Yep I am. Here's a bit of what happened.
Remote Assistance consistently fails. We tried maybe 15 times or more. When my firewall is down he can always connect to me. I've connected to him by chance only once. Never again.
When playing CS: Source, some of his packets are dropped based on how things go in the game. I shoot him and I know I did, but it doesn't register. This could also be because my connection is way slower than his, but that aside, I did see him teleport once while playing.
Another thing to backup the dropped packets, we did a "ping -t" to www.google.com.jm
- a server far enough away to provide some feedback. Out of 158 packets he dropped one. Maybe insignificant, but for a ping averaging 54 he shouldn't. Mine was 177 packets with an average of 131 ping and no dropped packets at all.
At this point I have a few suggestions, but unless I have the PC in my posession I wont be able to give something concrete.
I'd suggest removal of all components and then transfer to a new case, put back the components in the same case very carefully and one at a time, or - my fav. - run the machine outside of the case. Get something that is non-conductive like the foam packaging for the mobo, and place it on it. Then connect power/CPU and HDD and run it completely out of the box. It'll have all the airflow for cooling and no risks of being shorted out on anything. If the problem is still there (maybe another reinstall in this environment) then there's something messing with him on his SW disks, or his hardware needs some re-vamping.
I also think his network may be contributing to the whole issue, especially due to the whole remote assistance issue - with BOTH our firewalls completely off - and still I couldn't get to his machine.
If someone else would like a hit at connecting to his machine, then be my guest. The last thing to try would probably be enabling remote connections and forwarding the ports for REMOTE DESKTOP and seeing if you can get in that way. We may try this method tomorrow and see how it works out.
Any other suggestions are welcome. Please at least browse the previous posts first before posting to get an example of what we've tried.
I think we found it. I managed to connect to the machine on one of our last attempts. While looking through some graphics settings we realized that the BUS is running at 8X and not 16X (PCI-E for his graph card). Not familiar with this board, so can anyone say if it has a BIOS setting to change the graph slot speed? Thanx.
Downloaded the manual for the 2 boards of the same type, since I wasn't sure which one he was using. Anyways, both manuals say that only the first PCIE slot can be used for full 16x graphics, since the second slot only runs at 1x by default. Incidentally, he said he's been using the second slot because the first one humbugs his reach to the memory when he needs access. He also doesn't recall if it was running at 16x when in the top slot, so he's gonna check and let me know. Will post how it turns out at that time.