hi guys, I have noticed that we don't have an official dc++ guide so I have decided to make one. Here it is
when you first open your DC++ client, it should look like this:
select File > Settings
Now you should now see a that looks like screen like this:
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In the white box next to where it says 'Nick (you need this) you should insert a nickname of your choice for example, bulio
The E-Mail box does not any information filled out, but some hubs like to know it, so you can put a fake one in there if you don't want to have your real email exposed.
You can fool around and change the description if you want or just leave it blank. If you leave it blank than your description in a hub will have the version and client type in that box.
If you have a firewall that will block DC++ from searching for files in hubs, you will need to enable Passive Mode to get by this. The downside to that is you can't have two passive users downloading from each other. Passive users will only have the ability to find files from users without a firewall.
Click on the Downloads tab.
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now here you have to select your sharing directories by clicking on 'Add Folder' which is located near the bottom. This will make a certain folder a "my shared folder" like in k-lite,
At the bottom where it says 'Upload Slots', I recommend you open 3. This means that the maximum files uploading at the same time is 3. Most of the good hubs require at least 3 open for you to enter.
You're now ready to start downloading!
By now, some of you should be ready to go to the more advanced features of dc++ wich includes customization and things.
Click on the 'Appearance' tab.
You can change around the look of DC++ with various font styles and various colors.
Click on Select window color. Now there should be a pop-up box which shows the basic colors. If you want more, then click on Define Custom Colors.
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Rollback in DC++ is a great feature. In most cases, it avoids downloads becoming corrupt or un-usable by taking away a specified amount of data every time you resume a download.
The 'Write Size Buffer' is an anti-fragmentation feature, DC++ saves the specified number of bytes to keep fragmentation low.
Since some hubs specify a minimum client version that is much higher than DC++'s real version number you can set something here, I suggest adding 1 to version number e.g. 0.301.
Most of the features in the list are self explanatory so I will give descriptions of the ones I get the most emails about:
* Automatically follow redirects: When enabled, it follows a redirection command given by a hub. I leave this disabled because if a hub is full, I just keep refreshing until there is a space.
* Automatically search for alternative download locations: When enabled, if the user you are getting files off goes offline, it searches other users within the hubs you are in for the same file and automatically starts downloading depending if they have slots free or not.
* Use small send buffer: Many people complain about their download speeds dropping dramatically when you start uploading files to other users. If this is the case, enable this option.
* Enable SFV checking: Many downloads on DC contain an sfv file to check the integrity of a download. DC++ can on-the-fly calculate CRC-32 values for a file and compare it against the sfv file. If the check fails, the file is automatically downloaded once more from the same user and if that fails, the user is removed as a source. For this to work, the .sfv file must be in the same target directory as the download goes.
* Don't send away messages to bots: You should have this feature enabled. Sometimes bots send you a private message when entering a hub and if your away, a message gets sent back to them but no-one will get to read it since that username is actually representing an automated computer.
* Skip zero-byte files: Zero-byte files are normally either fake files, or just obsolete files that are useless to users.
Comments please and feel free to add stuff