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Well since the latest steam patch any game that gets patched lags my whole computer, And i know for a fact its steam as when i pause the update my PC will resume as normal, but continue the update and it lags everything, One of the better ideas is to just wait for it to patch and do something else, Its even hard to browse the net when it patches something.

Just wondering if anyone else had this problem.
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Sound like your isp is throtteling you as you have been downloading to much
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Why would isp throttling make everything on his pc slow down, sounds like he means even the non online stuff, which it should not do to any extreme extent.
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I don't have this issue, but I do have a problem with being able to download two things at once. It will always pause one and only allow me to download one.
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Originally Posted by robbo2 View Post

I don't have this issue, but I do have a problem with being able to download two things at once. It will always pause one and only allow me to download one.

I have never been able to download 2 things at once on steam, Steams downloader needs to be completely reworked IMO like to be able to download more than 1 thing at once and to be able to cap download speeds to you can play a game online while downloading a game or patch.
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I have never been able to download 2 things at once on steam, Steams downloader needs to be completely reworked IMO like to be able to download more than 1 thing at once and to be able to cap download speeds to you can play a game online while downloading a game or patch.

It used to work fine for downloading more then one game. It was great because you could let it go overnight instead of when something finishes you have to unpause the other. It does need a rework.
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... to be able to cap download speeds to you can play a game online while downloading a game or patch.

I use a program called NetBalancer to limit download speeds so that I'm not killing the connection for the whole house. The free version lets you limit up to 3 processes at once, which is good enough for me since I only ever use it to temporarily throttle stuff like Steam or the Blizzard updater.
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Is there a way to do what NetBalancer does that is built into Windows?

When Steam or Origin are updating/downloading, I can't do anything else really. Even just browsing here or on Facebook lags real hard.
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Not that I know of, which kinda sucks. I originally found it via Lifehacker; people in the comments suggested using something called cFosSpeed as an alternative.

NetBalancer is dead simple to use though - load it up, find the process hogging bandwidth, right-click, and set a limit (increments of 10 KB/s) or a priority level. The limits persist even after you close the program, which is (kinda) the only downside. You need to remember to set programs back to normal priority/unlimited or else you'll be sitting there a week later wondering why Steam isn't maxing out your connection.

It's a lot better than playing Windows Solitaire for half an hour while I wait for something to download.
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