Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tired of Getting DC'd & Running out of ideas...

Since about patch 5.4.2, I've been getting disconnected from the game. It usually happens during group activity (scenario, dungeon, lfr). It usually happens during fights.

Video driver? My first inclination was the issue was related to my video drivers. So I went to the NVidia site and downloaded the latest and greatest, stable drivers for my GTS 250 video card. No help.

Hardware scan... In the BIOS, my HP desktop has a 'system scan' option. This runs an integrity check on the system vitals, memory, drives, etc. Nothing. I even peeked into the Windows Event log to see if I am regularly getting any failures. Nope.

Network traffic? The disconnect "looks" like I basically hit ESC on the keyboard, backing myself all the way out to the logon prompt.. I've ran a NetMon trace a few times to capture the disconnect, but nothing really stands out. Unfortunately the drop is random, so the log files do get rather substantial by the time it happens.

Other users? Other apps? Thought this issue could be related to background tasks or other user's open applications. I share the PC with the rest of the family. Windows 8 does a great job of flattening other users when they walk away, but ??. Who knows? Maybe IE or my son's Angry Birds is doing it. So I log them all out, shut down unnecessary background tasks (like Steam client and cloud backup of PC) and close all web browser sessions. No help.

Add-ons? I went through and removed or replaced all add-ons in my game that I don't use, or are more than a few game releases old. "Last Update 5.2", gone. I am down to DBM, Bartender4, Vuhdo and a few other miscellaneous addons (postal, bagsaver, tBag). I am running the "Curse" desktop client, so it tends to keep my addons fresh and up-to-date. I don't get any LUA errors, so this could be the issue, but I am not sure I can faithfully group, without Bartender at least. No healing without Vuhdo. So far, no help.

Reaching.. Last week while doing a Windows Update, I noticed that my sound card driver was out-dated. It's the integrated card on the motherboard, but hey it's got a driver. Updated it. Still no help.

Reaching Further... Friday while running LFR, I decided to reset my "Interface" (i.e. video/sound) settings to as basic as possible. I went from High to Good video quality and detail to Basic and Low. Darn if it isn't difficult to raid now as what...I am taking damage?? Oh crap, I must be standing in fire as my character is red, not blue! Move!  Good news, I dropped only 3 times while healing during the Shaman fight, not 4.

At this point, I think I am basically to, 1) reinstall game 2) run barebones no add-ons or 3) only run non-grouped content. I am not even sure any of these would fix it. Maybe it's my ISP throttling my connection to Blizzard? Maybe it's the color orange?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Blizzard, Let's Look at LFR Self Loot Again, Please!?

Last night my priest (because the LFR had the bonus for healers), she ran LFR Gates of Retribution. She's fairly well geared (i525 average), but there are 2 items that she really, really wants.

More so, she'd like to the tier pants of the Klaxxi in Downfall, but that's not the point. Instead what she got was gear she already has equipped, ie Shock Pulse Robes

What I'd like to do, is not automatically win when I have the same gear already on. I have 2 cricket cages, I now have 2 Shock pulse robes... Sure, Sha Crystals when I disenchant them, but ... I dunno, I'd rather have the gold, or better odds on the gear I want. 

Questions, If I take it did one of the other clothy casters NOT get it? Can I get a sort of DKP where I am more likely to get items that I want and/or need for future runs? Are valor points a sort of DKP for LFR? I'll probably go out and buy the, um, well, I already have one of those.. I'll probably just keep working on the tailoring pants, so that the Tier ones drop the next day.. :D

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hmm, Orc Female with Personality??

I could really see myself dusting off my old female orc rogue with the new character model changes coming in WoD. The new models are looking quite interesting. I love the level of detail that they will be getting. It's been way too long.

Of the models released so far (or still to come), what are you most excited about?


Friday, February 14, 2014

Beta... Where are you??

Lots of prediction on when the beta for Warlords will drop.


Season 14 of Arena is coming to a close. Season 15 is the last season of MoP. PVP Season is 25 weeks. (see around 37 min mark). Late August 2014??

F2P put up a nice timeline of the release dates. The 3 of the last 4 expansions have came out 15 months after announcement. Panda was noticeably quicker at 11 months. With Blizz wanting to churn them out 'faster', can we predict another 11 months this time?  October 2014?

Is this new on the Warlord's site? Or has it always been there...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Everyone's Worst Nightmare!? Gear Store Opens!!

Blizzard today opened up a online Gear Store. At the moment, I only see Paladin and Priest tier gear, but I'd suspect that Warlock gear is coming soon!

Of course, with this Orc's broad shoulders, "One size fits most" isn't good enough.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Exalted with One, Now who?

Last night after running the dailies, my tailor finished off her rep with the August Celestials. Immediately, I hearthed back and picked up the pattern for the Royal Satchel. One for Elk and One for Eride. Yeah, immediately 4 more bag slots by replacing the Embersilk bag. Move the embersilk to bank slot, replacing 20 slot bag.

This got me thinking, what other rep can I easily work on? On thing for sure, Eride needs her "Black Prince" rep. Through no intentional means, Elk is Honored without even trying. Probably from LFR raids and killing all those Klaxxi? One trick I found on Wowhead via the comments was to run successive runs of a daily quest for the Shadow Pan. It's a bit of a cheat personally; run quest, abandon and run again, but you can easily make 1000 per run (100 kills at 10-15 rep each).  Combine that with the current DMF "Whee!" buff and you'll make another 100 rep each run!! :D

Elk has moved on to building his Order of Cloud Serpent rep. The tiger meat grind is so much easier now that he is sporting 525 ilevel gear and not the 400s level gear back when I first tried this area. With so many dailies, I don't think it will take very much longer in that area. (He's already half way between Revered and Exalted). I  and picked up the commendation immediately at Revered, THEN finished turning in my dailies.. (Now learning to race). Personally the slowest part is the "Fish Cake" daily where I fish up 10 golden carp from the ocean. (It does give me an opportunity to whip out my gem encrusted fishing pole though..)



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LFR TOS - Gates to Hell - Prot Pally POV

Last night, I ran the first wing of the Tomb of Sargeras raid on my Protection Paladin. We managed to one-shot all of the bosses. Thank yo...