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By sboudwin3 ·
i like to play alot of online games. i have alot of problems with lag and getting booted.is there anything i can do to fix this, or make it better? every time i try one of these PATCHES,it slowes down my boot time updating my config. files. i would love any help you can give,
thanks Steve

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by brian In reply to playing online games

#1 factor is your Internet connection. You might have a slowor laggy ISP, that is something you just have to check. However your hardware can factor in. Some ISP's have good throughtput but laggy (high latency connections). The only way to know which are best is to ask friends or try them out.

If you connect to the internet via a Modem, the fax modems (modems that will work in DOS and Linux) work better than the winmodems since they have their own proccessors onboard. Win modems send data through the cpu which takes time (causing additional lag).

1. Best DSL
2. Better Cable
3. Good "Fax Modem"
4. Worst Windows Modem

The best thing is a Cable modem or DSL connection. The DSL may not be as fast as some cable modems but you are the only one on it so it is generally less suceptible to trafic problems.

Even with a DSL or Cable modem you can be slowed by a poor network card or bad drivers so a good 3com card is usually a safe bet.

I have seen little hacks that canhelp by maxing port settings. However sometimes faster is not better. Your modem can choke and retrain if it is getting data too fast so if you don't need the throughput you may try slowing down the port speed settings a little. This might give you a more stable connection. you just have to test it.
Hopes this helps!
I know how bad lag sucks for everyone in the game..

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by draegor In reply to playing online games

I never had any luck with these Patches. The best things I have found to do were increase memory, increase graphics card memory and change the swap space to be managed manually ( one and a half times memory size). This was on my old machine.

I recently upgraded to a new machine with more of everything a lag is almost none existant, but my dial-up connection is still only 28k.

P.S. If you do decide to upgrade, I went with the lower 1.4 amd processor chip rather that the big pentium p4 1.8+ monsters. Reason ? The front bus processing is faster. Check it out with your local PC doctors.

P.P.S. I'm usually flying in combat sims online so I really notice if things are lagging right away. :-) good luck

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by draegor In reply to playing online games

oh yeah. from reading the first answer I was reminded about the MTU speed. I have found that for downloading files, the longer mtu packets were good, however for online gaming the shorter mtu's were best because in case a retransmission is necessaryit doesn't take as long to resend.

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