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Here's the problem, the past 3 days in ANY game I play, on ANY server, the latency keeps jumping up and down. It changes harmoniously, not randomly. I mean every 4 seconds it jumps up then back down. Like it is 90 ms, and after 4 seconds it's 9000 ms, then after 4 seconds it's 90 again, then after 4 seconds it's 9000 again, and it keeps fluctuating exactly that way all the time. As you can imagine, I see other players jumping from one point to another instead of walking or running.
I have always been using the same DSL connection and same router for 2 years and this has never happened before until now.

I checked and made sure nothing else was using the connection, so that was ruled out.

I read on most forums the cliche answer that people get, "Disable your firewall", but same as with all my internet problems before, the firewall didn't turn out to be the culprit.

I can call my ISP, but it usually takes them 3 weeks to a month to get here, as they're always "too busy", and when they finally do send someone, it would be someone in a hurry who would tell me "your connection is fine".

Any known cures for this little problem(the ping problem I mean)?
Sep 15 '10 #1
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4,677 Recognized Expert Moderator Specialist
How did you check nothing else was using the connection?

Have you done the whole 'manual connection reset' where you shutdown your computer, unplug your router, and power it down and back up, and then reconnect everything?
Sep 15 '10 #2
15 New Member
Only about 10 times.
Sep 15 '10 #3
2,456 Recognized Expert Moderator Top Contributor
Have you made sure it's not your DNS/Nameservers?

If you're in the US, you can switch the one's that are provided to you with:

Test that and see if it helps.
Sep 15 '10 #4
15 New Member
I'm not an advanced user, so I don't want to mess around too much with the internet settings and make it even worse.
Sep 16 '10 #5
4,677 Recognized Expert Moderator Specialist
That's the beauty of the windows setting - you can always wipe them out and start over.

If you open a command prompt (start->run->cmd) and type in 'ipconfig /all' you'll see the current network settings. What Niheel is trying to get you to do is tell your computer to, in the DNS settings section, try going to another server.

Especially if you have the output from ipconfig, you can always go back to what is currently there, messing with this won't hurt too much.

Try looking at this and see if it helps outline some of those concepts.
Sep 16 '10 #6
15 New Member
Okay I changed the DNS server and nothing happened. Ping still fluctuating the same way.
Sep 16 '10 #7
2,456 Recognized Expert Moderator Top Contributor
Then it's probably an issue with your provider. You might just have to go through the wait time and have them deal with it.

It happened to me recently turned out one of the routers on their side needed to be rebooted :).

Hope that helps.
Sep 16 '10 #8
15 New Member
Ok thanks. I guess you guys tried your best to give me advice for free. Though I would have liked to fix this.
Sep 16 '10 #9
Jeremy Bartlett
4 New Member
I'm not sure if you have resolved this issue seeing that it has been a week since your last post, but here are a few things to check. First have you tried pinging a server while you are NOT in a game. For example going to your command prompt and typing ping www.google.com and seeing if your responses are similar or not. Another thing to check is your CPU usage. Open your task manager and click on the performance tab. Go into your game and play for a few minutes and come back and see if your cpu usage spikes at the same time your ping spikes. If so you might have another issue
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