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Old 07-12-2004, 07:13 PM   #1
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azureus being slow

i think all the azureus threads here are too advanced for me ^^;; i'm not sure if this is a firewall issue or a port issue or anything, so here it goes:

well okay azureus is being pretty slow (i think) at downloading speeds generally 0 to 5 kb a second while the uploading speeds are like at 20 kb a second! this can't be normal, can it? what can i do to fix this? (also my faces are always yellow, but i'm not sure how to fix/identify an NAT problem) any help is greatly appreciated!

oh and i have red hat 9 on a hp pavilion + i am a bit of a newbie.

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Old 07-12-2004, 07:52 PM   #2
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It all depends on who's uploading to you. They probably have upload limits sets, since without those, regular web browsing would be almost impossible. First, you should set an upload limit.

Next, if you have an external router, try this guide:

Basically, you have to let others contact you on port 6881. Then, all faces should eventually become green. Yellow faces only mean that it is possible that you don't reply to requests from other computers. However, if you are uploading to people, that seems highly unlikely.


Old 07-12-2004, 07:55 PM   #3
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Its just a configuration setting in azureus
1.) In azureus goto View-> Configuration
2.) Click on Transfer
3.) Set the desired Max Upload and Max download speeds.
Old 07-12-2004, 08:22 PM   #4
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wow, i think i get it now but i still have absolutely no idea what to do. also for max upload/download speeds, 0 = infinite, right?
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Yeah, 0 is infinite. The problem is most likely caused by people not being able to connect to you, because you're firewalled. (But if you're connected to less that about 15-20 peers, it may just be a slow torrent.)
Old 03-03-2005, 11:41 PM   #6
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Still SLOW

I have a broadband connection with Optimum online. when i goto DL major files or OS's i can DL as fast as 1mb/s
I have my upload and DL set to "0" and i still have horrid DL's. I have supposedly plenty of seeds. most of my dl's are at 1.5kbs. It is sooo aggrivating im starting not to offer at all. I upload at a peak of 100kb/s. Plenty of sharing. and i cant dl anything. According to Azureus my UPloads status is double my DL, and at this point probably higher. Possible its the sites im referring off of?
Anyone have any good sites? or forums?
I have a list of 60 dl's that are estimated at a min of 10days before completed and max of 50days.

Old 03-04-2005, 12:26 AM   #7
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If you are getting yellow smiley faces (and you never get any green ones), then you have a NAT error. So, you have to configure your firewall and/or your router to forward port 6881 (actually you could do 6881-6889)to your ip address.

What is your ip address?

As root do the ipconfig command and you can find out.

How to you configure the firewall?

I use firestarter and with that it was as easy as right clicking on the rules area, hitting add new rule, then allowing for Bittorrent.

What about the router?
Depends on the router--check your documentation.
If it is a Linksys router, then it might be here:
Old 03-05-2005, 09:33 AM   #8
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Hey thanks guys, I downloaded azureus last week and was getting slow speeds also, smiley face stayed yellow, but figured it was just a slow machine I was getting it off of. I just forwarded port 6881 on my router and know get the green smiley and alot faster speeds. Thanks again guys. ( I love this place. hehe..)
Old 03-05-2005, 12:42 PM   #9
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Also note: if you've been running it a few days straight you may find your whole system to be extremely slow, and your swap space getting hit. There is a memory leak in either Azureus or the JVM (if you're running Sun's JVM I'd lean toward suspecting the JVM ) and the more connections Azureus makes, the more memory it will be allocated, and when those connections are dropped, the system does not seem to release the allocated memory.

So if you find that memory utilization is near 100%, kill and re-launch Azureus.


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