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I've been download programs off the internet for my iMac, but lately, I keep getting an error -39 on all files that I download. I understand that -39 error means the file has a bad EOF. Is there a way that I can fix this or any suggestions as to what could be wrong?
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Images load properly in my web browser. It could possibly be a problem with the StuffIt expander, but I have no idea how to check if that is the reason.
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The word that I'm focusing on here is "lately."  Were you once able to get files to download, and now you can't?  And where are you downloading these files from?  What sorts of files are they?

If you're downloading programs that are not mac-specific, they might not be compressed properly.  Because of the differences between the PC (Windoze) and Mac OS, files that are for the Macintosh have to be specifically "stuffed" for the Mac, using bin-hex (.bin) or hqx (.hqx) compression (although Drop Stuff will do its best to unstuff PC .zip files).  Images loading in your browser would have nothing to do with your problem...

What I suggest you do, if you suspect that the Stuffit expander is the problem, is to delete the Stuffit files from your hard drive, and re-install.  You should be able to find a copy of Stuffit at http://www.aladdinsys.com/  I would suggest that you try to download a NEW version of stuffit before you delete the old version, since you might end up with nothing if the problem affects the download.

The other thing I'd suggest is that you check your system for viruses.  There are a lot of them going around these days, especially the particularly NASTY worm virus.

How do you like the iMac?  Let me know how this answer works for you, I'd be glad to tell you more...

Raydot.


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I tried what you suggested, and there still are problems. It doesn't seem to have helped any. I was wondering if there could be a problem with the pc exchange extension, as it has to do the cross platform file name changes (i think), perhaps it could be messing up the EOF.
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If you're downloading Mac files to a Mac, there shouldn't be any "name changes."  If you're trying to download PC files to the Mac, then you're not going to be able to open them.  The Macintosh can view PC files that can be opened with compatible Mac programs (say, for instance, a Microsoft Word document) but it can't just open any old PC program that comes along.  If that's what you're trying to do, then PC exchange isn't going to help you.  

What would help me would be for you to tell me EXACTLY what you're trying to do, where you're downloading these files from and what files they are.  Also, I stress again that Mac files pulled from the Internet must be compressed with a .bin or .hqx compression format.
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