How to get around waiting for the master server timeout

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How to get around waiting for the master server timeout
I'm probably not the only one mildly annoyed by the waiting time for when the game tries to connect to the bioware master server when you get online.

To skip this, do the following:

1: Open up C: -> Windows -> System32 -> Drivers -> Etc

2: Open the file hosts in Notepad. Not hosts.msn or anything else.

3: Copy the following "0.0.0.0 nwmaster.bioware.com" to the bottom of the file. Note that there shouldn't be a '#' in front of the line.

4: You may need to copy hosts before editing it on some systems, and it might be an idea to do a backup of the file if the master server ever comes back. (Fat chance, I know. Tongue)

That's it. You will still get the "Cannot Connect to Master Server" message, but it will appear instantly since the computer associates it with the ip "0.0.0.0".
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Re: How to get around waiting for the master server timeout
hey cool, it worked. o: thanks!
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Re: How to get around waiting for the master server timeout
Thanks Phoenix. Can't believe I didn't think about the master host files. I /worked/ for Microsoft on Vista and 98. Must be getting old and lazy
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Re: How to get around waiting for the master server timeout
I'm trying to do this but when I go to save the file, I get a "You do not have permission to save the file in this location. Contact the administrator to obtain permission" message. Stupid part is, my account is the admin for my computer so I should have full access to the file
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Re: How to get around waiting for the master server timeout
You will need to make a copy of the file in a different location. Then edit it and move it back and replace it with the original file. That should work if you have admin rights.
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Re: How to get around waiting for the master server timeout
You can also run notepad as administrator and then open the file.
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Re: How to get around waiting for the master server timeout
I can't get it to work, i'm afraid.. I even copied it over to my documents before saving and replacing the file. Still seems to make me wait. Looks a bit like.. this:

#	::1             localhost
# 0.0.0.0 nwmaster.bioware.com
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Re: How to get around waiting for the master server timeout
Phoenix wrote:



3: Copy the following "0.0.0.0 nwmaster.bioware.com" to the bottom of the file. Note that there shouldn't be a '#' in front of the line.



I think that's your problem, MDiddy Smile
Hope this helps.

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Re: How to get around waiting for the master server timeout
Yeah. The '#' sign (whatever it's called in english) means that the line is considered a "comment" and won't be included. Just remove it, and it should work.
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Re: How to get around waiting for the master server timeout
OH! *Facepalm.* I misread it, as there should be.. duh. Thanks guys!
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Re: How to get around waiting for the master server timeout
For the reference # is commonly called the pound or number sign
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