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require "include/bittorrent.php";
require "include/user_functions.php";
dbconn(false);
stdhead("Downloaded Files");
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<h2>A Handy Guide to Using the Files You've Downloaded</h2>
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Hey guys, here's some info about common files that you can download from the internet,
and a little bit about using these files for their intended purposes. If you're stuck
on what exactly a file is or how to open it maybe your answer lies ahead. If you dont'
find your answer here, then please post in the "Forum". So without further adieu lets
get the show on the road!<br />
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<h2>Compression Files</h2>
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<b>.rar .zip .ace .r01 .001</b><br />
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These extensions are quite common and mean that your file(s) are compressed into an "archive".<br />
This is just a way of making the files more compact and easier to download.<br />
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To open any of those archives listed above you can use <a href="http://www.rarsoft.com/download.htm">WinRAR</a> (Make sure you have the latest version) or <a href="http://www.powerarchiver.com/download/">PowerArchiver</a>.<br />
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If those progams aren't working for you and you have a .zip file you can try
<a href="http://www.winzip.com/download.htm">WinZip</a> (Trial version).<br />
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If the two first mentioned programs aren't working for you and you have a .ace or .001
file you can try <a href="http://www.winace.com/">Winace</a> (Trial version).<br />
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<h2>CD Image Files</h2>
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<b>.bin and .cue</b><br />
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These are your standard images of a CD, and are used quite alot these days. To open them
you have a couple options. You can burn them using <a href="http://www.ahead.de">Nero</a>
(Trial Version) or <a href="http://www.alcohol-software.com/">Alcohol 120%</a>,
but this proves to be soooooooo problematic for a lot of people. You should also consult
this tutorial for burning images with various software programs You can also use
<a href="http://www.daemon-tools.cc/portal/portal.php">Daemon Tools</a>, which lets you
mount the image to a "virtual cd-rom", so basically it tricks your computer into thinking
that you have another cd-rom and that you're putting a cd with your image file on it into
this virtual cd-rom, it's great cuz you'll never make a bad cd again, Alcohol 120% also
sports a virtual cd-rom feature. Finally, if you're still struggling to access the files
contained within any given image file you can use <a href="http://cdmage.cjb.net/">CDMage</a>
to extract the files and then burn them, or just access them from your hard drive. You can
also use <a href="http://www.vcdgear.com/">VCDGear</a> to extract the mpeg contents of a
SVCD or VCD image file such as bin/cue.<br />
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<b>.iso</b><br />
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Another type of image file that follows similar rules as .bin and .cue, only you extract
or create them using <a href="http://www.winiso.com">WinISO</a> or
<a href="http://ww.smart-projects.net/isobuster/">ISOBuster.</a> Sometimes converting a
problematic .bin and .cue file to an .iso can help you burn it to a cd.<br />
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<b>.ccd .img .sub</b><br />
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All these files go together and are in the <a href="http://www.elby.ch/english/products/clone_cd/index.html"> CloneCD</a> format. CloneCD is like most other CD-Burning programs,
see the .bin and .cue section if you're having problems with these files.<br />
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<h2>Other Files</h2>
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<b>.txt .doc</b><br />
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These are text files. .txt files can be opened with notepad or watever you default text
editor happens to be, and .doc are opened with Microsoft Word.<br />
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<b>.nfo</b><br />
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These contain information about the file you just downloaded, and it's HIGHLY recommended
that you read these! They are plain text files, often with ascii-art. You can open them
with Notepad, Wordpad, <a href="http://www.damn.to/software/nfoviewer.html">DAMN NFO Viewer</a>
or <a href="http://www.ultraedit.com/">UltraEdit</a>.<br />
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<b>.pdf</b><br />
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Opened with <a href="http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/main.html">Adobe Acrobat Reader</a>.<br />
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<b>.jpg .gif .tga .psd</b><br />
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Basic image files. These files generally contain pictures, and can be opened with Adobe
Photoshop or whatever your default image viewer is.<br />
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<b>.sfv</b><br />
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Checks to make sure that your multi-volume archives are complete. This just lets you know
if you've downloaded something complete or not. (This is not really an issue when DL:ing
via torrent.) You can open/activate these files with <a href="http://www.traction-software.co.uk/SFVChecker/">
SFVChecker</a> (Trial version) or <a href="http://www.big-o-software.com/products/hksfv/">hkSFV</a> for example.<br />
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<p><b>.par</b></p>
This is a parity file, and is often used when downloading from newsgroups. These files can
fill in gaps when you're downloading a multi-volume archive and get corrupted or missing parts.
Open them with <a href="http://www.pbclements.co.uk/QuickPar/">QuickPar</a>.
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