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How many of you still cross your fingers when you install applications in your android phone to ward off the error message? Have you ever had that experience before when you are installing any updates or applications but then it suddenly stopped because of a bug in the installation process? How about when your application has been working fine for days and then suddenly, it refused to run? Have you ever been greeted with a notification that there was a problem when you installed an application? If so, you have to read on to know how to fix these kinds of things.

When notifications such as those telling you that there was an error in the installation process of an application, there might be two reasons why. First, your memory card might be full and could not accommodate the memory usage of the application you are trying to install or when you first initiated the installation of the application, the Internet suddenly stopped, causing your download to stop too. When this happens, the installation process might have left a folder of the application file in your memory card which then makes it impossible to install the rest. A simple solution to this type of problem is to move the application back to your phone memory. Then, update your application from there. Once the installation process is complete, you can then move the application files to your memory card.


You can also try using a different tactic if your phone has been rooted already. First, you will need an application that can manage files in your phone such as Root Explorer. You can also make use of Astro. The Astro Application is a type of app that lets you explore the files and folders in your android mobile unit just like you do in your Windows or Mac computer. You can easily transfer or delete files in these folders such as your photos, music files, video files and other important data that you have stored in your SD card. You can also back up applications using Astro. The Root Explorer works the same way as the Astro. You need to purchase it for about $4.00 to $5.00. Go to sdcard and look for the folder .android_secure or look for mnt then go to secure and choose asec. Then, remove the smdl2tmp1.asec file to remove the rogue folder in your SD card. Remember that you will only see this if your phone has been rooted.

PC Fix

You can also make use of your PC to get rid of the problem. First, connect your phone to your PC using a USB cable. You can also remove the USB card from your phone and connect it to a card reader on the PC. Your PC will then do the reading of the files. Make sure that your pc can view any of the hidden files so that you can find the hidden file called remove the smdl2tmp1.asec. Doing the same procedure as above, look for this file and remove it.

Mac Fix

If you have a Mac computer, here are the steps to remove this rogue file. Mac however has a different way of making sure that you can see and find hidden files in your computer. First, you should access the Terminal to type in the command defaults write com followed by a period, then the word apple and another period and the word Finder and the words AppleShowAllFiles plus YES to see hidden files. The Terminal is found in the Applications folder inside the Utilities file. Then, restart the finder in your PC. Just press the command shift option and escape to generate the force quit application box. Look for the finder then click restart. You will then view the smdl2tmp1.asec and then delete it. If you want to revert back your PC to hide any hidden files or folders, simply access the Terminal through the Applications and Utilities folders once again and type in defaults write com followed by a period, then the word apple and another period and the word Finder and the words AppleShowAllFiles plus NO.

Unix Computer Fix

If you have a Unix computer however, the steps are more or the less similar as those you need to do in a Windows PC. The difficulty you would be encountering here is how to find the name of your memory card. If you have not named your SD card yet, you will probably find it called no name in the computer. But if you did, you would need to use the GUI or the Graphical User Interface file manager in your Unix computer to find out its name. The commands for finding the rogue file is as follows: type in the command rm press space and add /Volumes/NO\ NAME/ immediately followed by a period and the words android_secure add a slash then the words smdl2tmp1.asec or rm with a space followed by /Volumes/NO\ NAME/mnt/secure/asec/and the file type smdl2tmp1.asec. If your SD card has a name though, simply change the NAME part in the command to the name of your SD card. For example if the name of your SD card is Mike, just type in rm /Volumes/NO\ MIKE/.android_secure/smdl2tmp1.asec or rm /Volumes/NO\ MIKE/mnt/secure/asec/smdl2tmp1.asec. Once you have removed this from your SD card, insert your SD card to your phone and try reinstalling the application on your phone again and see if it will run this time.

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