Every file in Newsgroups is incomplete

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Narf_Bro

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I just switched internet providers (from cable to DSL) and tried accessing a binaries newsgroup.

With my old provider, I would on occasion see 1 or 2 file out of thousands which was incomplete.

Now that I've switched providers, 99% of the files are incomplete.

I am wondering if this is something to do with my settings? I called my provider tech support and they had never heard of the problem before and didn't know what to do.

I have tried this with two programs, Free Agent and Newsbin Pro. Both have the same problem.

Any help/ideas? Thanks.

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JohnWill

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If you're talking about one of the major news providers, it may be your problem. I use SuperNews, and I have excellent luck 99% of the time. Occasionally, they'll have the wheels fall off, and have lots of incomplete binaries, but normally I receive 5x5.

If you are using a news server that's provided directly by your ISP, my experience is they're usually much less reliable, since they don't have the desire to make it work well, only a small percentage of their users even know what Usenet News is. :)
 

Narf_Bro

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I tried with many different newsgroups, including large ones such as alt.

I am using a news server provided directly by my ISP. Even though it may be unreliable, I doubt it'd be 99% unreliable..

Is it possible for me to use a different News Server? I tried typing in the nntp address from my old provider in and it simply told me that it couldn't negotiate a connection to the server.

Also, is it possible for the problem to be in my settings?

Thanks

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JohnWill

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Anything's possible. :) FWIW, it's not which newsgroups you try, if it's a server problem, all will have the problem as a rule. As far as other sources for newsgroups, you have to normally subscribe to a news service to access it, since they want to make money too. :) It's not that difficult to download the headers intact, so if you're seeing lost segments in almost all the headers, I have to assume that it's a news server problem. One easy way to check is to look around at places like SuperNews or GigaNews and see if they have a trial account, some do. You can then signup for free and see if you have better luck. I have SuperNews, and I have no issues. OTOH, when I had @home and used their news server, it was common to have stretches of weeks where almost all the attachments were incomplete.
 
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