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  1. I'm not real great at following online directions, often find I need directions for the directions. That's why I wish there was some course in video for the computer I may take at a brick & mortar school, preferably with an instructor who knows all about torrents and modern video recording methods and programs. Thank you, though.
  2. One last thing, Harold--do I need to close this case/question, and is there some way I may give you and "spamcatcher" some official credit/thanks for helping me with this matter? I searched, but didn't see any obvious "Close" or "Thanks" button, etc.
  3. Thank you Harold. Your advice was good. The only thing is my knowledge of BT is even more limited than you realized, so "spamcatcher" came in with some reinforcement. I appreciate your help, as I was in quite a pickle. If you know of some general torrenting course one may take (either online or if there is something that might be offered in a general video for computer skills course at a local community college, etc.), I would really benefit from such. If there are no courses on torrenting, then maybe someone such as yourself could find a secondary career in teaching others this subject. But I think many would benefit from learning general video skills on the computer, to learn basic skills such as video conversion, downloading, streaming, torrenting, and all the various programs that help one to interact with such things.
  4. Actually, I opened up the Sidebar and selected the Torrents or Completed view and the torrent reappeared. Evidently I had the "Active" view on. Now I see the torrent is seeding back what I downloaded thus far. So I will leave that doing so for the required time of my tracker site. Thank you. I'm afraid I am even less knowledgeable than you assumed, didn't know what you meant by "interface" in the context of BitTorrent. But I figured it out once I saw what the F5 key did to the appearance of the client. Do you happen to know if there is some course one could take in torrenting--either online or, preferably, an old-school, in-classroom-with-teacher type course. That is how I learned much of what I know in terms of general computer science, and am willing to try anything that might help me with torrenting, or video skills on the computer generally. My other problem is even my best friend, who is the IT guy at his place of business, is challenged when it comes to some computer video issues. So I think if I could learn some of this stuff, I might be helping two people. If you know of anything in this regard, please let me know. And thank you very much for getting me out of this mess. I appreciate it more than you know.
  5. Okay, I did what you say, and then the only thing I noticed is those files all changed to "Skip" in the "Priority" column. Then I saw a message that quickly flashed "Flushing (something)" back in the top part of the client, and then I received a message that the torrent was finished downloading in my system tray, and now the torrent has been completely removed from my client. I think something went wrong.
  6. How do I stop torrents downloading in my BT client, while still keeping the torrents active to seed back (if any leeches should download what I already have), to fulfill my private tracker's requirement that I leave active for 72 hours, so I will not receive a warning? My situation is I began downloading from this private tracker's site, but then discovered another public tracker which has a much faster seeding of these same torrents. I hope I have adequately described my problem, as I am not an experienced torrents' user. I generally don't stop torrents once I begin downloading. But this one is very slow seeding, so I hope to be able to grab the faster one if I may. But I won't do so until I am sure the first one is safely stopped and will not violate the rules of my private tracker. Please leave me some simple, step-by-step directions on how to proceed with this issue. If need be, I may attach a screen cap of my client in another message, if it would help whomever of you to help me. Thank you.
  7. In removing completed (and even non-completed) torrents from the BitTorrent client, what are the differences between a simple "Remove," "Remove And Delete torrent," "Remove and Delete torrent & Data," and "Remove and Delete Data?" Which method of the above is the most advisable in terms of preserving an overall higher user ratio in one's BT queue, and also speeding up one's BT functioning? I realize the two may not be mutually exclusive. In general, which torrents removal method is the one most favored by BitTorrent users? Thank you. Updated question: Okay, I found some answers to this in the BT manual. I forgot that, in addition to the Forums, the manual was also available as a source of info. for BT operations. But I am still unclear as to which is the preferred method of torrents removal, and would any of them affect my cumulative BT ratio, if BT support staff would please tell me the answers to these two queries? These are general answers that shouldn't be specific to a version of the BT client. In any case, I checked, and, according to the "About BitTorrent" window, I do have the latest version of BT installed, which is 7.6, even though I was told in a previous thread I posted that no support would be given to questions having to do with older versions of BT. If there is a more recent version of BT, a version 7.7, please let me know. Also, to give you some background on my current BT queue situation, I am trying to speed up my queue. Even though I am also trying to be a "good citizen" and seed back, a few torrents may not have enough activity to be worthwhile much longer. I want to finish the projects I am currently downloading/seeding, after which, if you discover I don't have the very latest version of BT, I shall install it. I just don't want to be "changing horses in midstream," if you catch my drift, since most of my torrents are from trackers (xtremretv.org) that have a recent history of trouble. That site is back on-line, for now. But I am preparing for a worst-case scenario, and want to finish those up and have a clear BT queue as soon as possible. In the meanwhile, I have found a few other torrents sites (one of which has sent me an invitation) that may offer similar content to what XTV offers, which could at the least be relied upon as back-ups, for a source of classic TV content. Thank you.
  8. Oh, so you are saying that BitTorrent will not permit its support staff to help users who have not installed the most recent version of BT. Well, to be perfectly honest about that, I have read (right here in these forums) so many users having problems with the latest version of BT, I have chosen to just keep the one I have for now, or until a later version is developed which has fewer kinks and is more generally and favorably regarded by more users. But you may tell whoever are the "powers that be" at BT that if the product was good enough to release in the first place, they should stand by their older versions and continue to give support for such, for those who elect to continue using it. I am certainly not the only one using a previous version of BT. Nor is BT the only program for which I continue to use a previous version, for the same, stated reasons. If I knew, or had some reason(s) to be concerned that the version of BT I am using was not performing at an optimum level, or that, for instance, the BT program is causing this problem I am having with my current downloads and seeds, I would not hesitate to install the current BT version. But, to my knowledge, such is not the case. If you may convince me otherwise, with some specificity, I am open to receiving to your reasoning,
  9. Hi again, Harold (or do you prefer "Harry?"): I'm sorry, but I don't understand what you mean by this? Will you please elaborate or explain it to me? I inferred you meant that you may not discuss torrents I have already downloaded. But I am not at exactly sure what you mean by "recommending or linking older versions?" So far as I know, I am not using the "older version" of the xtremetv.org website, or that all the torrents I downloaded from that torrent site are older (I would have to, if possible, check the dates that each torrent was originally uploaded). I mean, many people download older (films and TV series') torrents from these torrent sites anyway. It has been my experience that many older TV series' have less seeds than newer, more popular TV series'. But other than that, I don't see what would be the problem. By the way, not to violate other users' confidentiality, but, in general, may you tell me if you have heard from others about this xtremetv.org situation? Or have you, yourself possibly, also had this problem with xtremetv.org, either now or in the past? And is it not that unusual for torrent sites, from time to time, to crash or go off-line? Do you enjoy downloading torrents of films and/or TV shows yourself? Are you, like Sy Sperling, "not only the BitTorrent support staffer, but also a (BitTorrent) client?" [The reference here, if you are not familar, is a line from a TV infomercial for a company called "Hair Club For Men," the president of which is a guy named Sy Sperling. I'm trying to be a little bit friendly and conversational here, Harry, not merely be a robotic user seeking only solutions to my torrents' problems.] If so, what have been some of your greatest discoveries or "finds" from torrents sites? Thank you , Jim
  10. Hi Harold : Sorry, I realize one of those threads was a re-hash of previous issues. I only opened it again because it had been some time that had passed, and my original post hadn't received a thorough answer to all my questions. I thought maybe the reply itself could not be seen by BT staff, since it was an "old" issue. Now I know that is not the case. But the second new thread I opened was because I genuinely thought it to be a new dimension of the problem, related specifically to xtremetv.org, which I hadn't specifically mentioned in the first post I made. I also thought if I opened it with xtremetv.org's name included in the subject of the thread, others with the same or similar issues might join in with their experiences, since I didn't assume that a BitTorrent staff person would necesarily use the same file-sharing source (meaning xtremetv) as do I. By the way, is there a general term used for the source websites of the torrents we download with our BitTorrent client? Like, for instance, BT and other, similar torrent-downloading programs (such as uTorrent, etc.) are referred to as "bit torrent clients." But what are sites such as xtremetv.org, thepiratebay, demonoid.me, etc. called ? Also, in all of my previous BT threads, it has been yourself who has replied to them. Are other, fellow BT users also permitted to respond to the thread posts of their fellow users, or only BT staff? Because, sometimes, I could envision situations where experienced fellow users might also be of assistance. Now this is merely a direct "Reply" to your last reply to me, not a "new thread." So I assume this is all I need do to communicate with you, unless and until a competely new and unrelated issue ensues, correct? (I even used the "Edit" function, to add this paragraph to my reply). I understand you to mean that one should keep a discussion ongoing, to never open a new thread until one has a completely separate issue, which would, under most circumstances, also be some considerable amount of time away from the last thread. Thank you , Jim
  11. I had four torrents seeding and three active downloads running in my BitTorent client, all from the website xtremetv.org. They have all stopped running, and I received a reply from a BT staff member that this is either because there was a system "crash" (presumably on the part of xtremetv.org) or the tracker stopped these torrents for some reason(s). So, what I would still like to know is if I should leave these torrents loaded in my BT client, in case this problem was a crash and is eventually resolved by xtremetv.org, or if xtremetv.org has, for some other reason(s), been shut down, gone out of business, etc. and I should delete these torrents? Will the seeds return to seeding and the downloads to downloading if xtremetv.org resolves whatever technical issue caused this crash (if it was a "crash"), or would I have to begin all these torrents from scratch? Is there any possibility that xtremetv.org closed my account, without informing me? I did not violate their torrents limits, to my knowledge, and their website seems to be down when I checked it from a computer other than my own. This leads me to believe that the problem is one of a technical or legal nature, not one of just myself losing a connection to xtremetv.org. The other question I had asked, and which went unanswered, is if one may set the Preferences (in the Options menu of BT) for the BitTorrent client to process more than four (4) active torrents (downloads and seedings) and three (3) downloads simultaneously, or if those numbers of four and three are by default for every user at the "free" (non-premium) level of BitTorrent, and may not be increased? Thank you, Jim
  12. I continue to have unanswered questions about this issue, the history of which is below, and the still-unanswered questions in bold text-- Please help me. I am having a problem with my torrents. In the Status column of the BitTorrent queue, there are red bars of color going across all my seeds and active downloads. I take this to mean there is something malfunctioning, as normally those red bars are not present. What, if anything, may I do to fix this? Or will a BT sff member have to look into my situation? I currently have four torrents seeding and three downloading, although they are all probably not downloading or seeding at present. Is there a limit to how many total torrents--downloads and seeds--one may have running simultaneously? I noticed there is a setting in the Preferences section of the Options menu to change the total active torrents and downloads. Should I change this to reflect my current torrents, or leave alone? I have normally just run the test from the green check mark in the bottom right of the queue, especially when the green check is yellow for a prolonged period, and that test sets the active torrents to "4" and downloads to "3." Also, the message in the "Status" list of the "Trackers" tab, under the BT queue, reads "No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it." I have never seen anything like this, and am assuming something to be seriously wrong. If it would be of help, I can also send an attachment of a "PrintScreen" to a BT staff member, in order that someone may see how my BT queue actually appears. Please just tell me how to send it to the appropriate party. Thank you, Jim Posted Today, 06:24 PM Quote Also, the message in the "Status" list of the "Trackers" tab, under the BT queue, reads "No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it." I have never seen anything like this, and am assuming something to be seriously wrong. That indicates that the tracker address in question is closed, either the tracker application isn't running because it crashed, or the tracker is outright closed and won't come back. Posted Today, 06:58 PM Harold Feit, on 26 February 2012 - 06:24 PM, said: That indicates that the tracker address in question is closed, either the tracker application isn't running because it crashed, or the tracker is outright closed and won't come back. Posted Today, 07:07 PM That indicates that the tracker address in question is closed, either the tracker application isn't running because it crashed, or the tracker is outright closed and won't come back. What does all this mean? Does this mean I will have to begin all those torrents again from scratch? Does this also mean that I will not be able to continue seeding the four seeds I had running? Does this mean some technical issue was the cause of this, or that the website from which I obtained the torrents stopped them all? And you didn't explain if there is a limit to how many active torrents total, as well as downloads, I may have running at once, or if I may change the settings to increase the numbers of total torrents and downloads? Thank you, Jim
  13. That indicates that the tracker address in question is closed, either the tracker application isn't running because it crashed, or the tracker is outright closed and won't come back. What does all this mean? Does this mean I will have to begin all those torrents again from scratch? Does this also mean that I will not be able to continue seeding the four seeds I had running? Does this mean some technical issue was the cause of this, or that the website from which I obtained the torrents stopped them all? And you didn't explain if there is a limit to how many active torrents total, as well as downloads, I may have running at once, or if I may change the settings to increase the numbers of total torrents and downloads? Thank you, Jim
  14. Please help me. I am having a problem with my torrents. In the Status column of the BitTorrent queue, there are red bars of color going across all my seeds and active downloads. I take this to mean there is something malfunctioning, as normally those red bars are not present. What, if anything, may I do to fix this? Or will a BT sff member have to look into my situation? I currently have four torrents seeding and three downloading, although they are all probably not downloading or seeding at present. Is there a limit to how many total torrents--downloads and seeds--one may have running simultaneously? I noticed there is a setting in the Preferences section of the Options menu to change the total active torrents and downloads. Should I change this to reflect my current torrents, or leave alone? I have normally just run the test from the green check mark in the bottom right of the queue, especially when the green check is yellow for a prolonged period, and that test sets the active torrents to "4" and downloads to "3." Also, the message in the "Status" list of the "Trackers" tab, under the BT queue, reads "No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it." I have never seen anything like this, and am assuming something to be seriously wrong. If it would be of help, I can also send an attachment of a "PrintScreen" to a BT staff member, in order that someone may see how my BT queue actually appears. Please just tell me how to send it to the appropriate party. Thank you, Jim
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