I really hope someone here can help me out. I’ve tried everything I can think of and nothing has worked so far. I’m running Windows 10 Professional Edition on an HP laptop. Processor is an Intel Core i5-4200M. 2TB hard drive. 16 GB RAM. I usually play Secret World Legends via a WiFi connection and T-Mobile cellular internet, but the problem happens while tethered via USB to my phone as well as when connected to another source of WiFi. I run the Steam version of the game.
In the background, I usually have Fraps, Discord, and Chrome running.
What’s been happening are four possibly related things:
- Before it even logs in, I get a message that it can’t reach the server and I need to check my firewall.
- Authentication with character server fails. If I’m just logging in, I can’t log in and have to completely restart the client, sometimes several times, in order to log in. Error message is “Failed to authenticate with character server”.
- While returning to the character menu from having been logged in, the client pauses on authenticating and then crashes to desktop with no warning.
- Very often, the client gets stuck in a loading screen. Nothing happens and I end up having to completely shut SWL and Steam down and reboot both.
At first I thought it was graphics related, since my laptop sometimes struggles with Secret World Legends. I tried booting in Dx9 instead of Dx11 but the same thing happened. I tried turning off Fraps, because I heard it could cause some games to become unstable, but that did not help. I then tried turning off all unnecessary programs, including Discord and Chrome, but that did not help either. I then turned off Windows Defender’s firewall completely. That did not help. I uninstalled Norton Antivirus, since a new Windows Update had broken it, and that did not help either. I pushed the repair button on the Secret World Legends downloader. That didn’t help. I then made doubly certain both Steam and Secret World Legends were booting in Admin mode. That did not help. As a last ditch effort, I uninstalled the most recent Windows update, that installed on my computer the same day as the patch. That didn’t help.
I’m out of ideas to try and I still can’t get in and stay in. I’d appreciate any help or ideas.
EDIT: As of my last loading screen freeze, I can no longer log into Secret World Legends. It will not authenticate when I hit log in from the main page. It says I need to check my firewall. My firewall is still turned off.