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Steam Content Server

Post by demonspork » Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:54 pm

I found some murmuring in the past on these forums about NFO offering a steam content server (as listed here http://www.steampowered.com/status/content_servers.html) but that page hasn't been updated since 2006 and last mention of it on the forums was in september 2007 by edge100x when TF2 was prepping for release. I am having an issue where it is taking an extremely long time to download any content via steam, anything from synergy a few weeks ago to the TF2beta I am trying to download now. Even TF2 updates can take my server down for 30 minutes it downloads so slowly. If the steam content server is still active, how can I use it to speed up my downloads or what content mirrors are faster than whatever my connection is defaulting to.

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Re: Steam Content Server

Post by Edge100x » Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:25 am

To use a particular content server, you can create a file called Steam.txt alongside hldsupdatetool.exe / steam and add a line like this:

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PreferredContentServerIDs = "69"
Where the content server IDs are separated by spaces.

You can get content server ID # from the Valve server names on this page: http://store.steampowered.com/stats/content/

If that doesn't seem to help, you could also try deleting ClientRegistry.blob and having it choose its own new content server -- it might just guess a better one.

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Re: Steam Content Server

Post by rivanor » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:40 pm

I've given this a try. Is there any way we can verify that it is using our new preferred server? I tried "netstat -apn |grep steam" while steam is running but I have no idea where the IP address that steam is connecting to is located.

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Re: Steam Content Server

Post by Edge100x » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:39 pm

There's no way of fully verifying it, but you could possibly check the location by entering the IP into the geoip tool here: http://www.maxmind.com/. It's not 100% accurate, but often reports correctly.

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