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Bizarrely Slow Download Speed

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#1 dpitch40


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Posted 31 January 2010 - 08:38 PM

Today I realized my desktop computer running XP Professional (version 5.1.26 SP2) gets extremely slow download speeds for internet, often around 0.5 Mb/s. (I tried the numion.com test and it gave me 155 Kb/s download speed) Bizarrely, though, it has fairly good upload speed of around 20 Mb/s. I'm in a college dorm, so I can't try messing with my wiring beyond plugging my ethernet cable into a different jack. I tried several different things with very strange results.

Tried booting in safe mode and testing the speed on both Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. The results were unchanged from before.

I also tried unpugging the ethernet cable from my desktop and, without changing where it was connected on the other end, plugging it into my laptop. On the same network, I tested the connection speed again and found it to be about 40 Mb/s for downloads, with the same upload speed as before. So I don't think it could be the cable or ISP.

And then I also tried booting into Ubuntu onto my desktop from a flash drive and running a speed test on that. It was blazingly, incredibly fast; about 200 Mb/s download speed and 40 Mb/s uploads.

In light of all this, what could be causing such painfully slow internet in XP?

Update: I tried it again at 7:20 AM, when figured usage would be down. Still got about 0.5 Mb/s.

Edited by dpitch40, 01 February 2010 - 08:24 AM.

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