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Connection issues

 

 

 

 

 

Open ports

 

 

 

 

 

 

Players with computer systems accessing the Internet through a proxy server or firewall will need to open certain ports in order to play a game. For more information, view the following support article:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open ports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turn off Internet accelerators

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important note for Dial-up users:  If you are using an accelerator program to improve the speed of your connection, you may not be able to play on our site. You will need to disable this feature or set the program to use no acceleration if you cannot load a game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enable browser settings for game software

 

 

 

 

 

 

The game software requires certain settings need to be enabled in Internet options, including cookies and ActiveX controls. To enable these settings, follow the steps below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click Start, point to Settings, and click Control Panel. In Windows XP, click Start and then Control Panel.

If the Control Panel window is empty, click View all Control Panel Options in the left section of the window to show all the icons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double-click Internet Options. In Windows XP, you may need to click the Network and Internet Connections icon before clicking Internet Options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click the Security tab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the “Security level for this zone” section, click Custom Level to open Security Settings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the “Reset custom setting” section, change the “Reset to” option to Medium or Medium-low.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click Reset.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click OK to close the Security Settings window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click the Privacy tab in Internet Options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click Advanced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If “Override automatic cookie handling” is checked, click once in the check box to uncheck this setting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click OK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now on the Privacy tab, click Default Level and lower the slider to Medium, Low, or Accept All Cookies in the Settings section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click Apply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Web Sites section of the Privacy, click Edit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you do not see a Web Sites section, click the Security tab. In the “Select a Web content zone to specify security settings,” click the Restricted Sites icon and then Sites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under Managed Web sites, locate the “zone.msn.com,” “msn.com,” or “zone.com” domain. Highlight the site and click Remove. Repeat this step for “live.com” and “passport.net.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once these sites are removed or if this box is empty, click OK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click the General tab in Internet Options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Temporary Internet Files, click Delete Cookies and then OK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, click Delete Files and then OK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click OK to close Internet Options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to http://games.msn.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now try playing the game again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internet delays (latency or lag)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The configuration of your modem or Internet delays may keep a game from connecting. If you encounter issues with latency, view the support articles below to learn how to reduce latency with your computer systems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disable automatic-disconnect settings in your Web browser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dial-up connection (Narrowband) – Reduce delays (latency or lag) in your Internet connection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broadband (cable, DSL, satellite) or Network connection* –Reduce delays (latency or lag) in your Internet connection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Network connections include most work, school, and public computers and LAN (Local Area Network) connections on home systems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uninstall game software

 

 

 

 

 

 

The game software may have become corrupt. Try uninstalling the software by following the steps in this support article. The software will automatically reinstall next time you play the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uninstall game software

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us what you think about this support article.