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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 7
02-04-2010, 03:58 AM
Unless you are getting it constantly it is from being on an overloaded machine in the cluster (you can often fix this by switching what instance # you are in). If you are getting it constantly check your ISP's site for any reports of errors and if that shows nothing run a trace route (tracert) because it might be an ISP upstream or downstream from the ISP you pay your bills too.

When a router gets overloaded it can drop packets to ease the load. This normally isn't much of a problem for browsing or downloading as your software will detect the packet loss and resend/request the lost packet again. But for gaming or VOIP the packet loss is noticeable because the data needs to be sent in a small time frame or the effects (rubberbanding in gaming, skipping and dropouts in VOIP) are noticeable.