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downloading issues

for some reason whether its playing an online video or downloading a file through my browser, it gets so far, usually not very far and just gives up. I'm talking like it only gets a 20-30 seconds into a video and goes into buffering and never loads anything. With file downloads it get to a few hundred kb and just kind of stops in limbo. Anyone have any idea what the problem is here i'm on Qwest DSL. Web surfing so far seems to be ok as far as speed.

I was getting sick of the MediaCom commercials calling DSL the new dial-up, i think i finally get what they're talking about....
 
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Old 07-09-07, 07:58 PM
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go to toast.net (http://performance.toast.net/) or speakeasy.net (http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/) to run a speed test.

The problem you are having sounds like you don;t have enough speed to watch a streaming video.

have you simply waited to see if a file downloads eventually?

My results at this time.

Your Results (@toast) 10185 Kb

(@speakeasy- chicago server)Last Result:
Download Speed: 12759 kbps (1594.9 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 1525 kbps (190.6 KB/sec transfer rate
 
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wow, something is messed up, my download speed is only 1056 kbps and my upload is only 328.

this is just on my computer thought, my wifes laptop is much faster, i'll test it later. But that kind of makes me think that its my computer and not my service provider atleast.

And nothing ever finishes downloading, it just times out.
 
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Old 07-10-07, 07:32 PM
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my connection is actually pretty fast. I have broadband (cable) internet. it is about the fastest thing available to normal mortals.

Yours is not actually bad though. I would think you should not have much problem with general downloads although you may have an extended buffer time for videos.

things to do:

clean up the hard drive

defrag hard drive

use anti virus software and run a full scan

use anti spyware and run a full scan

Now when I recently installed MaCaffee anti vrus suite, my computer came darn near to a stop so I dumped that and it went back to good. I use AVG anti virus now (freebie!!)

Did you change anything to cause this?

New programs?

Was it always like this?

You might try doing a system restore to a date before you started having problems (if applicable)

what programs do you have running all the time? anything like Limewire or any other program that can upload info from your computer at will?
 
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Here's what I do:

Go to www.speedguide.net and in the left panel is TCP/IP Optimizer.
Download that.

On the left is SG Broadband tools.
Run a speed check.

Run TCP/IP Optimizer.
On the bottom, check Optimal Settings.
Set the top speed bar to 6000, or your max expected speed +1000
Apply settings and reboot.
Try the speed test again.
 
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well, I really haven't done anything different other than switch from IE to FireFox, which requires about twice as much memory, but I've got pleanty of that. I recently downloaded an anti-virus program and cleaned out about 24 viruses. Now i've got Norton Internet Security and that seems to be helping keep my computer clean, but its still running slooooooow. I have nothng else running in the background that shouldn't be, I watch that pretty close.

I might get ready to reformat, I think my computer is just so filled up with spyware and junk that it just can't work. Just the computer its self, moving around in Windows, is pretty slow to respond to openning things. But just recently the downloading has slowed way down.
 
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Yes, you are a prime candidate for a reformat.
 
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try deactivating your virus and spyware programs once and see what happens.
 
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tried that too
 
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reformat has helped. Everything works properly now.
 
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