5 responses

  1. bob
    May 9, 2011

    ive been trying this software for around 4 days now and ive downloaded around 2 items.
    However everything i have downloaded has been broken and quickpar reports it needs xxx more blocks.
    This has happened with EVERY download Ive made.

    I went into forte agent and tried downloading the same files and they downloaded fine with no missing blocks.

    so its a nice compact prog but unfortunately, totally useless


  2. Marion Marshall
    May 9, 2011

    Hmm I never had that happen to me .. I used to use it all the time but I havent in the last few weeks.

    If you are going to make the investment in Usenet then you might want to buy a Newsbin – just a one time free, Newsleecher $3/month

    I havent used forte agent although that used to be the best program like 8 years ago but was replaced by Newsbin and Newsleecher..

    Anyways Unbin is free — another free and very popular one is http://usenetreviewz.com/sabnzbd-review/


  3. me
    June 3, 2011

    Suggestion: When a DL is missing pieces, PAUSE all other DL’s (right click, then pause). This will prompt the program to validate, repair using PAR files, and extract immediately — or fail, and then, well… find another nzb, a more recent one hopefully.

    If you keep dropping nzb’s on the app, it will always download first, hoping to deal with the mess later.


  4. me
    June 3, 2011

    New user using Astraweb, failure rate ~10% with this client, but that’s with only one failure which was 90+ days old.

    Considering how ridiculously easy this app makes life compared to 10 years ago when last I spent time on the usenet, well… Oh yeah, the failure rate on my ancient isp back-in-the-day was like 30%, with few posts using PAR files (yeah they where around back then pups, but rare)

    Besides, here I know the crc/file transfer failed. In the past, I had the joy of playing 2/3 through a flic before finding the file is corrupt.

    This is a great app, but def needs a solid nntp service to work well.

    Good data in = Good data out

    It’s just that simple.


  5. Gilbert
    July 19, 2011

    Funny Bob. I have used this program to download hundreds of files. While some did say there was an error, I was able fix most of those manually. I downloaded 96 files yesterday ranging from 14 mb to 19 gb and only 1 failed. So you can use your 8-year-old program and I’ll use my up to date one.


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