carracho question


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 27, 2002
There seem to be a lot of Carracho users on this forum so hopefully someone might be able to help. I've been trying to get Carracho working, have sorted pout preferences etc managed to connect to a whole range of servers but when I try and search I get a dialogue box saying my login and/or password are incorrect. However I don't recall any login or password pages in the set up assistant nor does there seem to be an places in preferences to set these up???
Any thoughts?


macrumors 6502
Apr 7, 2002
Commerce Township
You need a password for each DIFFERENT server, Lets say you put in a carracho tracker for bloodhound, So then you refresh the servers list and you get a list of servers, Some servers let you in/download for FREE, others you have to upload something and talk to the admin (The guy in red) or just talk to the admin to get a login/password to download. To talk to the server admin for a server that makes you have a login/password, Just double click the server and it should connect and then double click the guy in red to send him a message. I really hope this helps!

P.S. Carracho is Mac ONLY! So I think it is MUCH better then hotline and has a MUCH cleaner interface then hotline with a nice even growing community. I also don't know whats the thing about KaZaA/Mopheus/other P2P software on the PC, Every PC friend I have LOVES carracho because it actually "works".


macrumors 68030
Nov 4, 2001
Kent, UK
If you go to and follow the link to either hotline or carracho (whichever you happen to be using), it gives to the option to search servers, and find one you like to connect to.

It's a good idea to read the news for each different server you connect to, find out what rules the run for uploading/downloading.

King Cobra

macrumors 603
Mar 2, 2002
I was planning to use Carracho when I heard about it, but I was afraid you have to pay to get by to certain hosts. I use Limewire (which has been recently updated to filter many more results than my previous version), which is actually a little annoying, but it is free, sort of.

If you want I can post some extra detail on how to use Limewire a little more effeciently. But I do not think I will switch to Carracho.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 14, 2001
Originally posted by King Cobra
I was planning to use Carracho when I heard about it, but I was afraid you have to pay to get by to certain hosts. I use Limewire (which has been recently updated to filter many more results than my previous version), which is actually a little annoying, but it is free, sort of.

If you want I can post some extra detail on how to use Limewire a little more effeciently. But I do not think I will switch to Carracho.
I'd love to find Divx files efficently on Limewire. Can you help?

King Cobra

macrumors 603
Mar 2, 2002
Here is what I was able to dig up out of my closet of old posts. This will help you find basically anything on Limewire.

Yours Truly: Post 173 (changed)
To get a download going you have to know certain things about the Gnutella network.

(1) To access hosts from the interactive software program called Limewire select "connect on startup" from Preferences, if you have not done so.
(2) You may want to discover the quantity of files and the total network file archive size your network client can access. To find this information out pull down the Statistics pop-up from the Options menu.
(3) When the amount of archive file sizes has entered between 5 and 10 digit numbers, and if the number of accessable files has at least 4 digits in its actual quantity, start a search.
(4) Note that once you get results you will see stars representing the "Quality" column of your search results. The more, the better.
Your most likely successful download(s) will have up to 4 stars; however, this is not always the case. Any result with one star usually represents a busy host. Ignore.
(5) Note that some hosts are firewalls, and are sometimes represented by results that are associated with one, two, or three stars. Since you cannot see the actual host you want to download from before actually downloading, there is a chance that the file may just have a low quality rating and may not be behind a firewall. If you try to download something from behind a firewall, the server may let you through. If not, you may be waiting forever.
(6) The following are firewall hosts:
(7) Note that if you want to avoid downloading from a host, take a look at the quality column and the speed column for that result. If this result and another result have the same number of stars, the same download speed, AND the same color for that speed (color is either green or black), then most likely the two results were uploaded from the same host.
(8) If a download happens to suddenly wait for a reply, you cannot download from that host as easily for a while. However, if you possess the latest edition of the client software Limewire you can find a different host with the EXACT same file title and download from there, leaving off where the original attempted download discontinued.
If you are still having problems:

Yours Truly: Post 176 (changed)
Limewire has had tremendous stability problems from day 1 and since I first used it.

(1) When opening Limewire, do not open any other applications along with it.
(2) Do not just start jumping from menu to menu once Limewire is open.
(3) Once a new version of Limewire comes out, go to CNet to find out their rating and what other people give Limewire from a 1-5.
(4) On rare occurances, a version of Limewire may actually be recalled (Limewire 1.5). Make sure you have a backup.
(5) The faster computer, the better. Jack up your computer with hefty amounts of RAM. (I have 1024MB and Limewire works mostly fine.)
(6) You may have too much stuff on your computer, such as junk files or other old files, which will conflict with your computer. Try to find any conflicting files, and delete them. (If you use Photoshop 6.0 update to 6.0.1. The update will get rid of a lot of the junk invisible files 6.0 created.)

Finally, if that doesn't work, and Limewire regresses, find another client.
Currently, I am using Limewire 2.4.4 and this update is vastly improved over many of the others. It does take some getting used to, but once you master it, which even I find hard, you can avoid all sorts of problems. Have fun.

By the way, this is my first edit for a post.


Moderator emeritus
Nov 28, 2001
down in Fraggle Rock
KC: if you are into limewire style apps you should check out eDonkey. Much better network. Great for getting movies and TV shows. (if you are brave try irc)

KC: you dont need to pay for carracho. i dont know how you got that strange idea, but whoever gave you this impression should be dragged out into the street and... scorned (sorry just not in a violent mood).

Hotline was great back in the day but its fairly useless now. PC users with their banner clicking, porn-centric, upload to download mentality ruined it. All the worthwhile servers have moved on to better things... carracho. great community, easy to use. no banner clicking like hotline. no porn like hotline. no fake servers like hotline. just people who share a passion for mac and enjoy sharing and helping eachother out. also of note on a "free server" is on that does not require you to upload to gain download access. basically it works like this. you download the carracho client. you go to and copy some tracker ip addresses into your tracker list. read all the serevr descriptions. Log in (sometimes a login and pass are listed in the info next to the server name). read the agreement and agree. Follow any specific instructions from the agreement, or if none. read the news. follow any specific instructions in the news... or just start looking through the files and start downloading. Chatting with the admin (name in red) is a good way to get to know the personality fo the server. problem is the "authorities" have been cracking down on hotline and carracho servers lately...

...but luckily there is kdx. kdx is teh same style of sharing as hotline and carracho. it is pc and mac, but despite the pc users still has a great community (better than hotline). Servers are better organized, and there are lots of servers that have no upload to download. lots of divx here (only place better is irc, got to get my daily dose of fraggle rock!) and a very helpful and polite community all aroud. And most definitely none of the hotline hanky panky. interface is non-apple, but its not so bad. lots of right (control) clicking but once you realize that its easy. Shows a great deal of promise.

any specific questions feel free to IM me via AOLIM (i use adium not that ugly aol or ichat pos) at ambitiouslemon.


macrumors 65816
Jun 18, 2001
WestCost, USA
Carracho help

I have been a carracho user for a long time. I use both the server and the client. In the beginning, I found some short tutorials that helped me out as a newbee. I have a "DOCMaker" File that gives a short intro on how to use the client (runs in OS 9) and a pdf file for how to set up a server. If you want one of these... shoot me an email and Ill pass it along. They are small files.