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5-20-2009 @ 9:55PM
a warning about your solution to wow lag (i commented this on the rocket boots link, but as i know a lot of people here will read it i'm reposting)what you are doing is tuning a dial that belongs to the part of windows that handles the tcp stack (for noobs: roughly equivalent to "the internet's messages"). by default, it's tuned towards being a moderate setting to handle most types of traffic. traffic can take very different shapes, from a large direct download from a single site, to many concurrent smaller streams such as in bittorrent. to make a comparison, it's defaulted to be a jeep and be prepared for most driving surfaces, as opposed to a formula f1 that needs a clear and open track, or a dunebuggy thats prepared to drive the sahara desert and steep inclines. in tuning this dial, you are adjusting yourself for wow-type traffic, and will likely suffer when your formula f1 has to drive in sandy bittorrent.not a decision to take lightly, and not something to set and forget if you run into issues down the line. still potentially worthwhile for the hardcore, as it will commonly drive average pings down from 200 to 30 so i hear. i believe that the blues were once against it and supposedly issued a "patch", but backtracked on that, with the correct assertion that there isn't much they can do about it, as it's not a part of wow so much as an inherent operating system setting.patching vista works too, but as they are diff operating systems, there are different actions to take, and setting the xp registy setting accomplishes nothing. some outdated sources will claim you need a hotfix (and refer you to dubious download-sources for those patches that are not microsoft.com and i highly advise against ever using) that has since been rolled up into a service pack and any updated vista can skip that step and do the latter part of the vista instructions.still, 95% of people shouldn't be doing this because they have other purposes for their computers. i host a small website on my wow comp so it's absolutely out of the question.
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