Edited by: Thommy on 29/04/2007 12:52:21
* PART 1
Guide for fixing problems with eve installations (and some external issues aswell)
I have written this guide to be an extra help for people who experience problems when playing eve.
These problems can be anything from often disconnects (DC's), crash to desktops (CTD's) to (some) mysterious unexplainable lag / long load times and responsive related issues.
Before starting with any of the fixes an proper backup should always be made regardless whatever is actually being performed.
This will help in cases you may experience an bad update or just generall loss of data.
To explain the different parts in this guide below is the meaning of the terms used for describing an specific topic.
ADVANCED means performing actions which may make changes inside registry nad/or perform other actions which cannot give an guaranteed effect.
NORMAL means performing actions which does only affect eve itself.
DANGEROUS means performing actions which can result in losses of complete computer / hardware systems if not performed properly.
For the advanced changes it is recommended to make backups of your registry and create an system restore point (how to's below)
Your windows register
hotlink url: Registry backups
Above URL target: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756
Perform an restore point
hotlink url: System restore
Above URL target: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/learnmore/systemrestore.mspx
Backup your complete operating system
hotlink url: right backup lite
Above URL target: http://rightbackup.systweak.com/download.php
For the normal changes it is only recommended to backup your eve game data (how to below)
To make an backup of your eve game data locate the folder named cache inside your eve installation, zip or rar this folder and name the compressed file to the current date like "eve cache backup 1-1-2006" without the quotes.
First we will start with the most logical point, an healthy system (optionally but advised, ADVANCED)
Some systems may become slower over time, this can have nummerous causes like:
- Spy / adware which causes extra load on system resources
- Virus infections which causes corruption in files and / or may serieusly compromise your systems security
- Broken driversRemoveing virusses, worms, spy/adware and other malware.
This is where special tools come into play like virus scanners and antispyware tools.
Everyone can give his / her own recommendations because everyone has his own oppinion, but on a general note everyone agrees on these things are bad left unattended!
We will start with an antivirus program (note if you are not sure u allready have a tool like this installed make sure to check with someone who can tell you!).
It is very important to keep this program up to date so the prefference here goes to an type of virus scanner which has free updates.
The choice i would recommend is avast
(target url: http://www.avast.com), this choice because it is paid for corporate use BUT its free for personall use which means an stronger backbone support since it is financed!
Installation instructions can be found on their site, but make sure you download the free avast! 4 Home Edition.
After downloading, installing and (freely) registering avast you will have updates on a regular notice.
This updates your virus definitions which will identify many different malware programs.
Make sure you run a scan manually on "full system scan" at least once a week to keep your system clean!
However 1 program is not the catch all tool because some others can be missed (especially adware and spyware which is mostly not covered by virus scanners).
Edit: added free backup program & changed topic title