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PAR files short for repair? Anyone else?
August 18, 2019
2:31 pm
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Just downloaded via nzb, usenetserver and SABnzb. After download im 1027 blocks short for repair. There are PAR files present in the archive, Any help would be appreciated.

August 18, 2019
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So did you run the quickpar/multipar and it reported this after doing it ? or is this from the usenet client ?

I'll get some more pars made up and get them uploaded ?

 

August 18, 2019
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Yes i created the PAR2 and verified, said repair needed. let me try another client using SAB right now….

August 18, 2019
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when i try to unpack manually getting end of archive errors.

August 18, 2019
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And yes it does ask for a password in Winrar

August 19, 2019
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I have some damaged files too.  I have one Par2 file, I am running it now but usually I would expect to be some other par files to help repair.  So if you get those par files up please let me know so i can use them to repair my download too.

August 19, 2019
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There are LOADS of par files with the nzb provided, make sure your client is actually downloading them

August 19, 2019
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Quote from keysgamerepair on August 18, 2019, 3:45 pm

Yes i created the PAR2 and verified, said repair needed. let me try another client using SAB right now….

when i try to unpack manually getting end of archive errors.

RUN the par files, dont create them

Download them from usenet, and double click one to use the repair.

August 20, 2019
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i never used alt.binz before and not sure why it didn't download the pars but when I opened it back up there they were waiting to be downloaded.  downloading them now and i should be able to repair with all those.  thanks ?

August 20, 2019
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I'm getting the same issue plus you NEED A PASSWORD!!! Please check the NZB file again, it might have generated a password on it. Thanks i appreciate it.

August 20, 2019
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i downloaded the par files and ran multipar on it.  It states i need 528 more blocks to repair what i have.

August 20, 2019
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Has anyone figured out a fix for this yet?

August 23, 2019
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waste of a download needs more pars and yes have downloaded all the pars total waste of time

August 23, 2019
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So i just finished my second attempt after 3 days of downloading, repairing and unzipping i have every single file in the the archive. I switched to Newsbin Pro and everything processed without error, like stated above there are plenty of PAR files to complete the archive.

Huge problem however is none of the files unzipped where they are supposed to be. tons of files are in the root of the drive, not in the launchbox directories. This makes this build useless for someone looking for a plug and play solution. Although all the roms are here is would take days to build each emulator and you would need a knowledge of what roms are what also since they are all mixed together. Just a mess…..

August 23, 2019
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So I've finally made my way through downloading and unpacking everything.

It is so ridiculously large that quickpar crashes so I installed multipar. I'd recommend starting multipar on the verification process while you're halfway through the download because it takes awhile and you can get a head start on it. If multipar catches up to where you're downloading you can resume the verification anytime just by hitting the verify button – it'll remember the ones it already checked and continue from there.

To directly answer some questions in this thread :

  1. At no point does winrar ask you for a password. If you are getting a password prompt your files are corrupted and you need to run multipar to recover the file(s) that are incomplete. Don't unpack from any rar file unless you have already verified with multipar that it's complete (green icons).
  2. Each block is approximately 900MB. Pretty much almost 1GB per block. If you are missing 500 blocks, you're missing 500GB. It also means you're missing 500+ files! That will require an insane number of par files! You should find a different news server or an alternative download source. Maybe try torrents for the missing files? I can confirm that both astraweb and thundernews both currently (as the time of this post) have the entire rar set complete.
  3. If everything is unpacking incorrectly, don't let your newsreader unpack for you. Manually open the first rar (part0001.rar) in winrar. It will take awhile as it will scan all the files in the set. Once it does so, you should see only one directory named "Launchbox". Click on the Launchbox folder in winrar and then you can select to extract it to the destination of your choice. If you do it this way, it will preserve the file structure.

Hope this helps. It's a massive download.

August 26, 2019
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Nope, your software your using to download thinks there is a password, when there is not (as proven by the videos showing it being downloaded!), change software.

 

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