsible for any adverse effects this may have.
My stats are not updating. What can I do?
Check that the torrent pass in your client's tracker announce URL matches the one shown on your profile page. If it doesn't (or if it does, but you're still having problems), then:Remove the torrent entries from your torrent client. Re-download the .torrent files and open them in your client. Force a hash recheck and resume activity.If that doesn't help, go to your profile page and regenerate your torrent pass. Wait about 10-20 minutes to be sure the tracker has recorded your key change, then repeat the above step.Use only official non-beta clients.
If a torrent you are currently leeching or seeding is not listed on your userpage, stop the torrent and resume it again. (also see: I'm uploading or downloading some torrents but I don't see them on my userpage)Make sure you exit your client properly, so that the tracker receives the required information.If the tracker is down, do not stop seeding. Your traffic may not be tracked during downtime but as soon as the tracker is working again then your traffic will be tracked again.
What BitTorrent clients can I use?
See BT_Clients for more information on what BitTorrent clients you can use.
There is currently no restriction on which clients you may use, but this will most likely change in the future. The tracker updates your stats correctly for most Bittorrent clients. However, we still recommend that you use the following clients:
For any client, we urge you to keep it up to date, most clients have had some problems with earlier versions.
Also, clients in alpha or beta version should be avoided.
We neither recommend nor will we provide support for: - BitComet - BitLord (modified BitComet with spyware added) - Shareaza
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 have had its finished information sent and will be listed until the peer information times out. Just ignore it, it will eventually go away.
I've finished or cancelled a torrent. Why is it still listed in my profile?
Some older clients do not report properly to the tracker when cancelling or finishing a torrent. In that case the tracker will keep waiting for the message - and thus listing the torrent as seeding or leeching - until the peer information timeout occurs. Just ignore it, it will eventually go away.
Why do I sometimes see torrents I'm not leeching in my profile?!
Under our new keying system, it is not possible for the tracker to confuse you with another peer. If you see torrents listed in your profile that you are DEFINITELY not leeching/seeding on, then we suggest you take the following actions: Change the e-mail and password on your account. If you did not give out your passkey then someone either has access to your email account or your Boxtorrents user account (or both).Go to your profile page and generate a new torrent pass. This will invalidate all your previous torrents ending whatever damage was done to your account. You will need to redownload your torrents.
Can I login from different computers?
Can I seed from different computers?
Yes, but you may not seed the same torrent from two different computers as the tracker will not understand how you can be in two places at once :P. In the worst case, you will automatically banned.
Why can't I offer new torrents?
Only Power Users can make new torrent offers, which will be granted or rejected by staff. Torrents offered by staff members and Power Uploaders are added to the torrent pool directly without going through the approval procedure. Non-Power Users can not make offers.
How do I make an offer if I'm a Power User?
See: "How to make an offer".
What does 'Semi-granted' mean?
Offers require the approval of two admins or moderators before they are added to the tracker. 'Semi-granted' is the state an offer acquires when one admin/mod has granted it, pending further approval.
What can/can't I put in my torrents?
What should I put in the description?
What are good keywords for my torrent?
What are "extra files" and what should I add?
How do I attach extra files?
What should I put in my torrents?
What is this torrent swapping feature?
Can I upload your torrents to other trackers?
No. This generates extra traffic for the tracker without users visiting the site itself. It also usually results in the torrent being overrun by bad leechers, as users are not aware of the site rules.
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.)
Why should I adopt a torrent?
At the time of writing, no outright benefits are given for torrent adoption. You adopt because the description of a torrent does not sit right with you, and you have the irresistible urge to fix it, put it right and provide accurate information for future users of Boxtorrents who will chance upon said torrent.
What should I do to ensure that my adoption request will be granted?
- Submit a proper reason for adoption. Tell us what you are going to fix, what you will add, what you will do with the torrent. Don't just say something like "I will fix the torrent", that does not sound convincing.
- It helps if you have a "resume".
- Users who consistently submit good torrent descriptions (by adopting, or making torrent offers) will obviously be trusted more than users without said "resume". So if you already have torrents in your Uploaded tab, do take a look at them and work on those first before adopting new torrents.
- If you are a new user with no prior experience do not worry, we will sit you through the description-editing process and help you bring it up to speed, all you need is a willingness to learn and dedication to the adoption process.
- Seed the torrent. While owners are not expected to seed the torrent files 24/7, being a seed on the peerlist gives us the assurance that you have the files are will be able to re-seed the torrent as and when the need arises.
What do I need to do after I adopt a torrent?
Bring it up to date, in accordance with the torrent description content guidelines.
What if I want to replace the torrent files with a better, superior version?
Make a new torrent offer, and add a comment, giving the URL of the torrent you wish to replace. The adoption system is meant for fixing torrents, not replacing them.
How do I upload?
Why do I have to wait before I can download a new torrent?
When new torrents are uploaded, those with Power User (or higher) status are given 'first dibs'. By virtue of their good share ratio we trust that these users will stick around to help seed the torrent after they benefit from having exclusive access to the initial seeders. Other users must wait for the timer to expire before they can download the .torrent file. The amount of time you have to wait is proportional to the size of the torrent (the larger the torrent, the longer you have to wait). This is to encourage more people to become Power Users, and to build up a larger seed base before other users are permitted to join the swarm.
What do I do if a torrent has no seeds?
Hop on the forums and post in the Reseed Request section. Be sure to read the rules before posting.
What's the difference between seeding and uploading?
'Uploading' is posting a new torrent to our tracker.
'Seeding' is uploading data on a torrent once you have completed the download.
Why did an active torrent suddenly disappear?
There may be three reasons for this:
- The torrent may have been out-of-sync with the site rules.
- The uploader or a moderator may have deleted it because it contained bad files. A replacement will probably be uploaded to take its place.
- The torrent was requested to be removed by a 3rd party.
I've finished downloading the files, so how do I seed back?
Once your download has completed, most clients will continue to run the torrent in seeding mode until the ratio is 1:1. If this is not the case, try some of these steps: 1) Simply press Start on your torrent again. Some clients might stop torrents that have finished downloading. 2) Check your client's settings regarding how much a torrent should be seeded to before stopping. Your settings may be preventing seeding. (e.g., uTorrent's 'Torrent Properties' dialogue box for each torrent has a ratio percentage figure which you can adjust)3) Force the torrent to start (e.g., in uTorrent, right click on the torrent entry and click 'Force Start'). This will force your client to ignore the rule mentioned above and seed until you stop the torrent.4) If all else fails, remove the torrent from your client, and see below for instructions on how to restore it to your client.
If you have removed the torrent but not the files, see "How to seed files that have already been downloaded" on how to re-seed files.
I can't seem to seed at all, or my upload speed is really slow.
First, check that you actually have someone to upload any data to. If you are on a torrent that has something like 10 seeders and 2 leechers, the chances of you uploading a great deal are slim to none. If there are no leechers... what are you expecting? Second, see this entry in the FAQ if you are not sure whether your ports are open.
"I got warned but my hard drive crashed/I got a virus/computer got thrown out of window/[Insert other reason] and I lost all my files and I can't seed and Q_Q unwarn please"
You got yourself into that situation, you'll have to fix it yourself.
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 a 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. Overhead may also account for some of this data.
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 supports FAT - or NT/2000/XP with FAT formatted hard drives. NTFS is much more robust and should never permit this problem.)
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.
(side note: 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 is my port number reported as "---"? (And why should I care?) 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. A client like Azureus allows the user to limit uploads & downloads. 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., ...
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 or 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.)|
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 is my port listed as "---" even though I'm not NAT/Firewalled?
The BoxTorrents 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.
I am on a dynamic IP/I just changed my static IP recently, and it seems to have affected my bittorent connection settings.
Boxtorrents uses a keypass-based system (See: How is my traffic tracked?). Changes in your IP will not affect your connection to the tracker, as long as you downloaded the torrent file when logged in.
There are peers in the swarm but I can't connect to any of them.
Your ISP may be shaping traffic. Enable encryption in your torrent client, and set it to the highest level possible.
Note: This does not hide your IP from other peers!
Why can't I connect to www.boxtorrents.com? Is the site blocking me?
Your failure to connect may be due to several reasons.
Maybe my address is blacklisted?
The site blocks 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.
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.
Is there an RSS feed available for BoxTorrents?
RSS Feeds are only available for Power Users. You will see the RSS Feed link appear when you become one.
An mIRC script is available that will check the RSS feed every x minutes, if there are any new torrents uploaded then it lists the new torrents, you can also manually check for new torrents. Information about the script, Download Link.
What if I can't find the answer to my problem here?
So, after reading all that, you still can't find a solution? Read on. Post in the forums, by all means. You'll find it's a friendly and helpful place, provided you follow a few basic guidelines:
- Make sure your problem is not answered in this FAQ. There's no point in posting just to be sent back here amidst a torrent of angry remarks telling you not to waste other people's time.
- Before posting, read the stickied 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 that's useful, as opposed to 'more info'.
- PLEASE make an effort to make your posts readable. There is nothing worse than trying to decipher a post that looks like it was written by someone mashing their face on the keyboard. Perfect spelling isn't necessary, but basic grammar and punctuation definitely helps.
- ... and needless to say: be polite. Demanding help rarely works. Asking nicely for it usually does the trick.
- DO NOT send a private message to a staff member. If you don't wish to post in the forums, use the help form instead, or ask on the IRC channel.
- To prove that you have read this FAQ before seeking help, please quote the words 'Amorphous Plate Wiggle' in your post. We are quite serious. Failure to do so will result in your thread being locked immediately or your help request being ignored. This phrase is subject to change.