I was on a team a couple days ago. I beamed straight into ds9. a team mate was still in sector space and another friend was in stuck loading in. The person that was stuck on a load screen showed that he was in one instance. When I beamed down I was in a different instance but it looked like he was in the same instance as me but with out the shield showing he was still map moving but to the guy in sector space he saw us in 2 different instances. when he finally beamed in he showed up properly in my instance.
I think the long load times has to do with being queued for one instance and by time the system is ready you can no longer get into that instance so it is full. that is the way it appears to me.
This may help, may not but this is how I got ESD to load fast:
I have two computers I play STO on this is what i learned about the loads.. at least in my experience. its a problem with STO and the graphics. I dont know why it shouldnít be. My main computer loads ESD quite quick but my second computer using a slightly older card (but with updated drivers) can take up to 10 minutes to load or not load at all when I run at optimal settings (medium resolution for that card)
odd thing is the card is plenty powerful enough to run STO and once i load a zone it looked nice. However in order to even be able to load ESD, DS9 or a few others I had to turn my graphics down to low. Now the zones load fine; including ESD, it only takes seconds to load.
Irks me of course because i know the card can handle more, heck even STO says it can so I donít think itís a card issue so much as some odd compatibility issue with my card and STO.
I wish I could figure out what graphics option is causing it.. I have spent time playing with AA and resolutions and have not found any particular setting that I can change to fix it.. all I can do is run on low which looks well.. bad
Has anyone with this issue tried a complete reinstall, complete with DELETING THE CRYPTIC STUDIOS FOLDER in your Program Files? (I highly doubt it. )
Actually, I sort of.
My computer died 2 months ago and I had to put STO on the new computer and they both experienced the extended loading issues. If there is a connection the only thing I can think of is the video cards I'm using are NVIDIA cards.
The best way to get to ESD is to beam down to the Acasemy then up to ESD takes me secs.
I don't why they do't have this set up like the Klingons with the City of San Francisco as being the where the Fed council meets a lot like the First city on Q'ronos sp.
Pretty much everywhere in the game takes about the same 5-10sec to load, but ESD, DS9 and MA tend to take a little longer than most. Mind I tend to go to the Captains Table instead of ESD most of the time... frankly prefer having less people around.
Since Free-to-Play launched it has felt as crowded as the first couple of weeks after launch again, or whenever a new Season came out lol