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I'm trying to download Ubuntu 12.04, I'm a newbie to Ubuntu, on a MS Windows XP machine using Opera (have also tried IE) but the download simply stops, with various %ages complete. I don't believe this is a problem with my machine as I've downloaded other things successfully both before and after failed attempts to download Ubuntu.

Any suggestions or are there mirror sites i might use?

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What file are downloading? –  Mitch Jul 13 '12 at 6:37
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Use torrents to download the file. I've experienced several random pauses while downloading large files.

Or, you can use download managers (like DAP - Download Accelerator Plus, IDM - Internet Download Manager, etc.)

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You may have more success downloading via BitTorrent. You'll need a BitTorrent client (I have had success with uTorrent in the past), and you can download the torrent file appropriate for your CPU here; you'll most likely want the ubuntu-12.04-desktop-amd64.iso.torrent for a 64 bit system and ubuntu-12.04-desktop-i386.iso.torrent for 32 bit.

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Downloading with a browser is not a reliable way. I won't do a big download with a browser. As other answerer says, You can use torrent downloads.

Download and Install utorrent. Then download one of the torrent files below. It should automatically opened by utorrent. If not, save the torrent file and use utorrent to open the saved .torrent file.

These link will download a Ubuntu with Live Session (a torrent file):

Click this link to get Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop - 32bit version (torrent)

Click this link to get Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop - 64bit version (torrent)

If you want to use regular download, I recommend to use Internet Download Manager. It has a trial period of 30 days. Alternatively, you can use Free download manager.

Hope this helped!

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