Unlike most of the lucky users of this site, I live (quite literally) on a hill in the middle of nowhere, with no chance of getting access to broadband in the foreseeable future. So, armed with my 56k modem, and a Tiscali connection, I tried to download a patch for Far Cry (a game so buggy on release that FOUR unsuccesful patches were released!).
Normally I use FreshDownload to manage larger downloads overnight, as it offers a resume function (perfect, I thought, for huge files). However, it does not seem to matter where I get the patch from, the resume function always fails at about 50Mb ito the download (when the line is interrupted or something). Normally I would just ask a friend with broadband to download for me, but I plan to get several large (>50Mb) downloads, and need to solve this problem.
Does anyone know of a download manager that I can rely on for these larger files? Alternatively, a website that offers to put large download files on CD for you (at a sensible price, i.e. £10)?
Any help/ideas/suggestions/success stories would be much appreciated. Thanks.
I use Tiscali's DayTime Plus service (8am to 6pm daily) and normally, if the connection goes down at the two hour cut-off point or for some other reason, there's an automatic redial; FreshDownload would then resume the download if in use.
The auto redial applies to both IE and Firefox, which I now have as my browser.
Thanks to Gandalf & Yoda Knight for their kind offers, that is selfless (albeit a few seconds work for you broadband demons!). However, I'll give Flashget a go (thanx TomJerry).
Stuartli - my mistake, the PC I am using (we've got several!) is actually on Tesco.net Anytime, but is set to redial automatically if disconnected (which it does). In theory, a download manager should then resume, but for some reason, it was saying "RESUME SUPPORTED" on attempt #1, then "RESUME NOT SUPPORTED" on the 2nd attempt, so when the third attempt began, it started from scratch!
Still, I'll see if Flashget makes it, then I'll mark the post as resolved in the next 72 hours if I'm successful. If not, we'll speak in a few days!
Thanks for all your help so promptly after the original post!
P.S. Ironically, the game was bundled with my graphics card (PNY 6600 GT 256Mb), to 'show-off' its capabilities. It's just a shame that without a 75Mb download there are huge expanses of missing textures & serious graphical glitches! At least when it does work it LOOKS AMAZING @ hi-res. But I digress - this isn't a gaming forum!
I believe LeechGet is superior to Flashget, although the free one is limited to ten simultaneous downloads. No nag screens and it will not attempt to dial home. It can also be configured to work with Firefox.
"Conclusion: And the winner is ... LeechGet, followed by Download Express. Both are easy to very easy to use, have a nice looking (but not too crowded) user interface, are spyware-clean and free for personal use."