Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a very weird problem where about half of the downloads I start can not complete. I found out when trying to download XBMC. If I download any of the files on the nightly builds page, thay halt at 0.3%, no matter what browser I try. If I try to download TortoiseSVN the download halts at the same position, no matter what browser I use and no matter what download site I use (tried Softpedia, SourceForge and others).

I tried using FreeDownloadManager to download the files. The program uses segments to download files, so it does complete further, but it never finishes either.

I've also tried downloading the XBMC build (just picked one pf the files that didn't work) on my laptop, then moving the file to my desktop and then run it. If I do that I get an error message reading "The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log or use the command-line sxstrace.exe tool for more detail.". I googled this error message and some people suggested removing and reinstalling the Visual C++ Runtime Redistributable. I removed all of them, rebooted, reinstalled all of them and rebooted again, but no luck.

Any ideas? Is my Windows installation corrupt, or could this be a faulty hard drive or memory module? I don't know where too look anymore.

share|improve this question
Are other downloads working? I.e., try downloading a Linux ISO. Does that work? You're sure it's affecting everything? – Nathaniel Jul 10 '10 at 23:09
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Well, I did some hard disk checks and came up blank. Then I started swapping memory modules and that seems to have done the trick. I just removed them one at a time and with the second one I removed everything seemed to work just fine.

So it was a broken memory module. Weird that both IE and Opera would halt downloads at exactly the same percentage...

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.