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Author:  dmallory [ Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Zip files?


I received the following message when I tried opening a file from my opponent:

"[ERROR ID 1000] (ModemM.cpp, line 3040, ModenMenu::EmailBattleStart()) Saves/pbemail file data read error"

The game let me continue, but Fog of War was no longer working - when I went to the Jump Map, I could see the location of all of my opponent's forces! I immediately exited out of the game and deleted the files from the game folder (it was a campaign game, so there were three files for the turn at that time). I then went back to the email and downloaded the file again, but with the same results. I again deleted the files.

I was informed that this might have been caused by a transmission error and that having my opponent resend the file might resolve it, so I've taken that step.

Years ago, when we only played using the Talonsoft system, standard procedure in the club was to zip (compress) all files, to prevent a transmission error from happening (or, at least, to reduce the chances of it happening). Nowadays, however, no one seems to zip files anymore.

My question is, why is this no longer done?

Author:  C. Hecht [ Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Zip files?

I guess because mostly it is no longer necessary. At least I can remember having such transmission errors in the recent years. Maybe a mail does not come through but if it comes through the attached files are usually undamaged.

Author:  Ernie Sands [ Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Zip files?

I think that transmission has gotten better, but there can be an intermittent glitch. Best to ask your opponent to re-send the file and if still a problem, I would ask opponent to replay turn AND both players delete and yyy files.(Opponent before replaying turn.

Author:  KWhitehead [ Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Zip files?

Lazy :0

Actually it is easier to use zip files since Microsoft included it as part of the OS. Just right click and say send to compressed.

Zip does a couple of things that protect you from transmission errors.
First, it compresses the file so it won't get broken up into so many pieces during transmission.
Second, if it arrives as a zip file it has verified its contents.

You should zip every file you send even if it is in a form that can't compress.

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