I've recently been having a few problems with downloading files, including things like embedded video and audio files as well as generally downloading files.
Firstly I would just like to say that the problem I am having is almost certainly a problem with my os, the problem stretches over IE, firefox and chrome as well as itunes.
Basically the problem is that when I start downloading something nothing happens until the download is finished, for example I recently downloaded itunes (At the time I thought it was just an itunes problem and I was buying things from the itunes store) the download page just hung for a while with the little loading wheel going round and round then suddenly it asked where I would like to save the file, as usual, however when I chose where to save the file it immediately finished the download, and that was that.
This to me seemed a bit odd, but not really a problem seeing as I was downloading a file anyway.
But then I noticed that when I tried to play an embedded swf on a website that it just sat for a long time doing nothing, I tried refreshing and such things but eventually gave up, about 5 mins later the video started playing, having being completely downloaded. The same thing happens on youtube where the video needs to completely download before it starts playing.
Now generally this wouldn't be much of a problem but it is starting to really frustrate me as I am, at the moment, using a 512kb connection, which makes waiting for things to finish downloading painfully slow.
So my question is: Does anyone know what could be causing my computer to not be able to use files until they are completely downloaded?
Videos, audio wont play and files wont ask where to be saved until the download is completely finished. How can I make things so that when I'm, say, trying to watch a video on youtube it will allow me to watch the video as it is downloading rather than waiting for it to finish before it will play.