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Magnet Links no longer working in Google Chrome

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darkman2013 avatar
Posted: 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.
Soup avatar
Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 14:37
Author: ModeratorTrusted UploaderET loverSupermanSunTurtle
don't have a problem with magnet links using firefox, i don't use chrome. maybe swap over to mozilla and you should be fine, lot less bother than farting around with a has been browser
SleazyMale avatar
Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 14:42
Author: Site FriendET junkieET loverSupermanSunTurtle
Nope i am using chrome for years and its working like a charm.
darkman2013 avatar
Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 03:38
Many thanks for recent replies. Just tried Firefox and magnet links are
working again! Obviously this had nothing to do with my BitComet client
and was due to some incomprehensible problem in Google Chrome. I might
load ET in Firefox in future. I had previously thought Firefox was a bit
slow compared to Chrome but it was pretty quick when I tried it tonight.

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