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I've recently switched from Windows to Ubuntu since I was windows 7 made my laptop very slow.

I thought updating Ubuntu before I start using it properly would be the best option, but when I start updating, I cannot browse the internet anymore.

The same happens when I'm downloading a torrent or installing an application from Ubuntu s Software Center.

Is there any way to fix this? I experienced same issue in Linux Mint 15 as well. Haven't had this issue in Windows though.

Can somebody help me understand why it happens in Linux?

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Maybe this is because downloading torrents/packages uses all of your download bandwidth. You can try to investigate this by limiting the download/upload speed in yout bittorrent client. In the Transmission client you can find this in the menus via Edit -> Preferences -> Speed.

See the answer to This question for information on how to throttle the bandwidth usage of apt, the package manangement software.

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will try that :) – Uma Aug 26 '13 at 16:23
And, did it work out? – ph0t0nix Sep 13 '13 at 14:43

In most of the times it is not Operating System's error, it is the torrent client that saturates your connection.

I have faced many times this problem on Linux machines and with various clients Transmission, Deluge, etc.

The solution is to optimize your client according to your connection. There is a guide I always follow when I setup a new system.

Check the following, they are from the same website:

I take it that your internet connection is not very fast and this causes problems not only with Torrent clients but while apt is running for updates/upgrades and installs. If this is the case you can check this answer on how to throtle apt-get download speed.

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i will but it's not only torrents that I face the issue with. same happens when i'm installing ubuntu updates as well. how do I limit that. Other systems cannot browse internet as well – Uma Aug 26 '13 at 16:25

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