I installed Vidalia and it says I am connected to the Tor network. But https://check.torproject.org/ says I am not using Tor. How can I troubleshoot the discrepancy?
Both are correct. Vidalia did start Tor, which did connect to the Tor network and is now waiting for programs to use it. But Tor is only a proxy and Vidalia is only a controller; it does not automagically set your entire OS to use Tor automatically – you have to configure each program manually, and in some cases use additional tools.
When started, Tor can be used as a regular proxy server; it is listening on connections at
For programs that do not support SOCKS proxies but do support HTTP, the Vidalia bundle also includes a HTTP proxy server called Polipo, which listens on port