Bittorrent guide for n00bs...

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    vishal sharma New Member

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    Here's a short guide to Bittorrent

    1. Intro to BT

    2. Installation

    3. Where to find stuff

    4. Downloading and seeding

    5. Resuming a download

    6. Useful tips

    7. Further reading

    So, let's begin!

    1. INTRO TO BT

    So u heard of Bittorrent, but what is it exactly? Well, instead of using kazaa and keeping
    to download at 10 kB/s, why not invent a new system? Yes, all those P2P networks can be
    closed down, even if they don't say it's true, Kazaa-alike network DO USE SERVERS.
    Bittorrent doesn't need to, it establish a direct connection between two or more computers
    and you can share your files.
    But don't think this is going to be easy, in fact, I’m not going to cover in this quick
    guide how to share your files (could be tricky 4 first timers), I just teach u how to
    First of all, there is NO SEARCH FACILITY with Bittorrent, if u'r looking 4 something, u'll
    have to use a web search engine, such as Google. You will need to download a "blueprint"
    file that used in combination with Bittorrent will let you download what u actually want.
    Do I make any sense? Read on, it'll get clear!


    Bittorrent is open-source, and as such, there a lot of graphic user interfaces (commonly
    called clients) that u can download for free on the internet, if u have an OS different
    from Windows, I suggest AZUREUS, it's java based so it works everywhere. Other commonly used
    are TORRENTSTORM and BITTORNADO (just put "Bittorrent client" and the name of which one you
    want on google and download it).
    After the installation of your client you'r now ready 4 your first download!


    Well now, you need an hash file (remember, the "blueprint" for the download I was talking
    about earlier on?). Ok, go to (probably the biggest bittorrent source there
    is out there). Here u'll see lists of movies, cds, programs etc. (Remember, if u download
    copyright protected stuff, u must own an original copy, otherwise what u'r doing is
    illegal!!!), anyway, now click on one of the files and u'll start the download of something
    like this "name_of_file.torrent".
    There are a lot of websites where to download bittorrent hash files, find one and make it
    yours! Most of the sites are specialized (anime subs, tv series etc), all you have to do is
    search with google or join some irc chats and ask around!
    DISCLAIMER: all these sites DO NOT contain copyrighted material, but they might have the
    hash file of these kind of files, remember that this is illegal, if you do it, do it at your
    own risk and don't blame anyone else than you if you get caught.


    once u have downloaded that file, simply double click on it (with some browsers after the
    download the file might open automatically). Now the real download of the file is going to
    start. Choose your output folder, and waiting accordingly to your internet connection speed
    u'll get the file.
    ATTENTION: after you have finished the download, let it run, other people r going to upload
    the same file from you and this is VITAL 4 the Bittorrent network to survive! So don't be a
    f***ing lamer and share! usually you should wait until the file is well seeded, but I’m not
    going to explain here what this mean, so just let it run at least until you have uploaded as
    much as you have downloaded!


    Ok, 4 some reason u've stopped your download, now how do u resume it? Easy, restart the download in the same way as point 4, (by reopening the hash file and saving to the same directory) and the client will do a check on the file and restart the download, that's it!


    -One thing to bare in mind is that with Bittorrent you are broadcasting your ip, this means
    that if you r downloading a file, whoever is downloading the same file knows you'r getting
    it. Some company might download those files to check if you'r downloading it just to suit
    you for breaking copyrights laws. So if you'r downloading your favourite Linux distribution,
    then u'r all right, otherwise, don't download copyrighted stuff (I know I already said it,
    but I’m just warning you!).
    -Make sure that if you'r behind a router to allow forwarding of ports, so u can receive NAT
    connections (if u don't know what I’m talking about, I hope u don't have a router).
    -Make sure to seed after the download, some websites might ban you for not seeding


    If u'r interested in audio/video compression, go to
    For the original Bittorrent webpage go to
    Some torrent trackers:,,,
    Anime funs:,,
    If you need to play movie clips I suggest the following players: BSPlayer, VLCPlayer, Media Player Classic (just search with google).

    more later...

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