Post by VanDeeks
Hello to all!This is my first attempt at writing a guide, so please don’t judge it too harshly! :-)
I would have liked to post some screenshots but I’m not sure about the copyrights, so it’s a text only version…
Years back, during the early times of WoW, lag was a daily issue for all of us. We didn’t take much attention of it. Of course, it was painful and of course, none liked it. But, we learned to live with it. I remember 40m8 raids that sometimes needed 3 hours to get started, simply waiting to get all people lag free. :-(
A well-known Dragon was beating us over and over because there were disconnections and LAG. But, we managed to bring him down after many days of trying! (Perhaps even weeks. I don’t remember anymore). The reward was incredible, and we were the only guild on our server that succeeded!
Times have changed, and most of the LAG (or high Latency) issues got solved by better game servers such as Blizzard, due to better coding of their developers and much more reliable ISPs. Still, there was and always will be many people outside in the World of Warcraft what experience these strange energies that are letting them fail in hunting down monsters, defeating bosses in dungeons and fighting the Horde/Alliance in PVP. Lag (high Latency) is a fun killer. Players are forced to leave their guild, groups getting disband, battlegrounds are lost and arena fights cause friends to quarrel!
As posted in a previous thread, I encountered hard times with lag when WOTLK came out. I couldn’t play WoW over a period of 14 days. I could log in, but I did disconnected more often than I would need, to shoot my deadly arrows on Emalon the Storm Watcher to bring him down.I decided to do something against it:
I did the basics, in the hope of getting the problem solved.
(Later I found out that 80% of this I didn’t have to do at all
• I did reset my router to factory defaults (I did a backup of my settings before)
• I searched the newest firmware for my router.
• I bought a new network cable.
• I uninstalled WoW and installed it again (what a job :-).
• I uninstalled all apps and programs that weren’t really necessary on my PC.
• The first thing I deleted forever was a Firewall called Z…(This thing had a life of its own).
• I closed my virus scanner before I started WoW (I wasn’t surfing or downloading in that time)
After doing all this, I was hoping when the WoW screen was loading that all would be fine. I prayed…To make it short
: I took somewhere between 2 to 7 minutes before my latency went on over 800 ms. Not playable, at least not for raids, dungeons and PVP.
What I noticed was that I didn’t have anymore dcs, at least not more than 2 on this day.:-)
But, there was still lag.
I called my ISP and asked for help. They helped me to make some port forwarding, which was actually useless. I was without hope! I didn’t try to log in to WoW for more than 5 days. And, if a friend of mine wouldn’t have asked me to send him some materials (that was even working with 800 ms) I probably wouldn’t have logged in to WoW ever again. (I started to play Gothic in these 5 days). The best thing was the lag was gone!
I had latency from around 180ms. That was acceptable for me.
My conclusion was that something wasn’t ok with my PC, and the main issue was probably the game server of Blizzard, or my ISP had issues which they never told me about. I posted on the WoW forum and discovered that I wasn’t the only one experiencing that issue during that period. I didn’t even try to contact my ISP, and was happy that I could again play without lag, till to the end of summer this year (2011). What happened?
I got spikes. But not the one you use to climb on a mountain! No, spike lags!
My latency was somewhere between 300ms and 3.000ms when I was writing here that I had many disconnects in WOTLK that was nothing compared to this time.What I did:
• Asked my guilders how there game play was
(None had problems. Well, there are always some who lag a bit but nothing tragically).
• Checked the Blizzard forum
to see if any issues or maintenances were announced (All was fine).
• I sent an email to Blizzard support
about my problem (They couldn’t really help me).
• I called my ISP
(They sent a guy to check my line, but he couldn’t find an issue. He told me that my OS or Hardware probably had issues).
More research was needed! I was surfing, for I don’t know how many hours or days, and was absorbing all kinds of information on how to reduce lag. I found out that I had 3 options to solve my lag:1. To call my ISP and complain about my line (I did that).
2. Send an email to Blizzard or post on the Forum (I did that).
3. Investigate my OS & PC
My Hardware was fine. Check that was very easy, as actually only WoW had problems. I was surfing for solutions and found these 3:
(Worth a try, but didn’t really work out for me).
• TCP optimizer
(This app actually did something good. I noticed it when surfing and downloading, but it didn’t solve my WoW problem).
• Lower my ping.
(If someone has experience with it please post and I will add it)
I saw some posts around on forums that some people swear by these 2 apps. For me, it didn’t work. Maybe I was just the exception. Who knows… I was also thinking of lowering my ping (But, I decided not to).
I tried to follow some advice I found in tech forums, and started to play with my registry. One of the tweaks which I found promising was disabling the Nagles algorithm
. I think after I tried this, it went even worse. I would not recommend doing that!
After these tries didn’t work out I got a little frustrated, but in the same moment I also got motivated to solve this issue once and for all. It needed more effort…I decided to focus on my PC/OS, to track down the error.
I began to investigate my PC. I also noticed that some of my webpages wasn’t opening correct. I researched the net for helpful tools and was lucky to find a promising app called Latency Optimizer I had never heard of before. On the website of this app I found a tip, to use this software in combination with some other tools. There was no brand stated, so the apps I’m listing here I decided
to use!Here is the list of apps and steps that finally helped me to fix my spike lags:
• I was downloading Latency Optimizer 3.0
free (This app is huge, includes many tools).*
• I switched to Avast antivirus
scanner and found suspicious files (I had another before).
• I switched to Comodo Firewall
to control my ports better (I had another before).
• I installed Malware bites
(I got rid of spyware and malware).
• I installed Sophos Root kit scanner
(I found some hidden files I deleted. Root kits are bad!)
• I used HijackThis
, and got rid of BHOs.
• I was downloading CCleaner
, and cleaned my registry.
• I used EmsiSoft against Trojans
(I didn’t found any).All this apps are free!
(Some have limitations in the free version)
*When I was first using Latency Optimizer 3.0
I got a little confused. There are various tools included but like always, the real good ones are in the paid version only. Still it must be said that this app is by far the best I found by my researches.
I cannot 100%
say what actually solved my spike lags, because I really did a lot of things. But, it was probably the combination which did the job! Well, I dinged 85 with 3 of my chars and I’m happy. I hope that this guide can help some people solve their lag problems!
* If some1 has some tips on how to reduce high latency and fix lag, please message me and I will add them!
Post by CadalMord
I was surfing for solutions and found these 3:
• Latrix (Worth a try, but didn’t really work out for me).
• TCP optimizer (This app actually did something good. I noticed it when surfing and downloading, but it didn’t solve my WoW problem).
• Lower my ping. (If someone has experience with it please post and I will add it)
"Lowering ping" and "solving high latency issues" are the same thing. So basically you just said "The solution to my high latency issue would be to solve my high latency issue". =P Anyways,
atrix latency fix has worked for me. Haven't used TCP optimizer myself.
• I switched to Avast antivirus scanner and found suspicious files (I had another before).
• I switched to Comodo Firewall to control my ports better (I had another before).
Avast has a built-in firewall too so I don't see a good reason to use yet another program for that.
• I installed Malware bites (I got rid of spyware and malware).
• I installed Sophos Root kit scanner (I found some hidden files I deleted. Root kits are bad!)
• I used HijackThis, and got rid of BHOs.
Having a clean system is kind of an obvious thing for me. If you have all sorts of malware. spyware, root kits and whatever on your system it's not really a surprise to have lowered performance. In all honesty, if you had that much malicious stuff on there it would probably be a good choice to completely format and re-install the OS.
• I used EmsiSoft against Trojans (I didn’t found any)
This was basically a useless step since you had already used Avast to scan the system earlier.
Edit: Forgot to mention something from my own lag/disconnect issues. I had some latency problems at the beginning of Cataclysm and they got better after I installed the previously mentioned Leatrix latency fix.
However, I was still having lag spikes every now and then, usually followed by a disconnect. After battling the situation for what seemed to be way too long I had a thought: What if it's just my modem getting unstable electricity, causing it to hang? Well I switched the modem's power cord to a different spot and that seemed to have solved the problem; haven't had a single disconnect since.
I was pretty dumbfounded after that worked out.