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#1 Rath3rDashing
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As you can see in the image the speeds im getting havnt been considered blazing fast for years now. I hear alot about how the download manager makes the download speeds faster but since im a mac user i cant use that. If this is the reason then you need you need to put somewhere on the sign up page that macs dont support these "blazing" fast downloads.

If it helps im also on a 20mb connection, im using wireless and im in the UK. I have downloaded things in the past at speeds exceeding 1mbps, but average around 200-400kbps. Thanks in advance for the help

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#2 spazzx625
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Are you using GameSpot UK?
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#3 Rath3rDashing
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Yea, im a regular on the forums there witch i belive you cant access from the other versions of the site.

and also the url for this page im on right now is http://uk.gamespot.com/pages/forums/show_msgs.php?topic_id=26304462

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#4 spazzx625
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I can access all the UK and AU stuff, but I am US, so I don't :)

I would double-check your prefs, I don't know how the UK side does it, but in the US we have to choose which server is closest to us for faster speeds.

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#5 Dan_Lero
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Well you are downloading 2 very high sized files at once there, so that wont help much.
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#6 LordAndrew
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You'll get the same speeds regardless of whether you use Windows, Mac OS, Linux/UNIX, MS-DOS, or any other operating system. I doubt the server is really concerned about what OS you use.

But yeah, those are very big files, and you're downloading two of them at once.

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#7 Rath3rDashing
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You'll get the same speeds regardless of whether you use Windows, Mac OS, Linux/UNIX, MS-DOS, or any other operating system. I doubt the server is really concerned about what OS you use.

But yeah, those are very big files, and you're downloading two of them at once.

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If you read my post properly my concern was faster speeds using the gamespot download manager witch isnt available for osx, im not claiming the server doesnt like osx, im claiming the server doesn like people who dont use the download manager.

In the prefs i have a choice of east or west cost also, but neither are selected.

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#8 Rath3rDashing
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So i decided to test my download manager theory. This is a screen shot from my windows partition with the download manager installed.I should mention im not on the 20Mb connection i was on yesterday, today im on my mums connection witch is just a 4Mb one.

This is a picture i took shortly after in osx without the download manager.

The is clearly a massive difference. Total speed with the download manager is 460kbps and without is 84kbps from the same connection. Theres obviously somthing going on and if the download manager is the cause then thats fine, but i would like this information to be a little easyer to obtain.

Again thanks for any help

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#9 LordAndrew
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[QUOTE="LordAndrew"]

You'll get the same speeds regardless of whether you use Windows, Mac OS, Linux/UNIX, MS-DOS, or any other operating system. I doubt the server is really concerned about what OS you use.

But yeah, those are very big files, and you're downloading two of them at once.

Rath3rDashing

If you read my post properly my concern was faster speeds using the gamespot download manager witch isnt available for osx, im not claiming the server doesnt like osx, im claiming the server doesn like people who dont use the download manager.

In the prefs i have a choice of east or west cost also, but neither are selected.

Meh. I use Windows, but I don't use GameSpot's download manager. If users of the download manager get faster speeds, good for them. But we're still getting the same speeds we always have.

Faster Downloading

With the Download manager, get immediate downloads and unlimited downloading speeds.

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Sounds pretty clear to me that the faster speeds are only for those that use the download manager..

You have a seperate partition with Windows installed on it? Then why don't you just use that when you need to run a program that doesn't have a Mac version?

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#10 Rath3rDashing
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[QUOTE="Rath3rDashing"][QUOTE="LordAndrew"]

You'll get the same speeds regardless of whether you use Windows, Mac OS, Linux/UNIX, MS-DOS, or any other operating system. I doubt the server is really concerned about what OS you use.

But yeah, those are very big files, and you're downloading two of them at once.

LordAndrew

If you read my post properly my concern was faster speeds using the gamespot download manager witch isnt available for osx, im not claiming the server doesnt like osx, im claiming the server doesn like people who dont use the download manager.

In the prefs i have a choice of east or west cost also, but neither are selected.

Meh. I use Windows, but I don't use GameSpot's download manager. If users of the download manager get faster speeds, good for them. But we're still getting the same speeds we always have.

Faster Downloading

With the Download manager, get immediate downloads and unlimited downloading speeds.

Upgrade page

Sounds pretty clear to me that the faster speeds are only for those that use the download manager..

You have a seperate partition with Windows installed on it? Then why don't you just use that when you need to run a program that doesn't have a Mac version?

Ive been a paying member since before the download manager was introduced so basicly my complaint is i havnt been informed, i dont think its unreasonable of me to have not gone and checked the subscription page since signing up, so how am i to know a feature im paying for is being disabled?

As for my windows partition, i can swap to windows when i want to download but basicly i dont like windows anymore. But even if i decided to grin and bare it, i need to restart my computer to get to windows, which is a pain, i basicly never turn this off.

I cant enter US tournaments, and there has only been one UK tournament since i signed up a year ago, and on the spot hits around 12 midnight so its becoming a bit of a chore waiting around for it, i usually just download it the next day (which brings us back to my origonal complaint). I basicly would like an deffinative answer that this is somthing i cant do anything about or if this is an error on my end. I renewed my subscription in january and i pay yearly, so i have plenty of time to get the answer im after, but basicly this is the last feature im paying for i would like to know if its really worth it.

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#11 LordAndrew
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Well, there's no Mac version. There's no Linux version either, so it's not just Mac users getting left out. Maybe they'll eventually create a Mac version. Maybe not. I don't know.

Since you don't like having to leave the Mac OS to use Windows, you could use a virtual machine instead. This would allow you to run Windows from within OS X. No need to reboot the computer.

But if you aren't willing to do that, then I don't know. Why did you even subscribe in the first place?

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#12 Rath3rDashing
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Well, there's no Mac version. There's no Linux version either, so it's not just Mac users getting left out. Maybe they'll eventually create a Mac version. Maybe not. I don't know.

Since you don't like having to leave the Mac OS to use Windows, you could use a virtual machine instead. This would allow you to run Windows from within OS X. No need to reboot the computer.

But if you aren't willing to do that, then I don't know. Why did you even subscribe in the first place?

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I subscribed when ages ago when the ftp downloads where there blazing fast downloads and they where once very fast. I could get a virtual machine but again thats going to be taking up alot of memory and since im only using a macbook i dont have all that much, and if im downloading for any lengthy time its just easyer to take the slower speeds instead of bogging down my computer.

All i want at this stage is official word that without the download manager my speeds will be slower or that there is a problem at my end. Im not bothered that they dont support osx, lack of software support is just part of being a mac user, i just want to know if this is a problem at my end or that im not using the manager. Thats all. Nothing else

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#13 Dan_Lero
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May also depend on your region. With you saying you've got a 20Mb connection, it might not be available for your area, meaning you could have an 8Mb connection instead or something else.
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I don't use the GDM, but it sure seems to get mentioned fairly regularly... It's even got its own entire forum just brimming with issues... You've almost certainly seen these already, but maybe for everyone else's benefit: the downloading faq and the download manager faq. Both of these documents seem to suggest that a difference in transfer rates between using the GDM and not using the GDM is to be expected - probably for all users everywhere. I'm guessing that's kind of the answer to the question... Non 32 bit XP/Vista users - paying or not - seem to be limited to lower transfer rates. They might expand the list of supported platforms at some point... You can take a look around the GDM forums to get a feel for how things are going...
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I don't use the GDM, but it sure seems to get mentioned fairly regularly... It's even got its own entire forum just brimming with issues... You've almost certainly seen these already, but maybe for everyone else's benefit: the downloading faq and the download manager faq. Both of these documents seem to suggest that a difference in transfer rates between using the GDM and not using the GDM is to be expected - probably for all users everywhere. I'm guessing that's kind of the answer to the question... Non 32 bit XP/Vista users - paying or not - seem to be limited to lower transfer rates. They might expand the list of supported platforms at some point... You can take a look around the GDM forums to get a feel for how things are going...g_max_

Yea thats exactly what i was looking for thanks alot :D