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01-14-04, 07:26 PM
I recently set up a cable network for our house so 3 PCs and the Xbox could share the connection. Ever since then I haven't been able to play BF42 or Half-Life online because of the lag. I was wondering if there were settings I could tweak to make it run better/smoother or is it just splitting all the bandwidth up so I'd have to turn off the other PCs in order to get good play?
system specs(replace that crappy GeForce with a 9600XT):
and my router:
www.linksys.com/products/...9&prid=561 Edited by: AkrisD 0 at: 1/14/04 7:27 pm
01-14-04, 08:32 PM
well you have to share the connection, it's not going to be all that smooth, especially if the Xbox is hosting a game.
For most cable companies the max upload is 30 kb/sec, so you'll have to just make-do. I'm able to play CS while my brother plays on Xbox live with ping 90-100, which is still very playable and lagfree.
01-14-04, 09:26 PM
I had 3 computers hooked up all playing on a server together (now that mad it fun, tell each other where people were coming from) and suffered only minor increases in ping. So not sure what the deal is.
01-14-04, 09:27 PM
We get together and have a LAN party every last Sat of the month.
Usually have 10+ peeps and we jump online and play CS, BF1942, DC and other with little or no ping!
I would check your router software and firewall settings.
edit - changed firewire to firewall like it should be *bonk* Edited by: Biggwin at: 1/15/04 7:22 pm
01-14-04, 09:54 PM
firewire? heh...the way I "set" it up was just plug all the things in and inserted the startup disc and everything worked ok, I was fine with it until I started up my games and then
I haven't noticed any slowdown on the internet, but the games will go from 100ping to 900-1000 every few secs. I'm pretty sure my brother has got Bittorrent on his PC, could that be why?
edit: I just tried upgrading the routers firmware and lost all connection to the internet. hmmmmm Edited by: AkrisD 0 at: 1/14/04 9:56 pm
01-14-04, 09:57 PM
If he is actively downloading, or seeding a file, then yes, otherwise no.
01-14-04, 10:04 PM
I think he meant firewall not firewire.
01-15-04, 09:51 AM
If your ping spikes dramtically for a few seconds then it sounds like a problem with spyware to me. Or at least that was the case for a friend.
That @#%$ will turn your computer into a node without you evne realizing it (unless you run adaware and spybot) ;o
Edit: Oh wait a minute, lag spikes on the xbox while your playing and they are on PC or lag spikes on the PC when they are playing Xbox? Edited by: Bondori Zafiro at: 1/15/04 11:03 am
01-16-04, 08:47 AM
It was his Bitorrent that was causing it, thanks guys for the help. I've got another Q, should I have 2 occurences of ati2evxx.exe in the Task manager?