I only have a 13G HDD for my Ubuntu (8.10). I installed with the defaults from the partitioner. It only gave me 510MB for the swap partition. Could this affect my downloads? Also, is there some kind of cache or temp storage where downloads are temporarily kept while the download is proceeding? I see Firefox has some cache for the size to be specified, but I'm talking about when I do the downloads for updates for Ubuntu. This is FTP and not involving the firefox browser. I ask this because it seems that when I do these downloads it gets so far and then slows down to a crawl. The downloads must have a timer because once they slow down they fail. Also, by that time Firefox browser won't work either any more. I use a TrendNet TEW-424UB (using the RealTek driver). Anyone have any ideas?