[ubuntu] Very slow download speeds with new 12.04 upgrade

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hello Ubuntu world! I am completely and utterly new, so stick with me here. I have a desktop computer that I had Ubuntu 10.10 loaded on. Started it up after about a year and upgraded gradually to 12.04 LTS. (I want to post specs, but how do I do it in the fancy scroll box?) Anyway, I have noticed extremely slow internet speeds since day 1. I just got done reading a popular post about MTU and RMEM, etc., and have tried adjusting but I'm afraid I'm completely lost. Currently purchasing a 1.5M connection (bottom of the totem pole), and average download speeds of .50M down. :( Some (Hardware)