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Google Gears :Had Installation Problems!!

Google Gears (BETA) is an open source browser extension that enables web applications to provide offline functionality using following JavaScript APIs:

  • Store and serve application resources locally
  • Store data locally in a fully-searchable relational database
  • Run asynchronous Javascript to improve application responsiveness

One of the most frequently requested features for Google’s web applications is the ability to use them offline. Unfortunately, today’s web browsers lack some fundamental building blocks necessary to make offline web applications a reality. In other words, we found we needed to add a few new gears to the web machinery before we could get our apps to run offline. Gears is a browser extension that we hope — with time and plenty of input and collaboration from outside of Google — can make not just our applications but everyone’s applications work offline.

Installation Problems(Google Gear):

  • First of all check your system requirements:
  • Getting this error when trying to running the setup file.Install Failed. Error code = 0x80040800 inWin XP
  • Error saying is that it was unable to connect to the internet.
  • Error :”Installer download failed.”
  • Nothing happens after installing GoogleGear


Minimum System requirements:
• Windows XP/Vista
• Firefox 1.5+ and Internet Explorer 6.0+
Google Gears (BETA) is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux

Try closing any browsers then installing.

Check whether your virus software and firewall settings is allowing google gear.Anti virus
softwares will not allow it to access internet, thinking it to be some malware.

When you try to install the gear plugin when using a proxy to connect to internet. The gears plug in does not have any options to specify how to connect to internet to download files. Right now, it assumes you have direct connection.(remember google gear is in Beta)

When you install Google Gear and nothing happens then check your task manager whether any Google updates are being carried out.Then allow your Google updates to access internet through your firewall.

If you are having any other problem then don’t hesitate to comment.

More about Google Gear (read more)

There are many ways to approach offline web applications. The Gears team believes in the open web and the simple technologies it is built on, and we didn’t want to change that. So Gears is an incremental improvement to the web as it is today. It adds just enough to AJAX to make current web applications work offline.

Google Gears consists of three modules that address the core challenges in making web applications work offline.

  • LocalServer
  • Cache and serve application resources (HTML, JavaScript, images, etc.) locally

  • Database
  • Store data locally in a fully-searchable relational database

  • WorkerPool
  • Make your web applications more responsive by performing resource-intensive operations asynchronously


The samples below demonstrate some of the Google Gears functionality. View source to see how the samples use the Google Gears API.
Note: You must install Google Gears to use these samples.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • mhmazidi June 5, 2007, 8:24 pm

    Error code = 0x80040800 inWin XP
    hi. this is error code for all winxp user in iran.
    Q: why? – and what is your suggest?

  • zaki June 7, 2007, 10:51 am

    found same problem too. I have close my browser and restart my PC, but it still reocccuring

  • elly parker June 12, 2007, 12:03 pm

    I was getting the same error code and followed the instructions above to turn off all programs (including those running in little icons down by your clock) and temporarily turned off my anti-virus and did not use my work VPN and the Google Gears installed OK.

    Thanks for the tips, I’ve tried to install at least 10 times by now, glad to get it finally working!

  • renju June 15, 2007, 4:43 pm

    glad that it worked for you elly…