My problem is that I get a crazy high ping after connecting to any online gaming server, no matter what the game (specifically Counter-Strike: Source and Age of Empires III). Below is a perfect example to work with:
I could play Counter-Strike: Source just fine last week with a great ping (usually around 30). Then I upgraded my machine:
- AOpen Aeolus 6800 GT video card (ForceWare 84.21)
- DFI LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D motherboard (nForce4 AMD Edition - Windows XP/2000 (32-Bit) 6.70)
- Athlon 64 3200+ processor
- 1 gigabyte of the best Corsair memory money can buy
- Antec 450 watt power supply (more than enough to power 1 video card)
- 74GB WD Raptor hard drive (freshly defragmented)
I just set everything up; no overclocking; standard install of Windows XP with SP2; a fresh Steam install. I have done tests from DSL reports on my Cable line, and I am having no troubles with the connection. Great QOS, great upload and download bandwidth.
My friend was over at my house, and on my wireless internet connection (Linksys WRT54G v2.0 Router - firmware v4.20.7) playing CS:S from his laptop after freshly purchasing and downloading it. He's running Windows XP, and he had a ping around 30. I was on my desktop (Linksys WMP54G v4.0 PCI card - driver 184.108.40.206) with a ping of around 500+. It almost neared 1000 a couple of times.
1.) I tried turning off Windows XP SP2 Firewall
2.) I tried removing the "hl2" entry from the firewall exceptions list and redetecting it
3.) I tried slowing down Steam's connection to "56K"
4.) I tried opening the proper ports on my router
5.) I have tried bypassing the firewall
6.) I have updated my router’s firmware to the utmost
7.) I have opened the connection up completely
8.) I have tried combining all of these steps together
9.) I disabled the onboard network controllers
10.) I disabled "AMD Cool'n'Quiet"
In CS:S, I get a frame rate of around 60 - 70 FPS at 1600x1200, but my ping is between 500 and 1000. I have great frame rates no matter what the resolution (the "net_graph 3" command from the console is telling me around 120 FPS at 1024x768). "net_graph 3" is also telling me I have crazy packet loss (around 40 or 50) at 1024x768 (or any resolution for that matter).
The only glimmer of hope comes when I run the game windowed at 1024x768 with the "net_graph_3" on. I can connect to a game server with a ping above 300, as usual, but when I switch out of the CS:S window (into notepad for example) I notice that my ping would drop to around 30 - 50 and the packet loss would go away completely. When I switch back in, the ping skyrockets almost immediately and my packet loss does as well.
Thank you in advance for any thoughts or suggestions you can make.