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Torrents won't start, speeds fluctuate and are incredibly slow


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The Problem: New torrents (be they magnet or .torrent files) will not start. They freeze on “Connecting to peers” or “downloading metadata.” The one torrent I had added before this error started, although it didn’t finish before my connection started going wacky, downloads excruciatingly slow with an imbalance in the download/upload ratio speeds. The OpenOffice file I tried downloading, as Ultima’s guide recommends, has gotten literally nowhere in the 2+ hours since I added it. I’ve used uTorrent for many years, though I’m certainly no expert, and have never had this problem before.

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What I’ve Tried: I’ve read the setup guide (and followed it, naturally), read the FAQ, and searched similar problems. I’ve tried reinstalling uTorrent, have updated to the latest beta version, deleted dht.dat and dht.dat.old files, restarted my laptop, and still the problem persists.

I’ve also run hiJackThis and Process Explorer tests. I can post if needed.

Test Results:

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The above is a Diagnostics test I ran by Intel that I found under my network connections in the control panel.

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The above is the result of my internet speed test.

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The above is the first result of my Setup Guide port test.

****My Setup Guide test results fluctuate most confusingly. Sometimes it fails to connect repeatedly on NY#1 and then when I switch to NY#2 it will connect. Then when I reboot uTorrent and run the test again it connects on both; the results seem arbitrary and confusing. Not even the numerical results are consistent – in fact they fluctuate with a huge range of error, sometimes giving me results half of what my initial ones were. I haven’t connected to the internet in any other way and no one else is on my network atm. My port hasn’t changed in any of these tests, also the scanmyspeed tests remain relatively consistent. Here is just one another result of the port test:

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General Info:

- Outgoing protocol encryption is enabled, I’ve allowed incoming legacy connections. None of the recommended preference changes in Ultima’s guide seem to have had any affect.

- My network is “Network OK” and the green light is on the lower righthand bar in uTorrent.

- My internet runs perfectly fine excepting with uTorrent

- I’m currently running uTorrent 3.3 Beta build 28830 but the problem existed on previous versions as well.

- I’m running Windows 7 Home Premium Build 7601 Service Pack 1

- uTorrent has an exception in my Firewall. My only other protection software is Norton AntiVirus which has never been a problem before.

- My ISP (cox, if it helps any) is not throttling my downloads, I tested with the Glasnost program.

- I am not using a Proxy

More Specific Info:

- My Router: Cisco ValetPlus M20. It’s not new, I’ve changed no settings, and I’m connected through Wi-fi (I’m using an ASUS notebook)

- CPU: Intel® Core ™ i5-2450M CPU @ 2.50GHz

Network Adapters:

Intel® Centrino ® Wireless-N 100

Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter

Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter #2

Qualcomm Atheros AR8151 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller

CMD ipconfig /all results in the following:

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Joanna-PC

Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :

Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid

IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : ri.cox.net

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection 2:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 78-92-9C-8E-88-C3

DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes

Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : ri.cox.net

Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 100

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : [address]

DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes

Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : [address] (Preferred)

IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : [addrss] (Preferred)

Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0

Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Saturday, December 29, 2012 1:39:16 PM

Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Sunday, December 30, 2012 1:39:21 PM

Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : [address]

DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : [address]

DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 309891740

DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-17-02-84-76-C8-60-00-49-ED-F3

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 68.105.28.12

68.105.29.12

68.105.28.11

NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Qualcomm Atheros AR8151 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : [address]

DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes

Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter isatap.ri.cox.net:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : ri.cox.net

Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0

DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0

DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:0:9d38:953c:2817:de3f:bb19:644c(Pref

erred)

Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::2817:de3f:bb19:644c%15(Preferred)

Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : ::

NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

C:\Windows\system32>

I’m not really sure what any of this means, but I’ve read having this info can help with diagnosis. If it does reveal something wrong, please treat me like a noob in how I should fix it.

I’m really at my wit’s end here. Nothing seems to be working. I’ve googled, read countless uTorrent forums, guides, and FAQs. Can someone please help me – I’m about to pull my hair out! I hope I’ve remembered to include any and all information that may help. Thanks in advance!

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The Open Office torrent is ancient and it is very unlikely that it is still being seeded by anyone so will never download the meta data. Use the product selector on this URL -> http://www.openoffice.org/distribution/p2p/index.html to get the version 3 torrents

Or try Slackware downloads instead http://slackware.com/getslack/torrents.php

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Thank you for the quick reply! I tried the slackware one and it worked brilliantly for a second or two (at 1.5 mB/s) but then crashed down to around 1kB/s which is where it stayed for a bit before flying back up again. What's with the crazy sine graph? Also, it takes several minutes to check current downloads when uTorrent gets rebooted. As a second test I went to TPB to randomly download a highly seeded torrent (it has 5041 seeds). The results are not consistent. It took several minutes to get past the downloading metadata stage (it never used to take that long, even when downloading torrents barely active torrents, but I'm actually pleasantly surprised it started downloading given recent problem). The highest speed it can reach is 500kb/s (I paused the slackware) and it continues to crash down and then shoot up again. My first torrent won't break 100kb/s even though it has 500+ seeds (just checked its origin website) and its upload still outpaces the download speed. How the heck do I fix this blasted thing? (Sorry for the wordy answer I'm not sure what will and what won't be of use.)

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Ok screenshots of:

Preferences -> Bandwith

Preferences -> Queueing

What resolution is the speed graph in?

Because BitTorrent is not a constant speed protocol and having the graph in one second or five second resolution WILL show a very "spiky" result and is fairly normal, if you only have a few active jobs.

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Above image is with four jobs running, two up, two down and only two are actually active.

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Okay thanks, the graph isn't too much to worry about if you say it's normal, plus its altitudes have substantially decreased. I'm still perplexed to the upload and download rates and the incredibly long waits for metadata to load. Yesterday it took 5 hours to download the metadata from a rather small file with plenty of seeds.

Here's the bandwidth screen:

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and here's the queueing:

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Thanks for sticking with me on this. Like I said I'm truly at my wit's end.

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I'm experiencing problems quite similar. Except that nog only my donwloads on utorrent drop to 01KB/s but even my entire internet connection drops down.... loading any page with utorrent on kills my connection.

Just contacted Ziggo, they are sending an repairguy since earlier I thought it was just my connection. But since then I've been trying several programs and as soon as I close utorrent my internet connection reaches peaks of 50MBps.

Please help me out. I even tried to find older versions, since I never encountered this problem till I update tot v3

kind regards.

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