The best way to get faster downloads is simply to share.
Some people (especially those on dialup) might think that sharing will in fact slow your downloads down. In your case this might be true.
But look at it from this point of view.
I'm on DSL, and I have no reason to disconnect from the Internet. I could run Kazaa 24/7 and all my 2,182 files would be available for everyone 24/7. But when people don't share with me, and all my downloads either say Searching, Connecting, More Sources Needed, or Remotely Queued, well, this means that people aren't doing their part.
Let's face it. Kazaa takes up a lot of memory, and bandwidth, even with DSL when I'm only uploading.
So if I'm posting on message boards, I see a drop in speed. I feel like I'm on dialup. But I suffer, because I'm downloading on Kazaa.
Unless none of my downloads are coming in.
At that point, I tend to pause all my downloads and exit Kazaa Lite, so I can browse the Web faster. And why not? I'm not downloading anything.
Of course, Kazaa isn't a trade service. The people who I'm trying in vain to download from, aren't downloading from me. The people who are downloading from me may or may not be sharing. Because of Kazaa Lite's settings, I can't be sure who's sharing and who's not sharing. I realize that.
But if I can't download, it's not efficient for me to run Kazaa all the time. So I turn it off. And those 2,182 files drop from the network.
Though the people I'm trying to download from aren't the ones downloading from me, they may want files I have. Or they may want to download from others, who get files from me. By taking my files offline, it creates a rippling effect that affects anyone who wishes to download the types of files I'm sharing, which range from images to documents to music videos.
Of course, when I go to sleep or work, I share regardless, because I want to contribute, whether I'm getting something in return or not. It's when I'm on the computer, and I have to decide if it's worth it.
And it's not just me. I'm sure there are many who feel this way.
So if you have files, do everything you can to share them. Your decision to not share a file may result in a few thousand files being taken off the network, even if for a short while.
Broadband is getting cheaper. If you like Kazaa, you should get broadband. I was paying $60 a month for DSL 2 years ago; now it's half that. I go through SBC Yahoo. Don't like them? They have competitors. Earthlink, MSN, and AOL are just some of the providers offering DSL. Get DSL, share your files on broadband, and make Kazaa better for everyone.
The RIAA and MPAA want to shut down Kazaa but can't. Whether Kazaa lives or dies, is determined by us the users. If everyone shared on broadband, Kazaa would be the best, downloads would be faster, and since you're sharing, other peoples' downloads are faster resulting in yours being faster. If no one shares, we're just doing our enemies a favor.