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How to download .torrent files with FrostWire (BitTorrent)

Postby gubatron » Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:22 am

Check this short video tutorial to learn how to download content with .torrent files using FrostWire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mGLUe7LhxQ

Tips for faster downloads:
* Free some of your bandwidth by disconnecting from Gnutella when you're downloading a torrent (Files -> Disconnect)
* Download one torrent at the time
* The more you give, the more you receive. Raise the number of Maximum uploads per torrent on Tools > Options > BitTorrent > Advanced
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Re: How to download .torrent files with FrostWire (BitTorrent)

Postby twitty90 » Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:44 pm

Hi, I installed a fresh system and Frostwire latets version. Using the Search function inside Frostwire, I can download files for which sources are consequently found. However if I download torrents from any of multiple sites they do appear in Frostwire but for none of my torrents any sources can be found (waiting for sources / need more sources) ?? A few weeks ago there was no such problem. Why is this, does anyone else have this problem too ?? Thnx.
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Re: How to download .torrent files with FrostWire (BitTorrent)

Postby gubatron » Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:28 pm

what operating system are you running? what Java version does frostwire show on the About Dialog?
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Re: How to download .torrent files with FrostWire (BitTorrent)

Postby starbright » Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:21 pm

twitty90 wrote:Hi, I installed a fresh system and Frostwire latets version. Using the Search function inside Frostwire, I can download files for which sources are consequently found. However if I download torrents from any of multiple sites they do appear in Frostwire but for none of my torrents any sources can be found (waiting for sources / need more sources) ?? A few weeks ago there was no such problem. Why is this, does anyone else have this problem too ?? Thnx.

I have been having the exact same problem.
I use Mac OS X and Frostwire's java version is 1.5.0_16.
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Re: How to download .torrent files with FrostWire (BitTorrent)

Postby foxo661 » Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:04 pm

same here! i have the exact same problem! I can use frostwire to search and download songs and it works like a charm. But ever since i updated frostwire to the new version, the torrent downloading has been useless. And it's not a matter of seeding, there isn't a single torrent file out there that will work with frostwire right now. what gives?
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Re: How to download .torrent files with FrostWire (BitTorrent)

Postby starbright » Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:39 pm

It's really driving me crazy :(
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Re: How to download .torrent files with FrostWire (BitTorrent)

Postby foxo661 » Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:21 pm

so how do we resolve this problem? any takers?
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Re: How to download .torrent files with FrostWire (BitTorrent)

Postby gubatron » Tue Sep 22, 2009 3:53 am

I'm really not sure why this might be happening.

Are you sure you're running 4.18.3?

We tested on both Leopard and Snow Leopard and we can download torrents just fine.

Check on the About window of FrostWire which version of Java it's actually using. You may have several versions of Java installed in your machine but FrostWire decides which one to use based on the information of it's Info.plist file. You may want to edit that file inside your FrostWire.app folder to tweak the Java version FrostWire uses, maybe switching to another version of Java will solve the issue.

I'd also try wiping out downloads.dat, or the contents of my Incomplete folder, maybe there's something that went wrong there which is not letting your torrent downloads work.
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Re: How to download .torrent files with FrostWire (BitTorrent)

Postby foxo661 » Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:30 pm

yes, i am using frostwire version 4.18.3

the java version says 1.5.0_19

my mac is OS X vers 10.4.11


-and also, i just cleared out my incomplete folder and still nothing... I tried to change the version of java, but i'm having trouble finding the folder to do that. how do i do that exactly?
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Re: How to download .torrent files with FrostWire (BitTorrent)

Postby gubatron » Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:04 pm

$ cat /Applications/FrostWire.app/Contents/Info.plist
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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>
<plist version="1.0">
  <dict>
    <key>CFBundleName</key>
    <string>FrostWire</string>
    <key>CFBundleShortVersionString</key>
    <string>1.0</string>
    <key>CFBundleGetInfoString</key>
    <string>1.0</string>
    <key>CFBundleAllowMixedLocalizations</key>
    <string>false</string>
    <key>CFBundleInfoDictionaryVersion</key>
    <string>6.0</string>
    <key>CFBundleExecutable</key>
    <string>JavaApplicationStub</string>
    <key>CFBundleDevelopmentRegion</key>
    <string>English</string>
    <key>CFBundlePackageType</key>
    <string>APPL</string>
    <key>CFBundleSignature</key>
    <string>FROS</string>
    <key>CFBundleVersion</key>
    <string>4.18.1</string>
    <key>CFBundleURLTypes</key>
    <array>
      <dict>
        <key>CFBundleURLName</key>
        <string>Magnet</string>
        <key>CFBundleURLSchemes</key>
        <array>
          <string>magnet</string>
        </array>
        <key>CFBundleURLIconFile</key>
        <string>FrostWire.icns</string>
      </dict>
    </array>
    <key>CFBundleIconFile</key>
    <string>FrostWire.icns</string>
    <key>CFBundleDocumentTypes</key>
    <array>
      <dict>
        <key>CFBundleTypeName</key>
        <string>Torrent File</string>
        <key>CFBundleTypeRole</key>
        <string>Editor</string>
        <key>CFBundleTypeIconFile</key>
        <string>FrostWire.icns</string>
        <key>CFBundleTypeExtensions</key>
        <array>
          <string>torrent</string>
        </array>
        <key>CFBundleTypeMIMETypes</key>
        <array>
          <string>application/x-bittorrent</string>
        </array>
      </dict>
    </array>
    <key>Java</key>
    <dict>
      <key>MainClass</key>
      <string>FrostWireLauncher</string>
      <key>JVMVersion</key>
      <string>1.5.0</string>
      <key>ClassPath</key>
      <array>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/FrostWire.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/MRJAdapter.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/ProgressTabs.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/aopalliance.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/clink.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/commons-codec-1.3.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/commons-logging.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/daap.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/forms.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/foxtrot.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/gettext-commons.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/guice-1.0.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/httpclient-4.0-alpha3.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/httpcore-4.0-beta2.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/httpcore-nio-4.0-beta2.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/httpcore-niossl-4.0-alpha7.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/icu4j.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/jaudiotagger.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/jcraft.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/jdic.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/jflac.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/jl.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/jmdns.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/jogg.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/jorbis.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/junit.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/jython.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/log4j.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/looks.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/lw-all.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/messages.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/mp3spi.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/onion-common.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/onion-fec.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/themes.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/tritonus.jar</string>
        <string>$JAVAROOT/vorbisspi.jar</string>
        <string>$APP_PACKAGE/Contents/Resources/Java</string>
      </array>
      <key>VMOptions</key>
      <string>-Xms64M -Xmx256M -Djava.net.preferIPV6Addresses=false -Djava.net.preferIPv4stack=true -Djava.library.path=. -Djava.endorsed.dirs=''</string>
      <key>WorkingDirectory</key>
      <string>$APP_PACKAGE/Contents/Resources/Java</string>
      <key>Properties</key>
      <dict>
        <key>apple.laf.useScreenMenuVar</key>
        <string>true</string>
        <key>apple.awt.textantialiasing</key>
        <string>true</string>
        <key>apple.awt.antialiasing</key>
        <string>true</string>
      </dict>
    </dict>
  </dict>
</plist>


Check what versions of Java are available on your machine and change where it says:
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<key>JVMVersion</key>
      <string>1.5.0</string>


shutdown and reload.

To see what versions of Java you have installed in your Mac OS open your "Java Preferences" (located at /Applications/Utilities/)
You can drag around the Java versions available, the one on the top I think is the one considered the default JVM your system will try to use.

Try previous versions and see.
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Re: How to download .torrent files with FrostWire (BitTorrent)

Postby FrankieButz » Fri Nov 06, 2009 1:54 pm

Heh...I just updated to the latest FrostWire, and I'm experiencing the same problems. I'm running XP Home 2002, Service Pack 3 (lol), I'm using FrostWire 4.18.3 and Java 1.6.0_17. Any help? It's killing me...

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Re: How to download .torrent files with FrostWire (BitTorrent)

Postby mykey » Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:34 pm

The new Frostwire is XXXXX.It's now as good as bear share.Great support team too,just blame all the problems on inexperienced users.A month of no torrents,constant internal error messages,crashing and not letting anyone upload from me is enough.I'm done with this bogus program.And what the XXXXX is the deal with LET IT BE in the incoming searches??????
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Re: How to download .torrent files with FrostWire (BitTorrent)

Postby gubatron » Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:13 am

we're working on the upload issues and as soon as its fixed we'll release 4.18.5 as a hotfix release. I've also noticed the "Let it be" incoming searches, I thought maybe one of my files was matching that keyword combination, but I suppose there must be some malicious agents searching for people sharing the beatles?

as for torrents, it works perfect over here.
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Re: How to download .torrent files with FrostWire (BitTorrent)

Postby BMW » Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:07 am

just Need Trackers addon's Soo I can add more trackers to the file Im requesting : D
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Re: How to download .torrent files with FrostWire (BitTorrent)

Postby gwatts88 » Sat Jan 09, 2010 8:42 am

I'm getting the same problem... I'm running Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.2, have Frostwire version 4.18.5 and it is using Java version 1.6.0_17

I keep getting the message "needs more sources" on most of my torrent downloads. These same torrents work in the mac versions of Vuze, Miro and uTorrent.

Interestingly, only those originating from Jamendo seem to work.

I'm pretty new to Frostwire, but if there is any way I can get to a log I can upload here I'd be more than happy to help.
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