Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




5 posts

Wannabe Geek


Topic # 70097 18-Oct-2010 21:47
Send private message

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

Create new topic
BDFL - Memuneh
62064 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 12666

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 393355 18-Oct-2010 21:55
Send private message

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.




1828 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 215
Inactive user


  Reply # 394123 20-Oct-2010 20:14
Send private message

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

 
 
 
 


8029 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 387

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 394132 20-Oct-2010 20:29
Send private message

Yeah also run memtest86 and windows memory diagnostic to check for memory errors.

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



5 posts

Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 394153 20-Oct-2010 21:30
Send private message

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

BDFL - Memuneh
62064 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 12666

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 394401 21-Oct-2010 16:15
Send private message

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.







5 posts

Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 395301 24-Oct-2010 18:36
Send private message

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 !! :)

1828 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 215
Inactive user


  Reply # 395451 25-Oct-2010 11:42
Send private message

it's starting to sound more like an dodgey network somewhere corrupting the downloads or dodgey HDD and or the cable for the HDD



5 posts

Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 395463 25-Oct-2010 12:56
Send private message

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


1828 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 215
Inactive user


  Reply # 395668 26-Oct-2010 04:28
Send private message

hmmm that's starting to sound more like an dogey controller than cables but try new cables first though

Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Geekzone Live »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.