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Topic Subject:gamespy (?), OS and and adsl
Oscar
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posted 02-15-07 06:12 AM EDT (US)         
Yesterday I was playing a 4v4 online game (not a lan game, a common multiplayer game with gamespy instead).
Well teams were unbalanced so after a while I was overwhelmed with enemies and I had to resign.
After having seen the game stats I was coming back to the online lobby when suddenly my comp frozen. After a couple of minutes it restarted working but instead of leading me in the lobby I found myself in the main menu of the game.
I tried to connect the game again, all in vain, I couldn't join gamespy anymore. I quitted the game and I came back to the the desktop and I tried both my 2 web browser (firefox and Opera) but they in most times didn't work or they worked but taking ages to load a very light web page like google homepage...
So I checked my ADSL connection panel and there was nothing wrong: my comp was normally connected and there was no error messages.
With my phone I checked the telephone line but it worked fine.
I ran some antivirus and antispyware programas but I dind't find anything.
I checked the task manager and the only program running on my comp was my firewall (ZoneAlarm). I turned it off but again all in vain, nothing was solved.
I restarted the comp and because I still thought the firewall could be the cause of these prblems I disinstalled it and I try to install sygate firewall. But I couldn't because everytime I ran the installation file a window message appeared that said me that windows installer has been modified recently and it couldn't work. So I went in the Windows directory in my hardisk and I found a log files in which was reported that some Windows files have been updated exactly in the same minutes in which my comp frozen after the raf online game but this is impossible because I always keep the Windows updater disabled and I always update my OS manually.
Well, I tried disinstalling my internet connection and then reinstalling it but nope the windows installer didn't work.
So I went in the control panel and with the "restoration console" (I actuallly don't know if this is the right english name) I restored my OS with the configuration of one week ago and finally windows installer worked fine so I reistalled the connection and a new firewall and they worked fine too.

I would like to add that only raf and my firewall were running when this problem happened and I have never experienced such a problem since I get this "new" computer (so since june).

Can someone explain me what happened?

[This message has been edited by Oscar (edited 02-15-2007 @ 06:13 AM).]

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GoSailing
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posted 02-15-07 10:22 AM EDT (US)     1 / 4       
Wow thats wierd... I was thinking virus/spyware but you ruled that out already, and its unlikely anyways with the firewall up. I don't know anything that could possibly cause that... Did other programs work? (Such as other games not requiring internet?)

"It seems to me the humour of Sails is so dry you could strike a match on it and it would be the humour that caught fire." - Friend of Old
Oscar
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posted 02-16-07 05:58 AM EDT (US)     2 / 4       

Quote:

Did other programs work?

Antispyware and antivirus programs worked fine, also explorer worked since I used it to check in the Windows directory.

BTW: I forgot to say in the main post that I had some troubles with the desktop icons, too. In fact when I came back to Windows after the game everytime I double clicked on a desktop icon nothing happened, programs did not start. To start them I had to go in the directories in which the programs were installed and to run the .exe files.

GoSailing
EEH Seraph
posted 02-16-07 09:03 PM EDT (US)     3 / 4       
I'm sorry I have simply no clue. I wish I could help.

"It seems to me the humour of Sails is so dry you could strike a match on it and it would be the humour that caught fire." - Friend of Old
Chonaman
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posted 02-17-07 04:59 PM EDT (US)     4 / 4       
There are many possible explanations for this, ranging from the most ordinary (Windows did something unexpected) to the more likely (there was an error in the game which led to this problem) to the somewhat scary (perhaps your playing partners were hackers who found a vulnerability that they exploited to compromise your system).

Another possibility is that prior to playing this game, the Windows installer was corrupted. This DOES happen, perhaps more often than most realize. It is aggravating, but not fatal.

Good luck. Google is your friend, as is the MS support site.


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[This message has been edited by Chonaman (edited 02-17-2007 @ 05:00 PM).]

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