First off i'd like to point out that this is my first time to ever play a multiplayer game!!! How long should it take for a computer generally to connect to a server? I'am just after downloading RTCW: ET and found some servers to connect to, but when I go to connect to them it takes over 5 to 10 mins! What I want to know is "IS THIS NORMAL?" Also, what are the best mod's and patches to download for ET? :confused: Any other information that could help would also be appreciated...
Pierce the Heavens
27th January 2003
Well, you can connect fast, but the map can load slow. You'll have to tell us the specifications of your computer if you're looking for an upgrade.
That, or your internet connection is just slow. At least DSL is recommended for Multiplayer games now.
As for modifications, I'm unsure. I play RTCW and it's mods. But I do know that the two are related in some ways.
My computer has the following: pentium 4 processor. 256mb ram Broadband internet connection. ZoneAlarm security suite 2005, microsoft anti spyware. I have no problems running majority of games, so graphics definetely isn't the problem. MIcrosoft Firewall is disabled. I tried starting xfire with zonealarm and spyware completely turned off, but it still shows exactly the same error message no matter what i do. "cannot connect to xfire server". I have tried every solution i could find on the forums but all to no avail.
6th February 2002
This is all I could find at Actavisions site
I am having problems playing online. I either cannot find servers, or cannot connect to those I find.
Be sure that your computer is not behind a software or hardware firewall of any kind. This includes firewalls built into routers or other equipment, as well as programs like Zone Alarm, Black Ice, and the integrated firewall in Windows XP. Activision does not support the use of our games from behind a firewall. If it is not possible to disable the firewall you will need to open the ports for Enemy Territory. Enemy Territory transmits and receives network traffic on ports 27950, 27960, 27965 and 27952 using both TCP and UDP. Other ports may need to be opened based on the settings of the server you intend to join. The exact details on opening these ports is specific to your firewall. For more information check with the firewall documentation or manufacturer.
Another common cause of problems is a poorly configured router or connection sharing solution. If you are using a router, ICS, NAT or a software gateway you may have problems playing on the internet. This is because the router may not be forwarding the correct information back to your machine. It may be possible to get around this problem using port forwarding or DMZ. You can find more information on configuring shared connections for multiplayer gaming at http://www.practicallynetworked.com. Please be aware that like a firewall we cannot actively support using shared connections to play online.
The most common cause of problems though is usually the simplest - an overburdened network stack. By default many computers have protocols the average person doesn't use; things like VPN or NDISWAN. You may want to contact your ISP to find out exactly which protocols you can safely remove. Often times network game problems are resolved by something as simple as removing unused adapters and protocols.
# Ensure PunkBuster is current. 1) From the Main Menu, press the Tilde ( ~ ) key to open the console. 2) At the prompt type:
\pb_cl_enable (press the Enter key) \pb_sv_enable (press the Enter key) \pb_sv_update (press the Enter key)
3) PunkBuster will now begin to update. When it is complete you will see yellow text providing the new version numbers. 4) Press the Tilde key to close the console.
NOTE: After performing the update the PunkBuster Client and Server will be enabled. If you wish to disable them you will need to do so normally through the shell.
When I put in "\pb_sv_update" nothing happened is this normal? Does it just mean that punkbuster is up to date? Or is something blocking it from connecting to the internet? Punkbuster is on version 1.15. ET is on version 2.6 I enabled all the ports you mentioned on ZoneAlarm and THEN did what you told me to with punkbuster, nothing happened! How long should it take ET to connect to a game server, 20secs, 1min, 5mins????? (I have broadband.)
6th February 2002
Try This, Start Wolf ET when you see the MAIN box click Options, you will see the Options box, click System, you will see the System box, at the top is Audio below that is Video, then Networking, at the bottom of the networking box you will see Connection make sure its set to lan/cable/xdsl, if it is not click it until it is, then click Apply.
Punkbuster, Open Windows Explorer Go to your Wolfenstein - Enemy Territory folder click it, look for a folder labeled pb click it, then look for pbweb.exe double click this, it will open a dos box and update punkbuster, don't worry if it seems slow it is you will see a row of asterix like this ************************************************* when it gets so far it will start to download what you need you MAY need to turn off your firewall,
I've just connected to a server and it took 15 seconds I tried another and it took 21 seconds, Note, some servers will want to download maps or ET Pro but ET Pro not that large and would not take 10 mins.
I've just noticed you say you are connecting through xfire, does it connect ok if you don't use xfire?
C'mon! Have a brain!
6th December 2004
dunieMy computer has the following: pentium 4 processor. 256mb ram Broadband internet connection. ZoneAlarm security suite 2005, microsoft anti spyware. I have no problems running majority of games, so graphics definetely isn't the problem. MIcrosoft Firewall is disabled. I tried starting xfire with zonealarm and spyware completely turned off, but it still shows exactly the same error message no matter what i do. "cannot connect to xfire server". I have tried every solution i could find on the forums but all to no avail.
Well, I have 256MB of RAM and it sometimes takes about 2 minutes to load. :uhm: