Wednesday, June 4, 2008

big league lag

For reasons mentioned over at my /afk blog, I am hiding from the Florida heat at my folks' house this week. A while back I set up their wireless network, so I figured I could bring my laptop out here and play a little WoW in the evenings; no raiding, clearly, and I planned to avoid major cities as much as possible, but I thought I could do some questing and maybe try an instance or two. No such luck.

The wireless connection works just fine. In fact, I'm using it now to type these words to you. Email, blogging, facebook, IM? All fine. WoW? Not so much. I can log in, but then can't interact any further. Well, most of the time. Sometimes I get about a five-minute window where I can play normally, then it's lag city. Some fun screenshots to share:

I can connect, although typically all other characters and NPCs are labeled as "Unknown". Sometimes I know who I am. Sometimes.

My Friends tab works. Hmm...maybe I should blur out those names...oh well.

Uh-oh...that quest log was nearly full last time I checked...

I can run around, but there's some weirdness happening. Like the twelve-foot-tall raptor attacking Southshore. That doesn't seem quite right.

Oh, and I can die. Isn't that lovely? I can't attack, but I can die.

After two nights of fighting, I can't figure out why this isn't working. The firewalls are all configured correctly, so far as I can tell. There is some griping about lag spikes and random disconnects with Cox Cable, which is what my parents have for their internet connection (we have DSL at our house), so maybe that's the problem. How frustrating.

Oh well. A few days off isn't going to kill me (/twitchtwitch). In a way that's very bad for my productivity, I did download the EQII free trial...


Val said...

LOL, funny how that works - can't fight, can die - you probably died about a KM away from where you actually thought you died, too ;)

Thanks for the note on my blog! I've added you to my list, I look forward to getting familiar with you and your toon family!

WoWGrrl player blog

Waradwen said...

@Val I actually didn't know I had died because I didn't even know I was fighting anything. Haha.

Thanks for adding me to your blogroll. I promise to return the favor when I clean up some of the cobwebs around this place. Although I have one minor quibble: I consider myself a Hordie (Horder?) who dabbles in Alliance pinkiness. I know Rotaan's most of what I'm writing about, but my "true" alter-ego is Waradwen, a Tauren druid. :-D

Anonymous said...

I'm a Mac user, but was having the same issues... and still do sometimes. The solution is to "repair your permissions" --- I know how to do it on the Mac, but not on a PC, but if you can do that it might work. I'm a helper!