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Old 02-18-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
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Thumbs down 13GB update!!

My ISP limits my usage to 60GB a month, and charges an extra $2 per GB after this amount. Just a quick idea for Valve, perhaps updates of this magnitude can start downloading at the user's discretion when s/he attempts to open the game? This way, users with limited internet usage can be free to choose exactly when the update takes place, in other words wait until the end of a given month and apply the update if there are enpough unused GB for that month, or decide to apply the update and then plan future usage for that month, etc.

The automatic application of this update while i was away today puts me over my monthly allowance for this month and I will now be charged an additional $2 per GB used until the end of February. I understand I can avoid this problem by turning automatic updating off, but I like having those pesky 50-100MB updates done and over with when I go to play a game.
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:52 PM   #2
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I understand I can avoid this problem by turning automatic updating off, but I like having those pesky 50-100MB updates done and over with when I go to play a game.
You pretty much answered your own question there. That's the tradeoff you make: having all of your games always up to date, or keeping careful track of your data allowance. Or you could, you know, not leave Steam running unattended.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:56 PM   #3
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That is not an update, it's more like the entire game being re downloaded all over again. It happens, but if it didn't download the game probably wouldn't boot up until you finished the download.
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:41 PM   #4
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Is there a way to turn off automatic updates for all of Steam, or do i need to go into the properties of each individual game?
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:45 PM   #5
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My ISP limits my usage to 60GB a month, and charges an extra $2 per GB after this amount. Just a quick idea for Valve, perhaps updates of this magnitude can start downloading at the user's discretion when s/he attempts to open the game? This way, users with limited internet usage can be free to choose exactly when the update takes place, in other words wait until the end of a given month and apply the update if there are enpough unused GB for that month, or decide to apply the update and then plan future usage for that month, etc.

The automatic application of this update while i was away today puts me over my monthly allowance for this month and I will now be charged an additional $2 per GB used until the end of February. I understand I can avoid this problem by turning automatic updating off, but I like having those pesky 50-100MB updates done and over with when I go to play a game.

hey dude are you from nz and using orcon? if so you might wana have a look at internet filters called steam manager it filters and downloads only from nz steam servers and becomes unmeterd it
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:51 AM   #6
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There are no 13 GB updates!
A lot of people get bigger updates then needed, just use the search function.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:31 AM   #7
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Your best options is to exit out of Steam when you're near the limit. Or get a different IP service/plan.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:35 AM   #8
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So funny....I do tech support for a company that sells wireless routers, and we deal with people like this all day, "Why is your router using up all my bandwidth?!", or better yet, "Your router hijacked my internet, now I can't open Internet Explorer".

At least people like this get me paid based on their lack of ability to do basic math or monitor their data usage without blaming it on someone else.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:22 AM   #9
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Shammy 360: Nah I'm from Canada, thanks for the suggestion though!

PJP: Yeah, I caught the download before it started in my laptop, and it was only about 300MB, but in the Downloads section on Steam on my PC it read Completed: 13,000MB/13,000MB, even though I already had the game downloaded before Christmas. Any idea on why it might have been giving that reading? Is it by chance incorrect, still leaving me with around 10GB to play with this month?

Threesixtyci: Yeah getting a different ISP in the works without metering, thanks for the suiggestion buddy!

Psycold: I can do advanced math and am not blaming anyone for my data usage, simply making the point that I feel it would be nice to have the ability to leave automatic updating on, but still get the option to choose when to install any larger updates. I've worked a couple tech support jobs, I feel your pain my man
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