metallifukinca.com FAQ

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Rules?

Seeding / uploading official [read: anything that can be bought in a store, online or offine] albums, DVDs etc will NOT be tolerated. This includes LiveMetallica shows and other official live releases such as Cunning Stunts. The sharing of illegally obtained, or unofficial versions of official releases is also prohibited.

Legal?

This site is merely a tracker. No files are hosted on this site. The tracker also has no way of checking the contents of any files which it tracks - it merely records the hash ID and the IP addresses of users connected to each particular torrent.
It is your responsibility to check that the content of the files which you download is legal in your locality.

That being said we do our best to remove as many torrents that we find questionable. Please report any to us that you feel might be commercially available or otherwise deemed untradeable.

What's a Tracker?

Now, when you download a .torrent file, you get a different file than everyone else gets. The difference is in the tracker URL contained in the .torrent file. It now looks like:

http://metallifukinca.com:2710/your_passkey/announce

Your passkey is a random set of 16 characters, guaranteed to be unique to you. It's stored in your user details and can be used to discover your identity. Now, we no longer need to use your IP address to figure out who you are. The .torrent file itself contains your identity. There aren't any problems with mixing of stats and no more need to permanently store IP addresses on the server.

The current tracker is more sophisticated in other ways as well. If your IP address is dynamic, the new tracker will keep track of it and send your updated IP address to others in the torrent. In order to protect the privacy of our users, seeders will no longer be given the IP addresses of other seeders (they ignore them in any case). If there are attempts to take over your session by someone "spoofing" with your peer_id, the new tracker uses the relatively new BitTorrent key to prevent them. It's more efficient in other ways, like not sending a list of peers if your BT client specifically asks that none be sent. It supports no_peer_id and compact mode, saving us bandwidth. It works better with Azureus, supporting both multiple scrape and scrape within an announce.

Is there anything I need to be careful of?


Since your identity is included in the torrent file, don't share that file with anyone. If a torrent with your passkey is used, your account (and your ratio) will show it. Anybody who wants that torrent will just have to download his or her own copy. Along those same lines, don't post a torrent file from this site anywhere else. If you do, as soon as 4 different people with your passkey (on different IP addresses) try to use the same torrent at the same time, your account is automatically disabled. The addresses will be logged in your account so a staff member can see them. If in fact it looks like you shared a torrent file, you won't be getting your account back again.

There's been some concern about the previous paragraph so let me try to make it more clear. If your IP address is dynamic, the tracker will pick up changes automatically. That's because your peer_id won't change even if your IP address does. The limitation is four different IP addresses all with the same passkey (meaning the same user) all on the same torrent all at the same time. There should be no way you can ever hit that limit. If you do and it was somehow due to having a dynamic IP, we would be able to see that since we do log the IP addresses. If, however, the IPs are from widely scattered places (different countries and/or continents) that's much harder to explain away on your part. As part of this, please note that when you leave a torrent (and you no longer show up as a seeder or leecher on our web site), the tracker deletes the details of that connection. There's nothing left of it. The tracker is never interested in history, only what's happening right now.

If you use Azureus later than version 2.2.0.2, make sure that you're not sharing your peers list. We can't tell the difference between that and sharing your torrent file. Again, your account can be automatically disabled if you don't.

What's a Ratio?

This is a music sharing site. One simple way to display how much you're sharing is with the share ratio. Before doing that, let's talk about two terms: Uploading is when you send data to others, downloading is when you receive data. Your share ratio is the amount you've uploaded divided by amount downloaded (Ratio = UL / DL). A good ratio is 1.0 or higher, which means that you've shared back as much or more than you received. If you don't keep an acceptable ratio it could result in you losing your account. To try to attain and keep a good enough ratio you can:

* Make sure you seed (don't close the torrent after it has finished downloading).
* Stop downloading for a while.
* If possible leave your computer on and torrents open continuously. This way you can improve your ratio even while not using your computer.
* Upload your own torrent.

So, what's my ratio?
Your total ratio is displayed in every thread you post in, the member list and your public profile.

It's important to distinguish between your overall ratio and the individual ratio on each torrent you may be seeding or leeching. The overall ratio takes into account the total uploaded and downloaded from your account since you joined the site. The individual ratio takes into account those values for each torrent.

You may see two symbols instead of a number: "Inf.", which is just an abbreviation for Infinity, and means that you have downloaded 0 bytes while uploading a non-zero amount (ul/dl becomes infinity); "---", which should be read as "non-available", and shows up when you have both downloaded and uploaded 0 bytes (ul/dl = 0/0 which is an indeterminate amount).

Most common reason for stats not updating:
* The user is cheating. (a.k.a. "Summary Ban")
* The server is overloaded and unresponsive. Just try to keep the session open until the server responds again. (Flooding the server with consecutive manual updates is not recommended.)
* You are using a faulty client. If you want to use an experimental or CVS version you do it at your own risk.

Best practices:
* If a torrent you are currently leeching/seeding is not listed on your profile, just wait or force a manual update.
* Make sure you exit your client properly, so that the tracker receives "event=completed".
* If the tracker is down, do not stop seeding. As long as the tracker is back up before you exit the client the stats should update properly.

Terminology?

Torrent: - the file you download and start in your bittorrent client that enables you to download a show.

Seeder: Someone who has the complete show and is uploading it to you and others.

Leecher: Becomes Seeds when they have finished downloading the show and they leave their client window open.

Leech: Ssomeone who doesn't have the complete show and is downloading it. Seed the shows so others can get it

Peer: - Someone who doesn't have the complete show and is downloading it; sometimes also called a

Tracker: The website software that keeps track of the seeds and leechers for a particular torrent Open a

Reseed Request: When a torrent is no longer available for download from the tracker and you want someone who has already downloaded the show to put it back on the tracker and make it available for download again, you start a new thread and should put Reseed Request in the title.

Firewalled: When you haven't forwarded your ports, you will be unable to initiate a connection with others (nor can other firewalled peers initiate a connection with you) and therefore reduce the amount of people you may connect to (and therefore get slower speeds)

Port Forwarding: Poking a hole in your firewall to enable you to initiate a connection with others

Announce URL: The website address the tracker is using (ie. http://metallifukinca.com:2710/announce), when you make a torrent, make sure you use the announce url of the site you want to upload your torrent to.

Creating a Torrent?

1 - Download the latest version of MakeTorrent from http://krypt.dyndns.org:81/torrent/maketorrent/ and fully install it.
      Please note that you can use other BitTorrent software, however we recommend this software to simplify the process.

2 - Create a folder for the files you wish to share. (i.e. "2000-11-30- VH1 My Music Awards, [NSTC] [DVD][PRO] ")

3 - Copy the files you wish to share in the folder just created. Keep the path to the folder handy as you will need it later.

4 - Open the MakeTorent software and choose the Classic option.

5 - Select the "dir" button and select the parent folder you created above.

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6 - Click the "ok" button once the folder you just created is highlighted.

7 - Add our Tracker Announce Url in the "Tracker" area which is:

http://metallifukinca.com:2710/announce

Click the "Create Torrent" button when the below screen comes up.

8 - Add any comments about the Torrent you would like then click the "Next" button.

9 - Choose the location where the Torrent file will be stored.
Save the file in an easily accessible area, but NOT in the same folder you created earlier.

10 - Name the Torrent file per our naming standards.
Example: "Artist - 2000-11-30 - City, State - Venue"

When done click the "Save" button.

11 - The Torrent file will now be created and saved where you specified.

Slow Speeds?

BitTorrent is well known for extraordinary download speeds. This guide is written for all those who have not experienced this, believing it to be hype, or knowing the presence of a problem, but not what to do. This guide can help if you have been experiencing the following symptoms:

-> Download speeds of 0-5kb/s -> Short bursts of much higher download speeds

This guide relies on the use of Azureus or Yet ABC as they are highly recommended. For those using BitTornado - ABC uses the BitTornado core, but has a queuing system for better control of multiple torrents. Please note that Azureus requires Java. If after installation the application will not load, it is because you do not have Java. You are not the first to think you have Java when you do not! More information is available on the Azureus site.

Other BitTorrent clients are available to switch to after working through this guide.

Contents:

1.0 Why are my downloads going slow?
1.1 How do I know if I have this problem?
2.0 Solving slow downloads (It is showing yellow – what do I do?)
2.1 Configure Your XP Firewall (ICF: Internet Connection Firewall)
2.2 Configure Your Router
2.3 Configure Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
2.4 Configure Your Firewall
3.0 Multiple BitTorrent users on a LAN
4.0 Other things that could be wrong

1.0 Why are my downloads going slow?

BitTorrent works on a credit system. By uploading parts of a file other people, they allow you to download parts of the file from them. This is BitTorrent’s anti-leech measure. However, if you have a problem with your NAT (anything between you and the internet, such as a router or firewall), you will not get credit for what you are uploading. The only downloading that you can do is from people who upload a small amount to you in the hope that you will return the favor. Since their client will not recognize your response if you have a firewall problem, then they will stop uploading to you shortly after. This is what is causing your problem. You may also notice that torrent speeds go very high for 5 minutes, before slowing back down to 0-5kb/s.

1.1 How do I know if I have this problem?

You might not have a problem at all. Before continuing with this guide, leave your torrent running for at least ten minutes. If the speed hasn't picked up, stop and restart the torrent. If you are still having problems, continue on.

Uninstall your current BitTorrent client. (Do not worry; you can switch back to it later) Install either Azureus or Yet ABC. Please note that Azureus requires Java to be installed.

This guide has been produced for Azureus 2.1.0.0 and ABC 2.6.8. These are the latest versions. Different releases may vary.

Start to download a file using your chosen client.

AZUREUS Wait a while for the torrent to get started; this may take up to ten minutes. Look in the “Health” column. If it is showing a yellow spot, then you need to configure your firewall/NAT/router. If it is Green then all is OK. Your slow downloads are being caused by something else. A full list of the different colors can be seen here.

YET ABC Wait a while for the torrent to get started; this may take up to ten minutes. Look at the color of the torrent. If it is yellow (sometimes appears lime green, but if it is green then you will know it), then you need to configure your firewall/NAT/router. If it is green then all is OK. Your slow downloads are being caused by something else. A full list of the different colors can be seen here.

2.0 It’s showing yellow – what do I do?

You need to configure your computer and/or network to accept incoming BitTorrent port connections. The tracker port is 6969. If this port is not correctly configured, downloads will not start at all. The download/upload ports are 6881-6889. It is these ports that are causing your problems.

2.1 Configure Your XP Firewall (ICF: Internet Connection Firewall)


Open up your “Network Connections”. Right click on your internet connection or LAN connection and select “Properties”.
->Select the “Advance” tab
->If the “Internet Connection Firewall” is not ticked, then this is not your problem. Research into whether you need the XP firewall or not and jump to "Configure Your Router" below. If it is ticked, please continue:
-> Click “Settings…”
-> On the “Services” tab press “Add…”
-> Description of service = BitTorrent
Name or IP address of the computer hosting this service on your network = 127.0.0.1 (this means "the local machine.")
External Port number for this service = 6881
Internal Port number for this service = 6881
TCP/UDP = TCP
->Press OK.
-> With ABC, repeat as many times as you want simultaneous downloads, increasing the port number by 1 each time. Realistically you don’t need more than three ports.
-> With AZUREUS, this process only needs to be done once. Make sure that "View -> Configuration -> Server -> Incoming TCP Listen Port" is equal to 6881.

Stop and re-start your test torrent. Wait for ten minutes. Check if the torrent/health has gone green. If not, carry on:

2.2 Configure Your Router

If you have a network (LAN) with a router or hardware firewall, you will need to configure it. You need to forward BitTorrent’s connection ports to your specific PC on the network. If your connection is shared using Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), go to section 2.3. There are too many routers to cover in this guide, so it is time to head to Google. Search for port forwarding, BitTorrent and the name of your router. Lots of manufacturers provide specific information on their sites. With ABC, forward as many ports as you want simultaneous downloads. Start with port 6881 and forward ports in increments of 1. With AZUREUS, forward port 6881. Make sure this matches "View -> Configuration -> Server tab -> ‘Incoming TCP Listen Port’”

Stop and re-start your test torrent. Wait for ten minutes. Check if the torrent/health has gone green. If not, carry on:

2.3 Configure Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

If you are sharing an internet connection using ICS, then you will need to forward the BitTorrent ports. Windows 2000 users, click here for information on forwarding (mapping) ports.

Other users: Practically Networked provides a useful tool, called “ICS Configuration” for changing the settings of ICS. Download the latest version from here.

-> Install the program on the serving computer and run it
-> Click “+ Add”
-> Name = [whatever you want, e.g. BitTorrent]
-> Target = Local IP of machine running BitTorrent, e.g. 192.168.0.2
-> Description = [whatever you want, e.g. “allow bittorent for 192.168.0.2”]
-> On the “Ports” tab, slect “+ Add”
-> Select “Port Range” from the drop-down box
-> Enter “6881” and “6889” into the relative boxes
-> TCP/UDP = TCP
-> Data translation = NORMAL
-> Press “OK”, Press “Enable”, Press “OK”.
-> Close everything and reboot the PC.

The settings will be saved in your registry. There is no need to open ICS Configuration with ICS.

With ABC, repeat for as many ports as you want simultaneous downloads. Start with port 6881 and forward ports in increments of 1.
With AZUREUS, forward port 6881. Make sure this matches "View -> Configuration -> Server tab -> "Incoming TCP Listen Port" Check if the torrent/health has gone green. If not, carry on:

2.4 Configure Your Firewall


As with routers, there are too many to cover here, so time to head to Google.

Another helpful guide on how to configure your BT client can be found here.

3.0 Multiple BitTorrent users on a LAN

The same port can not be forwarded to different computers, so decide who gets what ports, for example:
192.168.0.2 = 6881 – 6883
192.168.0.3 = 6884 – 6886 etc.

In a network of AZUREUS users, each person only needs one port. Set up your router or ICS to forward the ports to the chosen computers.

Now you need to set up the BitTorrent Clients:

AZUREUS
Each computer only needs one port forwarded to it.
-> View -> Configuration
-> "Server" on the side menu
-> On “Incoming TCP Listen Port” enter the port number that is being forwarded to that computer. Taking from the above example, computer 192.168.0.3 would enter 6884.
-> Repeat for all the users

YET ABC
Action-> ABC Preference
-> Set “Minimum port number” to the lowest port number that is being forwarded to that computer. Taking from the above example, computer 192.168.0.3 would enter 6884.
-> Set the “Maximum number of simultaneous downloads” to the number of ports forwarded to that computer.
-> Press “apply”
-> Repeat for all users.

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Tips?

1 - . Make sure that you have opened the ports from the firewall [your bittorrent client of choice] requires. Downloads can be slow or not work at all if the ports are not opened. If your internet connection is behind a NAT (Network Address Translation) firewall, you must configure the firewall to "forward" bittorrent ports to the computer bittorrent client is running on. See Brian's faq for more details.

2 - Keep downloads open even after they are finished. Bittorrent differs from DC: after the download is complete, your client should start seeding it right away. This means, when you've downloaded a movie using bittorrent, you help the original uploader to share it (pass it on). Even if the original uploader stops seeding the torrent (i.e. removes it from the hard drive) the torrent will stay alive in the tracker and people still are able to download it. If no one of the downloaders seed the torrent they've downloaded, the torrent will probably die at some point because the uploader cannot hold it on his/her hard drive forever. Also, you can gain upload ratio by seeding the torrent. Also, the people who upload torrents a lot will have to keep an awful amount of torrents in seed if no one else seeds them. This consumes a lot of RAM (escpecially if using Azureus).

3 - Watch your Upload / Download ratio - don't start downloading anything new if your ratio is poor. Instead, create and upload torrents yourself. That's the best way to gain ratio.

4 - Limit your upload speed. Yeah, in BitTorrent it is absolutely fine to limit your upload bandwidth (unlike in DC where you can quickly get banned for limiting). Only thing that matters is your U/D ratio. A recommended upload limit is 60% - 80% of your upload bandwidth. So, if you have 512kbps upload bandwidth (theoretical 64KB/s), it would be a good idea to limit it to 50KB/s. Azureus has built-in upload limiting functionality. In windows, NetLimiter is also available although that's not recommended. In most cases this can even make your download speeds faster, your internet connection usable without affecting your upload ratio. This way you may not never need to shut down your bittorrent client just because you need to use your internet connection.

Whats wrong with my router or modem?

List of routers that have problems with Azureus (and µTorrent), if you have one of those... either try the solution specified with it (if there is any), update the firmware or get a new one. If your router or modem freezes/reboots, you should turn off IP resolving, DHT, and/or reduce the number of connections to try to remedy the problem, even if it's not on this list.

Reason not yet verified

* Apple Airport Extreme (802.11g wireless with 128-bit WEP)

Due to too many connections

* SpeedStream 5660 in Router/NAPT configuration. There is no firmware newer than 2.(3).7. Switch to bridged mode and firewall your network to fix it. Otherwise, when it dies just power-cycle the router and continue on.

The following modems/routers have known problems with too many global connections, limiting them to 200 or less should fix the problems:

* D-Link 302G
* D-Link DI-624
* D-Link DSL-G664T
* Linksys BEFSR41V4/BESR41
* Linksys Wireless-B
* Netgear DG632
* Netgear DG834G
* Netgear MR814
* Netgear WGT524
* Netgear Rangemax 802.11n WPN824
* W-Linx MB401-S (and SMC Barricade 7004 BR, which is identical in construction)
* Westell 6100

Due to UPnP

* Most D-Link 5xx and 6xx (can also be caused by too many connections)
* D-Link DI-604
* Dynalink RTA1025W
* TP-LINK TL-R410
* ZyXEL Prestige 660H(W) (Firmware versions PE8+ will fix this)
* Some SpeedStreams

Due to Port Forwarding

* D-Link DI-514 (not port forwarding UDP protocol consistently)

Common fixes for routers/modems freezing/crashing/etc

* Updating the router firmware
* Turning off the UPnP (in the client and in the router) and doing manual port forwarding
* Restricting the number of global connections to 200 or less (may need to go below 100, depending on the router)
* Turning off DHT
* Lowering net.max_halfopen and bt.connect_speed
* Putting the modem/router into bridge or gateway mode (doesn't apply to modems that aren't routers)
* Getting a new router/modem

Sourced from (with some modifications): Bad routers - AzureusWiki

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