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Solved download stops at 1 sec

December 9, 2012 at 17:43:38
Specs: Windows XP

many times when I download a file, it stops with 1 sec remaining. sits there for a while and then aborts. could be any site. only started happening recently. what could it be? I tried turning off my av, didn't help.

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December 17, 2012 at 07:50:05

Well, just to provide an update, I went back to my old router (Linksys WRT) and have not experienced the problem, although I've only done a couple tests, so it's not conclusive. I'll do a few more tests this week.

I've also installed Chrome, and will be testing that as well. I suspect the router more though, since I had the problem on two computers.



#1
December 9, 2012 at 21:05:16

I would start by trying the download in an alternate browser. If it works, go back and clear cache. If it's on large downloads, do a file system error check on the disk.

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#2
December 10, 2012 at 13:50:38

It is not rare for you have to wait that last second while the download is checked for viruses. But it should eventually work (not abort).

As given, if you are using IE then try Firefox. This will tell us whether it is a browser issue.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
December 11, 2012 at 07:39:24

Thanks Paul1149. I've done all the things I've read in Google, didn't help. Next is trying Chrome to see if it makes a difference.

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#4
December 11, 2012 at 07:42:52

Thanks Derek. I also tried turning off my av, as mentioned, but it didn't help. It just sits there until finally it aborts.
I see thousands of hits in Google on this problem. I've done all the suggestions ,unbelievable that nothing seems to help.

Will try Chrome or FF next.


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#5
December 11, 2012 at 10:28:36

Opera has a built-in download manager that lets you stop/restart downloads, and has sometimes helped me.

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#6
December 11, 2012 at 11:40:39

Maybe what happens with Chrome or Firefox will give us a clue.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
December 17, 2012 at 07:50:05
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Well, just to provide an update, I went back to my old router (Linksys WRT) and have not experienced the problem, although I've only done a couple tests, so it's not conclusive. I'll do a few more tests this week.

I've also installed Chrome, and will be testing that as well. I suspect the router more though, since I had the problem on two computers.


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#8
December 17, 2012 at 08:53:35

Thx for feedback, as you say we must wait and see.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#9
December 19, 2012 at 13:38:26

Still no problems. Hard to believe, so I'm going to put back my new router and try a few more times.

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#10
December 19, 2012 at 13:44:20

Murphy's law will probably show that the new router now works again and none of us will have a clue what caused this LOL. If it doesn't then you've nailed it.

I'll mention one piece of trickery that at "odd times" has helped me out when things get stuck. You unplug the power supply (remove the battery too if it's a laptop) then hold the button in for about 20 seconds. Probably far too hopeful but easy to try.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#11
December 19, 2012 at 19:35:13

Interesting. Actually, I've heard of this before, but don't remember the cause. If it proves to be the router, try a firmware update on it.

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#12
December 21, 2012 at 08:45:09

I put back my new router, and boom, right away I got 2 failures. I'll try a few more, but it looks like it's the router. Don't really understand why though. I played around with the MTU, and even the roter tech support suggested I change the MTU, but it doesn't help.
Actually, I don't see why MTU has anything to do with it.

I do remember some of the other thousands of hits on this problem mentioning routers, but nothing conclusive, that I saw anyway.

It's a TP-LINK WDR4300, in case anyones wondering.

New router going back to the store!!

Thanks guys!


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#13
December 21, 2012 at 08:47:51

OK, well it's good to know you unearthed the reason - thx for letting us know.

Vague possibility it is a firewall setting in the router.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#14
December 21, 2012 at 09:01:20

Actually, forgot to mention, did install the latest firmware - didn't help.

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