Sat Jul 06, 2013 03:55
I had to restart my computer last night after a rather useless Microsoft Windows update. On restart and re-launching Google Chrome
I found that clicking on the magnet link for a torrent download in Google Chrome had no effect. Previously, clicking on the magnet
link in Google Chrome immediately started my bittorrent client, in my case, BitComet, to start downloading the torrent. However, now
clicking on the magnet link does absolutely nothing. I can still download torrents but have to download the actual torrent file first,
then clicking on the torrent file BitComet can go ahead and download the relevant files. This is irritating but at the moment a minor
inconvenience, just requiring a few more clicks than usual. However, it could become a real problem if torrent sites like our beloved
ET go over to exclusive magnet links for downloads, like, as I believe, Pirate Bay, has already done. At first I thought this was a
problem with BitComet but on checking this it was still set as the default for magnet downloads. So I did some research and it turns
out to be a known problem with Google Chrome. Some fixes for the problem I have seen online include editing the "Local State" file found
by entering "%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\user data" in the search box in the start menu (Windows 8 users can't do this because, thanks
to Microsoft, they don't have a start menu, although this can be restored by downloading the free Classic Shell). Then you open the
"Local State" file in notepad and just change an entry found under the "protocal handler" from "magnet" : true, to "magnet" : false.
Why this should work I have no idea. It did not work for me because my entry was already set to "false". However, it seems to work for
some people judging by the feedback from happy campers who now have their magnet link functionality restored after applying this fix.
Just drives me mad when crazy things like this happen with computers for no apparent reason.