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Incredibly long loading times, maps not loading correctly/taking way too long to load.

Yo,

Pretty much as it states. I feel like there's been some kind of optimization or graphical update. But along with any subtle improvance on my fps, loadtimes went from some 20seconds to 1 minute or longer aswell as maps loading incredibly slow/not loading at all. (granted i do have an old-ish hdd, but none of these problems were apparent until few days back.)

I attempted few options from repairing the client, defragmenting my harddrive, hell even reinstalled gw2 clean, so as to make sure there weren't any corruptions.. Which actually seemed to fix the problem.. It was nice to see that Lion's Arch had been (seemingly) better optimized to drawcall all of the city assets before entering the game. As my last reference of LA was long loadtime and assets taking few seconds to fully load in.

That said, this issue seems abit jumbly. I couldn't find anyone else having similiar problems in recent days or weeks. My guess would be that if there is something broken it would've come with the Winter's Day update? But, again I can't really say.

So I'm now mostly just wondering if anyone else is having similiar issues currently. (Could it be increase of traffic due to WD?) Also raporting in case there might've been some kind of technical hiccup causing these issues. Whatever it is, I'd hope to get clarity, suggestions or a fix to this problem.

I am still looking for the right time to put a little more investment in to my rig, but I'd rather do it later and mainly because of a overall need, rather than to fix a game that's been working fine up until now. : )

Leaving pic of the issue in Gendarran Fields. The game eventually loaded in as I started typing this post, but that took roughly 5 mins or so, not even mentioning that the loading screen took about 2-3mins.

Peace,
-DmBh

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  • Healix.5819Healix.5819 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 19, 2017

    Try deleting %appdata%/Guild Wars 2/Local.dat, and if it exists, Documents/Guild Wars 2/Local.dat. It can bloat with updates and cause greatly increased load times.

    Check the resource monitor (ctrl+shift+esc > performance) to see how the drive is doing. It may just be really slow and dying, but you'd probably notice it with slower load times in Windows.

    Other software could cause it, the most obvious being anti-virus software. Use the resource monitor to check for any other processes with high disk or CPU usage.

    Clean install your graphics drivers and try a different game or run a GPU benchmark to test it.

  • @Healix.5819 said:

    Thanks, but none of this seems to do anything...

  • Also seeing this today. Along with some sort of strange hitch in the client that didn't exist before last night...and then there's the disconnect lottery which is becoming annoying. I wonder what gives?

  • Yup, been trying some stuff to improve as per suggested but doesn't seem to do the trick. I even tried some stuff like fiddle with the graphics settings. Thinking maybe it was caused by the LOD or something else of the sort? No change either way.

    Gonna post another screen, though this is from amnoon which generally has a heavier strain. Nonetheless, this is roughly after 1-2mins of loading.

  • Ardenwolfe.8590Ardenwolfe.8590 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 23, 2017

    Unfortunately, this is the sad state for a lot of us. I believe it has to do with the graphic intensity and the number of players around as well. After the expansion, it's gotten pretty bad. And yes, many players have made ANet aware of it. But as far as a fix?

    We're still waiting.

  • I've noticed this as well, though not nearly as bad as you state.

    Slightly longer map load times and once I do load in and all the textures render(<5 seconds) there's SEVERE hitching as I turn the camera or take off running and new buildings/trees/ect. load into memory. It lasts about as long as it takes me to turn my camera 360 degrees then is fine after, even after switching maps.

    Strange thing: Warframe started doing this exact thing almost simultaneously with GW2. When it hitches it's a complete 10 second freeze, though.

    I know it's not a windows update, I've got mine completely locked down and have had it that way for months. Only updating articles i've researched and found to need.

    Everything else(Hellblade,Shadow of Mordor,Project Cars, TW3,ESO) runs as usual though

  • I get this, as well. But, in my case it may take upwards of 10 minutes for everything to load in. It's lots of fun...sigh...battling invisible foes. Or trying to navigate somewhere with invisible obstacles. Eventually, though, the problem becomes less and less the longer I play.

    I assume it's my potato computer. Someday, I hope for a better one.

  • @Inculpatus cedo.9234 said:
    I get this, as well. But, in my case it may take upwards of 10 minutes for everything to load in. It's lots of fun...sigh...battling invisible foes. Or trying to navigate somewhere with invisible obstacles. Eventually, though, the problem becomes less and less the longer I play.

    I assume it's my potato computer. Someday, I hope for a better one.

    10 min :( poor you
    am glad my load very fast pffffffffff
    only in areas with tons off players it can take a little longer XD

    they need to make GW2 like black desert online no loading screen just 1 very big open area

  • Anyone else having this problem care to elaborate on specs? Just to reassure that this is not a user-side technical problem and nobody's rig is dying (hopefully)

    I can post my specs later. Not home atm.

  • Sabs.3962Sabs.3962 Member ✭✭
    edited December 26, 2017

    Most notable parts on my end.

    Motherboard: F2A85-V pro (FM2)
    GPU: Nvidia Gforce GTX 770, 2Gb cache
    CPU: AMD A8-5600K 4-core ~3,6Ghz
    8Gb Ram, DDR3
    ST1000DM003 - HDD 1Tb

  • It is not the rig problem. I have the same issues. Assets loading for ages and maps loading for eons. I am afraid to WP. The game is pretty much unplayable :(

  • My load times seem to have normalized, <20 seconds(first load upon starting the game) into LA near the bank. Initial texture draw times aren't noticeably better, though they weren't terrible for me to begin with.

    I've had reports of recent windows updates resetting some peoples power profile configurations. Not changing from Performance to Balanced, that is, but completely changing the processor max/minimum states in those profiles.

    Wouldn't hurt to rule that out.

    Windows key>search "Power plan">Change advanced Power settings>scroll to Processor Power Management and select appropriate values if needed.

  • I'm also having this issue. Might be worth noting two things. 1) It seems the world has loaded behind the loading screen, I can interact with NPCs, move, and cast abilities but the screen is frozen on the splash art for the loading page. 2) if i close the game and open it back up it loads to that place immediately with no issues.

  • Sabs.3962Sabs.3962 Member ✭✭

    Things seem to have evened out. My best guess is that majority of the problems were somehow caused by the wintersday update..?

  • Galmac.4680Galmac.4680 Member ✭✭✭

    Living with that also for a VERY long time now... at least im WvW I see enemies behind walls or houses due to missing textures. :/
    And the horrible map loading times.

    Praise Joko!

  • I've had major problems in PvP with this same issue, the map loads so slow that I get a desertion for some matches. I had no control over it and I ended up getting a 30 min ban because this happened twice.

  • Seems to be happening more and more everywhere. Where are you guys playing form exactly?

  • My sister is having the exact same problem. She has MORE than enough processing power to run the game AND has run the game in the past. But suddenly her client hates her. And when I run the repair client, I get an error.
    https://imgur.com/a/nbToz
    https://pastebin.com/gcAHq1Jy

    We're working on getting her a new computer but I thought I'd share that people are having this problem on the Mac Client. I'd love to hear what's wrong with her client currently if anyone has any ideas.

  • Oriens.5630Oriens.5630 Member ✭✭✭

    [Sorry for second posting admins, but this thread better describes my issues.]

    I am as well. I've been wondering if I need to limit my refresh rate or something.

    However, I am also experiencing random disconnects and locking up of my comp (especially when running a new character through the PoF intro instance). These disconnects and lock ups are not giving any error messages.

    I'm running an RX580 card with 8gb of DDR5,16gb of system RAM, and a Ryzen 7 1800x running at it's regular clock speed of 3.6ghz.

  • evilsofa.7296evilsofa.7296 Member ✭✭
    edited February 5, 2018

    I wonder how many of you are being hit with coinhive, since GW2 players so often have a browser going in the background. Cryptocurrency mining is taking over the malware industry by storm.

    https://bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-coinhive.com-in-browser-miner

  • Ben K.6238Ben K.6238 Member ✭✭✭

    This used to happen to me prior to an upgrade. It had characteristics of a memory leak, as it'd only happen when loading in assets after the game had been running for a while.

  • Oriens.5630Oriens.5630 Member ✭✭✭

    @chaox machine.1534 said:
    Seems to be happening more and more everywhere. Where are you guys playing form exactly?

    Southeast USA

  • Well time to quit gw2.

  • My issues have evened out for the better part. There we're couple instances where this happened again. But now pretty smooth sailing. I was abit surprised to see this many additional cases of this issue. Really bummer. Also to add to datapile, for the person asking where from; I'm EU player myself (Finland)

  • Zedek.8932Zedek.8932 Member ✭✭✭

    Yep, have this problem since September, actually since HoT exactly. It's my first and only thread I created so far on this board, no real help.

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  • I just got a brand new computer, top of the range iMac and this issue is happening to me. I don’t understand why

  • Mia.8695Mia.8695 Member
    edited March 9, 2018

    Running Mac.
    Created a new char. Can't get past the 'defense of Shaemoor' as loading screen is just black with "Queensdale".
    On log out/quit, takes me back to the beginning of the campaign. Literally unplayable. Other chars can't Tele to WP's. Same issue. :s

  • Been away from GW2 for a couple months, but came back few days ago - this has been happening to me too. The load times are 2-3 times longer (but oddly, not always - seems random) and maps load their assets, static meshes, etc. really slowly. And when you load to a new map and look at your hero panel, it takes up to a minute for the game to load my character in it. Also mounting the skimmer sometimes freezes my characters for couple seconds and then it pops out of the gound like it was no big deal.

  • This is getting ridiculous - just logged in, went to sparkfly fen (loaded for a while) and it took 3-4 minutes to load enemies in the map! Sure they were there because they kept attacking me, but they were invisible! Among many structures, trees, etc.

  • I've always had longer load times, but it's been getting ridiculous lately. 5+ minute load times for the first zone I load into when I start playing. And even when I do load in, the rest of the world pops in piece by piece, just like in OP's picture. As I play, it eventually speeds up with zones loading fairly quickly after an hour or so of play, but it's a huge pain.

    Without terrain or visible enemies you can sort of muddle by with auto-targeting. However, it gets really bad if you try to get on a mount in this state. With the old mount bug, if your mount didn't load in, the camera would stay stationary while your character scooted along the ground on their butt. Funny, and slightly annoying, but manageable. Now when my mount doesn't load in my character just sits on the ground and doesn't appear to be moving. In actuality they are, and when the mount finally loads in, or you decide to give up and dismount you'll be teleported somewhere down the road. Worse yet, if there was a hill in front of you, the vertical distance often seems to be ignored and when my mount pops in, I find myself falling beneath the map. Then the only way to get out is to WP, and you're back to waiting to load. I do find that the only way to avoid this is to do an airborne mount onto the griffon. That never seems to mess up.

  • Invisible mobs and not being able to see what they cast on the ground is where I have the most annoyance with personally, visibility even changes during attack waves when more ppl join the same event, hard to deny a link to the character model limit option.

  • Check your hard drive space if it’s very low less then 20 or 30 gig, if so free up so space and your load time should increase. Also installing a solid state hard drive and reinstalling you OS and the game to it will increase load times dramatically.

  • @Feirlista Xv.1425 said:
    Check your hard drive space if it’s very low less then 20 or 30 gig, if so free up so space and your load time should increase. Also installing a solid state hard drive and reinstalling you OS and the game to it will increase load times dramatically.

    I have about a terabyte of free space on my hd, which is less than year old. And if OS would be the reason for slow loading times, wouldn't that affect everything else too?

  • Do we have any solution for this problem? I´m having the exact same problems with a brand new and rlly expensive PC I bought a month ago. It can NEVER be my pc hardware causing these issues..everytime I port to a different map I always need to wait maybe 10 seconds for all the assets to be loaded..That´s rlly annoying..I can play every other game with the highest settings but gw2 is causing these problems :anguished:
    Since there seem to be many ppl having similar problems an official statement from the gw2 support would be nice :/

  • I started playing GW2 March 2018. First fre months, super fast load times then all of a sudden I have the same issues described above.

    Still no soltution for this?

  • I had this problem for a long time but today the game was close to completely unplayable.

  • Between constant disconnects and infinite loading screens, the game is basically unplayable for me today

  • babazhook.6805babazhook.6805 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I suggest everyone use Ping Plotter. It free to load and easy to use. Anytime I have an issue with disconnects, long load times and the like I fire this up. While not all issues related it always worthwhile eliminating that as a variable first and foremost .

  • 'tis the winter day's curse. This time around I don't seem to have similiar problems. However It does still take slightly longer to load in assets with the WD decor in Divinity.

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