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    nipponxyz is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Question Do you know a browser that support dl resuming?

    Do you know a browser that can resume broken downloads? I mean it can function like download accelerator. It seems, IE doesnt have this kinda ability, nor opera, and mozilla only can pause the download but cant resume the broken dl. I dont think that kinda browser is there but if anyone knows such browser, plz tell me.

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    Firefox can resume one as long as you don't remove the cancled or failed download... just start a new one. If it doesn't work, then the problem is that the server doesn't support it. Not all file servers will support broaken downloads. You must get the whole file in one shot.
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    To expand on what Vol said: I've read a tech support page that said for Firefox you need to set your cache size (or for IE, temporary files size) larger than the file you're downloading or you won't be able to resume it. They recommend 2x the size of the largest file you want to download. Unfortunately that might be very large. They also say for IE you need to go to the internet options Advanced tab and turn on HTTP 1.1 (both checkboxes).

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    Mmm... no. That shouldn't be true of Firefox. Firefox will download the file directly to the subdirectory you have specifed in the options. What it does is it creates two empty files with the filename of what your downloading.

    If your downloading Banzii.exe, you will have the file Banzii.exe, and a hidden file Banzii.exe.part in the subdirectory of the file you chose. In fact, if it's a movie file, you can even copy the PART file, rename the copy to 'Copy of Banzii.avi' from 'Copy of Banzii.avi.part' and play what you have downloaded. When the download completes, Firefox deletes the file with the actual name, and renames the PART file to what it should be (the name of the actual named file that was just deleted).

    So you see, downloading files from firefox operates independently of the cache.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Volvogga View Post
    So you see, downloading files from firefox operates independently of the cache.
    Maybe it's not logical, and I wish it weren't so, but it's true. I just read it on some FAQ and never tried it myself until today. It makes sense in a way--that .part file is a temporary file after all, even if it's not in the actual cache directory.

    I just tried downloading a 20MB file, pulled the network cable part way through until the download timed out, then plugged it back in and clicked on the link again to try resuming the file. It doesn't resume with the cache size set to 1 MB. It does resume with the cache size set to 50 MB. I tried this three times.

    (By the way, what you said about being able to copy the .part file and rename it is pretty useful--I do that occasionally to sample large files.)

 

 

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