velope, the log file says the following: "bootstrapping 100% done, checking orport, dirport... orport is reachable, dirport is reachable. bandwith self-test.. done." i found no errors or warnings, just a couple of notices.
arma, it's a dedicated box and the iptables list is empty (iptables -l). i tried reaching the ports from outside and it seems fine, maybe - like atagar suggested - it just takes a couple more hours. not sure, because never used tor before :)