problems with download speed

November 16, 2010 at 02:49:43
Specs: Windows XP, 2gb
When downloading say a BBC prog the download will stop and start almost immediately. It looks like it's trying to buffer data, but it makes any type of live feed impossible to watch.

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#1
November 17, 2010 at 14:05:51

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#2
November 17, 2010 at 17:40:34
It could be that your server is having problems. See if it gets any better in a few days.

How to know you are getting old 3:
You start converting your age to hexadecimal


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#3
November 18, 2010 at 01:00:35
camero, slowness is one of the more common complaints heard and it can have a number of causes. I'll enumerate a few of the more common and we'll hope that hits you.

Cable access? The number of folks trying to access the net at once can slow things down. Get up in the middle of the night and see if it's faster. If so, learn to love it (the slowness), it's them not you.

Speed depends on memory and a lot of machines are right on the borderline when it comes to meeting required minimums so any added 'memory hog' has an adverse effect. Add memory?
Sorta along those same lines is your startup menu. Lots of software writers think there's no possible way we could exist without their masterpiece so they put it in the startup menu. That usually only causes slow booting, but ... Take a look at what you have running in the background and be sure there aren't extras.

An overzealous firewall reading each item over and over can significantly slow things. Kinda along those same lines are temporary files. Search for *.tmp,*.chk,~*.*, .chk (c/p so there’re no errors) You should only have 1 file containing your currently active files. Delete any others found (tip: select all and delete. It’ll tell you which is active and can’t be deleted.).

A common ailment is a file called 'index.dat'. It gets read every time and can take quite a while if it’s too bloated. It's like a log file and keeps a record of every site you visit on the web. Empty, it's 32K, but it can grow HUGE. It's a protected file and can't be deleted by normal methods. CCleaner (free @: http://www.ccleaner.com/) can get rid of it when it’s ticked (not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.). May not be your deal at all, but won’t cause any harm to try. I run it often (daily).
There're others, but those are some of the more common. Suggested further reading: http://speedupslowcomputer-shelly.b...
HTH.
Ed in Texas.


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#4
November 18, 2010 at 10:51:33
Ed mentioned Temporary Internet Files. If you are using IE, go to Tools > Internet Options > Browsing history box > Settings button. There is really no need to have it set to more than 50.

Just for info, the idea of caching these files is so that when you return to a webpage it opens more quickly. Unfortunately if you have a huge cache it actually takes longer for the computer to look it up, check for changes and get the settings than it would to go to the page in the normal way.

Something like 50 to 100 is a nice compromise.

How to know you are getting old 3:
You start converting your age to hexadecimal


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