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Updates download only 3 Kbps!

Postby frwilliam on Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:07 pm

Hi, I just installed Mint 11 after hearing good things about it.
But no matter what mirror I choose through Admin->Software Source->Download From->Other,
downloads start at around 1 Mbps then rapidly throttle down to around 3 kbps.
I can't install anything at that speed, drivers, plugins, nothing.
I'm new to debian, so have no clue what other forums mean when saying update sources.list, and run apt-get update. WHAT exactly do I update?

When I open sources.list, it just has a bunch of Ubuntu stuff.
Furthermore, when I do try to find suitable mirrors via Download From->Other, all I see is Japan, Ukraine, Germany, etc. There is nothing in North America or even remotely close to where I live in Washington DC.
WHY would that be? Is there something against having mirrors in the U.S.? Very frustrating...
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Re: Updates download only 3 Kbps!

Postby ThistleWeb on Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:16 pm

Every time Ubuntu put out a milestone release, specially a stable version their servers melt with the traffic. Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu all released a stable 11.10 today (or yesterday). I'd suggest just hanging on for a couple of days until the demand settles down a bit. It's a regular occurance, if you run a distro based on Ubuntu, it's just one of these things you have to put up with.
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Re: Updates download only 3 Kbps!

Postby frwilliam on Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:16 am

Thanks for reply, understand the traffic issue but can anyone suggest how to add a mirror closer to my location?
The closest mirror in my 'Software Source->Download From->Other' default list is in Canada.

I know there are many other mirrors available via http://www.debian.org/mirror/list
So for example, if I want my default mirror as ftp.us.debian.org/debian/, what do I need to change?
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Re: Updates download only 3 Kbps!

Postby cecar on Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:24 am

You cant use debian repos on Mint 11. Its ubuntu based and use ubuntu repos.

In Terminal. Whats the output of.

Code: Select all
cat /etc/apt/sources.list
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Re: Updates download only 3 Kbps!

Postby DrHu on Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:16 pm

You can always try to find the fastest mirror (that will be closest top your locations..)
http://blog.mypapit.net/2008/01/find-fa ... t-apt.html
http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-select ... buntu.html
    net-select might or might not work for ubuntu, it is a Debian supported..

http://blog.mypapit.net/2007/08/how-to- ... aptic.html
--Ubuntu find fastest mirrors with Synaptic (one of the package managers installed, besides Mint's own version..)
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Re: Updates download only 3 Kbps!

Postby frwilliam on Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:28 am

I wasn't able to install netselect, I get "Unable to locate package netselect-apt"
Regarding, the synaptic 'Select Best Server' method, it usually chooses the main server.
I've tried others as well but results are always the same, downloads always throttles to 3 kbps, for example, trying to install java, I get:

Get:2 http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ natty/partner sun-java6-bin amd64 6.26-1natty1 [28.7 MB]
17% [2 sun-java6-bin 3,523 kB/28.7 MB 12%] 3,616 B/s 3h 29min 59s

After further reading, I'm becoming more convinced that it's my ISP, cox communications, most likely the culprit as known for throttling torrents. Therefore, may have no choice but switch to an RPM package based OS like Mandrivia.
Thanks for the help anyway, and as suggested earlier, here is my sources.list contents:

deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ katya main upstream import
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ natty partner
deb http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu natty main
deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ natty free non-free

# deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu natty-getdeb apps
# deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu natty-getdeb games
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