I was attempting to describe the sequence of events involved in launching the client... i.e. what you should see.
Originally Posted by Kryseer
Your response here points at the likely problem... your internet connection speed.
The download from Steam is quite quick. 2.5 - 3 hours for most broadband users in the Continental US. (It takes me just under 2 hours on a 15MB FIOS connection.)
The Download from Turbine -- lotro.com -- is dramatically slower. It uses PMB and takes me over 30 hours!
The install sounds about right time-wise... once the installer is downloaded, it takes about another hour to "unpack" the contents.
What kind of connection to the Internet do you have? What speed?
The white screen is correct... at that point a dialog begins between your client and the Turbine servers to setup your game-play environment. To mask that dialog, a series of graphics are displayed locally on your machine. This dialog uses the UDP protocol, which means that if you have a "noisy" line... not just a slow one... you will have trouble.
The next question then becomes -- what kind of a system are you using and how much memory does it have. You need at least 4GB of system memory to run. It can run in 2GB, but you will see lots of strange issues, much like this one. 8GB is better -- especially if you attempt to run any other applications at the same time -- things like Stickies, iTunes, etc. Launch "Activity Monitor" from "Applications/Utilities" -- click on "System Memory" at the bottom and see how much "green" i.e. Free memory you have BEFORE you try to launch LOTRO.
The other local issue you might have is your hard disk. Any hard disk which is more than 50% full will fragment badly.
LOTRO has several HUGE files. The .app file itself shows as about 22GB, but it is composed of a number of smaller, but large files. The main graphics file is 4.5GB!
So, at startup, your local hard disk can slow down things.
But, I suspect your problem has to do primarily with your connection speed.
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