Actually, they're not really slowing down. After you click on the download button, the download begins while you're typing in the file name. If you take a while to do that a considerable amount of data will be saved before the download speeds start registering. That's why it seems to be zipping along at first. But, after the buffer has caught up, it will then start showing your true download speed. Speed too, will fluctuate as the servers that you're downloading from get busy, and you'll get speeds going up a little, then down a little.
Don't forget, it's important to make sure your computer's optimized for speed. Be sure to check out DSLReports Tweak Tools at /tools for tools to help you tweak your speeds, and be sure to check out the Tweaks forum for more useful information!
--submitted by Santa Fe
last modified: 2002-07-22 21:14:58