I have Hashcat 0.49 on Kali Linux 1.1.0a and I have a .hccap file. It's a WPA2 Network in the file so I chose a mask of 8 numeric characters (?d?d?d?d?d?d?d?d) and instead of starting at 8 numeric characters it does 1-7 first which takes a long time. How can I fix this?
Do you have '-i' or increment enabled? This sounds like you do. Disable it if you don't want it to run through all shorter permutations.