Ever since i've been using bitcoin, the block chain has been downloading at an excrucuatingly slow pace [about 1 block per 5 seconds]. I used to think that it was beacuase of my abbysal download speed [it used to go at about 100 kbps] but now that i have a 1mbps connection, the block download is still going rather slow [it doesn't help that i'm at block 149696.]
Any suggestions on how to speed it up, or why is this happening?
Using windows vista 86 bits
Older versions of the client had performance issues. Are you using the latest version of the client?