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Unable to torrent

#1 Post by axmaxwell » Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:10 pm

If this is not allowed, please delete.

I recently updated my x230t to Windows 10 and I am running torrents from proxybay through BitTorrent with use of a VPN. On any of my other computers it is not an issue to download through BitTorrent but I have absolutely zero capability of starting new downloads through the Lenovo. It downloads the torrent file to BitTorrent as far as I can tell but the download never starts.

Any ideas on how to fix this?
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Re: Unable to torrent

#2 Post by Screamer » Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:51 pm

Did you check your firewall for an exception made for BitTorrent? I don't know if BitTorrent adds an exception to your firewall automatically, but it does in uTorrent for me.

If that doesn't work, could you try using Windows 7 to see if the problem still exists in that environment? I know it is a little ridiculous, but this leaves me no choice.

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Re: Unable to torrent

#3 Post by axmaxwell » Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:39 pm

So I checked and I do have BitTorrent as an exception, it works fine on my other computers which run Windows 7 but I'm still having issues with it on Windows 10
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Re: Unable to torrent

#4 Post by Screamer » Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:12 pm

Well, that unfortunately confirms my suspicions... BitTorrent has indeed blocked Windows 10 users from utilizing some of their trackers. Which seems to be what you are getting right now; I am afraid that you have to install Windows 7 to regain functionality with BitTorrent.

There is no other way that I am aware of which can solve this problem, other than using a tracker that doesn't block Windows 10.

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Re: Unable to torrent

#5 Post by dr_st » Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:52 pm

You linked to an article that is over 3 years old, is very vague, mentions a single tracker site, which as far as I could see doesn't even exist, and links to a removed Youtube video from a dead account + a whole lot of generic FUD.

I call bullsh!t. By now most have figured out that the paranoia over Win10 privacy issues was mostly stupid. I have never had a problem downloading torrents on any Win10 machine (then again, I never use any private trackers, but I didn't see any indication that the OP does).

P.S. "BitTorrent has blocked someone" is a phrase that in itself makes no sense. BitTorrent is just the name of the protocol, and the name of one client application (the original one). It has nothing to do with trackers, or torrent search websites. The client, AFAIK, works on Win10, and has always worked.
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Re: Unable to torrent

#6 Post by axmaxwell » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:30 pm

Screamer wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:12 pm
I am afraid that you have to install Windows 7...
That's pretty much impossible to do considering that Microsoft no longer sells Windows 7, and basically every reputable seller I found has been full of [censored] and just selling ripped versions.
dr_st wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:52 pm
By now most have figured out that the paranoia over Win10 privacy issues was mostly stupid. I have never had a problem downloading torrents on any Win10 machine (then again, I never use any private trackers, but I didn't see any indication that the OP does).
Not sure what you mean by private trackers, if you can explain? I am running the basic version of BitTorrent recently downloaded and installed, I use Mullvad VPN, but I use the same VPN on my personally built desktop with Windows 7 and have no issues torrenting.
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Re: Unable to torrent

#7 Post by dr_st » Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:24 am

axmaxwell wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:30 pm
That's pretty much impossible to do considering that Microsoft no longer sells Windows 7, and basically every reputable seller I found has been full of [censored] and just selling ripped versions.
I am not necessarily suggesting that you do, but should you want to install Windows 7, do know that you don't need to buy it, as your X230 Tablet likely came with a license for it. You can just download the ISO of the appropriate version and it will activate.
axmaxwell wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:30 pm
Not sure what you mean by private trackers, if you can explain? I am running the basic version of BitTorrent recently downloaded and installed, I use Mullvad VPN, but I use the same VPN on my personally built desktop with Windows 7 and have no issues torrenting.
If you don't know what private trackers are, then this information is irrelevant (and reconfirms that the problem is not related to whatever FUD was spread in that article).

You have some (possibly Win10-specific) configuration issue either with the torrent client or with the VPN. I can't help you with specifics, as I never used VPN for torrents (it's not really required in the country where I live). The simplest thing would be to try a different torrent client.
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Re: Unable to torrent

#8 Post by Screamer » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:03 am

dr_st wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:52 pm
You linked to an article that is over 3 years old, is very vague, mentions a single tracker site, which as far as I could see doesn't even exist, and links to a removed Youtube video from a dead account + a whole lot of generic FUD.

I call bullsh!t. By now most have figured out that the paranoia over Win10 privacy issues was mostly stupid. I have never had a problem downloading torrents on any Win10 machine (then again, I never use any private trackers, but I didn't see any indication that the OP does).

P.S. "BitTorrent has blocked someone" is a phrase that in itself makes no sense. BitTorrent is just the name of the protocol, and the name of one client application (the original one). It has nothing to do with trackers, or torrent search websites. The client, AFAIK, works on Win10, and has always worked.
My apologies, but at that point I had no clue on what the problem actually was. This was the only one that was ringing a bell in my pea-sized brain, and I couldn't think of anything else.

I appreciate your rather harsh, but truthful statements to notify me that it wasn't true at all. I'll keep that in mind, thanks.
axmaxwell wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:30 pm
That's pretty much impossible to do considering that Microsoft no longer sells Windows 7, and basically every reputable seller I found has been full of [censored] and just selling ripped versions.
Ripped, I guess that means something modified badly?

I have a copy of Windows 7 (without service pack 1) that you could try if you wish, although I think this would be the worst possible choice to take, considering that dr_st has pointed out that it wasn't due to the trackers blocking Windows 10.

My suggestion would be to try using other torrent clients, because they may probably react differently (and may work). These are some that should be trustworthy, and not filled with adware: Tribler, qBittorrent. Give these 2 a try, see if they work.

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Re: Unable to torrent

#9 Post by dr_st » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:07 am

Screamer wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:03 am
My apologies, but at that point I had no clue on what the problem actually was. This was the only one that was ringing a bell in my pea-sized brain, and I couldn't think of anything else.

I appreciate your rather harsh, but truthful statements to notify me that it wasn't true at all. I'll keep that in mind, thanks.
No problem, and I apologize if I came across too harsh. To clarify, the "I call bullsh!t" remark referred to the contents of the article, which seemed to me dubious from the start (it was published during the height of the Win10 privacy scare). :D
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Re: Unable to torrent

#10 Post by axmaxwell » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:27 am

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Re: Unable to torrent

#11 Post by willieaames » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:30 am

I use Mullvad VPN, but I use the same VPN on my personally built desktop with Windows 7 and have no issues torrenting.
Using mullvad, Private trackers work fine, but public trackers do not work at all.

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