- Before you start downloading files
The first fixed rule: always use the following setting during search: Method = Global (Servers)
If you are searching for movies, set the Type to 'Video'. For everything else search two times; for music perform one search with Type 'Audio' and another with type 'Archive' (most of the time music albums are compressed into one RAR archive, they are not always in bare mp3 format); for programs or games, perform one search with type 'CD-Image' and another using 'Archive'; for ebooks, perform one search using type 'Documents' and another using 'Archive'.
Type the name of the file you want to search for in the 'Name' field, then press Start or just press ENTER. Wait a few seconds until all the search results are found and displayed, then sort them by Availibility. Always try to aim for a file with the highest Availability, but keep in mind that the Complete Sources should never be 0% for any file you choose to download, otherwise you may never complete it. The higher the percentage of Complete Sources the better.
Another tip is to limit or filter your search by including more details other than the name. If you are searching for a soundtrack, you might want to include the word "OST" (Original Sound Track) in your search. If you know the date of the movie, which can be easily found on IMDb.com, you can also include that when searching for movies. If you only want high quality results, add the word "DVD" in your search, which will display results with DVD-Rip, DVD-Scr, DVD-R, etc not CAM, Telesync or Telecine versions.
- After you start downloading files
Method 1 - Checking file names (internally)
In your Transfers tab, right click on the file and choose Details, then view the File Name tab. You can check here all the other file names that other clients have for this file. It is a simple matter of observing the File Name column under the "Sources Names" table and comparing all of these file names together. Have a look at the examples below, which should make this much clearer.
Example 1 (Fake): If you find that some cilents have a completely different name for the file, eg. "Underworld Evolution Divx Fr.avi" on one, and "Buttmans.Show.Off.Girls-EvilAngel-XXX.DivX" on another, then this file is suspicious and most probably NOT the right one.
Example 2 (Incorect Language): Sometimes search results will not have any indication of the language in the filename. Again, by examining the File Name column on the Razorback 2 statistics page, you can double check that no other clients on the eD2k network have a similar filename but with an added FR, ITA, or whatever language it is, tagged to the release (which is what you can sometimes get in a search result, but looking at the other filenames, it's clearly a FRENCH language release because almost all files have 'FR' or 'FRENCH' tags in the filename.
In conclusion, you can use this method to find out more information about each file by examining the tags in the file names, whether it's a DVD-Rip, a DVD-SCR, a TC/TS, as well as the fake and language checks, etc. Use it wisely and keep in mind that this information is NOT to be considered 100% correct and is only intended to give you a more intelligent guess to the real identity of the filename and release.
By the way, you can also rename your file name here (or takeover one of the other filenames) as long as the filename still has the important tags on it. You can also view other important details by viewing the Comments tab which can reveal if a file is fake, corrupt, etc.
Method 2 - Previewing the files
You can preview parts of a video that you are downloading, or listen to part of a song, or attempt to recover a RAR archive and preview it's contents. This is simply done by right clicking a filename (in the 'Transfers' window) and choosing Preview.
When previewing video in particular, there are important steps that will facilitate this method. Firstly you need to download and install a free video player called VideoLAN. This player has the ability to peview even the smallest chunks downloaded and it does not rely on codecs. After you install it on your PC you need to tell eMule where it is located by clicking Options, view the Files tab, then under Video Player, click browse and search for the VLC executable file you just installed ..\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe
In addition, on the same Files tab, enabling the Try to download preview chunks first helps a lot. Sometimes you will find that files cannot be previewed and the Preview selection will be greyed out. This is because some chunks need to be downloaded first. Enabling that option will speed up the time until it's possible to preview a video.
However, note that this option effects all your queued downloads, and it becomes a disadvantage with files that are 100% verified but are also considered rare files. In this case it is more important to download the RARE chunks first and not the preview chunks. eMule Plus users do not have this problem because they can select to download preview chunks for each file individually.
For further queries, please use our eD2k Discussion forum. This guide has been last Updated on February 22, 2006, after Razorback2's fall.