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Old 04-08-2014, 07:28 AM   #61
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I've installed with very weak wifi connections - it will retry a number of times if you lose the signal.
I take it you mean the actual installation rather than downloading the .iso file. (?)
Yes indeed - can I suggest that you use the
Code:
lspci
command without any parameters?
Hopefully, you should see something like
Quote:
<some lines omitted ...>
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GT218 [GeForce 210] (rev a2)
01:00.1 Audio device: NVIDIA Corporation High Definition Audio Controller (rev a1)
05:08.0 Ethernet controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR5212/AR5213 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
That last entry is obviously my wifi device.
You can find more detail by entering
Code:
lspci -v -s 05:08.0
(using the appropriate address for your wifi); you should see something like
Quote:
05:08.0 Ethernet controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR5212/AR5213 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
Subsystem: Netgear WG311T 108 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter (rev.A3)
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 168, IRQ 18
Memory at d3000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: ath5k
 
Old 04-09-2014, 05:35 PM   #62
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Hi all,

Does anyone see any reason I shouldn't mark this thread as a "solved" thread?
The possibility that some downloading limit is involved in my problems seems to answered in the negative.

Since JeremyBoden wrote the following:
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There is no such thing as an actual download manager!
I also think that the main side issue, whether I can get a software utility that will address the interrupted download problem, is also unproductive.
 
Old 04-27-2014, 07:56 PM   #63
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Hi all,

FWIW:

I've been asking around, since I got the comment (from someone selling MiFi) that big downloads don't work at all well unless you access them on a hard-wired connection, and nobody (not even my public library) offers anything but WiFi. Trading in my POTS dialup for some kind of pricier, better than WiFi, hookup doesn't seem like a good idea.

With Linux installed on my netbook (It's a Gateway and they apparently have a reputation for using the cheapest hardware that can be made to work!), I now have a great tool to sniff out the quality of various WiFi connections (in view of the fact that Mint 16 with Mate posts a "you are off line" popup when a connection drops). So far I see the following:

1. My Verizon Jetpack makes an excellent connection to my computer easily (and stays connected) so my failures at getting an .iso downloaded on that system must be due either to some manner of intermittent link to the Verizon tower or to something going wrong at the server end of the process. I assume any tower-link problems have no relationship to what my netbook reports for the MiFi link.

2. Sitting out side the Apple store at the mall (obviously a fringe area, of course), I find my connection (with a two-bar signal) fluctuates quite a bit and drops off often,
sometimes taking a few tries before connecting again. No surprise this "lukewarm spot" was iffy at getting .iso downloads to come through.

3. I tried connecting at the coffee shop at my local bookstore and, after some frustration with connecting to their one- to two-bar signal, I had a steady connection long enough to do some internet browsing--until my miserable old battery (about 30% according to my Linux) was nearly out. This wasn't one of my previous tries for the download so it seems I might have better results at that spot.

I am going to be looking into other WiFi spots using my netbook as my "test rig" next since I still have some time to go before I have to download the next version of Mint. It certainly looks like the quality of various WiFi supposed "hot spots" is very important in getting a successful download.
 
Old 04-27-2014, 08:25 PM   #64
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I am going to be looking into other WiFi spots using my netbook as my "test rig" next since I still have some time to go before I have to download the next version of Mint. It certainly looks like the quality of various WiFi supposed "hot spots" is very important in getting a successful download.
The Dairy Queen parking lot in my 1 horse town throws out a strong signal.

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Old 04-29-2014, 04:50 AM   #65
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I've been asking around, since I got the comment (from someone selling MiFi) that big downloads don't work at all well unless you access them on a hard-wired connection, and nobody (not even my public library) offers anything but WiFi. Trading in my POTS dialup for some kind of pricier, better than WiFi, hookup doesn't seem like a good idea.
Big d/ls will work on wifi, _if_ you dont lose the connection, and even then in some cases you should be able to restart the d/l.

But if your using wifi, torrenting in a much better idea than a direct d/l. If you lose the conenction, it doesnt matter, it wont break the d/l.

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(in view of the fact that Mint 16 with Mate posts a "you are off line" popup when a connection drops)

I am going to be looking into other WiFi spots using my netbook as my "test rig" next since I still have some time to go before I have to download the next version of Mint. It certainly looks like the quality of various WiFi supposed "hot spots" is very important in getting a successful download.
Mint 16? You might be suprised how little time you have left, its 'end of life, out of support' in july...
 
Old 06-22-2014, 11:57 PM   #66
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Hi all,

Now that I have a way of spotting really unreliable WiFi locations and have been using my local public library it is evident there isn't any download file size limit involved in my problems. I have downloaded Qiana without any problems and gotten a WD5 checksum match.

Thanks for bearing with me.
 
Old 06-23-2014, 12:54 AM   #67
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Hi all,

Now that I have a way of spotting really unreliable WiFi locations and have been using my local public library it is evident there isn't any download file size limit involved in my problems. I have downloaded Qiana without any problems and gotten a WD5 checksum match.

Thanks for bearing with me.
Hi Gene, I've been reading your topic with great interest. I must say you are a persistant fellow Which does finally seem to pay off
Now let's hope Qiana runs well on your computer. If it does you'll be looking at 5 years support for it I think by that time your computer is ready for retirement.

And to answer your question from awhile back. Yeah Mint's iso is 1.2 gb. But during the installation it downloads the rest of the default programs. In the past they were shipped on the DVD as well. But this has changed. I believe the reason for it, is that you have the latest versions for the programs by default, instead of having ancient ones which you have to upgrade (and download) as well.

And good luck with Qiana. It runs like a charm on both my laptops
 
  


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