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I am currently updating my freshly installed Ubuntu 12.10 and it's taking a very long time. Most of the time i get a download speed of 222B/s. The highest has been 1kB/s. Can anyone fix this problem? Its really not worth waiting for more than an hour for a 5MB update. (My internet download speed goes up to around 224KB/s).

(Dated 24th October, 2012)

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I have had similar issues, but its only during certain times of the day, I concluded its likely because everybody is getting 12.10, and everybody is doing updates. – jmartin2279 Oct 24 '12 at 15:15
  1. Was the server working before? It might be a one-time problem that will go away. Try again tomorrow.

  2. Consult with your local community team: or -- try sending them an e-mail or in irc (click on the "letter" or "chat bubble" icons under "resources") or even create a new forum topic.

  3. Join #canonical-sysadmin on IRC Freenode: irc:// -- say something like: hi, the mirror server is very slow, can you change it to point to some other mirror?

Try other servers Malaysian servers and see which one is adequately fast:

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Also consider:

  • On the output from the repo, there's the line manage by: Consider sending them an email about the bandwidth status.

  • This is hosted at Multimedia University ( They may have just started term and therefore may have organic or artificial bandwidth restrictions in place for quality of service needs.

  • There's just been a release. Lots of people doing upgrades means repositories tend to go a lot slower. Just how things work. Pair this with it being hosted on a network that gets used for other things, and that mignt mean the University has traffic limits up.

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I think you might be right. Anyways, I switched my software source to the main server ( and the updates got downloaded just fine. Thanks for helping. – Aki Oct 24 '12 at 13:14

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