You know it is hard to know where to start with this one but when a download freezes, does your desktop keep working? Could we say it is a browser problem or does the entire computer freeze? We need to know what desktop and opensuse versions you have loaded and when did this problem first startup? I have had bad hardware lock up the whole machine during file downloads, but really the computer might lock up anytime it was left running all night for instance. But if only the download locks, we might have a software issue of some sort.
The only thing that freezes is the download. The rest of the computer is fully functional. Even when the download is frozen, I can still browse and use any desktop application. Torrents are unaffected.
I agree. I think it’s a software issue. I’m going to try a different browser to possibly rule out a Firefox issue. After that I’m not sure where to look next.
Firefox is up to 3.6.2, perhaps you need an update? Here is where I got my version:
Update your version if you have not done so already. And while not related to your download issue, check for your java version and only load the sun-java version 1.6 and git rid of the icetea version or what ever it is called.
Here are answers to your questions that haven’t been answered yet:
I’m using Firefox to attempt the downloads. I installed Opera and had the same trouble. The downloads window I refer to is the one that opens and shows download progress, speed, etc. in firefox. Opera uses a downloads tab.
My hard drive is 2/3 empty. Plenty of room.
I’ve tried to download iso files for gparted live, the latest openSUSE milestone, and BlackBerry desktop software. All three from different sources.
I’m currently using a wireless connection. I’ll try pluging in to see if that makes a difference. Good idea.
I’m saving to an ext4 partition.
The point at which the download freezes appears to be random.
I didn’t give a lot of info in my original post because I have no idea what would be relevant.
So it appears that you were using a wireless connection and that the download was freezing due to some network problem, perhaps with your wireless router. The problem is not present when you are using a hard wired network connection. Of course we often do not have a choice on what type of network connection to use, but in any case where wired is an option, that is what I would use.
At home (a single story structure with an attic that I own) I have run all CAT5 cables to the bedrooms and the living room and do not use wireless. I set this all up before wireless routers and such were so cheap, none the less wired connections just seem to work with out all of the added security and setup issues that a wireless network can present.
In any event I am happy you got to the bottom of your downloading issues.
Not to get off subject, but over the years I too have had wired router issues that did not seem fixable with a firmware update. I am not sure a year is a good number (I’ve had my present one for a couple of years) they do not seem to last as long as you might think. Perhaps it is the increased network activity, as time goes on, or just failing hardware for a device that stays on 24/7. It is one of the first things I would suggest you replace when you are having network issues on more than one locally installed PC. As costs keep going down and performance keeps going up, a device that has such a great effect on your network should be replaced ever so often it would seem.