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#1 rolling2live

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 04:17 PM

When i play any games on Steam i.e. CS, TFC.. i can play for about on average 10 minutes then i get disconnected with this message " Client Timed out While Answering Challenge "

this just started happening recently, and i have been playing these games for 3+ years.. any help would be great.

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#2 Twistshifter2

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 08:26 PM

Whats your connection type?
that could have some play in that... has your connection changed any with in the 3 years?
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#3 rolling2live

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 01:37 AM

yes the connection has changed, but that was almost a year ago and this error just started happening recently. right now i have a Cable connection (roadrunner) 54mbps, and its a NetGear router. i have not had problems with it until last week and i have tried re-installing the games and everything.

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 10:31 AM

that time out is it all the time, cuz it could be the servers that you play the game on, as well.. or if the person your trying to play has a lousy connection then that will also cause it to time out as well...
im looking for some things that you can try to fix that issue...
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#5 rolling2live

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 02:53 PM

Thanks alot. let me know if you find something :thumbsup:

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 03:04 PM

Hello rolling2live
Try reading this tutorial (made by Steam), to help troubleshoot your problem.
If this is not sucessful, I would suggest that you should post your problem on Steam's support forums, and have a Steam specialist help you..
Hope this helps,
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#7 rolling2live

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 04:14 PM

How can i check my router to see if any kind of firewalls are running? i dont really know much about routers or connections so cut me some slack.. haha thanks.

Oh, its a NetGear WG111 v2 Router, and i have Roadrunner ISP, if that helps any..

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 02:17 PM

top please. someone has to know why this occurs..

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 04:54 PM

ok i have a somewhat vague answer i have asked around and they said its because your rates are wrong i dunno how to change these but its a start i suppose :thumbsup:
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Posted 20 May 2006 - 12:45 AM

OMGoodness FINALLY some1 who is having the same damn problem as me!! :thumbsup: I have bn gettn that same error like every 5 minutes when im playing cs! its drivin me crazy! i spend most of my free time playing cs1.6 and gettin disconectd every 5 min for some dumb error that has no meaning is really annoying! i need help asap!!!! :inlove: :flowers: :trumpet:

#11 rolling2live

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 10:09 PM

looks like we are out of luck ogbooty.. i have never been able to find an answer for this problem and doubt i will. i even went through a whole system reformat for nothing :thumbsup: sucks.

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 02:17 AM

What does it say when you run steam://support/?Issues=*&Tests=Ports

Oh, and about them rates conk was talking about:

Rates
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It is important to check your rates for both Steam and for ingame. There have been many players with DSL running with 14.4 modem rates which certainly won't help and this also makes connecting and map downloads very slow.

To check your rate in Steam: Steam > Settings > Internet

To adjust your rate in the game: console (~) then:
rate <enter>
to see what it is set to.

Here are all the different pre-set rates (all bytes/second):
Modem - 14.4k - 1500
Modem - 28.8k - 2500
Modem - 33.6k - 3000
Modem - 56k - 3500
ISDN - 112k - 5000
DSL > 256k - 7500
DSL > 768k - 9999
LAN/T1 > 1M - 20000

You may also want to try customizing the rates to your exact setup. Type each of the following commands in your game console and write down your default settings before making any changes:

"cl_cmdrate"
"cl_updaterate"
"rate"
“cl_interp”

For example, your default cl_cmdrate rate might show as "cl_cmdrate 30" in your game console.

Type "net_graph 2" in your game console. You will see a line with different colors. You want that line to be as steady as possible.

Next, please try altering the rates of the following: (Note: "X" is variable rate you will be assigning/altering.)

"cl_cmdrate X" - This refers to the maximum number of command packets sent to server per second. This should be equal to your FPS. If this is set too high or too low, you will experience a choke. There is no cap for GoldSrc games (Half-Life, Counter-Strike), however, Source games are capped at 100.

"cl_updaterate X" - This refers to the number of packets per second of updates you are requesting from the server. There is no cap for GoldSrc games - the Source game cap is 100.

"rate X" - This refers to the maximum bytes per second the host can receive data. GoldSrc games are capped at 20000 and Source games are capped at 30000. If this is set too high or too low, you will experience a choke.

“cl_interp X” - This interpolates object positions starting "X" many seconds in past. Higher cl_interp rates make the game appear smoother, but true player positions will be displayed less accurately.

In the event altering, also known as 'tweaking', the rates in your game console does not help, please revert to your default rate settings.


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Posted 03 June 2006 - 02:34 AM

iddint understand a damn thing u just sed but yeah rolling man it like stoppd doin it for like 2 weeks THEN allof a sudden it does it today im tihnk this is like the black plague for cstrike :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 02:39 AM

aiight rolling if u ever sign on here anymore i have a solution, and it actually workd...http://support.steampowered.com/cgi-bin/steampowered.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=11&p_created=1092152203&p_sid=GQ8V1r9i&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPSZwX3NvcnRfYnk9JnBfZ3JpZHNvcnQ9JnBfcm93X2NudD0yNjkmcF9wcm9kcz0mcF9jYXRzPSZwX3B2PSZwX2N2PSZwX3BhZ2U9MQ**&p_li=&p_topview=1
click that link and on the page it shud sey sumthin like "steam connection test, click the link right below that and steam runs a test on itself and after its done that for about 20 min ur all set to play, last time i did this it worked then all of a sudden the error happended agin after like 3 weeks, so it seems it only supresses it, but hey then i just ran the test again andit works like a charm, so yeah try it out....peace

#15 rolling2live

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 08:27 PM

thanks for all the replies, i tried what you said ogbooty but still no dice :thumbsup:

any other ideas?




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