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downloading problem

Hello I have a gateway 600mhz, pentium 3, windows 98se, US robotics 56k win voice modem, 128 mram, and yes I use dial up, I also use AOL, and everything is fine until I try to download although my modem connects at 49376 bps or at 34590 bps I can only download at 5.34 kbs I have never been able to download any faster I have already defragmented my drive, erased all unnecessary files all temporary files changed my phone company called AOL for support even gateway for some answers but no one can help. can you help me its terrible to wait 5 minutes for a 1 meg file.

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It sounds normal to me.

Sorry to say..but if you want it faster you will have to go with broadband.

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I agree

45000 bps is 45,000 bits per second

5.00 Kbs is 5.00 kilo bits per second, or 5 x 8 x 1000 bits per second, ie 40,000 bps.

The 8 comes from binary notation.

8 bits = 1 byte, and

1024 bytes = 1KB

But this is a minefield, Happy

When using bits, bytes and KiloBytes, people talk in terms of binary, but very often a binary conversion of "speed" gives a low figure.

So ISP's use Kilo to mean 1000, and they use KB to denote KiloBytes or Kb to denote Kilobits.

A speed of 49,000 bits per second is 49Kbps, (49 Kilo bits per second). But for display purposes, (eg download transfer rates, they divide by 8 to give 6.12KBps, (Kilo Bytes per second).

This is all designed to confuse the poor weary users like us.

Welcome to the world of bits, bytes and KB's.

Mark

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Bits and Bytes

bps=bits per second.

k"B"s=bytes per second.

Rough numbers, 8 bits to a byte so 5.34 k Bytes per second = 42000 bps.

Sounds like your in the ballpark.

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