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Steam - Slow downloads on F24

asked 2016-09-23 11:47:04 -0500

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I have Steam installed. However the game downloads are very, very slow. Fluctuating between 100 and 150 bytes a second. Everything else with the internet is working fine. Browsing, streaming media, installing software, etc.

I have already done a lot of research and attempted to resolve the issue. This is a problem with the Linux client in many distros. However some are able to resolve it via dnsmasq. I have installed dnsmasq and tried the edit that helps some with no luck. Some of the things I have tried are from this post:

A note from that post: dnsmasq was already installed on F23. I did perform the restart of dnsmasq with no help. I edited dnsmasq.conf as suggested and then restarted with no help. I then noticed something about installing resolvconf with dnsmasq. However when I try that install via yum or dnf it fails. I'm not sure if that is an issue here or not. Lastly I tried setting up caching-namserver as detailed here: . No luck.

I just setup a brand new smoking laptop with Fedora 24 and I'm absolutely loving it. I really don't want to take up part of the 500GB SSD with a Windows partition. However this issue on my main laptop is a bit of a deal breaker. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,


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answered 2016-09-23 17:07:56 -0500

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Fedora uses NetworkManager. NetworkManager has a plugin to enable DNS using dnsmasq.

1. Disable dnsmasq service

sudo systemctl stop dnsmasq.service

2. Then edit /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf file - add (or modify if already defined) following line under section [main]


3. Now restart NetworkManager

sudo systemctl restart NetworkManager.service

NetworkManager will automatically start dnsmasq.

4. Add to /etc/resolv.conf.

5. Crossing fingers it fixes your issue ;-)

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You are a credit to the Fedora community. I truly appreciate you taking the time to help me solve this issue. Thank you!

drc003 gravatar imagedrc003 ( 2016-09-24 21:50:13 -0500 )edit

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