Starcraft 2: How to increase digital download speed

Throttle your upload speed on the Starcraft 2 downloader to increase download speed.


 

Running NetLimiter on the Starcraft 2 downloader to increase download speed.

As I write this I have just begun downloading Starcraft 2 after purchasing the digital download copy off of battle.net. I don’t know about anyone else but when I buy a game, especially one as long-awaited as Starcraft, I am itching to load it up and start playing it straight away!

Anyway, I started the 6.99gb download about half an hour ago. To begin with, the SC2 downloader gave me an estimated time of about 4 hours, which is ok I guess. But a few minutes later I watched in horror as the estimated time increased, 6 hours, 8 hours and so on. I looked at the connection details and realised that the downloader uses peer-to-peer sharing and that my upload speed was now higher than my download speed!

Fortunately within the downloader there is an option to switch off peer-to-peer sharing and just use direct downloading. I tried that but the speed barely increased. A quick scan of a few forums put me on to a little piece of software called NetLimiter. After installing NetLimiter I was able to re-enable the peer-to-peer method of downloading and limit the upload speed (within NetLimiter) to around 30kbps which saw my download speed eventually increase to around 900kbps.

A few points to be aware of:

  • Limiting your upload speed too drastically seems to also drag your download speed down as well, so don’t go cutting it back too much.
  • Inside the preferences for the Starcraft 2 downloader there is an option to disable background download throttling which I would also suggest you set.
  • NetLimiter runs as a 28-day trial. Should you need to use it past the trial period then it only costs $30USD for a single user license.

I’ll let you know how Starcraft goes!

Also if anyone has their own experiences, suggestions or comments please leave me a comment.

For a detailed and comprehensive guide to the art of Starcraft II be sure to check out the Shokz Starcraft II Strategy guide as well.

Thanks for reading.


Peak Performance: 7 Easy Ways To Keep Your PC happy.

What do you do to ensure that your computer is regularly maintained and tuned-up for peak performance? Find out what you should be doing as part of a regular computer maintenance plan.

What do you do to ensure that your computer is regularly maintained and tuned-up for peak performance?

I found this question on Yahoo! Answers, it rated as one of the most popular IT questions on the site so I thought I would answer it myself.

As I work in the IT industry I quite often work with other people’s computers both through work and through personal contacts and I have seen some messy ones! Nine times out of ten when someone brings their computer in for repair the only description they will give you of their problem is that “their computer is slow”.

Some times these are near-brand new computers that they have somehow managed to bog down with browser toolbars, background processes and a taskbar that is 40 feet long with all kinds of weird and wonderful items in a few months.

Following these tips you can keep your computer running nicely for a long time.

First of all I am only explaining what I do personally so if you have any suggestions please let me know in comments or send me an e-mail!

Continue reading “Peak Performance: 7 Easy Ways To Keep Your PC happy.”

Watch Hulu outside of America

Last night I jumped on the Hulu website for the first time not realising that it is accessible only from the US. Being from Australia this posed a bit of a problem. Fortunately for you guys after a bit of research on Kuan Hoong’s blog, I have found a solution in the form of a small piece of software called Hotspot Shield.

Last night I jumped on the Hulu website for the first time not realising that it is accessible only from the US. Being from Australia this posed a bit of a problem. Fortunately for you guys after a bit of research on Kuan Hoong’s blog, I have found a solution in the form of a small piece of software called Hotspot Shield.

The best thing about this software is that it’s completely free, ad and spyware free (although there are prompts during the install to setup toolbars, set your default search provider and change your homepage, which I always uncheck), it is also lightweight and compatible with Mac OSX and all versions of Windows from XP up. There is also a prompt about “Recommended Additional Protection” services at the end of the install, not needing any of it I unchecked all of the boxes and completeled the installation, installing the services are up to you however. Continue reading “Watch Hulu outside of America”

Windows God Mode

God mode will allow you to access all of Window’s settings from one place. All of the settings are normally available from other areas within Windows but the beauty of God mode is that it compiles all of them together.

God at his computer

Here is a cool trick to enable “God Mode” in Windows 7. God mode will allow you to access all of Window’s settings from one place. All of the settings are normally available from other areas within Windows but the beauty of God mode is that it compiles all of them together.

To enable god mode:

  • Create a new folder.
  • Rename the folder to GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
  • The folder’s icon will change.
  • Double click the folder to access the god mode window.

Windows will display 46 different sections each with many configuration options.

Important Note: God mode will apparently work on both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, it will also work on the 32-bit version of Windows Vista and the 32-bit version of Windows Server 2008. It has been known however, to cause the 64-bit version of Vista to crash! If this happens to you then you may need to start Windows in safe-mode to delete the folder.

Can’t find the right drivers? How to identify unknown devices in Windows

Unknown devices in Device Manager can be really annoying especially if you have lost the driver disc and can’t identify the device at all to download the drivers from the internet.

If you have ever had to reinstall Windows on a PC before then you probably would have encountered this issue.

Unknown devices in Device Manager can be really annoying especially if you have lost the driver disc and can’t identify the device at all to download the drivers from the internet.

Fortunately I have a trick to make identifying those pesky devices much easier without the use of fancy or expensive software. Whether is be audio drivers, video drivers, printer drivers, any kind of drivers!

Simply open ‘Control Panel’ and go to ‘Device Manager’. Right click on the device you want to identify and select ‘Properties’.

In the device properties window select the ‘Details’ tab. There will be a ‘Property’ drop-down box from which you need to select ‘Hardware Ids’.

In my example I have the value ‘PCIVEN_8086&DEV_109A‘. (See image).

This is the information you will need to identify your device. (The device in this example has already been identified and drivers installed as I didn’t have any Unknown Devices to use as in my screenshot.)

A simple Google search of ‘VEN_8086&DEV_109A’ reveals that my device is an Intel PRO Network card and also a few websites where I can download drivers. Please know that this method doesn’t always neccessarily pin-point your device 100% of the time and some trial and error may be required but it will at least point you in the right direction.

I hope this was helpful and if you have any questions please leave me a comment.

How to unlink your YouTube and Google accounts

This little problem had been bugging me for a while. I got myself a new e-mail address with G-Mail and wanted to link it with my existing YouTube account but I could not find anywhere to unlink my old G-Mail account from YouTube in order to link it again with my new one! (I hope that made sense).

A quick search revealed many other people with the same issue and finally I stumbled across this on the YouTube website which solved all my problems: http://www.youtube.com/my_account_unlink.

For those of you who don’t know what I am on about. There are currently two types of YouTube accounts, those that were created before Google owned YouTube and those that were created after Google bought YouTube.

Google is planning on phasing out the old YouTube accounts by forcing people to link their existing YouTube accounts with a Google account, users will then have to login to YouTube using their Google account details. This Google account will then act as a master account for all of Google’s services including G-Mail and YouTube.

Thanks for reading.
– Ben

Hacked in under 5 minutes: How to protect your wireless LAN

I went to my parents house last week to investigate a problem with their internet connection running at prehistoric speeds only to find that some cheeky hacker had cracked the security code (64-bit WEP Key for the geeks) and was using Mum’s internet connection.

I will admit, as embarrassing as it is that it was me who set the wireless modem up! I guess I got a bit lazy and rushed through the configuration thinking that no one would really bother trying to hack the connection. The house is located in a sparsely populated area on a 5-acre block of land, surely they wouldn’t even be able to pick up the signal without some kind of powerful external antenna! Well, I could not have been more wrong. Continue reading “Hacked in under 5 minutes: How to protect your wireless LAN”