Eventus' General Tips on How to Avoid Lag
1. Keep your Flash Player up-to-date. You can find what your current version is & the latest version you can get for your OS in Adobe's help page. If you feel that the latest version of Flash is causing slower gameplay rather than improving it, you can also downgrade your Flash to a previous version that you felt worked better by visiting this page (Adobe's Flash Player Archives) and selecting an older version instead. Please note that older versions of Flash are not supported by Adobe anymore and may be more prone to performance and stability issues, or more vulnerable to certain security exploits that later versions are protected against, so you should always take extensive precautionary measures when using an older version of Flash to ensure that your system's integrity is not compromised. For example, you may want to avoid opening emails from email addresses you do not recognize, or visiting strange sites that you found in an advertisement, especially if they use Flash to run.
2. Clear your cache out regularly. If you don't know how to do so, click this link and select your current Internet browsing method on that page for instructions on how to do so.
3. Keep other programs actively running at a minimum when playing EpicDuel. If you have like a dozen other browsers, tabs, programs or applications running simultaneously, you will be grinding through CPU Usage and exhausting your available RAM, so you can expect colossal lag. Multi-tasking is fun, but not when you do it at the cost of efficiency!
4. Experiment with other web browsers. The most common web browsers include Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari. Some browsers perform better than others in specific tasks - you don't have to try them all, but it's always nice to have an alternative browser to use when a browser-specific bug gets in the way.
5. Set your Graphics Quality to Low. If your graphic card isn’t powerful enough, having a “High” Graphics Quality setting could overwhelm it, resulting in unplayable frame rates (hangings or chronic lagging). You can change your Graphics Quality setting in the Settings panel, as indicated by the icon with cogs in the game.
6. Set your Battle Animation to Faster Animation. The game will look noticeably less fancy, as it would with a lesser Graphics Quality setting, but it will also animate much faster as well. You can change your Battle Animation setting in the Settings panel, as indicated by the icon with cogs in the game. In the Settings panel, you’ll see a bar with 8 notches. 1 is the farthest left (Smoother Animation), and 8 is the farthest right (Faster Animation). You’ll want to set it to 8.
7. Disable any Toggle Options you feel are unnecessary by unticking the options. These options remove the need for your client to load certain features that are not required in order to have an excellent gaming experience and you will notice less lag varying on the amount of options you choose to disable.
8. Reboot your computer, especially after a major system or antivirus update, or if you haven’t restarted your computer in a long time. Sometimes processes could compile silently in the background without you knowing it if you don’t reboot your system for a while, which in turn eats up your RAM and CPU usage, making just about everything run more slowly than they should be.
9. Ensure that your anti-virus software isn’t actively running a scan or other major task in the background. Most anti-viruses have scheduled scans that automatically begin without your explicit permission while you’re in the middle of doing something. These scans typically use up a lot of CPU, meaning your computer is prone to functioning at least 50% more slowly than it should during these running scans unless you manually cancel them.
10. Check your Internet connection. You can check what your current Internet speed is at this link. The provided link will test your Internet's ability to maintain a constant Internet stream in order to measure your Internet connection's online gaming capabilities. If your Internet speed is less than the passable speed (Grade C or lower), you may want to consider contacting your network administrator or ISP for assistance in getting better performance. If it's less than the optimal speed (i.e. less than Grade A), you may also want to do the same if you wish to pursue better quality Internet connection, or refer to Charfade's Advanced Connection Information tips below (in quotes). If you’re using a wireless network connection, consider using a local (wired) network connection instead, as that would allow your network adapter to be directly linked to your router, making for a faster connection as well.
11. Try playing on a less populated server. Generally the server that has the most players in it will inevitably experience some kind of performance issue, and simply switching servers can help avoid that issue.
12. Consider performing a defragmentation on your hard drive. Defragging your disk will basically organize your entire system so that it could find and access files more efficiently and quickly when you want them to open, which essentially enhances computer performance in various aspects. To learn more about disk defragging, click here for PC users, or click here for Mac users.
13. Try disabling your Flash’s hardware acceleration. To do this, right-click your gameplay area (or anything that needs Flash to run), select Settings, then uncheck the “ Enable hardware acceleration ” box that pops up. Doing this can potentially fix any poor picture quality or slow display times you experience while playing EpicDuel.
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