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#1 WarXchild

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 08:19 PM

How to fix your WinMX

1. Open My Computer
2. Open C drive
3. Click and open Windows (Windows 98/ME users can then go to step 7)
4. Click and open system32
5. Click and open drivers
6. Click and open fold called etc
7. You will see a file named hosts. Rename it to Originalhosts as a backup.
8. Download the replacement file found at the bottom of this post.
9. It is a Zipped file, you will need to extract the file and put it in the folder you already have open. Do not just put the zipped file in there, you need the hosts file to be the only you copy into the folder.
10. Restart WinMX. (Windows 98/ME users will need to actually reboot their computers)
11. Now Connect to Secondary or Primary connections (If Primaries please don't share files)

MAKE SURE THAT YOUR ANTISPYBOT/WARE ISN'T WORKING WHEN YOUR INSTALLING THE PATCH FOR WINMX!

If you didn't see a hosts file on Step 7

Click on the tool bar on top called Tools. Go to Folder Options.
Click on the tab called View.
Uncheck Hide extensions for known file types (If unchecked already that's fine)
Uncheck Hide protected operating systems files (Recommended)
Click Apply and Click Apply to All Folders
Go back to the Installing patch instructions and continue.

If you still have trouble after installing the patch

The problem could be that you have cached the DNS, if you don't know what that means, don't worry about it, it is easier to correct than it is to explain.
Make sure winmx is not trying to connect (Turn it off) and do the following:
1. Start Menu, choose Run.
2. Type in: ipconfig /flushdns and hit enter.
3. Now Start WinMX again, and hopefully you will connect.

If your behind a router and Still cant connect at this point.

You may need to put your IP address into the hosts file you have downloaded from this manually.

To do so go to where the file is located, c:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc for 2k/XP/2k3. (C:\Windows for Windows 98/ME users).
Open the file names hosts, if prompted as to what program you wish to open it with, select notepad. Where you see 127.0.0.1 listed, replace it with your own IP. If you dont know what your ip is click here

Save the file, restart WinMX if your on XP or 2k, Reboot the computer for 98/ME users.

Be patient, it may take a little time, things will get better, we are only 4 days after the event and already we can connect to the network again, with a little more time this will become even better.

Use the DNS Flush option as a last resort, Most users will need to reboot their computers after doing so.

WinMX Client file download : Attached File  winmx353.zip   773.56KB   67 downloads

* The above is now OBSELETE! For up to date instructions and fixes regarding this issue please visit vlad's excellent page at http://www.vladd44.c.../peercaches.php

#2 Hellfire

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Posted 29 September 2005 - 10:43 PM

Nice one, i havn't used WinMX in years but thats some good 'jerry rigging'.

#3 WarXchild

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 06:18 AM

It seems like eDonkey is shutting down as well.

#4 bamhm182

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Posted 06 September 2006 - 01:00 AM

This might be a bit of a stupid question, but why would people use WinMX after it got shut down? I've used it before and it was a good program, but I don't see why they don't just switch to a differant one.

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Posted 06 September 2006 - 09:14 AM

This might be a bit of a stupid question, but why would people use WinMX after it got shut down? I've used it before and it was a good program, but I don't see why they don't just switch to a differant one.


This thread has not been activated in ages so I guess it is a dead issues now :P

#6 bamhm182

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Posted 06 September 2006 - 12:58 PM

Yeah, I didn't see that this thread was from '05, lol.

#7 labud

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 02:48 PM

Well this thread might be dead, but WinMX certainly isn't!!
This site has lots of up to date info on WinMX and Community :

My link




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