How to access text newsgroups through Outlook Express:
You will need to create an entry in your newsreader for your account in order to use the news
To do this:
- Start Outlook Express and open the “Tools” menu and select “Accounts.”
- Click the “News” tab followed by the “Add” button.
- From the drop down menu, select the option to add a new news server.
- Fill in the appropriate information and when you reach the “Internet News Server” screen enter in the news server address provided by your NSP.
- Make sure that the “My news server requires me to log on” check box is checked.
- At the “Internet News Server Logon” screen, enter your account information.
- Make sure that the “Log on using Secure Password Authentication” check box is NOT checked.
- Click the “Finish” button.
You will then have a new entry for your account. Once you have finished adding the server entry, you should be prompted to download a list of available newsgroups. Click the “Yes” button.
After the group list has finished downloading, you may subscribe to the group(s) of your choice. Click “Ok” when you have selected all of the groups to which you wish to subscribe.
Selecting a group’s name from the subscribed groups list in the left hand pane will automatically download the group’s headers.
After the headers have finished downloading, you may double-click on the titles of posts which you wish to download.
Right-clicking a post’s title should produce a dropdown menu of options. From here, Outlook’s functionality/interface is essentially the same as it is for email. This allows you to reply to and/or manipulate posts as you would were they regular emails.
How to download multipart binaries through Newsrover:
After opening Newsrover for the first time, you will be prompted to enter your account information.
- The first screen asks to specify your “News Server Address.” Enter the news server address provided by your NSP.
- Make sure to also put a check beside, “My server requires authentication,” so that you may enter your username and password.
- Click “Finish.”
- You will then be asked to download a list of newsgroups from the server. Click “Yes.”
- It may take a few moment’s to complete the list, as most usenet providers have over 100 thousand newsgroups.
- From here, you can either subscribe to your favorite groups by viewing the list, or you may skip directly to searching for articles.
- To search for music, click the red music note button.
- This will bring up a dialogue box to type your query into. Once you type this in, click “Begin Search”. If your music file is located, it will be displayed in a list below. Highlight the files you would like to download and click “Get Selected Files.”
Messages containing binary files will be saved to the “Messages” folder.
You may right-click on your messages and save the attachments to your hard
How to download multipart binaries through Newsbin:
- You will first need to enter the server name provided by your NSP.
- Check the “Authentication Required” box and enter your username and password information.
- Click the “Next” button.
- Click the “Next” button again to bypass the filtered initial groups installation.
- Click the “Finish” button.
- To manually add new groups to your subscribed list you will need to first click the “Servers” tab, in the “Groups/Servers” pane. After doing this, click on the “Groups” tab again and open the “Groups” menu at the top.
- Select “Group Options” from the “Groups” menu.
- You may now either manually type the names of known groups to which you would like to subscribe, or click the “Display groups containing” checkbox to search for groups by subject.
- Placing a check in the box beside the various group names will add the group to your list of subscribed groups.
- Double-clicking the group name from the subscribed groups list will proceed to download the group’s available headers. You may also right-click the subscribed group’s name to produce a popup menu of actions that you may take on the group.
- After a group’s headers have finished downloading, you may double-click/right-click on a post’s title to initiate downloading
How to access newsgroups through Newsleecher:
- In the server manager window, under the tab Usenet Manager, choose Add New Server (or Edit Server) and enter the following if it is not already entered:
- The server name provided by your NSP.
- Indicate that authentication is required.
- Enter your Username and Password.
- Click “Fetch Group List” in the right hand pane.
- You may subscribe to a group by either highlighting the group in question and clicking the “Subscribe” tab, or by right clicking on the group and selecting “Subscribe” from the drop down menu.
- Select the group to which you have subscribed from your list of subscribed groups. Clicking the “Update” button on the right of the pane will begin retrieving the group’s headers.
- Once the list of available posts has finished processing, you may either right click on a post and choose “Open/Read” to view it, or you can double click the post to begin downloading it.
How to use RAR/PAR:
Most multi-part binary files are distributed as RAR archive sets. RAR files are usually capable of compressing content by 8 percent to 15 percent more than ZIP files. In order to re-assemble/decompress the contents of a set of RAR files you need an application like WinRAR.
After installing WinRAR, opening RAR sets only requires that you have all the files in the set. Double-clicking on the first file in a set should open the archive and allow you to
re-assemble/decompress its contents.
Occasionally, one or more of the RAR files of a given set will be corrupted and unusable. Ordinarily, this would prevent the reconstitution of the set, but fortunately, most posters now include a set of PAR files to accompany a given RAR archive.
SmartPAR and QuickPAR are both applications capable of processing PAR files, but only QuickPAR can handle PAR files with the, “PAR2″ extension. You may download copies of these applications at:
In principle, PAR sets work in the same fashion as a set of RAR files, but double-clicking any file in the PAR set will commence the file integrity verification process. As the files begin to be processed, make sure to check the box that allows for autorepairing.
Corrupted/missing RAR files will be reconstructed by the PAR files as they are processed. PAR sets are limited in the number of files that they may recover. This limitation is ultimately determined by the number of PAR files available in a set versus the number of files in the corresponding set of RAR files. Most typically, this limitation translates as: number of recoverable files = number of files in a set of PAR files – 1. So if you had 10 PAR files available in a set, you should be able to recover up to 9 missing or damaged files.
How to download YENC files:
Binary files must be encoded as ASCII characters in order to be posted to newsgroups. In the past, UUENCODE served this purpose, but yEnc is rapidly becoming the new encoding standard. Most stand alone newsreaders now support yEnc, but some (Outlook Express) still lack this capability. Nothing extra need be done to download yEnc encoded posts as long as your newsreader supports it.