This is my first post so I hope I have the correct sub forum.
I live in the UK, within a rural area, and for those who are familiar with the country my ISP is BT (British Telecom).
I am aware rural broadband speeds do not compare to those available in urban centres.
I have had desktop computers for around 12 years and for 10years I found the speed available generally satisfactory for my needs.
Around 2 years ago I bought a new desktop and the speed decreased appreciably, after it was set up, altho' it was just about reasonable.
3-4 months ago I had a problem, with my machine, and a new hard drive was fitted.
After this the broadband speed dropped again to what seemed to me a much slower speed.
I have download/upload speeds around 0.5 MB and often lower!
I'm not a "techy" but I do not believe this is caused by any hardware faults in the computer.
What I find difficult to understand is why the broadband speed dropped twice, not over a certain time period, but suddenly, with the drop in speed appearing to be associated with changes being made to the desktop itself.