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Gaming (port problem?)

When I bought this computer new a couple months back. When I play AOE3 WC it tends to still freeze why is this? My cable internet is suppose to be high speed and all that. I dont see any other problems with it.

All I want to do is play this dang game online against others.



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i think the issues is not with the puter, but the operator. ;)
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Yeah? lol no it lags lol
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Doesn't sound too much like your connection. Make sure that your machine isn't paging while you play. If you use page filing, most likely you'll freeze what you're doing.
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When I bought this computer new a couple months back. When I play AOE3 WC it tends to still freeze why is this? My cable internet is suppose to be high speed and all that. I dont see any other problems with it.

All I want to do is play this dang game online against others.

it doesnt have to be the connection, does the game freeze when you play it single player? also Age of Empires 3 has a farily high demand in video capability, could you give us some specs on your machine (video card, processor, ram, etc.)?
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Dell - Inspiron 530
3.4 Window Experience Index
Intel (R) Core (TM) 2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.33GHz
Memory 3070MB
Vista Home Premium
32 Bit Operating System
so far so good, shouldnt bee the problem, but what kind of video card do you have?... im not that familiar with the experience index since I despise Vista, but 3.4 is pretty medium isnt it? shouldnt it be higher with the specs he has so far?

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Only lags when playing online?
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My buddy says it might be a port problem any idea on what or how to change those?
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Only experience i've had with port problems were in the early days of xbox live (like the year it came out). I can't remember exactly what I changed but I remember that you have to go into your router settings (mine is 192.168.1.1) and open up some ports that might be causing it to lag. I'd check the AOE3 forums or support site to see if anyone else is having issues. Good luck bud.
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I looked on the AOE3 forums and didnt see anything about lag just people who couldnt get on.
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Heres a thought, maybe you just have a slow connection. Yes you have cable but say you're paying for 3mb. Chances are you're only getting 1.2 to 2mb. If you're connected to a router make sure the proper ports are forwarded. If you're using wireless then switch to a wired 10/100 ethernet. Yes wireless is fast but you're not always going what the top speed. With a 54mb wireless device and getting say a quarter signal you're going anywhere from 5 to 10mb. A direct connection via parallel (LPT) is faster then that.

So so many reasons why you're lagging. Heck all it takes is another user say a family member on another PC could be sucking bandwidth. Might have too many programs trying to use the same port. Slow connection. A hard drive that has a bad file fragment problem or even a hardware problem.
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A direct connection via parallel (LPT) is faster then that.
LPT is a line print terminal. I don't think that has anything to do with his connection?

You're using Vista, aren't you...?

You will have fluctuations with wireless. 54mb/s that is stated on the hardware represents the transfer speeds between two clients on the same network using 802.11a/b/g protocol.

On the other hand, having wireless could be a problem. Using a wired connection could increase connection reliability.

AOE uses 2 different protocols. TCP (Transmission Control Protocol)and UDP (User Datagram Protocol).

Port 47624
Ports 2300-2400 TCP or UDP

In your router, whatever your private address maybe (Click Start>Run>CMD>ipconfig /all) Whatever your default gateway is, is your private IP address, assuming you have a router. Chances are, your private IP is a class C address and will start with 192.168 and so on. You will need to locate your "port fowarding" menu and plug in either 47624 (to allow incoming traffic through that port) or any port number within 2300-2400.

Graphics cards can be strange. Is your card PCI express x16? What is your VMB (Video Memory Bandwidith)? Video memory could be 512mb or greater, but doesn't change the way the card processes images and streaming. Does AOE3 require DX10?

Paging of course isn't an issue if you're running 3gb. Make sure that there aren't any processes hanging up that could cause program interference.

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