Why download speed reduces if comp unattended

January 1, 2011 at 19:43:11
Specs: Windows 7, i3/4GB
I'm running windows 7 and leaving it on 24x7 for downloading. I just noticed that as soon as it is left unattended, the download speed reduces. When I move the mouse or even enter my password at the login screen the speed increases to the usual rate. What could be the problem?
I'm using Band Width Monitor to keep a track of the downloads.

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#1
January 2, 2011 at 02:20:45
you have throttleing enabled on the cpu, probably via the bios, its not a problem, when not in the use the cpu will slow down to save energy and heat production, if you check in process's your download agent probably is not using more than 2-3% of cpu so you dont need high speed and energy consumption. it is normal.

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#2
January 3, 2011 at 22:38:49
Well, my i3 version does not support turboboosting. I'm referring to the Download Speed above...Not the speed of my computer..
I think it has something to do with the priority of processes. What do you think?

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#3
January 4, 2011 at 02:33:41
oops sorry i obvious misread the initial comment...
but i have no idea why download speeds reduce..sorry.
however you say when you move the mouse of type in your password, does that mean you are going into sleep, ??
obviously sleep mode but cause everything to slow down.check your power options.

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#4
January 8, 2011 at 04:14:42
Well, nope. It's not going into any kind of sleep mode. I'm using a USB Modem. USB Power saving is also turned off. I keep this laptop powered up 24x7 so, I've made sure that there is -no- way it can go to sleep, unless of course, the battery dies. Also, as I'm staying in a hostel, I keep it locked, not in sleep mode or anything.

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#5
January 8, 2011 at 08:03:06
do you close the lid? does it sleep from there? locked is that locked in a locker?
i find this quite strange, no reason for a slow down in download, unless someone is stealing bandwidth, or your machine is throttling for some reason, which download program are you using?

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#6
January 8, 2011 at 16:42:13
You may have some other power saving option enabled other than sleep or hibernate, check back there also.
It is possible to turn off the default option where closing the lid sets the laptop into sleep, but this must be set knowing that battery life will be short, especially if you disable all of the other power saving options.

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