Transmission takes forever to start downloading

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  1. Khurram macrumors 6502

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    So I just installed trasmission...
    It seems that when I open a torrent it takes forever to start linking to seeders and start downloading (i'm talking like 20 minutes).
    I opened the same torrent in azerus and it started connecting and downloading almost instantly.
    It's doing this with all my torrents.

    Any idea what could be wrong? I tried port forwarding but no luck..
    Thanks in advance for any help
     
  2. Grayfox macrumors member

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    Yeah i'm getting the same problem here, i tried uninstalling it and reinstalling it and it still sat there, but work right off the bat with Azureus.
    And when ever i see someone talking about it they always say how great it is,
    Still don't know why they do.
     
  3. eXan macrumors 601

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    Connects instantly for me... and thats on my 64kbit/sec connection lol.

    BTW, I'm using version 1.11 and Leopard 10.5.2, if this helps.

    Try trashing the support/preferences files and see what happens
     
  4. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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    Same here (no problems with waiting on the beginnning), on a 120 kbps line :D
     
  5. KJmoon117 macrumors 6502a

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    Same here but I can wait... I'm a patient man. However, Transmission was good but now it pisses me off as it's really erratic, it would go at a 300k (with like 5 downloads) and it will drop down to a 0k every 5 minutes.

    A 500mb torrent with 300 seeders took me about 3 days to download and my download connection is pretty damn fast. Also I find that every time I open the Transmission window, connections start slowing. It's a little weird but I'll stick with Transmission till they fix this but I'm tempted to go with another torrent client (helps the fact that I have like 7 incomplete files because of this =P).
     
  6. Queso macrumors G4

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    Remember that the TCP port you need to forward is different for Transmission than for other BT clients.

    Transmission by default requires TCP 51413 to be forwarded rather than the usual BitTorrent range of TCP 6881-6889. You can change the TCP port in the advanced section of the Transmission preferences to 6881 if you like, which may help. However, considering how much crap out there now tries to connect to that port level you really should reconfigure your port forwarding and leave Transmission as it is.

    BTW, I get absolutely no delay in connecting when at home, but suffer the symptoms you describe when on the wifi network in the office where the port forwarding isn't configured. I'd guess that is the most likely culprit for what you are getting, unless of course your ISP has started traffic shaping.
     
  7. KJmoon117 macrumors 6502a

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    hmm good point but I have been using Transmission at this location for about 4 months and the symptoms started occurring about last week ago or so ><

    I don't think I installed a program that might share the port. Can you explain more about traffic shaping?

    Thanks,
    KJ
     
  8. Queso macrumors G4

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    It's probably best if you read the Wiki summary rather than me try and explain because I have a tendency to go into technobabble ;)

    Link

    Basically if too many users with an ISP try and BitTorrent at once it can cause performance issues for other users attempting to stream video, make Skype calls etc., so the ISP will give the BitTorrent stuff lower priority on their network to avoid it hogging all the bandwidth.
     
  9. KJmoon117 macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm I don't think my ISP does that since I looked on the list and it wasn't on the list =D. Plus I have been using for around 4 months =D

    Btw I think I found the problem after endless searching ><

    http://forum.transmissionbt.com/viewtopic.php?t=2797&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=45

     
  10. Khurram thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Interesting comments.
    I don't think my ISP is traffic shaping because as I said, it works fine on any other torrent program.

    I'll try to trash preferences and set it up again and see what happens.
    Good to know i'm not the only one experiencing this.
     
  11. KJmoon117 macrumors 6502a

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    Meh I moved over to Azureus for now until Transmission fixes this crap, my torrent went from estimate of 2 days to 6 hours.
     

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