Just make sure "Disable on Demand Patching" in your launcher options is selected - and close and restart you launcher, then log in.
(And yes, this will cause a big download to your PC and if will patch 100% of the game client, and not just a select set of stuff as their terrible 'on-demand' patching does.)
Onec your fully patched - subsequent downloads will be smaller. The upside? Most zones will load faster for you and you'll probably see less disconnects.
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I have the same problem. Starts up the game, shows me the Cryptic logo screen, then crashes with a message that the "on-demand patching server took to long to respond." So I opened up the options in my launcher and disable on-demand patching, then spend over an hour while it downloads and patches in 4gb of data. Start the game up again, still refuses to start because the "on-demand patching server" can't be contacted. I've tried to send in a report 6 times now, only to have the error reporting window close itself before I can hit the send button.
He did exactly what you just suggested and he still had the problem.
And frankly downloading 4gigs isn't an easy option with my Internet speed, especially when it might be all for naught anyway. It'd take all evening.
Last edited by kojirohellfire; 07-02-2013 at 10:54 PM.
Reason: Realized I over-estimated 4gigs. LoR was around 6 or 7 after all.
Did some reading, and found this to be a recurring problem with this game. People apparently keep suggesting the turn-off of on-demand patching and I can't seem to find a case where it actually worked. So why do people suggest it?
If you do take the nuclear option of uninstalling, and frankly I would given your problem, then I highly recommend that you download the client trough Steam.
I had a serious problem with my client a while back, and I was also sick of the ridiculously slow downloads and patching from Cryptic's servers. As I normally would given that, I thought, OK, find another server to download from, and in this case Steam is the option.
Since doing this, my downloads and patching have all been fast and painless, and the client has behaved impeccably.
Now I am NOT a Steam fanboy, but in this games case, I would definitely recommend going this route.