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I am try to connect to the Tor network thought the Vidalia Control Panel and I am encountering an issue. It stalls out when the status is at "Connecting to a relay directory."
There is an internet content filter installed on the computer. Could that be blocking a port or something? Or is it a completely different issue. I have pasted the event log below. Thanks!

Feb 05 13:18:33.395 [Notice] Tor v0.2.3.25 (git-17c24b3118224d65) running on Windows 7.
Feb 05 13:18:33.508 [Warning] Warning from libevent: evsig_init: socketpair: Permission denied [WSAEACCES ]
Feb 05 13:18:33.508 [Notice] Initialized libevent version 2.0.21-stable using method win32. Good.
Feb 05 13:18:33.508 [Notice] Opening Socks listener on 127.0.0.1:9150
Feb 05 13:18:33.508 [Notice] Opening Control listener on 127.0.0.1:9151
Feb 05 13:18:33.722 [Notice] Parsing GEOIP file .\Data\Tor\geoip.
Feb 05 13:18:41.119 [Notice] Bootstrapped 5%: Connecting to directory server.
Feb 05 13:18:41.122 [Notice] Heartbeat: Tor's uptime is 0:00 hours, with 0 circuits open. I've sent 0 kB and received 0 kB.
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by:Gerwin Jansen
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Hi, could be that some ports are blocked, can you try clicking "My firewall only lets me connect to certain ports" in Vidalia's Network Settings window? If you set this Tor assumes that your firewall allows only port 80 and port 443.
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by:Clayton Decker
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Ok. I gave that a try and it still does the same thing.
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by:Clayton Decker
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Do you have any other ideas? Do you think a proxy server would make a difference? If so, what do you recommend?
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>> There is an internet content filter installed on the computer
What internet filter is that and can you manage it? The .. certain ports .. setting is meant to try and bypass these.

>> Tor v0.2.3.25
That is not the current stable version, did you try version 0.2.21?
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by:Clayton Decker
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The filter is MyWebFilter (a variation of Clean Internet). I can't really manage it, I can only submit unblock requests for URLs.
I haven't tried v 0.2.21
Can you link to that? That may be the issue.
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by:Clayton Decker
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The filter is MyWebFilter (a variation of Clean Internet). I can't really manage it, I can only submit unblock requests for URLs.
I haven't tried v 0.2.21
Can you link to that?
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by:Gerwin Jansen
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No problem but I think you should have the link. It's this one:
https://www.torproject.org/projects/vidalia.html.en

Download link:
https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en
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Great, Thanks!
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