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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dogbonz, Feb 17, 2007.

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  1. dogbonz

    dogbonz Thread Starter

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    Hi All,

    I've enjoyed downloading Google videos. However now, even though
    they download, I cannot find the main Video files. The little 1 k
    file shows up, but the main video file of hundreds of megs cannot
    be found anywhere. (They PLAY from the shortcut, but the main
    files are not appearing in the Folder I downloaded to)

    Help ?

    :(
     
  2. Gibbs

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    Is it possible the videos might be streamed or cached?

    Find out by trying to play one offline (if possible).
     
  3. dogbonz

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    Hi Gibbs,

    I can watch them stream on by, or download them.

    When I download them they are (again) on my machine
    SOMEWHERE. The small shortcut to them will start
    and play the video - even if I'm totally offline.

    So yes, they download. Then they disappear entirely,
    yet will still play. It USED to be that they would download
    somewhere in 'Documents & Stettings' but I cannot find
    a large movie file anywhere in my computer. I also 'told'
    Google to download to my "G:\" dive (a partition) with
    no luck there, either.

    In short, the movies disappear - yet the little GVP icon
    plays them - from WHEREVER.

    aarrggghhh,
     
  4. Old Rich

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    Download a new one . . then do a search for files created today . . see what shows up
     
  5. bubblz

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    Have you tried right-clicking the shortcut and checking the properties to see where it says the file is located?
     
  6. dogbonz

    dogbonz Thread Starter

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    Hi bubblz and simpswr,


    I right click the small icon..... and all I get is infor
    about the icon itself.

    And yes, I use those anti-spyware tools often. Pretty
    clean environment - never more than some MRUs which
    I kill.

    These large files 'disappear' as soon as I have downloaded
    them - yet they are somewhere on my machine. Searching
    right after downloading doesn't find them.

    ^&#%[email protected]!!~
     
  7. bubblz

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    Hi Dogbonz,

    Have you tried going to a command prompt (make sure you're at root) and doing a system search for the file extension (gvp)? For instance, if it's an gvp file, at the prompt, type dir *.gvp /s /p (to only view a page at a time). Of course for this to work, you have to know the file extension.

    I've found that these type files are typically downloaded to c:\documents and settings\<user>\temp {but this is not always the case}

    Bubblz
     
  8. dogbonz

    dogbonz Thread Starter

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    Thanks to everybody who replied -

    Fortunately, it was "Pilot Error". Yes, moi.

    I had been searching for the extension .GVP, but should have
    been searching for .GVI (the main video file).

    I am SO stupid, Thanks everybody.

    -(y)
     
  9. Gibbs

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    Here is some information regarding Google's Video formats:
    It's most probably the "pointer" file you have found. Search for the .gvi extension.

    Edit: Ah you posted just before me! :p
     
  10. dogbonz

    dogbonz Thread Starter

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    Bingo Gibbs.

    Thanks - your answer would have worked if I hadn't
    come out of my coma moments before :cool:
     
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