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download file corruption??

Post by brukner » August 31st, 2011, 3:38 pm

I love seeing all the games from my younger days on this site, and I would really enjoy to play a few, but every time I download a file and try to open it, I get a message saying that the "archive has been corrupted". What's wrong, and is it fixable?

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Re: download file corruption??

Post by DOSGuy » August 31st, 2011, 11:40 pm

I don't have that problem. Some details about your computer would be helpful.
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Re: download file corruption??

Post by brukner » September 1st, 2011, 1:03 pm

Sure,

Laptop computer running Windows XP Home SP3
(I don't know if tech specs would help, but here they are)
1.1 GHz processor
20Gb HD
256 Mb Ram
128 Mb Video Card running Direct X 9.0

It's an older computer (2005, I think). I don't know if that would have any effect.

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Re: download file corruption??

Post by MrFlibble » September 1st, 2011, 5:33 pm

You could try using a download manager to make sure files remain intact, and you could also try the "Repair archive" option in WinRAR on the archives that are corrupt, as it works with ZIP files too.

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Re: download file corruption??

Post by brukner » September 3rd, 2011, 6:37 pm

I tried Winrar and a download manager. In both cases, the archive stayed intact, but after the files were extracted, they wouldn't open.

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Re: download file corruption??

Post by DOSGuy » September 3rd, 2011, 9:47 pm

Windows XP isn't always able to run DOS games. Are you using DOSBox? Use our DOSBox tutorial.
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Re: download file corruption??

Post by MrFlibble » September 5th, 2011, 9:30 am

Also don't forget that in many DOS games you need to run the setup programme prior to running the game (just in case :)).

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Re: download file corruption??

Post by brukner » September 5th, 2011, 12:06 pm

Yeah, I've used DOSbox for 3 years now to run old programs. There isn't any configuration or settings on the file. Even if I simply open up the file's "Properties" window, under type of file it just says "Corrupt or damaged". I'm not sure though, because I downloaded a couple of games from like 1986 and they worked fine. It might just be something with my internet connection.

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Re: download file corruption??

Post by MrFlibble » September 10th, 2011, 8:44 am

Have you tried re-downloading the archive(s) in question? Even if the archive itself is intact, you can still try running the "Test" option in WinRAR to test the files inside for integrity.

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