A Few Seconds Remaining

      January 19th, 2009

FirefoxSo I’m pretty sure that Mac OS X is the best consumer operating system and that the best web browser for OS X (and Windows for that matter) is Firefox. I don’t know what I would do with the ability to add on extensions such as NoScript, Firebug, and Download Statusbar. I recently stopped using Adblock Plus because it was getting in the way of certain pages working properly, but it’s also pretty nifty.

That being said, I’ve recently run into an extremely annoying bug which seems to so far be without a fix. About 70% of the time I try to download a file with Firefox the download hangs at 100%, or a “a few seconds remaining”. This has been happening for about one week now and is, as mentioned, very irritating.

I’m not really willing to go without NoScript, though that might be a possible solution. I have, however, found a temporary work-around. While downloading the file, it is split into the file itself and a “.part” file. In the instance I’ve described, the download will stop at 100% and the “.part” file will contain all of the data, whereas the file itself is empty.

The trick is to not cancel the download, as that will automatically delete the file and the “.part” file. Instead, firsty try to pause the download and then restart it. If that doesn’t work, delete the “file” from wherever you have Firefox download stuff and then rename the “.part” file as the real file. OS X will ask you if you’re sure you “really” want to do this, as seen below.

Change Extension

Do it. In the picture above it’s an .rar file, but it doesn’t matter.

I’ll give you an example. Say I’ve tried to download a file named “firsteps.avi” and the download ends at 100% without ever completing. On my computer I have Firefox download things to /Downloads/Firefox. (You can find out where Firefox saves your stuff by going to the Firefox Main Preferences.) So I navigate there and see a file name “firststeps.avi” and “firsteps.avi.part”. The .part file contains all the data, but neither will work. To fix this, delete “firsteps.avi” and rename “firsteps.part.avi” to “firsteps.avi”. (To rename the file press Return when the file is selected or ctrl-click the file.)

I hope there is a real fix for this soon, but I hope the work-around I found will help a few people.

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Filed under: Computers, Travel by A.B.

10 Responses to “A Few Seconds Remaining”

  1. Just had this problems. Would have lost the 700mb and 400mb if it wernt for this entry. thanks for the tip!

  2. Great! Thank you very much!
    I always wanted to write in my site something like that. Can I take part of your post to my site?
    Of course, I will add backlink?

    Regards, Timur I.

  3. Hello. Your site displays incorrectly in Firefox, but content excellent! Thank you for your wise words =)

  4. I’m glad I saw this, kudos!

  5. Great Info. I think this is very interesting article :-)

  6. Great stuff!

  7. Yeah this is what I was looking for. ha Thanks!


  8. Huhhh finaly I found a blog that I like ;0 THX

  9. good blog. thank you !

  10. Muito bom

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