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Lots of corrupt files and not enough .par2 files.

Postby BustUNG » Sat Jan 02, 2010 6:03 pm

Using Newshosting and a combination of Merlin's Portal and more recently, Newzbin.
Using Alt.Binz 0.25.0

Finding a lot of files that I download, some as recent as 25 days old, have too many corrupt files and not enough .par2 recovery files to make them usable.

Is this a problem with Newshosting? Should I switch?
Could the problem lie somewhere else?

Thanks for the help!
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Re: Lots of corrupt files and not enough .par2 files.

Postby Fartingbob » Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:30 am

Best bet would be to post a comment on the nzb site saying the problem you had (mention the provider) and see if others are having problems on other providers. It could just be bad luck.
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no idea

Postby fut » Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:12 pm

Not enough information from you.
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Re: Lots of corrupt files and not enough .par2 files.

Postby BustUNG » Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:34 pm

Sorry - what else would help? The particular .nzb link?
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SSL

Postby fut » Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:42 pm

Try enabling SSL and see if it helps.
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Re: Lots of corrupt files and not enough .par2 files.

Postby BustUNG » Mon Jan 04, 2010 1:27 am

Thanks fut. I'm not entirely a newbie to Usenet, but I'm not sure what SSL does. I found it in the server settings in Alt.binz, and enabled it. Downloading one of the .nzbs again that didn't work earlier. I'll let you know tomorrow if there is any difference.

Mind filling me in on how SSL can help, or point me in an informational direction? :)

Thanks again for you advice.
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Re: Lots of corrupt files and not enough .par2 files.

Postby Fartingbob » Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:55 am

SSL connection encrypt any info you send/recieve. You use them alot onlin when your sending card info or banking.
To enable it on usenet you need to go onto the newshosting site, it should tell you to connectto a different server tha usual with a specific port. Then just edit your server details in alt binz to match, then reconnect.
Generally ISPs and bad people leave usenet alone but it could become more important if they start throttling you or dropping packets. Still think posting a comment on the nzb will help see if its just you having trouble with this file.
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Re: Lots of corrupt files and not enough .par2 files.

Postby BustUNG » Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:06 pm

I don't know what enabling the SSL option has to do with completing files, but the ones that I couldn't get to work before seem to be working now when I redownload them. Thanks!
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Re: Lots of corrupt files and not enough .par2 files.

Postby MrFredPFL » Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:50 pm

certain ISPs are notorious for tampering with customers' traffic in the name of "sound network management". :roll:

ways this tampering can occur include:

unnecessary transmission delays
dropped packets
forged packets

the first just slows you down. the second and third corrupt data. i have never heard of anyone having the balls to tamper with ssl traffic, as it is used for things like banking.
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