Well, it turns out my theory was wrong. Re-downloading the same game that just failed on an install (meaning keep the first download of the game, so you have two copies of the same game downloaded on your PS3) does not fix the error. I tried this with Fracture, and both instances of the game failed on the install.
_CoMmAnDeR_ - I have tried not background downloading, but it does not matter, I still get the error. The error seems to be very random. I have been able to get The Last Guy (demo & full) to install. For example, the demo of The Last Guy has failed on the install every time, except for about 4 times (I have downloaded it about 15 times now for testing purposes). As well, the first time I downloaded the full version (I bought it, thinking maybe the demo was just causing the error) of The Last Guy, it failed the first time on install. So I deleted that file, and re-downloaded it. The second time it installed just fine. However, with Fracture and MERCS 2 it has failed on the install every time. Mind you, I have a stupid slow 1.5MB connection, so every time I get a failed install it really hits hard, because thats means another 6+ hours of downloading time, just for one game demo.
I noticed the install error started for me on 09/07/08. The last demo I sucessfully downloaded was "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed". The next game after that was "The Last Guy" demo, of which I downloaded/(attempted) installed on 09/07/08. So I have no idea what could be causing it. However, at this point I believe it may have to do with the way Sonys servers are set up and/or the game data on those servers. They are definitely not as optimized as Microsoft's Live servers or Nintendo's Wii servers.
This problem is probably located on the local PSN server near you, as you say. Game data is probably corrupted on one of them so when you connect to it to download it will fail on install. When you got to your friend's place other servers were closer so it did not connect to the one with the corrupted data on it (Maybe).
But it has nothing to do with connection speed, I have 2MB (Barely over yours) here in Montréal, but I have no problems downloading anything like that (Most recent is Last Guy demo). I know you have talked to Sony extensively about it but call them again and tell them there might be some issues with specific files on a local server because you only manage to get it four out of fifteen times, yet when you go to a friend's place you can download other files flawlessly, and you can also download other files at your place flawlessly as well.
Well, I recevied an official response from Sony today, regarding my original post. It's some what long, but basically they copied the FAQ pages from the Sony website and pasted it into the email they sent me. I have tried every single thing that they are asking me to try. Although they were speedy in response time, the actual support service sucks.
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Hey guys. This is totaly insane but my 80029564 error has began the same time after Star Wars Force Unleashed and Last guy Demos. And now Facebreaker, Fracture, Mercs 2 and now my newly purchased RnC Quest 4 Booty files will not install, i have Googled the error and have reset and done everything short of formatting the HDD. And today (lucky 4 me i live in rural area so no worries) I took encryption off of my wireless router and i have been redownloading Ratchet n Clank(full game). And i have also tried downloading WIRED insted of Wireless without any luck. Well NO LUCK, 2 of the tries have failed. Same damn error and same disappointment. I wish SONY hears the out-cries and fix this flub. i have never had an error b4 the September of 2008 with my installations. So as a loyal SONY guy I'm SCREAMING to them "PLEASE fix this!!!". Heck allow to download the files on PC if need be, and then install them thru storage media (mem stick or external HDD) on PS3. IF "NO" then I guess I will be needing my money back for Ratchet and Clank: Quest 4 Booty.
Thanks for any help in advance,
Big SONY guy Edgar G.
PSN ID# TallE74
Hello guys and girls, I just wanted to give an update that I have not called sony yet. I really don't think calling them again (for the 4th time) is going to help. I get the same BS from them every time.
ironwrkr - That is crazy you are having the exact same issue as me. This is proof that it has to do with Sony, and not on our end of things. I mean, when I can download perfectally on all my PC's, Nintendo Wii, and xbox 360, but my PS3 is the only one that is giving me problems, then it is obviously something to do with Sony and their servers. To "fix" your issue ironwrkr, take your PS3 over to a friends/relatives house (or whoever you can) that has a different ISP (or even if they have the same ISP, try it any way) and download Ratchet & Clank from there. I would be very interested to know if this fixes your problem, like it did mine. Let us all know, thanks man!
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Well guys i have forced my PS3 to download the same file "Ratchet and Clank Q4B" TEN different times and 9th one was the charm. i got it to install and i also had to disable the encryption on my wifi. and i also did it at night so PS3 was the main "byte hog". well i guess ill have to do the same with Facebreaker,Fracture and Mercs 2. Sony still needs to fix this nonsense.
im out and thanks again
i get the same error. I just dont hit backround download. Also sometime it will allowme to backround download 1 item but as soon as I click another item and backround download it, it will give me the error. When did this error start happening for you. For me it was since the 2.40 update
Same here. Although in my case I was able to solve the problem by plugging my DSL modem directly into my PS3. It's a minor inconvenience since I only have to do this on Thursdays. Playing online isn't affected one way or the other. Just seems odd. IDK. Wouldn't think something minor like that would really matter.