sp4 failing at MDAC

yesterday i applied SQL sp4, it took about 6 minutes, everything went fine.  today i just started the same application on another resource -- it's been running for about 25 minutes, hasn't yet gotten past the 'Setup is installing Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC)..'

it's win 2000, sql 2000 sp3
any help at all?  this is pretty important

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dbaSQLAuthor Commented:
well, i'm not sure that will help me, as the sp4 install doesn't go any further than the mdac message
i need the sp
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There maybe another process that is interfering with the install....make sure you shutdown all virus scanners, additional running programs, etc.  I would also restart the SQL server before applying SP4.  See if that works.

dbaSQLAuthor Commented:
i rebooted the box, re-attempted the installation, this time the install actually failed saying it failed to install mdac.  
this is very urgent, any insight at all?

possibly i'm looking at the wrong setuplog, but it only says this:  

the dasetuplog says a great deal more, the last portion of which is this:
State after Install:
      Setup was Successful: 0
      Setup Requires Reboot: 1
      Setup Will Reboot the Machine: 0

Reboot: Please reboot the machine manually.
Exiting: Setup is shutting down..
Ending Install: Current Date/Time (U.S. Local Time): 07/13/2006 : 08:59:12
Errors collection: Severity: 100, Type: 2, Code: 0x80004005, Title: (null), Text: Unspecified error

Error: The following error was encountered during setup:
*** (null):
      Unspecified error

      (Severity: 100, Type: 2, Code: 0x80004005)
Exiting Setup
Hmmm....did you try installing MDAC seperately?  Give that a shot.
This could fix the problem.

"The path for the SQL Server ODBC driver in the registry entry is either invalid or is pointing to a network driver. This causes the MDAC installation to fail. Go to the following registry entry:
and change the "driver" and "setup" values to point to the local Windows\System (Win9.x) or Windows\System32 (WinNT and Win2000) directory. Then restart MDAC setup. "
dbaSQLAuthor Commented:
very good, thank you, devsolns.
dbaSQLAuthor Commented:
let me check that
dbaSQLAuthor Commented:
they both point here:  C:\WINNT\System32\SQLSRV32.dll
dbaSQLAuthor Commented:
my bad, devsolns.  it was this inquiry:  http://www.experts-exchange.com/Databases/Microsoft_SQL_Server/Q_21787425.html?query=sp4+mdac&topics=42
that got me to this link:  http://www.mcse.ms/message1607751.html
that provided the info i pasted above

thank you very much for your assistance, devsolns
the guide is very helpful
No problem...glad to be of help.  Good luck!
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