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adrianxw
06-12-2005, 10:43 AM
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Why is nothing ever as easy as it should be?

Okay, I have an old Pentax K1000 camera, a genuine Japanese version with the stamped metal top and bottom plates. I blew the dust off it and took it out on a photo shoot yesterday as my Canon is in for servicing at the moment. After about 15 pictures it jammed.

Okay I thought, I'll go onto photo.net and someone there will point me at a resource for fixing it. They did, and I downloaded an official K1000 servicing manual. It is a .rar file.

I threw the file at WinZip which seems to decode just about everything and it didn't work. So I searched around for a freeware utility to open this file. I found one, downloaded it and checked it's MD5 - fine.

So I try running it and it says it's installer files are corrupt. Thing is, how can they be corrupt and still generate the same wretched MD5 hash? So they had to be duff when loaded onto TuCows.
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Does anyone have a good working free .rar processing program - I've got fed up searching!

B0bDole
06-12-2005, 10:45 AM
when I was using Windows I always used WinRAR, has a trial period, but never expires, just a nag screen.

Ken Fitlike
06-12-2005, 11:06 AM
7-zip (http://www.7-zip.org/).
IZarc (http://izarc.sanesecurity.com/). (<-- winzip clone).

Brian
06-12-2005, 05:10 PM
winrar is worth it

jverkoey
06-12-2005, 05:25 PM
http://rarlab.com

Never actually expires, I've been using it for years.

Hesacon
06-12-2005, 06:36 PM
I am not really a fan of winrar, but it is replacing winzip...

Winrar can unzip .zip and .rar files though.