What a shocking day, with no luck at all, I've tried to upgrade 5 times (I've just found 5 zip files on my sever as testament to this!) but it gets stuck at the line "Downloading update from http://wordpress.org/wordpress-2.9.zip." and nothing further happens.
I didn't have an .htaccess file anywhere (yes I looked for hidden files etc..) so I created one and posted it, nothing changed, I checked I had the directory correct, permissions set to 777 etc, all done, still no update.
I'm coincidentely get the HTTP error everytime I try to upload media. (Oddly the media does appear after a while, but I still get the error!) somebody suggested this was to do with .htaccess to, it wasn't solved by my new .htaccess file either.
These an Amazon plugin that I'm totally unable to remove, and was contemplating removing it from the FTP server, but didn't want to upset anything! (it's not active FYG) I wondered if this was getting in the way of the update?
Lastly, having totally destroyed my site, last time I tried to upgrade from 2.7 to 2.8 I'm feelig really tender about all this! I then had to spend about 2 weeks totally rebuilding everything (something I knew nothing about until now!) I reused my MySql database and a new install of WordPress (Several actually till I got it right!) and the results are back online at http://www.chi-gung.co.uk.
Hosting at Oneandone with Php5
Any suggestions as how to proceed would be deeply appreciated.