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The FAQ's 
What is Peer-to-Peer File Sharing?
How do I get started? 
Minimum share
Connect with WinMX
Connect with Audiognome

Connect with SunshineUN

Why no WinMX?

Servers always full

Download Queued

Download Timeout

Download Cancelled

Banned
A user is bugging me
 Are there Rules? 
What about security?  
Can't I just pay you to setup everything for me?

How can I help?

You're all geeks?

Can I link with you?

Can  i help you?

Where can I get a program?

What is the best one?

How much does it cost?

More help
TekNap

The FAQ's

We have made these FAQ'S to help Newbie's and Pros alike, read on till you find the answers you need.


What is Peer-to-Peer File Sharing?

Peer-to-Peer or P2P is sharing your files via the internet with another user, who may be on the other side of the World.

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How do I get started?

You need a Client Program to connect to a Network and Server so you can start sharing your files, and of course searching for and downloading files !

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Do I need to share my files?

The entire priciple of P2P sharing stands and falls on users Sharing files. If no-one shares files, no-one will be able to download.

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Are there Rules?

Yes, how ever they can vary per network:

For the rules of the Ballad network go here

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What about security?

This is the Internet so you should take precautions, use a good Anti-Virus Program and Firewall. Just remember to get your Virus Definitions updated regularly, weekly is best.

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Can I pay you to set it all up for me?

Its never been suggested so I don't know the answer, anyway if we want to do it, we would do it for free.

How do I connect to Ballad with WinMx?

In the main window go to Servers OpenNap Protocol High Capacity Networks on the right you will see Add click here. A window pops up under Network add the name Ballad, in the Address box enter the server name you want,  enter the Port number i, choose your login name and password, press OK. In the main window, servers you should now see [Ballad] and the server u added.  OFFLINE Press Connect you should now be able to logon. Don't forget to enter all the Ballad Servers details.

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How do I connect to Ballad using Audiognome?

How to add a new server on Audiognome. It's quite easy actually. When you start up Audiognome it automatically gets a list of available OpenNap / SlavaNap servers for you. These you can browse per network or just per server. You can choose which one to connect to and which one not to. Should you want to add a new server manually, this is how you should go about it.

  • Step 1: In the Main aG screen, under Connect, right click your mouse on the lower frame.
  • Step 2: Select Add new server to database from the popup menu. How to fill in the fields Static IP / Server Domain Name add here a server domain name e.g. huize.balladp2p.com Port: add the port here  3456 or 8888
  • Step 3: Server Domain Name: add here the same server domain name as in the first field.
  • Step 4: Type (affiliation) : The network the server belongs to e.g. Ballad, that way the server will be added to the correct network from which you can choose it in the upper left and right frames under Connect in the main aG screen

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How do I connect to Ballad with SunshineUN?

Step by step, from the top. You can get the latest version of SunshineUN  at the Clients  section of the ballad site.

  • Step 1: Create a profile. Here you need to enter a nickname and a password for that nick. You can create additional profiles later on when the setup is complete.
  • Step 2: Choose your line speed and make sure the the box 'I use a firewall' in unchecked. Even if you use a firewall, most firewalls give notice if sunshine tries to connect and let the program access the server. Keep the data port at 6699, it's a default.
  • Step 3: Choose a folder for the Complete downloads to be placed and one for incomplete downloads to be placed.
  • Step 4: Select the folder's you wish to share online. Now to actually add a Ballad server to your list. This can be done in two ways:
    1. Uncheck the box Only Favourites When this is done all servers currently online and reporting to Napigator appear in your screen. Here you can select a ballad server and login by double clicking on it.
    2. Double click on the line that says Add Server A little screen will appear now. Server Name: add the ballad server here e.g. huize.balladp2p.com  Server Port: add here the port used by that server e.g. 8888 Network: add here the name of the network. Now double click on the newly added server and you are ready to go.

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Why can't I connect to Ballad with WinMx?

Some of the servers have limited the number of users of WinMX, try again later.

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Why are your servers always full?

Because we have a great Network ! and are very popular with the users who like the large number of files and fast servers !

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Why does it always say Queued?

If you're Remotely Queued that means that the other user is responsible, if it says Queued then that is your Client configuration check your settings.

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Why do my Downloads time out?

Because your Download has taken too long to complete, this can be your bandwidth problem, or you are trying to D/L to much at once. It could also be the other users problems of bandwidth, mostly just retry the D/L again and it should resume OK.

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The other user cancels my Download, what can I do?

Firstly that's between you and the other user, its the nature of P2P. Generally though it could mean that you are not sharing any files (really bad) or just that the other user doesn't want to share his file with you. Again that's between you and them, if that happens just search again and try someone else. However if this continues enter one of the chat rooms and ask for a elite to help you!

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Why am I Banned from the Network?

For sharing forbidden material like Porn, Nazi and racist stuff. Or below the minimum file share limit. Very rarely you will be kicked by the server if you try to logon to more than one server at a time, just don't do it ! With all Bans there is always the reason stated if you think it is unfair or want another chance then mail the server owner.

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A user is bugging me what can I do?

Cancel the D/L, in settings Block or Ignore that user, log off the Network or finally close your Client Program. We cannot and will not intervene between users ! All the answers you need are in your hands, i.e. the mouse !

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How can I help?

Well you should come to the Ballad! Chat Channel on-line, accessible from all servers, chat and get to know us all. You could become a Mod+ on our Network hunting for Porn, Nazi, and Racist file sharers. But probably the Best Thing to help us would be to become a server and join us in our efforts. You don't need a huge computer or the best bandwidth, a P3 350 and 56K modem will do nicely. The maximum amount of users you could possible get depends on many variables so its best to discuss that in Chat. Of course you will decide what's best for you, after testing your Server out.

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So you're all Computer experts and "Geeks" then?

Yes and No, we can solve most every day problems one might have with a computer, and we have learnt a lot about our subject. It is true we do have a huge Knowledge base on our Network and can get most things done. But basically we are just plain and simple File Sharers who wanted to do something more.

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I have a server can I link with you guys?

Sure, come to the Ballad! chat Channel we'll discuss it with you.

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Is there any other way I can help out?

Yes ! if you have a web-site then link to ours, and maybe insert a nice positive comment or recommendation. Tell your friends and on-line buddies to visit the Ballad Network and go to the website, be active in the Network, sign the Guestbook and post messages at Forum, this will show us that our efforts are appreciated.

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Where can I get a Client file sharing program?

Go to the Clients page, u'll find most clients listed there.

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What is the best Client Program?

That depends on your abilities and preferences, feel free to ask questions at the Ballad Forum for more info.

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How much does it cost?

Most Clients are free, certainly all those listed at Ballad are, there are very few that make you pay for the software or service.

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What if I need more help?

You can go to the Ballad! Chat Channel from any of our servers. Or if you can't use a client yet post a message at the Ballad Forum.

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What about TekNap can't you help me?

Well TekNap needs a complete section all to itself and right now I don't have the time. But u can always ask any teknap related questions in out forum.

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