This page has been updated on 2010-02-21 for the release of Shareaza v126.96.36.199.
You probably came here because you can't get Shareaza to connect to some or any of the networks, right? This guide will try to solve all common connection problems, please read and follow the instructions carefully.
Network specific connection guides
These are connecting guides for the different networks, in case there is a connection problem to only one network and not a general connection problem:
Please note that you should have read the rest of this Wiki page before passing on to the network specific guides.
Please, use the latest version of Shareaza, which can always be downloaded on the Shareaza download page. At the time of this writing, the current version is 188.8.131.52. If you have any older version than this, download and install the newest one and try to connect again. Older versions might be missing features used in this guide. To know which version you have, click on About Shareaza... from the Help menu.
Installing over an existing version might preserve settings, unfinished downloads, and search windows etc., but some (normally very rare) problems can be solved by uninstalling the old version first and clearing all settings and data files (a so called "clean install")!
Important: Unfinished downloads might become orphans in a different folder! So try the other methods further down first before doing a clean install and you losing all pending downloads and customized settings (i.e. your shared folders, security settings etc.).
Most users who have connectivity problems (on one or on all selected networks) have one thing in common: They do not pass the Shareaza Connection Test for various reasons. Not passing this test means either that Shareaza can't connect to the P2P networks at all, or that there is at least strongly limited connectivity (because if it doesn't pass the test, it is unable to reach 60+% of the other computers in the networks).
Therefore, passing the Connection Test is essential for efficient file sharing!
Please refer to the FirewallGuide Wiki page for more information on the available Connection Test hosts.
Using XP Service Pack 2 (or similar environment)
Windows XP Service Pack 2 (and later versions) limits the number of concurrent half-open connections to a maximum of 10. This reduces the connection establishment performances of Shareaza. You could use a patch provided by this program to increase this number (It can be found in the Special menu under the entry Connection Limit). Afterwards, you will have to change a setting in Shareaza to reflect that your computer can now initiate more connections at once. See this page for the settings. Shareaza should still work okay without this change in your system settings though, but without these settings, the patch does not make much sense.
Enable the networks you wish to connect to
Shareaza has support for three different networks, which are G2 (Gnutella2), gnutella and eDonkey2000. Shareaza also supports BitTorrent, which is not covered by this guide, as it does not have a permanent connection to a network, like the other three networks. In fact, BitTorrent isn't even a real P2P network.
To select the networks to connect to, open the Network menu in the Shareaza Settings and then open the Gnutella or the eDonkey submenu respectively. There will be two entries named "Connect to XX today" and "Always connect to XX", where XX is the network in question. A tick near an entry means that this network is enabled (either only for today, or each time Shareaza starts establishing network connections; if both ticks are missing, this network is disabled). Now make sure the networks you wish to connect to are enabled. You can enable/disable them by checking/unchecking the corresponding menu entry.
Now go to the Home tab, by clicking on the Home button located on the left of the navigation bar. (Note: If you messed with the navigation bar and now it is missing, you can select Home from the View menu or hit Ctrl+H.) The Home tab has a blue panel on the left side, which contains four boxes, the third one is called Connection. In this box, all the networks you have enabled are listed up, together with their connection status. (Note: If you can't see the connection status, then the box is probably collapsed. You can expand and collapse the four boxes by clicking on their title.) You can see the box on the image on the right side.
This picture shows a user connected to all of Shareaza's P2P networks. If you see the word "Connected" beside all P2P networks that you wish to connect to, you are connected perfectly. If you see "2 Hubs" or "3 Hubs" beside Gnutella2 instead of "Connected", you are also fine. However, if you see "Disconnected" or "Connecting..." beside any of these, then you are not connected yet to that network.
If one (or all) selected networks still do not connect, and you pass the Shareaza Connection Test (see above) and have read and acted accordingly to what has been said previously on this page, move on to the network specific guides that can be found at the beginning of the page.