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Latency Spikes while playing games? (Need Help please)

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June 8, 2006 3:01:20 AM

Hey guys,

Ive been noticing lately that ive been getting a lot of spikes whilep layign games. Now this doenst happen out of the game, the net runs smoothly. It jsut seems that when im online, i get these spikes.

So i ran a few tracert's each 1 min apart during the game and this is what i got:

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
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C:D ocuments and SettingsAdmin>tracert www.iinet.net.au

Tracing route to www.iinet.net.au [203.59.24.221]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 14 ms 21 ms 203 ms 192.168.1.254
2 128 ms 59 ms 18 ms nexthop.nsw.ii.net [203.55.231.88]
3 17 ms 19 ms 18 ms gi2-2.syd-pipe-bdr2.ii.net [203.215.0.12]
4 85 ms 59 ms 86 ms te1-3.syd-pipe-bdr1.ii.net [203.215.0.0]
5 154 ms 217 ms 85 ms po1-2.per-qv1-bdr1.ii.net [203.215.4.254]
6 272 ms 168 ms 108 ms gi3-7.core-sw2.wa.ii.net [203.59.49.172]
7 309 ms 447 ms 243 ms gi1-1.icp-qv1-core1.ii.net [203.59.49.171]
8 172 ms 116 ms 159 ms www.iinet.net.au [203.59.24.221]

Trace complete.

C:D ocuments and SettingsAdmin>tracert www.iinet.net.au

Tracing route to www.iinet.net.au [203.59.24.221]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 382 ms 215 ms 305 ms 192.168.1.254
2 443 ms 427 ms 233 ms nexthop.nsw.ii.net [203.55.231.88]
3 434 ms 506 ms 358 ms gi2-2.syd-pipe-bdr2.ii.net [203.215.0.12]
4 353 ms 153 ms 133 ms te1-3.syd-pipe-bdr1.ii.net [203.215.0.0]
5 154 ms 215 ms 395 ms po1-2.per-qv1-bdr1.ii.net [203.215.4.254]
6 81 ms 75 ms 79 ms gi3-7.core-sw2.wa.ii.net [203.59.49.172]
7 167 ms 177 ms 122 ms gi1-1.icp-qv1-core1.ii.net [203.59.49.171]
8 182 ms 101 ms 82 ms www.iinet.net.au [203.59.24.221]

Trace complete.

C:D ocuments and SettingsAdmin>tracert www.iinet.net.au

Tracing route to www.iinet.net.au [203.59.24.221]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 367 ms 387 ms 167 ms 192.168.1.254
2 167 ms 112 ms 157 ms nexthop.nsw.ii.net [203.55.231.88]
3 166 ms 103 ms 66 ms gi2-2.syd-pipe-bdr2.ii.net [203.215.0.12]
4 175 ms 318 ms 300 ms te1-3.syd-pipe-bdr1.ii.net [203.215.0.0]
5 366 ms 271 ms 393 ms po1-2.per-qv1-bdr1.ii.net [203.215.4.254]
6 275 ms 209 ms 115 ms gi3-7.core-sw2.wa.ii.net [203.59.49.172]
7 105 ms 77 ms 83 ms gi1-1.icp-qv1-core1.ii.net [203.59.49.171]
8 265 ms 265 ms 325 ms www.iinet.net.au [203.59.24.221]

Trace complete.

C:D ocuments and SettingsAdmin>tracert www.iinet.net.au

Tracing route to www.iinet.net.au [203.59.24.221]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 2026 ms 2100 ms 1993 ms 192.168.1.254
2 944 ms 786 ms 377 ms nexthop.nsw.ii.net [203.55.231.88]
3 623 ms 276 ms 81 ms gi2-2.syd-pipe-bdr2.ii.net [203.215.0.12]
4 190 ms 270 ms 325 ms te1-3.syd-pipe-bdr1.ii.net [203.215.0.0]
5 508 ms 621 ms 727 ms po1-2.per-qv1-bdr1.ii.net [203.215.4.254]
6 793 ms 741 ms 801 ms gi3-7.core-sw2.wa.ii.net [203.59.49.172]
7 462 ms 489 ms 453 ms gi1-1.icp-qv1-core1.ii.net [203.59.49.171]
8 463 ms 486 ms 587 ms www.iinet.net.au [203.59.24.221]

Trace complete.

C:D ocuments and SettingsAdmin>tracert www.iinet.net.au

Tracing route to www.iinet.net.au [203.59.24.221]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 1802 ms 1793 ms 1478 ms 192.168.1.254
2 1166 ms 874 ms 632 ms nexthop.nsw.ii.net [203.55.231.88]
3 631 ms 541 ms 526 ms gi2-2.syd-pipe-bdr2.ii.net [203.215.0.12]
4 323 ms 507 ms 301 ms te1-3.syd-pipe-bdr1.ii.net [203.215.0.0]
5 339 ms 209 ms 170 ms po1-2.per-qv1-bdr1.ii.net [203.215.4.254]
6 122 ms 120 ms 112 ms gi3-7.core-sw2.wa.ii.net [203.59.49.172]
7 125 ms 139 ms 161 ms gi1-1.icp-qv1-core1.ii.net [203.59.49.171]
8 116 ms 94 ms 130 ms www.iinet.net.au [203.59.24.221]

Trace complete.

As you can see all the hopsa re quite large but the biggest being between my computer and my router (2000ms+).

Does anyone have any suggestions for me on how to fix this?
June 9, 2006 1:31:08 AM

Bump.

Anyone help me please?
June 9, 2006 6:00:12 PM

Try lowering your packet size (MTU) and see if that improves it.
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June 10, 2006 4:30:38 AM

Quote:
Try lowering your packet size (MTU) and see if that improves it.


How do i do this? I thought this was only possible with dialup connections...
June 10, 2006 1:22:54 PM

Depending on the router its an option related to the wan side. Usually its in the advanced settings.
June 12, 2006 5:27:32 PM

What router do you have?
June 13, 2006 12:49:44 AM

Billion Bi-Pac 7100s
June 13, 2006 8:50:07 PM

Hm... I've never heard of that brand. I assume you have tried restarting it? Unplug it for a good 10-20 seconds to make sure it gets a good cold start. You may try resetting it to factory defaults and reconfiguring it as well.
The Billion site has a firmware upgrade for that router too, it may be worth a shot.
July 22, 2006 6:19:14 PM

You don't need to worry about the router, since the problem is on your LAN. Look at the latency spike on the first hop, even before it goes through the router.

More likely the problem is that the game is taxing your CPU and creating lag within the machine. If you have another PC, run the game on yours and while the game is running, run your traceroute on the other PC. I'd be willing to bet it will look normal there.

Leave task manager running in the background while you play and check your CPU usage. Are you using an onboard LAN or a wireless card? If so, try a PCI ethernet card and see if it makes a difference.
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