Instantly crashing in massively multiplayer games

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noviere

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I recently re-activated my FFXI account, and have been crashing to the dekstop without an error message almost instantly as soon as I get my character into the game. The same problem happened with Lineage 2, and more recently(ie: today) with the City of Heroes beta test. About 2 months ago I played FFXi with no troubles(and have never had trouble with online games in the past). My hardware hasn't changed since then.

I'm running:
Windows XP
Athlon 2400+ (2.0gHz)
768 MB Ram
GeForce 4 ti4600 w/ 128 MB
DSL connection(via home LAN)

I spoke with FFXI's tech support yesterday, and they told me that it was because there were blocked ports that needed opening -- he told me this after I gave him my ip address. So I plugged my internet connection directly into my PC, bypassing the LAN(and hopefully the blocked ports). I would've just opened the ports, but the computer that controls the internet connection uses an old program called Psygate that is near worthless :p

The problem persisted. I called the tech support guy back, and gave him my new IP address(which was completely different) and he told me it was still a private IP address, and said my connection was still be routed to my computer.

At this point, I'm at a loss for what to do. I don't know much at all about networking, but I don't understand how I could have blocked ports if my connection to the internet is coming right out of the wall.

Any insight would be great.
 
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As an avid FF fan, and soon be to playing FFXI, I feel your pain.

There are specific ports that need to be opened in order to play online games. Some games can use the generic game port (cant remember what it is), while others need a specific port to be opened in order to play.
My suggestion would be to post this problem in the network forum. Perhaps someone there has used Psygate, and/or knows how to open up the game port for that software. Best of luck!
 

noviere

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I picked up a router on Thursday, and opened the ports for City of Heroes and FFXI and things seemed to be working well. I managed to play CoH for several hours without problem, and played a little FFXI as well(about an hour and a half) and didn't crash.

Today I logged in, and everything was fine for a while. The an in-engine cutscene took place and I crashed to desktop instantly without an error message. I logged back in, tried again and it crashed again during the same scene. Logged in again, and crashed again before I could move.

I spoke to a few friends, and they've suggested that it could possibly be a power issue, but I believe my power supply is 300 watts(though maybe there is something wrong with it). Maybe it could be a heating issue as well. I dont really know much about either of these things though, so I'm not sure I want to spend money on a new case/supply only to find out that's not the problem :p
 
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