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Old 01-19-2005, 10:58 PM   #1
glennt11
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instant messenger file transfer speed is slow


Alright, I'm not entirely sure what my problem I'm having is. Surfing the web is alright, I can download files, like the Suse 9.2 Professional DVD(3.2Gigs) at 200kb/s....which I believe my connection can go faster but I'm perfectly fine with. But when I instant message my wife using GAIM or AMSN, she likes to send me clips of my son doing things since I'm so far away, which are about 1.2 to 10 megs in size. They take FOREVER to get through though, and my transfer rate is very slow..20 minutes to receive one file is the fastest I've ever seen it go. I thought it was maybe her ISP capping the upload speed, but then I borrowed awork laptop with WinXP, used the same connection my comp is plugged in on and loaded up MSN messenger. She sent me a file that was 5 megs, and it took me no more than 30 seconds to receive the file from her. We both couldn't believe it, but anyway back to the problem. This problem has been happening on Slackware 10, Fedora Core 3, and Suse 9.2 Professional Edition, and I'm unable to find a reason for it. FC3 and Suse 9.2 are both stock installs, and Slack 10 has a custom kernel build. I checked out this post and I don't have this particular file mentioned to set.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ght=sites+slow
http://lwn.net/Articles/92727/

The closest I have to the command
echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_default_win_scale
are these files
/proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_adv_win_scale, /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_window_scaling

Also, doing dmesg | grep eth 0 gives me this in Suse 9.2 while a transfer between me and my wife is in progress...I removed the MAC address and IP's

eth0: Media Link On 100mbps full-duplex
SFW2-INext-DROP-DEFLT IN=eth0 OUT= MAC= SRC= DST= LEN=48 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=116 ID=63202 DF PROTO=TCP SPT=4106 DPT=1025 WINDOW=64240 RES=0x00 SYN URGP=0 OPT (020405B401010402)
SFW2-OUT-ERROR IN= OUT=eth0 SRC= DST= LEN=52 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=64 ID=56820 DF PROTO=TCP SPT=4214 DPT=61229 WINDOW=23168 RES=0x00 ACK FIN URGP=0 OPT (0101080A041BA5B919E6C108)
SFW2-OUT-ERROR IN= OUT=eth0 SRC= DST= LEN=52 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=64 ID=40906 DF PROTO=TCP SPT=4243 DPT=49738 WINDOW=28960 RES=0x00 ACK FIN URGP=0 OPT (0101080A041BBBB619E6D489)
SFW2-INext-DROP-DEFLT IN=eth0 OUT= MAC= SRC= DST= LEN=333 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=253 ID=46352 DF PROTO=UDP SPT=67 DPT=68 LEN=313
SFW2-OUT-ERROR IN= OUT=eth0 SRC= DST= LEN=40 TOS=0x08 PREC=0x00 TTL=64 ID=40758 DF PROTO=TCP SPT=4297 DPT=80 WINDOW=20700 RES=0x00 ACK FIN URGP=0
SFW2-OUT-ERROR IN= OUT=eth0 SRC= DST= LEN=40 TOS=0x08 PREC=0x00 TTL=64 ID=40759 DF PROTO=TCP SPT=4297 DPT=80 WINDOW=20700 RES=0x00 ACK FIN URGP=0


The last message is repeated constantly over and over again.
Here is my ifconfig eth0 output as well(also with MAC's and IP's removed)

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr
inet addr:x.x.x.x Bcast:255.255.255.255 Mask:255.255.252.0
inet6 addr: fe80::207:95ff:fec4:fe8/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST NOTRAILERS RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:6224965 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:3218640 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:3514393268 (3351.5 Mb) TX bytes:219068335 (208.9 Mb)
Interrupt:11 Base address:0xc400

I'm googling this out, but thought someone might already have the answer to this problem, which by this point is that GAIM and AMSN are somehow not entirely compatible with MSN Messenger. Hope to hear from you all soon, as I don't want to have to restart my comp just so I can receive a file!!!
 
Old 01-19-2005, 11:42 PM   #2
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do you have the newest release of Gaim? I run Gaim and have no probs with transfer rates.
 
Old 01-20-2005, 09:53 AM   #3
glennt11
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I had 0.81.1-3.3 installed for GAIM, I loaded the latest from GAIM sourceforge page....version 1.1.1. Once I test it again I'll tell you my results, I'm hopeful, but this has been going on for some time now....I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong here, or what I haven't set up yet. Thank you for the quick response though.
 
Old 02-01-2005, 09:48 PM   #4
glennt11
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sorry it took so long to respond, I'm in the military, but anyway, that did not work in getting my speeds up....any other ideas?
 
Old 02-03-2005, 04:53 PM   #5
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Re: instant messenger file transfer speed is slow

[QUOTE]Originally posted by glennt11
[B]Alright, I'm not entirely sure what my problem I'm having is. Surfing the web is alright, I can download files, like the Suse 9.2 Professional DVD(3.2Gigs) at 200kb/s....which I believe my connection can go faster but I'm perfectly fine with. But when I instant message my wife using GAIM or AMSN, she likes to send me clips of my son doing things since I'm so far away, which are about 1.2 to 10 megs in size. They take FOREVER to get through though, and my transfer rate is very slow..20 minutes to receive one file is the fastest I've ever seen it go. I thought it was maybe her ISP capping the upload speed, but then I borrowed awork laptop with WinXP, used the same connection my comp is plugged in on and loaded up MSN messenger. She sent me a file that was 5 megs, and it took me no more than 30 seconds to receive the file from her. We both couldn't believe it, but anyway back to the problem. This problem has been happening on Slackware 10, Fedora Core 3, and Suse 9.2 Professional Edition, and I'm unable to find a reason for it. FC3 and Suse 9.2 are both stock installs, and Slack 10 has a custom kernel build. I checked out this post and I don't have this particular file mentioned to set.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

WELL hi everyone! i have that same problem in my SUSE 9.2 kernel is 3.3.0.......all IM programs GAIM,KOPETE,AMSN.....you name it....
the file transfer speed is like 2.0 KB/s......and i know it should be like 1130 KB/s.....

we need answers here please some gurulinuxwizard help us........ =)
 
Old 02-04-2005, 09:36 PM   #6
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Yes I was about to ask if anyone can help me out here, it's the same thing as korvenranta and I can't understand why. Booting into Windows I have optimal speeds, but Suse, Fedora Core 3 and Slackware all are slower than a snail here. I really don't want to change back to Windows but with my slow file transfers I'm going to have to just so I can receive something online.
 
Old 02-09-2005, 12:18 AM   #7
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same problem .. I'm using the newest gaim (v1.1.2)
 
Old 02-09-2005, 11:05 PM   #8
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Go to www.aim.com and naviate to AIM for linux. AIM does make a linux port. It is available in RPM and executable text, last time I checked. Try that and see if you can get your upload speeds up.
 
Old 02-19-2005, 12:21 PM   #9
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I'm running Mandrake 10.1 and have the same problem.
I have tried aMSN, Gaim 1.1.3 and Mercury and they all have this flaw in file transfer. Today my transfer speed maxed out at 2.85KB/sec. I should be able to achieve about 58KB/sec.
I don't know what to do and it seems that I'm not the only one...

cheers
 
Old 02-19-2005, 09:08 PM   #10
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Well, I think if this many people are having the same problem, it is the software. I hav posted a thread earlier on that AIM is available for linux at http://www.aim.com/get_aim/linux/lat...?aolp=#install I have used this version a little bit before, so I would recommend trying it.

-Derek
 
Old 02-26-2005, 03:21 AM   #11
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I am having this same issue..especially with amsn. It starts fast..and then gets to like 3kb/s and stays there =\. I should be getting atleast 30kb/s
 
Old 03-08-2005, 04:40 PM   #12
Guillaume2x
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GAIM FAQ!!
Why are my file transfers so slow?
Gaim only supports tranferring files over MSN via the MSN servers. This means all your data is sent to an MSN server and then forwarded to the person at the other end of the transfer. It is unknown whether we will support true peer to peer file transfer over MSN.
 
Old 03-12-2005, 11:22 PM   #13
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What about for AMSN though?
 
Old 02-08-2006, 08:31 PM   #14
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i got the same problem 'slow transfer speed' with kopete from KDE 3.5.1 , slackware 10.2 ,kernel 2.4.x
DSl connection! http/ftp transfer speed are very high!

CAN SOMEONE HELP?

Last edited by vinstgc; 02-08-2006 at 08:32 PM.
 
Old 02-09-2006, 02:55 PM   #15
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If you want to fix it you'll have to work out how a better p2p file transfer protocol works on MSN and then write the module I'm afraid.
 
  


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