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NEED HELP WITH WIN ZIP

by ablebaker / November 16, 2005 12:12 PM PST

I DOWNLOADED A FILE FROM THE NET ON MY WIN XP USING WIN ZIP. AS I WAS TOLD TO TRANSFER THE MATERIAL TO A PERMANENT FILE, I SENT IT TO "NEW FOLDER 3." ALL THAT I HAVE IS A DOZEN ICONS WHICH I CAN'T OPEN. WINDOWS ASKED WHERE THE FILE ORIGINATED, AND I PULLED DOWN "WIN ZIP", BUT STILL CAN'T OPEN THE FILE. I GUESS THAT I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND . HELP? ANYBODY?

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AB, What Are The File Extensions Of The Files??
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 16, 2005 12:32 PM PST
In reply to: NEED HELP WITH WIN ZIP

...and what kind of files are these?

First things first though...Please don't type in all capital letters. It's hard to read and is considered "shouting"..Thanks..

In order for the computer to open the files, you must have an installed program which can open that particular file extension...Winzip is an "unzipper" program..It "unzips/uncompresses" a single large file into its separate components..The separate icons in the "New Folder 3" are those "uncompressed" files..If we know the file extensions of the files mentioned, we might be able to help you find an appropriate program to open them with.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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WIN ZIP
by ablebaker / November 17, 2005 10:41 AM PST

Thanx for your interest. The file was downloaded from Eric S. Raymond"s Home Page . He called it "DcCSS Code". Is there an extension: ".tar"?
Just noted that 3 of the 12 icons are little "houses" with 6 windows. I think that this is some kind of default icon. I find that the other icons will open, but as these : "READ ME'' "copying" & "makefile" WON'T OPEN, THE FILE IS WORTHLESS. WHAT I CAN READ FROM THE OTHER ICONS LOOKS LIKE TOO MUCH ALGEBRA. THANX ANYWAY.

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Possibly....
by PKsteven / November 16, 2005 1:39 PM PST
In reply to: NEED HELP WITH WIN ZIP

Are they Winrar Zip files? You will get unusable icons opening with winzip if Winrar zips. You would then need to download winrar free to use and then extract them from the main file. Just a quick guess though. Let me know.

Paul

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WIN ZIP
by ablebaker / November 17, 2005 9:52 AM PST
In reply to: Possibly....

DEFINITELY WIN ZIP. DOWNLOADED FROM ERIC S. RAYMOND'S HOMEPAGE. HE CALLED THE FILE "DcSS CODE."
MY COMPUTER CALLED THE FILE: C:\Documents and Settings\JJ.

VALUED-CB7D4C82\LocalSettings\Temp\css-auth.tar
WIN ZIP SUGGESTED TRANSFERRING THE MATERIAL TO A PERMANENT FILE, SO I SENT IT TO "NEW FOLDER 3". I NOW HAVE A DOZEN ICONS, AND WHEN I TRY TO OPEN ONE, WIN XP ASKS FOR THE SOURCE. FROM A LIST OF POSSIBILITIES I PULL DOWN "WIN ZIP" BUT GET NO ANSWER. THANX FOR YOUR INTEREST.

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DEFINATELY NOT
by PKsteven / November 17, 2005 11:16 AM PST
In reply to: WIN ZIP

It is a tar file and you should download Winrar and extract it. Also, please re-read the first reply to your question from Grif Thomas, JUSTAHINTOFADVICETHOUGH.HAVEANICEDAY:)

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ok....a .tar file is a compressed file like .zip and...
by michael902 / November 17, 2005 11:55 PM PST
In reply to: DEFINATELY NOT

ok...a .tar file is a compressed file like .zip and it cannot be opened with winzip...it must be opened with either 7zip(completely free... www.sevenzip.sourceforge.net ( i think is the url..if not go to www.sourceforge.net and type in 7-zip in the search box and click on one of the first ones )
or..
you could download WinRAR which is only a free trial that pops up annoying messages when you open it to buy it. I think you should go with 7zip to open it and extract all the files from it and you'll be able to open <the files> it.

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