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constant choke in Counter-Strike Source

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constant choke in Counter-Strike Source

After noticing I had choke levels in CSS of anywhere between 1 and 50 at any given moment in the game, I began to try to work out what I had changed to make this happen.

It has only been this way for a month of less.

At first I thought it may be a problem with our HomePlug system messing up, but I took my PC downstairs to the router and plugged it straight into that. Same problem.

Unfortunately I cant bypass the router completely as I have no other means of connecting, or I would have tried that.

I have now completely reformatted and reinstalled Windows on my computer in an attempt to see if it was an installed service/application causing the choke. No joy.

I have also tried to fix the problem by altering the rates within CSS itself. All combinations of rate, cl_cmdrate and cl_updaterate seem to have absolutely no effect on the choke, even though cl_updaterate (i think it is) is supposed to have a direct effect on choke.

I have tested on a LAN game to see whether it happens there too, and it does not. Only in online play is the gargantuan, shot crippling choke present.

I'm running out of ideas as to what is causing this. Has anyone had this happen to them? Anyone fixed it?

I'm writing this here as I'm beginning to think it's a problem with the connection rather than something wrong with my computer.
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Grafter
Posts: 191
Registered: 15-08-2007

constant choke in Counter-Strike Source

Did you check how much bandwidth your account is allowed to use in the connection settings?

F9 slow your account up now even if you had an unlimited/unmetered contract!

I'm sure F9 is trying to target P2P file sharers but its a real pig for us gamers as we cant realy be expected to play at offpeak times.
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constant choke in Counter-Strike Source

This month my peak time usage is just under 3.5gb, and offpeak just under 10 gb on home premier 1.

As far as I can tell (according to the confusing SUP and FUP stuff) this is under the limits of the account and no limiting should have been applied. If im reading it right I get 10gb peak-time usage... or 24gb and a nasty email is sent... I dont understand the policies, but I'm under them.

The internet itself does seem a little slow to load web pages, but download speeds do reach what they normally do.on files.

I could be imagining that web pages are loading slowly, the choke I am not imagining though.

Hopefully between this board, and the as yet unanswered support ticket, this can be sorted out. It's a shame after having a stable connection (although constantly changing limits) for so long it now seems to be getting worse.

Thank you for your reply.
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constant choke in Counter-Strike Source

Hi personaldenial

can you post a tracert to your server?

this should give an indication as to where the problem lies.
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constant choke in Counter-Strike Source

lol southpk, an interesting take on the family name Smiley.

This is my first ever tracert usage, so please be forgiving if I've messed up somewhere.

I read a few other posts on this board to learn how to tracert.

on tracerting to the server (problem occurs on any server, not just this one)

Tracing route to 212.187.246.107 over a maximum of 30 hops

1 * * * Request timed out.
2 31 ms 32 ms 31 ms lo0-plusnet.pte-ag2.plus.net [195.166.128.72]
3 32 ms 31 ms 32 ms ge0-0-0-504.pte-gw2.plus.net [84.92.4.90]
4 31 ms 29 ms 31 ms 195.50.117.169
5 32 ms 31 ms 30 ms 212.187.246.107

I had to remove the port number of the server from the tracert as it complained that it was unable to resolve the target system name, hope this doesnt make it useless.

It is usual for the first request to time out? I tried a few websites and they all do that.
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Grafter
Posts: 191
Registered: 15-08-2007

constant choke in Counter-Strike Source

Those times look ok.

The 1st one is normaly your router.

Maybe it doesn't show up because it is in stealth mode and not responding to pings?

or it could realy be runing slow because it is under DOS attack, check your router logs.

If all else fails unplug it for 10 seconds then plug it back in sometimes works if the router has a memory fragmentation problem / been up a long time.
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constant choke in Counter-Strike Source

Checked the "logs" on the router. Doesnt seem to have logged much, less than 20 lines.

I've tried resetting the router, and no change occurs. It's a Zoom X5, as far as I can remember, and has performed great so far (around 2 years).

Quote
01/01/1970 00:00:00> Ethernet Device 0 Detected
01/01/1970 00:00:00> ATM: Detected
01/01/1970 00:00:00> ATM: Setting up vcc0, VPI=0, VCI=38
01/01/1970 00:00:00> Initialized Dynamic NAPT.
01/01/1970 00:00:00> CfgMgr: 'Console.dlz' module loaded.
01/01/1970 00:00:00> CfgMgr: 'Shtm.dlz' module loaded.
01/01/1970 00:00:00> CfgMgr: 'Washer.dlz' module loaded.
01/01/1970 00:00:13> ATM Connected
01/01/1970 00:00:13> ATM layer is up, cell delineation achieved
01/01/1970 00:00:13> ADSL connected
01/01/1970 00:00:15> PPP1 PPPoA Connected
01/01/1970 00:00:17> DNS WAN auto connection attempt.
01/01/1970 00:00:19> PPP1 CHAP Authentication success
01/01/1970 00:00:19> PPP1: PPP IP address is 84.92.125.252
01/01/1970 00:00:19> PPP1: PPP Gateway IP address is 195.166.128.72
01/01/1970 00:00:19> PPP1: DNS Primary IP address is 212.159.6.9
01/01/1970 00:00:19> PPP1: DNS Secondary IP address is 212.159.6.10
01/01/1970 00:00:19> NAT/NAPT Session Start: interface ppp1, WAN IP is 84.92.125.252
01/01/1970 00:00:19> Initialized NAT Virtual Servers.
01/01/1970 00:00:19> No Static Session Information is defined.
01/01/1970 00:00:20> DNS: Add IP address 212.159.6.9 (Auto discovered)
01/01/1970 00:00:20> DNS: Add IP address 212.159.6.10 (Auto discovered)
01/01/1970 00:00:20> PPP1 Session is up.
05/18/2006 15:08:08> Received time from Time Server 128.138.140.44


Sorry if that's not the right thing. According to that nothing is happening to the router. Yay for detailed logs :|.

Resetting the router has no effect on the problem.