[ILUG] <Highly OT> Windoze gaming problem
Conor.Wynne at compaq.com
Tue Jan 15 08:43:16 GMT 2002
Now I'm sure someone moaned ; but never mind as we shall turn this to linux.
Use a linux dial up connection. I dunno why, but when I had surf-lots-of-limits with esat, every windows user that I cam across were complaining about such issues - my doze mates ;
I had experienced it myself from my house when my smoothwall wen't down - smoothwall was my dialup then. I had the opposite problem, I would forget to disconnect - or fall asleep and wake up the next morning - and the connection would still be there.
No I have no idea why, but I reckon its the DUN in doze that sucks. Even when one uses no-autodisconnect, it still does from time to time. Very annoying when playing q3 online. So try with smoothwall or another linux box instead of DUN.
Apologies for tapping the knowledge base for such a problem. If someone knows
where I should send this, please tell me. I never looked for support in
One of my teenage kids has a windoze game called 'starcraft'. He logs on to
battle.net, meets his friends by arrangements, and has a game with his
schoolmates. This is one of life's complex pleasures for him. It's all
windoze based, BTW.
Now my isp (ntlworld) cuts you off after 10 minutes of a dead line, or 2
hours of surfing. SNIP - you're gone. Problem is, they're cutting him after
45 minutes or 1 hour, when he can get well built up in a complex game but
can't finish off his opponents. It's infuriating, and goes down in the
statistics as a loss; This only happens on windoze, and in this game - it
never happens in linux, where I surf. I presume it is the 10 minute thing.
Can I get around it, e.g. Write a batch file to ping a nameserver every 5
minutes or some such? I thought of a mail check, (I even have a redundant
mailbox to check) but that would mean Netscape, (~10 MB overhead) and
starcraft under windoze stretches this beast (k6/3-500Mhz, 64Mb ram, and via
chipset with slow disk access, S3 video card) enough as it is. CPU and memory
overhead is as much of an issue here as anything else. The game takes over
(15 "quit? - are you sure you're sure?" screens to click through, Alt-Tab
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