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dunroamin1

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Hello All

 

Wonder weather anyone has thoughts on this problem.

 

I have aquired a PC for the kids to play "light" games etc on. It connects to the internet over a wireless connection and will surf and download files etc until we go to the Microsoft Web site to update drivers etc. It scans the machine and comes up with the files required for update and when we click the download/install button it jam's up. The system recognises that there are updates available but will not action them.

 

Any ideas or thoughts.

 

The system is a upgraded model from ME to XP with XP Service pack 2 installed, 1gb memory, 900ghz CPU, with only a 40GB disk. The disk is partioned to a c drive for system and d drive for data. The only thing I can think of is that the C drive is quite full (only 2gb left) which may give the site a problem. Is there a way of delting this partition without losing any info or do I have to start from scratch?

 

 

Thanks in advance

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Turn off your firewall until the downloads start.

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If you delete the partition thats it,everything is lost.Is everything on that partition a program and not data?You might try running the Windows Disc Cleanup program and it may recover some space for you.Go into your browser and delete the temporary internet files also.

When you do the updates where are you going,to Microsoft.com or using Windows Update?It could just be a matter of too much stuff in your temp folder.A lot of things could be causing this.2Gb isn't that much left but should be enough to download and update drivers.

Try moving some stuff to the D drive if possible.Don't move programs as that will cause registry problems.Another possible solution,though a bit more costly,would be to "ghost" that drive and get a new,bigger one.

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The system is a upgraded model from ME to XP with XP Service pack 2 installed, 1gb memory, 900ghz CPU, with only a 40GB disk. The disk is partioned to a c drive for system and d drive for data. The only thing I can think of is that the C drive is quite full (only 2gb left) which may give the site a problem. Is there a way of delting this partition without losing any info or do I have to start from scratch?

Thanks in advance

Indeed, deleting the partition will wipe it out. However, there are utilities out there that can resize your partitions without losing data. (Always make a backup first, just in case!) Partition Magic is one such utility, from Symantec. Partition Commander from v-com is another, Acronis Partition Expert is yet another. They'll let you shrink the size of your D: drive and expand the size of your C: drive, moving data as necessary.

 

Hope that helps!

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Indeed, deleting the partition will wipe it out. However, there are utilities out there that can resize your partitions without losing data. (Always make a backup first, just in case!) Partition Magic is one such utility, from Symantec. Partition Commander from v-com is another, Acronis Partition Expert is yet another. They'll let you shrink the size of your D: drive and expand the size of your C: drive, moving data as necessary.

 

Hope that helps!

I cast my vote for Partition Magic. It's never failed me. However, I use Acronis for my image back up and am impressed with it but I've never tried their partition software.

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I cast my vote for Partition Magic. It's never failed me. However, I use Acronis for my image back up and am impressed with it but I've never tried their partition software.

 

My vote goes for Partition Magic, too. It is too bad that they sold out to Symantec, though.

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Thanks for your replys.

 

When the money allows, I will probably go for a bigger disk and a complete re-install of the system in the long run. In the short run I will try partition Magic once I can get a copy and try the update site again to see if it is a disk size problem

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It WON'T be a disk size problem.

 

Turn off your firewall/popup stopper/SP2 security bits as Sknis suggested, and clean out your temp folder (just in case) as Tbrewst suggested, although 2GB should be enough space to get the downloads and throw a party at the same time!

 

The talk about which partition utility is best is irrelevant to your download problem.

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It WON'T be a disk size problem.

 

Turn off your firewall/popup stopper/SP2 security bits as Sknis suggested, and clean out your temp folder (just in case) as Tbrewst suggested, although 2GB should be enough space to get the downloads and throw a party at the same time!

 

The talk about which partition utility is best is irrelevant to your download problem.

Agreed.

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It WON'T be a disk size problem.

 

Turn off your firewall/popup stopper/SP2 security bits as Sknis suggested, and clean out your temp folder (just in case) as Tbrewst suggested, although 2GB should be enough space to get the downloads and throw a party at the same time!

 

The talk about which partition utility is best is irrelevant to your download problem.

 

UNLESS ... it is the reverse of the error I kept making before you guys got on me for it - that when OP said 2GB, he meant 2MB ... :)

 

Lynn

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I do realize that the post is on general "CHAT" and all the suggestion and replies are well and good but I suggest that the OP also go to Microsoft's open forum and discussions and post the same problem there. There are some really knowledgeable individuals that frequent that forum and might give some suggestions there as well.

 

Frank.....

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Hi Redwagon

 

I must admit I have only been able to solve the problems recently as we have had builders in starting an extension on the house for a bedroom for my eldest son.

 

I was unable to find what I considered a clean soloution and therefore trashed the disk and started from scratch and everything works OK. To some, unsatisfactory, as it would be nice to know what the problem was.

 

 

:)

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I'm glad that you got everything working O.K. David. Many times I must admit, that after a problem is solved there is no way of telling what the cause was. That is frustrating for sure. That "clean solution" you mentioned sometimes can be the way to solve a problem.

 

Frank....

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Some problems are very recognizable and have well-known cures {Well, we know them :) }.

Other problems can be very evasive, and sometimes rather than dissecting the system for a month to find the cause, it's easier to uninstall - clean up - reinstall the software.

 

That's why it's a good idea to keep the installation disc safe, and keep a copy of all necessary updaters (since you never know how long they'll be available on-line).

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Some problems are very recognizable and have well-known cures {Well, we know them :) }.

Other problems can be very evasive, and sometimes rather than dissecting the system for a month to find the cause, it's easier to uninstall - clean up - reinstall the software.

 

That's why it's a good idea to keep the installation disc safe, and keep a copy of all necessary updaters (since you never know how long they'll be available on-line).

So how do you apply the updates if they are on the Hard Drive (or wherever)?

 

Lynn

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