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slow downloads

by hartlanders / September 11, 2006 12:28 AM PDT

What is the main cause for very slow downloading
of file attachments?My computer is a pentium3 hp
6644f.Would a new computer speed up this problem?
I am still on dialup connection,can't get high speed
in the area i live.Is it a computer or isp problem?

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What I've noticed is...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2006 12:40 AM PDT
In reply to: slow downloads

Attachments have grown in size. But dialup is no faster so it takes longer.


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Please tell:
by Kees Bakker / September 11, 2006 5:44 AM PDT
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1. The connection speed (right click on the connection in the system tray, as far as I remember).
2. The size of a certain download file (in kB or MB, as shown while downloading)
3. The time it takes to download that file (in minutes:seconds).
And tell what you download from what site.

Then we'll do some calculations.


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re:slow downloads
by hartlanders / September 11, 2006 8:37 PM PDT
In reply to: slow downloads

Sorry the attachments are email photos.
the total download was took one
hour and fortyfive seconds.

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Looks about spot on.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 12, 2006 12:54 AM PDT
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14 megabytes (MB) in 61 minutes worked out to 38.8 or so kilobits per second which is par for dialup modems. There is some overheard to moving the 14 MB such as packet headers, checksums, retries so my calculation could be low so I see no reason to fix anything here.

Your connection speed may be much higher than 38.8 so don't try to fix anything.


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re:slow downloads
by hartlanders / September 12, 2006 1:23 PM PDT
In reply to: Looks about spot on.

Thanks for your replies!!

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Not that long ago...
by reefurbb / September 12, 2006 2:07 PM PDT
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I rebuilt a couple of Dell PC's for friends.
DX-2, 66mhz, 32mb ram, 1mb video, 56k modem.
Ran well! Newer PC's could not do better except for Video (4mb Vram).
System Mechanic,, 30 day trial: last tab Internet, internet boost and diagnostic showing you a real time graph of upload and download speeds.
Sattelite Internet (Direct TV ?). $$$. Be sure it is sattelite upload as well as download. Older ones had phone line upload. About $600-$1000 installed. $30/mo.
Cable TV/hispeed? $$$
Wireless cellphone internet, way $$$.

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