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bit torrent advice required

Postby jockney » Wed, 29 Aug 2007 11:38 am

would it be better to keep my torrent files on a usb memory stick and keep it plugged in, rather than fill up my hard drive?
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Postby ScoobyDoes » Wed, 29 Aug 2007 12:59 pm

If you are going to keep them why not write them to a DVD when you have enough files then remove from your HDD?

With 120GB sized HDD these days its not a problem to stock up and write to a DVD from time to time. Memory Sticks still don't offer this amount of volume but you also have an option of taking an additional external HDD and leave IT plugged in instead.

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Postby Dobski » Wed, 29 Aug 2007 1:05 pm

Hi - there are 2 files for each download:-

the .torrent file
the file you download (eg .mp3 .avi .exe )

The first one is tiny and you can delete it after the download's finished.
The second would be bigger and you should store it on your hard disk.
(also, back it up if it's something you want to keep!)

<EDIT> ^^ I see Scooby beat me to the answer !
gotta learn to type faster :wink:

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Postby jockney » Wed, 29 Aug 2007 5:14 pm

I am new to this idea...i need to keep the files so they can be uploaded and keep my ratio uo,whats the best way to keep them open i mean?
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Postby bigfilsing » Wed, 29 Aug 2007 10:19 pm

you just need to leave them "in" your torrent software.

Normally when you download a torrent once it's complete it will automatically start to seed ( allow them to be uploaded)
Depending on which torrent client you use and your settings you will be shareing immediately as you download.

When you download a torrent do you save it and then open it in a torrent client or open it from source.??

If you save it then you can simply open it again in your torrent client and it will seed the file.

If you haven't saved it you could either find where you got it from and download again ( just the torrent file of course) or you could create a torrent and set it to seed.

Problems arise if you have moved the actual file ( not the torrent file) since you downloaded it. Then the client will not know where it is.
You need to check the help file of your torrent client as to "how to seed" files /torrents.

Good luck

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Postby Splatted » Thu, 30 Aug 2007 2:09 am

One thing that concerns me/scares me with the torrents is that occasionally your activities seem to get scrutinized by authorities in Singapore (whether or not they act on it is another matter)

The reason I know this is with clients such as utorrent, you can see exactly where other peers are from, and every now and again there are other Singaporeans listed.

Now it wouldn't be bizaar if it were something recent or popular I was downloading, such as prison break or whatever, but some of these titles that interest me would not have a strong following here, or would be a hell of a coincidence someone else was also interested, at this particular point of time, and happened to live in this neck of the woods. Case in point: La Femme Nikita season 4

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Postby jockney » Thu, 30 Aug 2007 7:13 am

I also got a not I may have a net problem?
any ideas?
any layman ideas on how to sort it?
simple terms required :)

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Postby bigfilsing » Thu, 30 Aug 2007 1:17 pm

yes i've got a few ideas!

Need to know what modem and/or router you are using
Need to know what internet provider you are using
Need to know what OS ( operating system) you are using.

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Postby jockney » Thu, 30 Aug 2007 1:24 pm

have sent pm also.
I am using singtel Mio wireless and it was running ok till a day or so ago and I have actually asked them to come and check the line.
I am running xp
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Postby bigfilsing » Fri, 31 Aug 2007 6:30 pm

first thing it to check your connection

Go to http://www.speedtest.net/ and run a test.

Here's one i ran today....
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if thats all OK then you need to look closer to home.

Firewall
To get the full benifit of torrents you need to open a port for your bit torrent client ( the software you use for bit toorent)
You could have a problem with a firewall. The fire wall could be software ( winXP firewall or your interent security program >>Norton...Mcafee or similar) or hardware in your modem router.

Info on this subject can be found at www.portforward.com. Lots of good info here.

Hope this helps

Good luck

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Postby jockney » Sat, 01 Sep 2007 7:07 am

thanks. :)
Singtel came out and sorted the dodgy line problem and also I had a guy remotely do the port forward bit!

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Postby jockney » Sat, 01 Sep 2007 8:21 am

is it possible to save these files on a dvd as watchable programmes, so that other people can see the episodes i have downloaded?
I cant seem to get it....duuuh! :???:

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Postby bigfilsing » Sat, 01 Sep 2007 10:33 am

Yes of course but you need to be aware of the following.

Downloading TV shows or any copyrighted material is illegal !!!! I believe it is tolerated providing it's for your own use. Distributing it is another matter ( whether for free or not). You need to be really carfull with this stuff as you could easily get into trouble.


Right i presume you are talking about avi files you have downloaded.

Most avi ( video) files on torrents are either DIVX or XVID. This refers to the codec ( decoder/encoder) used to encode them ( compress them into an AVI file)

You can download the codecs free of charge.
http://www.xvid.org/
http://www.divx.com/
( You'll need these codec to view the video files in media player anyway.

In order to put the video on a DVD in a format thats viewable on a standard DVD player you will need a DVD authoring program.
DVD authoring is to create the video files and menus etc

Most use Nero burning tools. In fact a lot of DVD burners come with free version of Nero. All of the 3 Sony PC DVD burners i've bought in the last 18 months have had Nero as free software that only works with that model of burner. ( So there's no point borrowing it from a freind unless you have the exact same DVD burner)

There are others available just do a google search.
There's loads of tutorials on the web as to how to burn DVD's
This is a free one to try before you buy
http://www.brothersoft.com/dvd_video/vi ... 53298.html

BEWARE if you want to download a pirtate copy of DVD authoring software on torrents, be careful as many contain viruses. You need to have a good anti virus program up to date and running when you open these files.
To be honest while i enjoy the TV shows etc from torrents i do not condone the use of illegal software. Why would you when an 82 dollar DVD burner comes with free software anyway. The software itself retails at 35 bucks alone.

Good luck

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Postby jockney » Sat, 01 Sep 2007 12:30 pm

no, i am notinto illegal stuff, but more so we can put it on dvd and watch later.
only english soaps, nothing with a licence.
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