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    myers231
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    Source file could not be read.

    Whenever I try to download something it says source file could not be read and sometimes if it's a .rar file it downloads partially. Then I tried to download from another computer on my home network but it said the same thing. Do you guys know how to fix this? it's been like this for a little over a week.


    EDIT: also whenever i try to download on youtube it only loads about 1/4 of the way and stops and in the status bar it says transfering data...

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    Re: Source file could not be read.

    Hi myers231,

    We'll need a lot more info - are you dial-up or broadband? what operating system? what browser? are you using a download manager?


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    Re: Source file could not be read.

    Quote Originally Posted by myers231 View Post
    Then I tried to download from another computer on my home network but it said the same thing. Do you guys know how to fix this? it's been like this for a little over a week.
    did you experience anything else unusual lately?
    like more windows crashes than usual? errors when you try to open zip/rar files on your harddrive?
    it sounds either:
    your network cable/card has a defect
    your RAM has a defect.

    more crashes rar/zip errors would speak for the latter.
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    Re: Source file could not be read.

    No everything is fine except for whenever I try to download something or watch youtube.

    I use Mozilla FireFox but it won't let download when I use Internet Explorer.
    I only use a download manager in Firefox.

    oh, and I have 2wire dsl.

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    Re: Source file could not be read.

    do you have another network card you could try? or another cable or router?
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    Re: Source file could not be read.

    No, but I'm not sure if I have another cable. I'll try when I get home.

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    Re: Source file could not be read.

    Quote Originally Posted by myers231 View Post
    Whenever I try to download something it says source file could not be read and sometimes if it's a .rar file it downloads partially. Then I tried to download from another computer on my home network but it said the same thing. Do you guys know how to fix this? it's been like this for a little over a week.


    EDIT: also whenever i try to download on youtube it only loads about 1/4 of the way and stops and in the status bar it says transfering data...
    Hmmm... just because i've dealt with a lot of HDD issues before, i'm gonna go out on a limb here and say you may be having HDD problems (You're not out of HDD space per chance are you). It's the source file could not be read message that's sticking out in my mind. I seem to remember getting that message with a HDD failure issue a few years back. Try some other things discussed here first, but you may end up having to copy all your irreplacable data off that drive and reformatting it eventually.
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    Re: Source file could not be read.

    What download manager are you using, myers?

    If you can uninstall it from Windows (which is doubtful), then do so. I predict that will resolve your issues.

    Also, what version of Windows are you using? Download managers were very problematic in Win 95 and 98, often making the system unstable, and not infrequently making it unbootable.

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    Re: Source file could not be read.

    I just want to say thank you guys for all helping me and I'm sorry if I'm not very good at explaining this.

    I have the download manager that came with FireFox, I didn't download an extension. I have Windows XP Home Edition and I my free space is 56.5 GB, total size 87.1 GB.

    I'm on a wireless network so if it's my HDD it can affect the other computer as well? I don't have any shared files.

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    Re: Source file could not be read.

    Quote Originally Posted by myers231 View Post
    Then I tried to download from another computer on my home network
    OK I think I agree with provenlogic on this one but we still need more specific details.

    When you say above 'from' do you mean 'to' or that you put the file on another PC and tried to get it onto your own PC from that one or did you try to download it to another PC and that failed as well?

    You say you're on a wireless network?

    Didn't we see something similar a couple of months back guys? Dodgy connection with WiFi?

    Is any computer on your network able to download this file, any file or any Youtube video or is it only your PC?

    If it's only your PC then I guess it's a hard drive issue too (but that doesn't rule out a wifi problem on your PC so try uninstalling your wifi gizmo and reinstalling it and/or look for updated drivers for it).

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    Re: Source file could not be read.

    the term download for me means he tried to download something form another machine to his computer. "source file could not be read" means that the file on the other machine has issues. so i excluded his harddrive.
    i will stay with - cable, network carc/driver, RAM or even 2nd level cache.

    so you now said you have a wireless network so cable shouldn't be the problem? can you try to use a cable ? do you know how to access your routers configuration interface? try using a different wireless channel (that is a number from 1-11 i believe)
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    Re: Source file could not be read.

    Well now i don't quite understand cause the story is changing.

    Is it just one computer having the problem? When you say you tried to DL a file from another computer, did the computer you were downloading TO have the problem, or the one you were downloading FROM have the problem? Have you tried bypassing your router altogether and going directly from your cable modem to your problem computer?

    Are you only getting problem if you use firefox?

    Is the computer in question Always/Only connected via a wireless network? Is the network connection strength ok?

    Start over from the beginning and tell us everything that's going on, even if it seems insignificant. Write down your error messages so you can relay them to us word for word.



    To Corny:
    Even tho it seems paradoxical, you can get a source file could not be read message from a somewhat rare HDD filing system error that corrupts the "read" data when "writing" it to certain HDD sectors. I agree it's a misleading message. But after hearing he's on a wireless network, i'm not so unsure it isn't a networking problem like you said.
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    Re: Source file could not be read.

    Sorry for not being clear about this.

    I tried downloading a file off a website on my laptop and then on my computer but I got the same message. I did change my network channels from 1 to 10 but that didn't work.


    I took screenshots of the message I get in both IE 7 and FireFox whenever I try to download a big file.

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    Re: Source file could not be read.

    my connection is pretty much on whenever my laptop is turned on. it always says excellent strength so that's why i'm confused if it's my network or something else.

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    Re: Source file could not be read.

    I'll probably sound stupid here but could you go to a completely different site and try downloading something else big and see if the same happens. Sometimes the site you are downloading from has the corrupt file, or so I have found!
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    Re: Source file could not be read.

    First, my apologies for my post above. I don't know why it didn't occur to me you meant the download manager built into FF! [I guess the old "download accelerator" managers for Win 98 still give me nightmares!]


    Second, here is Mozilla's recommended fix for the Firefox error message you have posted:

    20. Unable to download files. ( "C:\Windows\Temp\xxxxx.xxx could not be saved because the source file could not be read")

    Close Mozilla, and delete the file C:\Program Files\mozilla.org\Mozilla\components\compreg.dat


    http://ilias.ca/mozilla/troubleshooting/


    Third, for the IE timeout issue, your connections with the servers appear to be timing out prematurely. I doubt that this will work, but try:

    open IE>Tools>Internet Options>Advanced, uncheck Use Passive FTP (for firewall and DSL modem compatibility).

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    myers231
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    Re: Source file could not be read.

    Thanks it works now. I'm so thankful for you guys helping me.

    Trawler, I have tried to download files from other sites but thanks!

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