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# 70097 18-Oct-2010 21:47
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Hi Guys,

I recently bought a pc from trademe, looked good in the add, dual core stacks of ram & a pretty sweet GPU, and a great price.

So I got it home and thought well, lets install some stuff on it ... I started with updating the video drivers (NVidia 9400GT) it dls alright but as it extracts it crashes, internal error something.

Next I try to install some games on it, I have a hacked (dont hate me for it - I owned a legit copy on xbox 360) copy of left 4 dead that I was looking forward to installing, now I know the copy is good as I had it on another PC, but it doesnt extract properly on the new system ...

Heres the specs/deets

HP6040a
Windows 7 32bit (Vista upgrade - is this perhaps the problem ?)

The whole system works ok for browsin the net but I bought it to game a bit on, and if its unstable or uninstallable on I dont want it!

There are other problems as well but not major at this stage :)

Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem ?

Cheers

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  # 393355 18-Oct-2010 21:55
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If you are buying a second hand computer I'd strongly suggest you reinstall the OS. You never know what kind of malware is loaded there. This could be causing problems.

After a fresh reinstall then you can start looking for solutions - if there's still a problem.




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  # 394123 20-Oct-2010 20:14
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I'd have to agree with Freitism upgrades are the worst ever situations for problems if/when they happen you never Know whether it the current OS or some leftover detritus from the previous OS

 
 
 
 


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  # 394132 20-Oct-2010 20:29
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Yeah also run memtest86 and windows memory diagnostic to check for memory errors.

Stress test the pc with various tools like prime95, furmark etc.



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  # 394153 20-Oct-2010 21:30
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Hi Guys,

Thanks for the advice, ran a fresh reinstall through and it seems to be a bit better, things appear a little inconsistent tho ...

I got the nvidia drivers to install ok from the site (the xtraction worked this time on the new install) but eg. I tried to download a patch for a game (.rar) and it says that the file is corrupt.

Its perfectly stable other then these annoying extraction issues !

Quite frustrating especially on limited bandwidth

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  # 394401 21-Oct-2010 16:15
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paintedblack: I tried to download a patch for a game (.rar) and it says that the file is corrupt.


This could be something completely unrelated to the OS. It could be the download was interrupted midway - in which case the file is indeed corrupted.







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  # 395301 24-Oct-2010 18:36
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Hi Guys,

Just went to install adobe reader, downloaded ... extract ... corrupt cabinet file. Reckon adobe wouldnt have any corrupted files.

Its a fresh install so its confusing the hell out of me, might run scandisk.

FYI ram tests all came back positive, System plays Starcraft 2 all right, so Im guessing it must be something to do with the data translation process.

Frustrating !! :)

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  # 395451 25-Oct-2010 11:42
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it's starting to sound more like an dodgey network somewhere corrupting the downloads or dodgey HDD and or the cable for the HDD

 
 
 
 




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  # 395463 25-Oct-2010 12:56
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Hi Athlonite,

Yeah thats what I reckon too, could it be anything to do with the 32bit/64 bit opertaing environment ? as far as I know its all 32bit installed thus far.

Just had another issues installing dream weaver before, install from disc, extraction failure on some files, then I retry and it works.
Same thing happened when I installed Medieval 2, said it couldnt find files then when retrying found them.
One was from ISO and one from actual CD so its really confusing!

Reckon I can get to the bottom of this eventually tho


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  # 395668 26-Oct-2010 04:28
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hmmm that's starting to sound more like an dogey controller than cables but try new cables first though

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