Instances, and Computer Issues go Hand in Hand

Thanks to a series of random events, I didn’t get to play nearly as much as I had wanted this weekend. When I did get a chance to play a good portion was spent screaming and cursing at the computer and everything related to computers. When my other half and I bought the laptop, we also decided that we should have my pc wireless since it’s across the room from the router, leaving his PC plugged in. So we bought a USB adapter that would work as a wireless card or what not. Remember, I am not exactly a computer person here. Anyhow, he fiddled with that for a good while, trying to secure our network without kicking any of the three computers off and what have you. I was surprised to see how many people in my apartment building have an unsecured / open wireless connection that anyone can tap into. 

After a short while of playing, I started losing connection every 10 minutes or so, and it would take me roughly 3-4 minutes for all of that to straighten out. It always happened at the most inopportune times too of course. At the end of Veksar we’re working out a plan to take down the final encounter and I go run off and lag into the room agroing him. Thankfully I was able to backtrack into the previous room and no one died. 

Then later that night I offer to help Kasul get some epic updates, Shadowgeist, Kasul and myself on Petites (76 templar) are running through Sebilis when what should happen – we get to the fearing encounters and I have a good solid 40 seconds where I see no one moving, nothing happening and can’t cast spells. Gah! I got frustrated and decided to take it as a hint and just log off. I decided to watch two and a half men in bed for the rest of the evening, which was a lot better then dealing with Internet issues. 

The little bit of time I did get to spend in game was fun though. Veksar was not too bad until the final encounter where we tried a handful of methods that didn’t seem to want to work. I played my enchanter, and didn’t realize they changed the encounter (again) so that now you CAN mesmerize the adds. I guess people complained that it was too difficult the other way around. Our first attempt involved me mesmerizing the named before we entered the room and then standing on his small platform to prevent adds from spawning, but for some reason even when he was mesmerized he still spawned them, so instead we just did it the good ‘ol normal way. Tank rushed in, grabbed adds + named, and I locked them down. Recast my mez when the adds respawned, which they did at least 5 times. 

Kasul got a few upgrades I believe, or at least one. Albrta got an upgrade too but nothing else was really of any use. The day before I had taken Ellithia to heal for Vaults of Eternal Sleep, a lot of fun since she was only level 72 and the only healer. Worked out great though. The only difficulty with bringing in low level healers is that they are unable to cure any of the dots. So you need a zone where dots won’t mater. After we had cleared Vaults I relogged to Arysh and we did Maidens, where I actually got a pair of gloves that were an upgrade. 

Later last night I also tried my hand at a little boxing this new way with two computers. Right now I almost wish I could go back to the old way of two accounts on one machine but that’s simply because I’m used to it. It’s weird for me to be able to watch both at once, and remember what to cast. On the plus side it also allows me to actually do more healing and debuffing which is a good thing. I’ve been planning out all the alts I want to level up that I haven’t yet. Having Ellithia (72 defiler) on the second account is nice, because the majority of my characters are on the other account and having a healer is always a good thing. Though I’m sure eventually I’ll make a tank class on her account that I can play my other healers with.

I hope everyone else had an amazing weekend. Screenshot is of Veksar, having an Indiana Jones moment (I’ve never actually seen any of the movies, someone told me this is in one of them though).

7 Responses to Instances, and Computer Issues go Hand in Hand

  1. Lars says:

    I have the worst luck with Wi-Fi. My game consoles lose connectivity all the time with Wi-Fi (with any router) even though they are only a few rooms away. My Sony laptop likes to lose connectivity even in the same room. My wife’s Macbook seems to always work ok though. Chalk one up for apple there.

    I prefer to use Powerline adapters instead for the things that I don’t usually move around (gaming consoles, old computers I leave on as servers). I’m much happier with it.

  2. Kasul says:

    I did get a ring in Veksar, and a master from Maiden’s on Saturday. Had tons of fun running through them with you guys, and I hope I was helping out the dps. :) Really appreciate you coming to Sebilis, even if connection issues cut the trip short.

    Neither one of my upgrades compares to Eyenstein getting his mythical on Saturday night though! Congrats again man, what an upgrade!

  3. stargrace says:

    @ Tipa – going to rent it, I’m not sure why I’ve never seen it (or star wars or uh.. any star-stuff for that matter) but too many people talk about these things and I don’t have the faintest idea what they mean!

  4. stargrace says:

    Apparently microsoft has a built in feature that will bump you every 10 minutes as it searches for open connections, and since I live in an apartment building, there are lots of those around. At least that’s one issue a friend pointed me at. Since my wireless is not currently broadcasting (wow I almost sounded like I knew what I was talking about there.. watch out!) we have to fix that, get it all secure and allow it to broadcast. Or at least that’s the general jist of things I’m getting.

    The adapter itself is working wonderfully – it’s just every 10 minutes (on the nose, I’ve been timing it) I get bumped. Not enough to have EQ2 drop me, but enough for a good minute of nothing happening on my screen. I don’t think it’s the adapter from my pc – > wireless because my laptop is also getting bumped every 10 minutes. The only machine that isn’t, is the 2nd pc, which is connected with the cable.

    Hopefully today it gets fixed.

  5. Odius says:

    /agree with Graktar.

    PCI wireless cards are the way to go, and they are pretty cheap.

  6. Graktar says:

    I have nothing but contempt for USB wireless adapters. They just don’t work. We tried to do essentially the same thing as you in our household with my wife’s computer, but she, like you, would lose connection periodically and take several minutes to re-connect. And the router is in the same room. Yet we can use our laptops with built in wireless flawlessly from anywhere in the house. I ended up just running an ethernet cable around the circumference of the room, but if you don’t want to do that maybe a PCI wireless card would work better.

  7. Tipa says:

    It’s right in the first, and best, one. You NEED to see Raiders of the Lost Ark. I can’t believe you haven’t.

    Seriously. Go out right now and rent or buy it. The other three are nowhere near as good, but the first one, the original one, that’s a classic by any standard.

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