BigShite Posted January 9, 2006 Report Share Posted January 9, 2006 NEW TO TORRENTS? THEN YOU MUST READ THIS. Hello peeps.I'm a newbie to torrents as a whole. In fact just about a week or so.(today is 9th Jan 2006) My knowledge about computers is very limited. I found out about torrents by accident. And tried all the main programs, Azeurus, BitTorrent, BitComet and found uTorrent worked best. At least for me. If you need to be reassured about this then just read the reviews by users. I did try all the above in a day with the same small-ish downloads and uTorrent won. This article, I hope, shall point out a few things newbies need to know before they get started. Remember I'm no expert and is purely intended to push someone with no knowledge of torrents in the right direction. I welcome any additions, corrections or any offer of help.When I first logged onto this site when I had speed problems (probably within 10 mins) I went straight to the forum. Now, try typing that in. The results are plentiful. With lots of posts from newbies asking the same bloody questions. ( I'm guilty Firon, I'm sorry). This exampleis one I found. Has anyone searched the forum? Not really if Firon can paste an age old link. Since I got my settings to give better results, I've painfully trawled through loads of these posts (to learn more about torrents from people) and each one added to my frustration because not only was it wasting my time but also the administrators time too. I didn't realise. It really rips my knitting. I mean, Firon and the likes probably spend more time replying to repeat messages or sorting messages in wrong section than they'd like to. If this time was freed up then maybe a tutorial could be made for Dummies, like myself? Perhaps it could be a step by step guide or whatever. Maybe in the future.But to be honest Newbies you don't have to wait. And Firon doesn't have to either. It's all here on the site. Everything you need to know and then some. (I use Firon because, well I don't know any other admins, sorry admins!!) Ok I've spoke enough shite. I know I'm only a newbie myself. But I knew nothing about everything to do with torrents. The terminology for one. So here's some basic things you need to know that I didn't about a week ago. This is purely relevant to me and my experience over the past week. Have some PATIENCE. Prepare to have your up's and down's. Some files just can't be downloaded quicker!Also prepare to search the and FAQ'sfor what you need. The answers are there.Don't know what a seeder is? Check out the meanings here. Try Brian's Guideand of course the Getting Started GuideGet your download and upload speed from your ISP - Internet Service Provider (I knew what an ISP was).You need to know these for your settings. Alternatively, you can test your connection here.. Then read IceDogs' helpful guide.. Don't just skim over it. Really read it. It covers a lot of stuff about routers, but I didn't need it. I only found out what a router was when I read IceDogs' helpful guide..Now you need to choose a torrent to download. I won't recommend any sites in case something goes tits up with your computer and you blame me. So, what I have got is a list of sites with a list of sites to download from. Now if you click on any of these and they feck your machine, don't blame me. I'm just a newbie. Torrent Top 100Top Mango's 100HypertorThere are of course the sites in the top right of uTorrent. Well it is in my version anyway. I'm running uTorrent 1.3 Build 364. Click on the magnifying glass to choose which site to search. Press Enter to go. When choosing a torrent to download, make sure there are lots of seeders and peers and all that. Make sure the health is high also. Know your Operating System too (OS). Are you Mac or Windows? I think linux is another , I don't know. I'll get verbally lynched if I'm wrong.=). I don't know why these numbers matter, I'll find out soon enough, as will you. Now this torrent file is tiny. It's not the file you're after. Once it's in your computer, you open it within the uTorrent through the torrent disc icon up the top left, funnily enough. Then the uTorrent program searches for the different pieces of what u want and downloads it. Sometimes. But choose a good torrent and you'll be fine. Anything messes up then search all the forums and FAQ's before posting messages. You're only making it difficult on yourselves and others. You won't be the first to have had the problem. Think about it.I hope this will help others like me who know Jack about torrents and maybe free some of the forum space up a bit and give the admins more time to do what they have to do ( if anything......jk). I've typed what I can for tonight. If I could type more then I would. My arse is sore though. Numb in fact. Please post any comments. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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