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'''Addendum:''' PFCorner is offering Boxtorrents users a cheap, hassle-free seedbox service. See [http://forums.boxtorrents.com/index.php?topic=17398.0 this forum post] for more information.

Revision as of 05:42, 24 April 2009

For First Timers
"How to download anime", and similar questions, answered here

Introduction

New to Bittorrent? Or perhaps your first time watching a fansub? This section answers your questions and serves as your initiation into the fansub and Bittorrent community.

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).


Downloading

How do I download?

There are generally 4 ways to download anime online: from IRC, Bittorrent trackers, filehosts, and eMule.

  1. To download using IRC, you need an IRC client. A quick guide to downloading using IRC can be found here and here.
  1. To download via Bittorent, you need a Bittorrent client.
  1. To download from filehosts or direct-download sites, you will first have to find one that hosts the files you are looking for. Then register for an account on it, and download in accordance to their rules and guidelines.
  1. To download using eMule, you need the eMule client.

Where do I download from?

There are typically 4 sources to download from:

  1. Public trackers (i.e. TT) or torrent aggregators (i.e. AnimeSuki)
  1. Private trackers and semi-private trackers (such as Boxtorrents; membership accounts required)
  1. Distro IRC bots, which you can usually find in the fansub group's IRC channel (if you don't know where, you can ask AniDB)
  1. Direct-download websites (I'm afraid you will have to find your own; people generally do not reveal their direct-download sources)

(More information needed)

Seeding

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.
    1. e.g., uTorrent's 'Torrent Properties' dialogue box for each torrent has an adjustable ratio target. It automatically stops the torrent when you hit the target ratio.

If you have removed the torrent from your torrent client but still have the downloaded files on your disk, read on to learn how to re-seed the files.

Re-seeding Downloaded Files with Different Clients

Azureus

Please update

uTorrent 1.6.0 -1.8.1

  1. Go to the torrent page and download the .torrent file again (make sure you're logged in before downloading, if not the tracker URL will be incorrect).
  2. Open the .torrent file in uTorrent, but do not start it yet (uncheck the "Start Torrent" checkbox). [Image:Add Torrent dialog window in uTorrent (with "Start Torrent" unchecked).]
  3. Click on the ". . ." button at the end of the directory name display, and browse to the folder where the files are.
  4. In Windows Explorer, make sure the filenames in the folder match the filenames in the torrent filelist.
    1. If some/all of the filenames do not match, uTorrent allows you to relocate them, so as to avoid renaming. [Image:Relocate files in uTorrent.]
  5. Click "Ok" in the Add Torrent dialog box. The torrent should now appear in your torrent window in stopped state.
  6. Right-click on it, and select "Force recheck". uTorrent will now scan the selected folder for matching files, so if the files are the same and still have the same filenames you should see the progress bar start filling up. [Image:Force the torrent to recheck the downloaded files.]
  7. Let it scan until it says "Stopped" under the Status column. Then press "Start" to start the torrent proper.
    1. If the files are 100% verified it should say "Seeding" under the Status column.
    2. If there are missing files, or some of the pieces did not hash properly, uTorrent will download the missing pieces before putting the torrent in Seeding status.
  8. You're done! Now just let the torrent sit and seed.

Official BitTorrent 6

Please update

Transmission 1.3x

Please update

Fixing Your Ratio

I got warned, I have no files so I can't seed or download. Woe is me

Boxtorrents is not the only source of downloadable anime. Try the sources listed above. You'll be surprised at how much stuff is available outside of Boxtorrents. Download something that's recent and in demand, and seed it here to fix your ratio.

Wow, that's too much trouble for me, I don't think I'm quite cut out for that

While we're not quite financially in the red, a little economic boost is always welcome. It's a simple idea; you donate money, and in return, you get more uploaded data on your tracker statistics. Note that donations are handled manually, so you'll get the bonus points whenever Box (or someone he trusts to handle donations) gets round to it.

Currently we only accept donations through Paypal.

Oh dear, I'm going to have to sell my house, car and dog to have enough to fix my ratio. Anything cheaper and faster?

You might want to try a seedbox service. Not much will be said about them here, but if you ask the right people they might point you in the right direction.

Addendum: PFCorner is offering Boxtorrents users a cheap, hassle-free seedbox service. See this forum post for more information.