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#875539 - 03/22/13 09:54 PM Steam downloads
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Is it just me or has Steam become much slower of late in the downloading time?

I'm having to re-download and install all of my Steam games and it seems to me to be taking a lot longer now than it used to. But then again, maybe I am just not as patient this go around.
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#875583 - 03/23/13 09:52 AM Re: Steam downloads [Re: oldman]
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I have not used Steam since Testament game. Let's wait for a recent user.
Maybe it's also your service provider?

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#875634 - 03/23/13 01:50 PM Re: Steam downloads [Re: oldman]
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I haven't used steam to download, but have noticed that when we use a lot of bandwidth, we get throttled. Our ISP doesn't admit to that, but it's very obvious. wave
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#875645 - 03/23/13 03:06 PM Re: Steam downloads [Re: oldman]
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It's probably just me and it was more than likely always that slow. It's just that I have a lot of stuff to download now and I'm a little more impatient to redo all my stuff on my new computer.

Thanks for the comments though.
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#875657 - 03/23/13 04:16 PM Re: Steam downloads [Re: oldman]
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oldman, I downloaded Saints Row The Third a couple of days ago and didn't notice any delays with Steam, but I don't download a lot of games, and when I do is in the games PC and carry on emailing or doing other things in my laptop. Anyway I think one can download the games multitasking with other aplications.
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#879759 - 04/09/13 06:45 PM Re: Steam downloads [Re: oldman]
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I know I'm late to the party here, but you might want to try a different content download server to see.

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Steam uses content servers that are located all over the world. Steam attempts to select the best content server based on your location. If Steam downloads are going slower than expected, please double check your current download region:

Start Steam
Go to Steam > Settings > Downloads tab
Under Download region, select the region that you are in or that is closest to you.
You can also try various regions near your location to see if a better connection is available.


The funny thing is they generally pick a server further away from me as my default.

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#884580 - 04/30/13 03:15 PM Re: Steam downloads [Re: looney4labs]
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Originally Posted By: looney4labs
I haven't used steam to download, but have noticed that when we use a lot of bandwidth, we get throttled. Our ISP doesn't admit to that, but it's very obvious.


Maybe my ISP is "throttling" me too. I've been downloading LA Noire since Sunday afternoon, and still only 7.5 GB down out of 13.2 GB. It'll be another day before it's finished!

My DSL is slow, but not that slow usually. I should be getting a rate of 4 times faster than I'm getting. And I can't do any other online work during these downloads. I have to pause the download in order to send a couple of emails!

Originally Posted By: Templeton Peck
I know I'm late to the party here, but you might want to try a different content download server to see.

Quote:
Steam uses content servers that are located all over the world. Steam attempts to select the best content server based on your location. If Steam downloads are going slower than expected, please double check your current download region:

Start Steam
Go to Steam > Settings > Downloads tab
Under Download region, select the region that you are in or that is closest to you.
You can also try various regions near your location to see if a better connection is available.


If I change a download site in the middle of a download, will I lose all my download progress? I'd hate to mess with the process and have to start all over again!
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#884590 - 04/30/13 03:54 PM Re: Steam downloads [Re: oldman]
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Lan, I have no idea. How everything works is a mystery to me. We can wait a bit and someone with a better idea of how things work will stop by in a bit. wave
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#884601 - 04/30/13 04:19 PM Re: Steam downloads [Re: oldman]
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lanlynk,

Post over in Glitches. Maybe InlandAZ, Jenny100, Draclvr or Homer6 can help you.

IMO, you should snarl at your ISP if you're not getting the download speed you're paying for.

Gil.
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#884604 - 04/30/13 04:26 PM Re: Steam downloads [Re: oldman]
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Throttling is a painful way of life for me too. After about 65 MB, I'm throttled down to about 65 Kbps. I have wireless broadband sent to me from a tower about 6 miles away and they claim they have no choice. Don't know if I believe that, but since I would be sitting here on dial-up without them, I can't complain. Lan, a download of that size would take every bit of 3 or 4 days for me too.
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#884609 - 04/30/13 04:36 PM Re: Steam downloads [Re: oldman]
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Every time I've called to complain about download speeds I've been told we are promised speeds "up to x amount"...anything from that down is considered normal.

If we Ever have a choice here, I will switch but at the moment, I'm just glad I have something faster than dsl. wave
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#884616 - 04/30/13 05:08 PM Re: Steam downloads [Re: oldman]
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You guys should complain but not to your ISP. Complain to your congressmen. This is beyond wrong for you to be paying for a service you don't get, whatever their weasel-worded explanation is. Until enough people get incensed and scream bloody murder to government officials, exactly nothing is going to stop them from taking your dough and tossing you crumbs.

Not that I'm opionionated or anything.

Gil.
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#884628 - 04/30/13 06:32 PM Re: Steam downloads [Re: oldman]
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I agree, but at this moment, if we want fast internet, we have no choice. Like I said, If there is ever another company here, I will be the first person to sign up. I can't prove they are throttling, but common sense and experience says they are. wave
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#884630 - 04/30/13 06:33 PM Re: Steam downloads [Re: Draclvr]
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Originally Posted By: Draclvr
Throttling is a painful way of life for me too. After about 65 MB, I'm throttled down to about 65 Kbps. I have wireless broadband sent to me from a tower about 6 miles away and they claim they have no choice. Don't know if I believe that, but since I would be sitting here on dial-up without them, I can't complain. Lan, a download of that size would take every bit of 3 or 4 days for me too.


Sounds like you have a similar situation to mine. I used to have a wireless/cable arrangement, but the small ISP went out of business. The cable company won't wire our place even though other people around us have cable already. The satellite people took one look at our 3-story house and said, "Nope, trees would be in the way." What?? So stuck with old wiring and DSL. Still, I AM grateful I don't have dial-up, but sometimes ...!

I've called the ISP and complained a few times when I've noticed a slow-down, but they tell me that as long as I'm getting within 80% of expected, they won't do anything. A couple of times, though, they did reset me when it was lower.

Traveler, you should have seen my husband go nose to nose with the cable people. He threatened calling in authorities, but if you knew Alaskan politics, you'd know how little that means! hardwall

I'll post a question about Steam's download sites over in Glitches. Thanks, guys! In the meantime, I'll just try to be patient. <sigh>
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#884691 - 04/30/13 10:51 PM Re: Steam downloads [Re: oldman]
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There were a couple of articles in the alternative news a couple of weeks ago about the big ISPs calling in political favors to get small companies that will supply broadband to rural communities run out of business by passing laws of some sort. The main stream news doesn't touch stories like that. It may have been Democracy Now. I have no trouble believing it. Our internet connections suck in most of the country and they cost way too much. Give your DH a big hug. That's my kinda guy. grin

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