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I cannot make any sense of all this chat concerning "torrent loading", etc. Simply put, if I am downloading a file using a torrent, and I keep completed files where they're downloaded to, will they be accessible to other downloaders?. Also, people keep refering to the "General, Peers, Pieces, Files and Logger headings at the bottom half. I never get any information showing in any of these, except for the "speed" tab. Am I missing some part of the program?. Please, no frustrated replies, I only want to do right.

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Well, first: Press F1 in the uTorrent GUI. ;)

Next, Press F5 to show the Details pane (the bottom half) if you don't already see it. You usually need to have a torrent selected to show anything in General, Trackers, Peers, Pieces, and Files. If you don't have a Trackers tab, upgrade to 1.8.1 please. You can use auto-update from the Help menu up-top, or download manually and update your EXE from http://utorrent.com/download.php

When you have a torrent loaded into the main torrent pane, and it says "Seeding" you are making that torrent's data available to others. If it says Stopped, you are not.

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I thought I'd post my question in here since the heading matches.

I have utorrent v. 1.8.1, and I've been having some major difficulties. The first couple of torrents downloaded successfully, though their kB/s speed was erratic and ranged wildly from 2 kB/s to 75 kB/s.

Then I downloaded a torrent that ran at around 70 kB/s for 20 min, and then crashed to 0.1 kB/s (to make sure, I let it sit for about 5 hours after it crashed to see if it would recover). I eventually figured out that if I stopped the torrent, exited utorrent, restarted the computer, and then started the torrent back up, it would run at a healthy 70 - 120 kB/s for 20 - 30 min before crashing again, and I'd have to repeat the restart process.

I thought this might be a problem with the settings, so I made some adjustments here and there, including adjusting the bandwidth settings according to the speed chart guide posted somewhere on here. My torrents now download steadily (i.e. they dont crash down to .1 kB/s), however they run at a consistent 2 - 4 kB/s, and spike above that (to about 10 or 11 kB/s) once or twice every 15 minutes. It still seems like it might be a settings problem, but I'm not sure what to do at this point.

One other thing I've noticed that I am assuming is related. Usually, I am connected to either 1 peer or 0 peers, and any downloading speed spikes occur when this changes to being connected to 2 peers for about 10 seconds. The latest download, which is a 1.3 GB file, shows 0(615) under the peer column. I'm relatively new to using utorrent, so I don't know what this actually means, but I've been assuming it means something along the lines of out of 615 available peers, I am connected to none of them (let me know if I'm wrong).

Anyway, since speed seems to pick up when I randomly connect to more peers, my main question is: how can I do this? Is there any way I can facilitate connecting to more than 0 peers or 1 peer? Or, is my problem not related to peer connection at all?

If anybody has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.


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