All downloads error w/ archive manager

Asked by bill matthesen on 2009-10-27

I can't play dvd, download music, download any thing everything comes back as errors couldn't download. Not real computer savy and new to unbutu, but windows seems so much easier

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bill matthesen (billymath58) said : #1

also can't connect to my other computer

Ryan Dwyer (ryandwyer) said : #2

What are the error messages?

bill matthesen (billymath58) said : #3

copy and paste error message
[/home/bill/Desktop/Windows7UpgradeAdvisorSetup.exe]
  End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not
  a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the
  latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on
  the last disk(s) of this archive.
zipinfo: cannot find zipfile directory in one of /home/bill/Desktop/Windows7UpgradeAdvisorSetup.exe or
          /home/bill/Desktop/Windows7UpgradeAdvisorSetup.exe.zip, and cannot find /home/bill/Desktop/Windows7UpgradeAdvisorSetup.exe.ZIP, period.
Another failed dowload
/home/bill/Desktop/CrucialScan.exe]
  End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not
  a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the
  latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on
  the last disk(s) of this archive.
zipinfo: cannot find zipfile directory in one of /home/bill/Desktop/CrucialScan.exe or
          /home/bill/Desktop/CrucialScan.exe.zip, and cannot find /home/bill/Desktop/CrucialScan.exe.ZIP, period
I GET THIS WITH EVERY THING i TRY TO DOWLOAD

Ernst Zlo (ernst-zlo) said : #4

/Windows7UpgradeAdvisorSetup.EXE
EXE is a Windows executable. It's the same as if you download a Mac file and open it in Windows - it will not work without additional Software.

But Ubuntu is trying to open this executable to see, if this is a self extracting zip. This is not the case so it tells you, that it doesn't find a ZIP in this exe file.

The same with CrucialScan.exe
BTW: here you find an article, that CrucialScan is a trojan horse!
http://archives.devshed.com/forums/computer-virus-128/crucialscan-exe-detected-as-trojan-horse-1921330.html

And forget about 99 % of all virusses, because they are written for Windows and won't work under Ubuntu either. As every program, which wants access to your system(directories) you will be asked to insert your password. And I don't think that one can sit in front of his computer that drunk, that he will want to give system rights to a virus on the one hand and be able to insert his password on the other hand <eg> If you don't have a password or a silly one, which you could type in in a severe drunk status (<g>), you should get one as fast as possible.

A completely other issue is the problem with music files, which should be played easily but there you should give us some more information what format they are and what software you are trying to use with.

bill matthesen (billymath58) said : #5

Thank you Mr. Zio for your quick response but I really don't know what other software do you mean, to be able to download Trial version of win 7? Thank you for the heads up on the crucial scan. What about Belarc? here is another down load I tried /home/bill/Desktop/BootDiskDemo-Setup.exe]
  End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not
  a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the
  latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on
  the last disk(s) of this archive.
zipinfo: cannot find zipfile directory in one of /home/bill/Desktop/BootDiskDemo-Setup.exe or
          /home/bill/Desktop/BootDiskDemo-Setup.exe.zip, and cannot find /home/bill/Desktop/BootDiskDemo-Setup.exe.ZIP, period.
 I also tried to download limewire for music and got the same type of message from the archive manager. I'm tring to learn as much as I can but like I said I not real computer savy. Thank you again for your help, Bill

Ryan Dwyer (ryandwyer) said : #6

All the software you're downloading is for Windows. In Ubuntu, if you're using version 9.10 (pre-release - final is being released this Thursday) you can go to Applications > Software Center. If you're using 9.04 or below you can go to System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager. From there you can search and download software for Ubuntu.

The trial version of Windows 7 should be an ISO disk image (.iso, not .exe) which you can burn to CD. You can use Ubuntu to do this. You would then reboot with the CD in the drive and follow the instructions to install the trial.

Ernst Zlo (ernst-zlo) said : #7

Hello Bill,
I have the impression, that I was not clear and understandable, so forgive me, if I tell you things, you allready know.

Ubuntu is based on Linux. Linux is the operation system, at the base, responsible for connecting the hardware with the software. On top of this Linux "sits" a graphical system, called GNOME. (There are other releases as Kubuntu, where the graphical system is KDE)

Gnome is, what you see, from the moment you are logged in. The panel on the top (where the menues are) and the bottom of the screen (where you see open windows, the trash icon etc.).

This seems similar to Windows®, but it is only from the handling point of view similar. The awful trouth (and a simple picture of the process) is, that every window you open uses command lines in "pure linux". When you open a progrem the same happens. This has the advantage, that all things, which can be done via GNOME in the graphical way can be done via direct input as command lines in a terminal window. (and in fact much more can be done there!)

Windows® Programs are depending on the Windows® operating System and will NOT run on linux by itself. (the same the other way round).
And Windows 7 will NOT run "out of the box" like a life CD of Ubuntu, where you can try out the system without ever changing your harddisk. Windows has to be installed first.

As far as I see, you are trying to install Windows® programs to solve your problems. This will not work directly. And there is no use to do so, because there are a HUGE amount of Linux programs, which are free (and legaly free!) and IMHO most of them are smarter and better then the Windows® programs. And the Linux community is the "old fashoned way": helpful, mostly kind and FAAAAAST.

As Ryan told: You should first look at
Applications
  Ubuntu Software Center (Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic) or Add/Remove .... (Ubuntu 9.04)

There you can search for programs, you need, which are supportet by Ubuntu.

The other way (needing a bit more experience [or a bit more time to look] is the Synaptic
System
  Administration
    Synaptic Package Manager
you should carefully read the explanations of the programs, especially the programs which DO NOT have the Ubuntu sign in the title.

You will certainly find more software as you need in both of them!
In very rare cases (very verrrrry verrrrrrrrrrrry rare!) you have to use Windows® programs. For that case there are two ways of installing them:

Wine emulating a Windows® Environment

Virtualization (for example VirtualBox) which emulates HARDWARE, where all kinds of operating systems can be installed. I have installed VirtualBox, where I run virtual Computers with XP, Windows 2000 Server, Vista, Windows 7, Ubuntu Betas.

(both of them can be found in the Synaptics)

I know this is pretty confusing in the beginning, but give yourself 3 weeks and you will feel the same as I did some time ago:
I strongly miss - when on Windows® - the comfort of being able to use the Linux system via GNOME for the daily work and via terminal (Applications / Accessoires / Terminal) when doing "hard work".

And I did (strange, isn't it) NOT miss the need of spending $$$$ for every thing, I want to do. $ for a graphic program (GIMP is installed, free and great). $ for Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Memos (Evolution is installed, free and great). $ for Office (OpenOffice is installed, free and great). $ for virus checker. $ for CD/DVD burning programs (Brasero is installed, free and great for normal needs, K3B the same for more difficult things). Even $ if you want to easy port your data / environement from XP to Windows 7 (!!!)

And there is nothing compared to the feeling when upgrading from one Ubuntu to the next version.
Did you ever try to upgrade from XP or 2000 to Vista? All that booting and reloading data after the installation and reinstalling Programs? Well you actually cant upgrade from XP to Windows 7.
The last time I made a complete backup of my Ubuntu, then hit the Upgrade Button in the Update Manager and while working (!!!) the sytem was replaced. I actually printed a huge document [o.k. this is NOT RECOMMENDED] and had no problems with that. While upgrading an operation system! And one single boot and everything was updated, no file missing. everything where it belonged.

Back to your concrete problems.
Audio files should be played either with Applications / Sound & Video / Rhythmbox or automatically when clicking on it. Look in your home directory under Examples, where you can find "Aesops Fables" as an example. You don't even have to click on it, just hold the mouse pointer over it <g>

I play my DVDs via gxine (Synaptics) but the Movie Player (by right clicking on the CD on your Desktop) could be updated to play them too.

Connecting to other computers:
What OS are they running? I suppose Windows.
So you can install gnome-network-admin, to be able to connect to Windows networks and groups.
What do you see when you click on Places / Network ?

Sorry for the blah blah blah, when you have other questions, feel free to aks - I'll try to help in a shorter way ;-)

bill matthesen (billymath58) said : #8

Hi Ernst, Wow that was wonderful info. I'm going to save this email for ref. It's really nice to have people as yourself that take the time to explain things. You were very helpful. So basically I need to look in the add and remove for the programs I need or the unbutu software center. Its ashame that 90% of people use microsoft. All the computers bought are sold with windows OS. I really like  linux and am pushing friends to try it. Thank you for your help,   Bill

Bill

--- On Wed, 10/28/09, Ernst Zlo <email address hidden> wrote:

From: Ernst Zlo <email address hidden>
Subject: Re: [Question #87050]: All downloads error w/ archive manager
To: <email address hidden>
Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 9:59 AM

Your question #87050 on ubuntu-docs in ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubuntu-docs/+question/87050

Ernst Zlo proposed the following answer:
Hello Bill,
I have the impression, that I was not clear and understandable, so forgive me, if I tell you things, you allready know.

Ubuntu is based on Linux. Linux is the operation system, at the base,
responsible for connecting the hardware with the software. On top of
this Linux "sits" a graphical system, called GNOME. (There are other
releases as Kubuntu, where the graphical system is KDE)

Gnome is, what you see, from the moment you are logged in. The panel on
the top (where the menues are) and the bottom of the screen (where you
see open windows, the trash icon etc.).

This seems similar to Windows®, but it is only from the handling point
of view similar. The awful trouth (and a simple picture of the process)
is, that every window you open uses command lines in "pure linux". When
you open a progrem the same happens. This has the advantage, that all
things, which can be done via GNOME in the graphical way can be done via
direct input as command lines in a terminal window. (and in fact much
more can be done there!)

Windows® Programs are depending on the Windows® operating System and will NOT run on linux by itself. (the same the other way round).
And Windows 7 will NOT run "out of the box" like a life CD of Ubuntu, where you can try out the system without ever changing your harddisk. Windows has to be installed first.

As far as I see, you are trying to install Windows® programs to solve
your problems. This will not work directly. And there is no use to do
so, because there are a HUGE amount of Linux programs, which are free
(and legaly free!) and IMHO most of them are smarter and better then the
Windows® programs. And the Linux community is the "old fashoned way":
helpful, mostly kind and FAAAAAST.

As Ryan told: You should first look at
Applications
  Ubuntu Software Center (Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic) or Add/Remove .... (Ubuntu 9.04)

There you can search for programs, you need, which are supportet by
Ubuntu.

The other way (needing a bit more experience [or a bit more time to look] is the Synaptic
System
  Administration
    Synaptic Package Manager
you should carefully read the explanations of the programs, especially the programs which DO NOT have the Ubuntu sign in the title.

You will certainly find more software as you need in both of them!
In very rare cases (very verrrrry verrrrrrrrrrrry rare!) you have to use Windows® programs. For that case there are two ways of installing them:

Wine emulating a Windows® Environment

Virtualization (for example VirtualBox) which emulates HARDWARE, where
all kinds of operating systems can be installed. I have installed
VirtualBox, where I run virtual Computers with XP, Windows 2000 Server,
Vista, Windows 7, Ubuntu Betas.

(both of them can be found in the Synaptics)

I know this is pretty confusing in the beginning, but give yourself 3 weeks and you will feel the same as I did some time ago:
I strongly miss - when on Windows® -  the comfort of being able to use the Linux system via GNOME for the daily work and via terminal (Applications / Accessoires / Terminal) when doing "hard work".

And I did (strange, isn't it) NOT miss the need of spending $$$$ for every thing, I want to do. $ for a graphic program (GIMP is installed, free and great). $ for Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Memos (Evolution is installed, free and great). $ for Office (OpenOffice is installed, free and great). $ for virus checker. $ for CD/DVD burning programs (Brasero is installed, free and great for normal needs, K3B the same for more difficult things). Even $ if you want to easy port your data / environement from XP to Windows 7 (!!!)

And there is nothing compared to the feeling when upgrading from one Ubuntu to the next version.
Did you ever try to upgrade from XP or 2000 to Vista? All that booting and reloading data after the installation and reinstalling Programs? Well you actually cant upgrade from XP to Windows 7.
The last time I made a complete backup of my Ubuntu, then hit the Upgrade Button in the Update Manager and while working (!!!) the sytem was replaced. I actually printed a huge document [o.k. this is NOT RECOMMENDED] and had no problems with that. While upgrading an operation system! And one single boot and everything was updated, no file missing. everything where it belonged.

Back to your concrete problems.
Audio files should be played either with Applications / Sound & Video / Rhythmbox or automatically when clicking on it. Look in your home directory under Examples, where you can find "Aesops Fables" as an example. You don't even have to click on it, just hold the mouse pointer over it <g>

I play my DVDs via gxine (Synaptics) but the Movie Player (by right
clicking on the CD on your Desktop) could be updated to play them too.

Connecting to other computers:
What OS are they running? I suppose Windows.
So you can install gnome-network-admin, to be able to connect to Windows networks and groups.
What do you see when you click on Places / Network ?

Sorry for the blah blah blah, when you have other questions, feel free
to aks - I'll try to help in a shorter way ;-)

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Ernst Zlo (ernst-zlo) said : #9

Hi Bill,
I think there are 2 approaches to computers.
Microsoft thinks, that computer are for people, who don't want and need to know anything about it. Up to a certain degree this is correct. It's no need for a writer, to know how his books are stored, what format is used and why a document only containing the letter a needs that much space on the harddrive.
The one who want's to print it will definitely use no Windows® he'll take a Mac because he has to manage the desaster, the writer had done to the text ;-)

"Linux people" are people who care. They care about computers but more, many of them care about each other. They care about the problems, a "normal" user has, because in a couple of months this will be a helping user, who takes other "normal" users a bit by the hand and guide them through. And one of them will certainly have an idea, which will help all the "Linux people". This is no Utopia, this is hapening on and on.

Ubuntu is one step further. It tries to be as easy as W for those, who don't care about the machine itself. But it also provides the user, who's looking into the 2500 hp machine, wondering what would happen, if he ....

Besides:
My promise to you: You will definitely miss those blue screens <xxxeg>

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