Problems for a new boy

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by David 42, Feb 17, 2004.

  1. David 42

    David 42 Guest

    Two questions if I may.

    Why is it that when you download a file and put it on the desktop, when you
    try to open it a message says that it is not a valid
    Win32 file. So you have to go back and open it from its current location
    which I thought was not recommended for security reasons.

    Why is it that when trying to download pictures from newsgroups you
    sometimes get the intended picture but sometimes a page full of
    gobbledygook. What are you supposed to do with that?
    Many thanks,
    David 42, Feb 17, 2004
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  2. David 42

    °Mike° Guest

    The first problem means that the file is corrupt. Clear
    you cache and download it again.
    Basic computer maintenance

    The second problem, courtesy of gangle:

    To assemble a multi-part post using Outlook Express,
    click part 1, then, while holding down the Ctrl key,
    click each of the remaining parts. When you have
    highlighted the last part, Right click and choose
    "Combine and Decode." Make sure all parts are in
    order in the window that pops up, then click "OK."
    When all parts have downloaded and been decoded,
    a window will appear with the File Icon in the
    bottom left corner (OE4) or in the "Attach"
    line (OE5 & 6). Right click on the icon, choose
    "save as" and, within the browser window that
    appears, choose "Desktop" as the place to initially
    save it. If you want to keep it, you can later CUT and
    PASTE it from Desktop to any folder you want.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: In OE4 it is possible to download
    a multi-part binary while simultaneously reading or
    posting to other NGs, or reading/sending email -- But:
    in the "upgraded" OE5 & 6, downloading a multi-part file
    makes the program UNUSABLE for most other functions
    while the process goes on; so, if you frequently want to
    download multi-part binary files, it's more practical
    to use a dedicated news reading and posting program,
    such as Agent ("Full" Agent @ $29 -- NOT Free Agent):
    or Xnews (free):
    or Gravity (free):
    for downloading binaries.
    Also, for $35, there is Newsbin, which is strictly
    for downloading binaries: .
    You could still use OE5 or 6 as an email program
    and to view/post to text-only NGs, while using one of
    the above programs to retrieve binaries.

    yEnc is a type of binary to text encoding that has much
    less "overhead" than Uuencoded files.
    Note: OE does not internally decode yEnc messages.
    You must use a third-party program to acheive this,
    the easiest being yProxy:

    Again, I suggest that, for binaries, it would be more
    practical to just switch to one of the dedicated newsreaders
    mentioned above, which all handle yEnc internally.

    RAR files are (usually) large multimedia type of files (.avi, .mpg,, .rm, etc.) that have been archived and split into
    parts. You need WinRar to reassemble the archive and
    decompress it.
    (shareware, but always usable, even after the trial period).
    °Mike°, Feb 17, 2004
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  3. David 42

    Unk Guest

    It might not be the file. It could have been the url page of the download
    link. Next time, look at it with notpad.exe to see if it's actually text.
    It's probably yEnc encoded.

    What is yEnc?

    yEnc links and information: Download
    "The Yenc utilities". They include yencpowerpost,
    yenc for Agent, ydecode, yencode and more free newsreader freeware

    Agent is probably the best, and well worth the money.

    Full/Free Agent (try/buy)
    Unk, Feb 17, 2004
    Misa Mirkovic, Feb 21, 2004
    Misa Mirkovic, Feb 21, 2004
    Misa Mirkovic, Feb 21, 2004
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