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#1 Aug 29 2010 at 2:04 AM Rating: Excellent
Various & Handy Links

Some threads which are speculation will probably be replaced in the future by theorycrafting/tested theories.

Currently reworking this. Weeding out the old Beta threads and old guide threads which have been replaced with more current, relevant info and wikis.

Hardware/Game Performance/Patcher Related Info:
The Definitive "Why did my system bomb the benchmark?" Post by Mikhalia
Score Boost in Benchmark for Windows 7
Mac Users by DudeManGildas
Official FFXIV Benchmarking program by malcomtn
PC Building Thread by Mikhalia
QUICK BIG PATCH - Step by Step Tutorial by mwalls
How to get a security token removed and replaced (Detailed) by Talderon

Game Information & Mechanics:
Komoto's Official Explanation of Surplus by Elmer
Guardians of Eorzea - which will you choose as your guardian by Olorinus
Stat Caps Per Rank [WIP] by Beregren
Tanking: A matter of position? by Sephrick -- Accompanying battle position picture
PS3 Delay and Beta - Tanaka Interview by Osarion
Have YOU Chosen a Name Yet? by Deila
NM Incapacitation! by Shezard
Party SP Chart by Kaeko, re-posted by RufusWho
FFXIV Interview Compilation by Osarion

FFXIV Tactics: Understanding the Fatigue System by chrismalazarte An absolute Must See.
Dat Mining - Food Stats and Their Effects by SamusKnight

Op-eds and Media:

XIV: The FFXIV Podcast by Elmer
Evolving the Fantasy: Pay to Play by Sephrick
Discovering Hydaelyn: It's the little things by Sephrick

Player Created Software & Gadgets:
Eorzea Clock for Android - Official Launch by khorbin
iPhone App by Wint
Eorzea’s Guide released for BlackBerry by Patchou
Apps 'n Gadgets by Wint
New! LogModXIV by Elionara

Community & Roleplaying:
A community for the rest of us by EndlessJourney (Roleplaying)
Where is everyone playing from? by Alkerr
A New Adventure With Old Friends (Sign up list) *Updated* by Threx

FFXIV Player Locations by Alkerr
Besaid Named Unofficial RP Server by Thayos

Off Topic & Epic:
Lady GaGa FFXIV by onineko
Church of Mikhalia by Puppy1
Useless Beta Invite Statistics by Osarion
A Disciples of the Pen Writing Guide by Sephrick
The FFXIV Guide for the Frustrated Girlfriend by carrieconfetti
Computer Building Guide by Lamnethx

Edited, Apr 15th 2011 11:31am by Osarion
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#2 Aug 29 2010 at 2:04 AM Rating: Excellent
Special thanks to Mikhalia, Wint and Olorinus for giving feedback, ideas and suggestions for all of this. You guys are awesome.

Official Final Fantasy XIV Website: Clicky
FFXIV Lodestone Website: Clicky

Before You Buy The Game:
Download the Official Benchmark

Recommended System Specs:                                       Minimum System Requirements: 
OS:  	     Windows® 7 32bit / 64bit                             OS:          Windows XP/Vista/7 
Processor:   Intel® Core™ i7 (2.66GHz) or faster                  Processor:   Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0ghz / AMD Athlon X2 2.0ghz 
Memory:	     4GB or more                                          Memory:      Win XP: 1.5Gb / Win 7: 2.0Gb 
Storage:     Install: 15GB or more                                Storage:     Install: 15GB or more  
Download:    6GB or more                                          Download:    6GB or more 
Video: 	     NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460 with 768MB VRAM             Video:       GeForce 9600 w/ 512 RAM / ATI HD 2900 512 RAM 
Sound: 	     DirectSound compatible sound card (DX9.0c+)          Sound:       DirectSound compatible sound card (DX9.0c+) 
Internet:    Broadband Internet connection                        Internet:    Broadband Internet connection 
Resolution:  1280 x 720 or higher; 32bit                          Resolution:  1280 x 720 or higher; 32bit 
DirectX:     DirectX 9.0c                                         DirectX:     DirectX 9.0c                                      
Controls:    Mouse, Keyboard, Gamepad                             Controls:    Mouse, Keyboard, Gamepad

Square Enix wrote:
The following PC specifications are required to run the game smoothly with our stipulated in-game settings.

Window Size and Display Mode 1280x720 (Windowed)
Ambient Occlusion OFF
Depth of Field ON
Shadow Detail Standard
Multisampling 4x MSAA

Square has decided to make XIV very demanding on system requirements. While a low score will run the game, it may not run very well. Some people have reported a benchmark score rated as unable to play, but the game is still playable for them. However, if your PC is around 3+ years old (at the time of this post), you're going to want to look into upgrading.

Here are some useful links for that:
Computer Building Guide by Lamnethx Get advice for upgrading/building your computer here.
Official FFXIV Benchmarking program by Malcomtn Discuss your Benchmark results here, as well as get an idea of who is getting what score with different setups.

Getting Started:
For a complete, step by step walkthrough of getting your account set up, see below.

In order to play FFXIV, you need to set up a Square Enix account. Note that this is not the same as the Square Enix Members Account you may have set up in the past. Nor is it the same as your Play Online login. In March '10, the Square Enix Members website login was changed to use your Square Enix account.

If you have a Square Enix account from your FFXI days but can't remember your login information:
Square Enix online/E-mail support

Square Enix phone support:
858-790-7529 --Available Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST. This is not a toll free number. Support center is located in California.

If you had an account previously and that account had a security token linked to it but you no longer have your token, you will need to contact SE support. You cannot log in to your Square Enix account without the registered token.
Due to SE's RMT detection, I strongly advise against simply making a new Square Enix account. Multiple accounts is one of the things the auto-ban bot looks for.

Help! I have an FFXIV Promotional/Expansion/Registration Code and don't know how to use it!
1. Log into your Square Enix Account Management Page
2. Under Services and Options, click on Add Service
3. Select the Service Name (Final Fantaxy XIV) and click Next
4. Enter your code
5. ???
6. Profit

The following is a cut/paste of my Setting up FFXIV wiki guide:

Setting up your Final Fantasy XIV Account from start to finish

Square Enix Accounts

This is a requirement in order to play XIV. Unlike FFXI, all players must log in with their Square Enix account information.

1. Click here to begin registering your Square Enix Account
2. Enter your corresponding region -- This is very important! Your game software must match your registered region.
3. Proceed through the steps to enter in the rest of your information and complete the registration.

Setting up Payments

Final Fantasy XIV has a monthly fee in order to play. See here for full details of pricing. You will need to register your form of payment before you're able to fully register your XIV account, so we'll cover that first.

Paying with Debit or Credit

1. Click here to access your Square Enix Account Management Page -- Then log in.
2. Select Register/Update Card Information from the menu on the left.
3. Select Register/Update.
4. Register with Click and Buy. This can be done directly from the SE Account Management Page you just entered.
5. Register your personal and card information.

Paying with Crysta Currency

Crysta is Square Enix's new form of online currency. It can be used to purchase game time as well as other things in the future. Click here for more details on Crysta.

Purchase Crysta using Debit/Credit

1. Make sure your Debit/Credit payment is set up. See the previous section.
2. Click here to access your Square Enix Account Management Page.
3. Click Add Crysta from the menu on the left.
4. Select the amount you wish to buy, then select Click and Buy as your payment option.
5. Follow the proceeding steps.

Note: Linking your card to your new Click and Buy account puts a temporary $2.50 charge on it. It is automatically reversed though.

Purchase Crysta using Paypal

1. Click here to access your Square Enix Account Management Page.
2. Click Add Crysta from the menu on the left.
3. Select the amount you wish to buy, then select Ultimate Pay as your payment option.
4. Follow the proceeding steps on the popup screen to confirm your payment through Paypal.

Note: You will receive two E-mails shortly after doing this. One from Paypal confirming your purchase and one from SE confirming your Crysta balance.

Registering your FFXIV Account

Now, you will need to set up your Final Fantasy XIV account. This is relatively simple. To begin:

1. Click here to access your Square Enix Account Management Page.
2. Click Select Service from the menu on the left.
3. Select Final Fantasy XIV (note: there are currently two icons for this. Pick the one with the graphic on the right).
4. Click Add Service Account.
5. Enter in your FFXIV registration code. This code is found on the back of your game manual. BE SURE TO KEEP THIS CODE SECURE. DO NOT THROW IT AWAY.

Important note to Beta Testers: This is the point where you can set up your XIV account to use your Beta information.

* Selecting FFXIV for your service account will allow you to keep your character data (but not progress/inventory) from the Open Beta. This will also let you keep already registered promotional codes already registered to your Open Beta service account. You will only be able to do this however, if you used the Save Data option when creating your Open Beta character.
* Selecting New Service Account will create a brand new FFXIV service account and will NOT use your Open Beta information.

Now, you'll need to apply the payment method you have already set up.

1. Click Options List.
2. Click Add New Options to add your 1st character slot to your XIV account.
3. Confirm, and select the payment intervals you wish to use: 30, 60, or 90 days. -- Note: the first 30 days are free and you will not be charged.

Entering Promotional Codes

The Collectors and Standard edition of FFXIV come with different Promotional Codes. They include bonus services such as Onion Helm, Garlond Goggles, Asuran Armbands and in the future, Expansion Codes. They are entered in the same fashion as you enter your XIV registration code:

1. Click here to access your Square Enix Account Management Page.
2. Click Select Service from the menu on the left.
3. Select Final Fantasy XIV (note: there are currently two icons for this. Pick the one with the graphic on the right).
4. Click Add Service Account.
5. Add your Promotional Code.

Special thanks to Mikhalia for being my account setup guinea pig!

Edited, Sep 25th 2010 3:20am by Osarion

Edited, Feb 21st 2011 1:22pm by Osarion
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#3 Aug 29 2010 at 2:05 AM Rating: Excellent
For those new to MMOs -- Security Tips for your Account & PC.

FrejaFHG wrote:
Recently I've read through a few posts here on Alla in which people have had their accounts hacked or socially engineered out of their hands. I took a good amount of time in a previous game community and wrote two guides to help people prevent their accounts being "hacked". The first of which i will share with you now and is more of a basic understanding of things related to your PC or using one. If enough people find this information useful, then I will post the second one as well. And possibly finish off the Third edition that I've intended on finishing for some time now. I will do my best to edit things out that apply to the old game i play but forgive me if i forget one. The last game i played was real economy based so the NEED for security was very real and people getting hacked/scammed was almost a daily occurrence. Here i Begin...

I am Starting this Thread as to help anyone that wants to do their best at making a hackers life as hard as possible to get your account. Now I will say that where there is a will there is a way, so there is no ultimate protection against a threat and all we can do is take the measures that eliminate as many options as possible. If anyone has other ideas and would like to add to this list please feel free to post and I will add to the main Entry here and give credit where due. That being said Here is your checklist

Use Virus Scanner:
In Todays day and age its suicide to run without some sort of virus protection. Many will debate with which is the best, but its been my finding that the top name brands are usually all about equal. And Keep your protection up to date. New viruses are coming out on a daily basis and old protection will do you no good.
Suggestions:Symantec , McAfee , Free AVG

Use Ad remover program:

This wont in itself protect you against a threat, however as these spyware programs are getting smarter and its not a bad idea to keep up to date on this
Suggestions: AdAware , The Cleaner , Spybot

Use A Firewall:

Hardware or software will do. Alot of Routers these days have built in firewalls that you can configure. If you do not use a router there are plenty of software versions that do their job well. Ensure that your firewall is set to default Deny. Things that you do that hit the firewalls flags can easily be accepted and then you won't have that problem again.
Suggestions Software: BlackICE , Zone Alarm or Symantec
Suggestions Hardware: DLink ,LinkSys

Know What your computers doing:
It is important that you know what software is running on your computer. Often times people neglect to check their running processes and applications to see if there is anything out of the normal. These extra programs could very well be trojan viruses or other malicious software that will prevent you from using your computer to its optimal use or try and steal your sensitive information.
Suggestions: Windows Task Mananger, Whats Running , Process Explorer

Only Download software from the Original site:
Many websites will compile like products on one site for ease of download. However the problem is questioning the legitimacy of such sites. Sometimes these sites are branded and fine for downloading, however this is not always true. Some sites out there will add viruses to the software so that when you download them you are screwed. The only way to be sure you are getting authentic software is to go direct to their site.

Don't open emails with attachments:
Unless you are expecting something from somebody there is no reason to open emails with attachments EVER. If you don't know them at all then don't even open the email with or without attachments, Just delete it. If you do happen to open an email with an attachment and you start finding things are fishy you may want to take measures right away. The measures should be at least a full virus scan on your system

Don't use the same email for forums that you do for your account
Emails are so common and most are free, Set yourself up a few of them. I personally use a handful. a few with my RN for business contacts. Some with my avatar name so that i can share things with friends in game. And then some are just complete junk mail accounts for all those stupid sites you visit that make you enter an email before proceeding with their free trial. This seems to work well for me and others as you don't get bombarded with crap on the address's that you actually care about.

Use a complex password:
Complex means Capital letters, Lowercase Letters, Numbers and Special Characters (such as *$%) Also another thing to note when creating a password, Don't try to create a password that is easy to remember because its your favorite TV/Band/Movie or whatever you may talk about in conversation with someone. This is how social engineers will gain information about you. So try and make it something as far out as possible and something that you would never bring up in conversation (like the name you gave the zit thats been on your forehead since high school... well you get the idea)

Visiting the Web:
The Internet is a wonderfully dangerous tool in the hands of someone who may not fully understand what they are doing. When your on the web and surfing around for information about your favorite game or shopping or anything really. You are in control and must be responsible for your actions. If you are visiting your favorite information resource and out of nowhere there is a download initiating there should be a bell that rings inside your head that something is not right. If you are just reading and looking to download nothing, Yet something is trying? Theres a problem. People are getting smarter with how they attack you. Now read carefully as here is where most people will get caught. Some download pages will pop up and look A LOT like a typical windows (Yes/No) Message, when in fact its just setup to look like this. Now, the part that you have to remember that the person who coded that particular message is in control of what each (Yes/No) Button Does. If their intent is to entrap you into downloading something, then most likely the Yes and No buttons do the same thing (Download the malware on to your PC). The safest thing to do in this situation is to click the 'X' in the top right hand side to kill the question all together. Alternatively you could go into your process list and kill all instances of your browser until your satisfied with it not trying anymore.

Trust people only to a certain degree:
This is your own judgment, Remember you can't see the person to their face so who knows what they are feeding you. They may not be anything you expect in RL. People will spend A LOT of time getting to know you and getting you to trust them before they get the best of you. Why give anyone that satisfaction? There ARE BAD PEOPLE in RL and some just happen to be involved with this Virtual World. Unless you know the person in RL then don't loan anything that you would be upset with losing for good. And like I said this is up to your own judgment. There are a handful of people in this game that i have come to love and trust and there are circumstances where I've loaned out large equipment to people that i have not met (IRL). LUCKILY my trust was well placed and nothing bad happened. However there is NO guarantee that this will always occur.

Don't use 3rd Party Apps:
(This is an Alla addition to my Guide)
Most of us know already that 3rd party apps can be harmful to your account in more ways than one. The first being that its against EULA and SE can just ban you for no reason. Secondly you must question the intent on the person who wrote it. A lot of the people who write these apps have good intention. Before I get flamed for that comment hear me out. What i mean by good intention is they are simply trying to code something for a lazy man to make their life lazier/easier. However you do not know these people in real life (well maybe you do). But not all of them have good intentions in what they are offering you. Their application could be a trojan wrapped up all nice like a solution to your headache. You may have just installed the end of your account. I would think that this many years into the game it would be a no brain'er, but theres one thing I've learned in my help desk days thats been summed up in a perfect quote by Mr. Bullet Tooth Tony (Snatch for those of you who haven't seen it). "Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity". My apologies to people who read that as an insult because you may not know, and thats not your fault. But now that I've told you plainly and you fail to listen.. It is your fault.

I really do hope this helps some of you that maybe didn't know! And like i said if anyone has more points that perhaps I have forgot about or if i happened to post something that you are not in agreement with then by all means let me know and we can create this together. I want this to be a template for people out there as not everyone knows how to properly protect against these kinds of threats. I come from a world of help desk and now do software programming/testing in a secure environment. So a lot of this is just second nature and by reading these hack/scam threads i realize not everyone knows.

SO here it is and i hope you can benefit!

FrejaFHG wrote:
This is the second guide I wrote for a previous game community I was part of. I haven't played this game in a couple years now so some of this information may be out of date, but I'm posting it so that people who don't know better can get a feel for whats out there. All comments and critique are welcome.

I am starting this Thread as a follow up to my first 'Prevent Yourself from Hackers”. This tutorial will attempt to go more in depth with the subjects of Knowing process's are doing what on your machine and what programs are communicating with remote machines as well as some deeper thoughts on previously mentioned items. Again as I start laying out information that you see is incorrect or incomplete, please feel free to chime in with additional comments. I am bound to make a mistake or not go deep enough on a subject that you would like more info on. I’m only human and cannot be perfect, but as my Last thread had EXCELLENT feed back from the many contributors it has become a solid tutorial. My hopes is that the same will happen here, after all, if we work together as a community to help others we can hope to prevent more of these hackings. Please also forgive me if I jump from topic to topic, as I have written this guide over the course of several days in my spare time.

Use A Firewall:

This is a topic that I covered briefly in my last post but I will go a bit deeper here.
Hardware Based:
Most Hardware Firewalls come as default accept mode. This means that it is configured to allow easy install of the Firewall with minimal configuration to get it running. The problem with this is most people stop there. They figure that the firewall is in place so that’s good enough. Well the hard truth of the matter is most firewalls will just allow anyone access, you see this most visibly with Wireless Routers. When you unbox your Wireless Router and plug it in, it is generally configured to accept any traffic that tries’s to authenticate with it. If you really don't care about the safety of your network/data then this is fine. And it is fine for most people, HOWEVER, if you are looking to better secure your network then you should go into the configuration (which I will not be going into detail here as there are too many to cover specifically, for more information on this please refer to the main website of the product you have) and Turn on some validation. Most routers have several options for this depending on your preference. Turning on some sort of security is essential as well as not broadcasting your network. Broadcasting your network allows anyone in wireless range to view that you have a wireless network. Most people know this when they go to find their network and they see 'Bob's Wireless Network - No Encryption' and they can just connect to it. Bob might be their neighbor or someone that lives close. If Bob has shared network drives then anyone that can see his wireless network can get into those folders.

Software Based:
Software based firewalls generally come configured as Default Deny, Which is a good thing. You probably notice when you’re running Zone Alarm or a similar product and a message comes up saying "Entropia Universe is trying to send data via ??? Port. Default Deny is excellent and I’m glad that software based firewalls take this approach. Most of us our capable of saying "Yes I know EU is trying to get out so Ignore this message and EU is a safe program". HOWEVER some people are too liberal when it comes to hitting the ignore button and will allow software that they do not know about unrestricted access to your ports. Please Be Aware of what you are allowing to connect. If you are Unsure of what the program is, Look it up first.

Executable Type Files: Let me first start this off by talking briefly about Executable files. Most people know that files named .EXE and .COM are files that can be Run or executed. It is code that someone has written and then put into a Compiler which basically translates the coding language into Machine Language so that your processor can understand it and perform the tasks required. Now, these are not the only files that can be run on the computer, in fact the most dangerous ones these days are the Executable scripts. What a script is simply the code that someone has written that has not been sent to a compiler. So it in itself is not harmful. The script requires the Scripting runtimes in order to operate. Scripts do a number of various tasks and make it easier to perform operations on your computer. The way these are used maliciously is by taking advantage of the fact that almost every computer has the scripting runtimes loaded to view webpage’s etc. However if someone knows the in's and outs of the scripting language they can do things that can cause your life to be bad. One of the MOST common malicious scripts is one where someone sends an email to your hotmail address with a script attached. Once you open this email it executes the script thinking that it might be something to do with the layout or looks of the email. At this point the script would make it look like hotmail has logged you out (when in fact it’s just the script loading a look-alike login page) and you go and log back in. Now you have just entered your username and email address which is instantly emailed to the attacker. At this point either the script or the attacker will change your password and now you can no longer get into your email. This makes you think about how password resets work for things like EU...

Watching your Process list:
Here is another topic that I will go deeper into. For this example I personally use 'What’s Running'. Basically we are trying to learn what our computer is doing right? In doing this we must understand what processes are good in order to ignore them. Personally, it was hard for me to comprehend all the process’s that windows is using at any given time to do what it needs to do to allow your computer to function. When I was first learning this what I would do is Format my computer using an authentic Windows Stamped disc. After All updates were done, I would open up my process list and write down everything that’s running to give me a ballpark feel of what process's are windows owned. With programs like 'What’s Running' you can click on it and it will do a search on that process and tell you information on it. This method really only works to a certain extent. A couple years back now, there was a very nasty Virus (most of you IT guys will remember) Blaster worm. This worm actually used a good process called 'SVCHost' to perform its tasks of ruining your machine. It’s rare but not out of the question that these hacks come into play. Using windows against itself is the most common type of attack for PC based users, exploiting holes in code that was written by Microsoft. Unfortunately for these types of exploits we rely on our Virus protection. The downfall here is it’s hard to detect a virus that was written today or written for a specific purpose. Most viruses are spread through junk emails or things of this nature. However the ones that cause us the most Grief are the ones written with the specific purpose to get to YOU. Virus Protection company’s have problems here because they never receive the malicious code. The person doing the wrong, wrote the code and gave it to you and you alone, so there is no mass spreading of it, therefore it never reaches the Virus Protection Company’s visibility. Any good Virus protection goes above and beyond and watches for things that are happening out of the ordinary and Firewalls have taken some of this weight off the shoulders. Watching what's modifying key windows files and registry settings and bringing these things to your attention. But as I stated in my previous section, most people disregard and just hit accept on these when the program is telling you something important. We must strive to know what’s going on. Programs like 'What’s Running' will tell you the location of the process's executable file so that you can inspect it further.

Watching your network Traffic:
This is going to be a hard topic to cover as there is so much to know (a lot of stuff that I still have to learn as well) I personally use TCPVIew (by sysinternals who appears to have been taken over by Microsoft since my last visit to their page) What TCPView will do is show you a list of all open connections to and from your computer. Now as I said there is ALOT of communication that is happening while you are connected to the internet. However all of them should be communicating through a process that shows up in your process list. You will see a lot of communication coming from processes like SVCHost and InetInfo which are ok. However this is where you are looking if you suspect a program is sending/receiving data. Let’s say you got that new 3rd party app and you want to see if it’s transmitting data. Load up TCPView first. THEN load up your 3rd party app to see if it shows up in this list. IF IT DOES, then your 3rd party app IS transmitting data to somewhere. From here it will show you the IP address of where your computer is talking with. If you find something strange like this you probably want to First and Foremost kill that process and connection (which can be done inside TCPView by right clicking and Closing the Connection) Next thing I would do is do a Whois Search on the IP address to see what pops up. It might be a website someone owns or more likely a personal IP address which will lead to a dead end. At this point I would contact the maker of the software to find out just what data is being communicated. If they deny it, take immediate steps to eradicate the software from your machine as they are lying to you, which is one flag to let you know probable malicious intent.

Know what’s out there:
This is where a fine line is drawn in the sand between security experts and hackers. Some of the best security teams out there were former hackers. AtStake is a company I can think of right off the top of my head that were the developers of some really advanced Trojan's that are allegedly used as baselines to write the Carnivore/Magic Lantern Projects. One day they decided to profit off of their knowledge and turned to the security world. In order to know how to protect yourself, you MUST know WHAT you’re protecting yourself against. There are so many types of attacks to your system, from DoS (Denial of Service) Attacks, to Trojans and Root kits, Key loggers, Spy ware to name a few. All of these affect you in different ways. I highly suggest reading up on some of these subjects so that you know how they do affect you. I will cover a few of the top ones in a very basic overview.

Key logger: These are programs out there that simply record anything that happens on your keyboard or mouse. Most of the versions available have extensive logging as well to show what program was opened and then what was typed in that program. So you can visibly see things like
[MouseClick] 30,109
[ProgramOpen] POL.exe
[Keyboard] ABCD1234 <TabKey> ILoveFFXI

(And no this isn't my real account info, You think i'm that dumb to show you it? I AM writing a security piece after all)
Now a key logger isn't a bad thing in and of itself, because creating a log on your machine is still yours right? Well the problem comes when that log is accessed. A lot of key loggers have either 1 of 2 methods of getting this data to the person who sent it to you. One method involves random emails sent from your machine to the attacker. The key logger gets a bunch of info and fills a log. Once that log is filled it transmits that log via email to the attackers email address. The problem with detecting this method is that there is no outbound connection until that log is filled at which point an email is generated using (typically) a random mail server. If you can catch this connection while it is happening via a packet viewer you might be able to see where the email is being sent to, but would be very hard unless you knew it was there and filled it up on your own by clicking lots of random things. The second method of obtaining this log will bring me into my next topic

Trojans/Root kits: There are subtle differences to these but for the intent of this article I will omit the differences and talk about them as 1 and the same. Trojans are programs that mimic the functionality of programs like Net meeting/PC Anywhere and things of this nature. Basically what it does is turn your computer into a remote terminal that one can access at their own will and they will have the same amount of access as the person sitting at the keyboard. Including but not limited to (Reading anything on your network, Viewing connections, Seeing YOUR desktop (just the same as you do), Looking through your webcam, Listening through your microphone etc..) Trojans are probably the worst type of attack out there in my opinion. They can quite literally ruin your life. You keep your resume on your computer? Now the attacker knows your Phone, Address, Previous Employers, and School History. I don’t need to get into what kind of identity fraud this can lead to.

DoS Attacks: DoS (Denial of Service) Attacks can happen in a number of different ways and basically means that some program/script is causing one of the services on your machine to perform below standards. The services that are most commonly affected are your Internet traffic, Processing power or Hard Drive seek times. DoS Attacks happen alot in conjunction with the previous 2 mentioned types of attacks and can happen at various stages. It can be the method that a Trojan is installed on your machine. The possibilities for this attack are plentiful so I am not going to go through the various ways it can happen but I will give you one example that is commonly used so you have an idea as to what I’m talking about. When an attacker wants to get a Trojan/Root kit on your machine, Most of the time virus protection blocks it. So what the attacker will do is write a program that will cause your machine to get into a continuous loop. Now depending on what the attacker is trying to do they can strategically pick a Memory bank that is being used by say, your Virus protection. They create data and send it to that particular memory bank at speeds that will cause your computer to appear to freeze up until programs start to crash. Now if they did it specifically to one purpose (crashing your virus protection say) the program that is causing the DoS then sees that its tasks have been successful. Now it can load the Trojan onto your machine without worry that the virus protection will block it. At this point it can do very bad things, because your computer is still in a hung state and the Trojan is loaded. Now it stops jamming the memory bank and allows the attacker to get in. This is just one of the MANY strategies that are used.

This is where I will close my thoughts for now, and like I said, if anyone wants to know more about a paticular area let me know and perhaps I will address it in more detail with a followup or modified post. Also if you see anything that needs to be corrected please let me know asap so that I can change it. I've read it over a few times now but its late and i'm tired so its almost gaurenteed that i've screwed something up. Anyways I hope you got some info out of this that could be benificial to you.

As well as my own little blurb on the subject:

Osarion, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
Here are my tips for internet security, in no special order.

1. Surf carefully. Be careful of following links to random sites, and if you DO follow links, take a look at the address as your mouse hovers over it first. Avoid **** sites, "warez" sites (with Bittorrent these sites are obsolete) or sites that offer some too-good-to-be-true deal. Common sense here.

2. Download carefully. Unless you know for certain that you're on a trusted website, don't download random, pretty looking programs. Be ESPECIALLY careful of downloading .EXE, .BAT or .COM files. Actually I'm not even sure .com is used anymore for files? Also, **** is very often just rife with all kinds of nasty virus. **** surf at your own risk.

3. Antivirus. Get some. Surfing the web without antivirus is like going on a hooker spree without a condom. You're gonna get infected. I use Norton Antivirus... but it's a resource hog. Do full system scans at least twice a week. Avast is supposed to be a good free download.

4. Internet Security Software. This is on the same page as Antivirus. Software firewalls help a ton. I use Zone Alarm. It's not for a novice PC user, as you need to know which programs specifically can access the web and/or your personal network. Also look for programs like Ad-aware or Spybot. Download them only from reputable sources as there are trojan versions floating around. Run them periodically. Also, another good freebie is Microsoft Security Essentials.

5. Use Mozilla Firefox. Once you've installed this, look for the addons called Ad-Block Plus and NoScript. This alone offers major defense against all the internet badness. Again, along sort of the same lines as Zone Alarm, you'll need to know how to give out permissions to websites using NoScript. Rule of thumb: If it's a trustworthy, "major" site, it should be fine. Everything else, don't allow.

6. Keep Windows Updated. Turn on Automatic Updates. Nuff said.

7. Password Security. Passwords should always be at least 8 digits long. For the best results, use both lower and upper case letters, numbers and even a symbol in your password. Use different passwords for different services. I know this is a pain and the majority of people probably don't do it, but it's a good idea.

8. Account Sharing. Again, this is more relating to MMOs. You can follow all of the above suggestions religiously, your computer will never have so much as a sniffle of a virus.... but can you say the same thing about your buddy who's logging in to your account? Can you really be sure about that?

9. Use the SE Security Token. Once again, MMO related here. Yeah, it's one extra step and a pain to link to your account. But it's absolutely worth it.

10. Wireless Security. No open wireless networks. Period.

Follow these steps, and you'll hardly have to worry about all the nastiness floating around online.

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#4 Aug 29 2010 at 2:05 AM Rating: Excellent
Techno babble!
A lot of people are reporting having technical issue with running the Beta Client software. People have posted a lot of various problems, and some universal solutions seem to have come up. These may not always work for you.

1. Make sure your DirectX software is up to date. Clicky
2. Make sure your GPU (Video Card) drivers are up to date:
Nvidia cards: Here
ATI/Radeon cards: Here
3. Make sure you're running with all of your drivers properly installed and up to date. Also, as a good measure, be sure to make sure Windows is fully up to date.
4. If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7, make sure the Client Software is being run as Administrator. To do this, RIGHT click on the shortcut, and select Run as Administrator.
5. Internet security software and Anti Virus software can sometimes interfere. Try disabling (temporarily) one, and then the other, while trying to run the Beta Client between each being shut down. If the game runs with your security software disabled... there's your problem.
6. The Client Login program uses an Internet Explorer interface. If your security settings are set to High under the Security tab, it's confirmed that this will prevent you from getting past the "Login" button. Credit to ironicmuffin for finding this.
7. If you own an Alienware PC, it's customized windows theme may interfere with your patcher. Uninstalling AlienGUIse should fix this issue.

How to adjust UPnP settings

Version updates will be downloaded via Peer-to-Peer on networks which support UPnP, and UPnP settings will be required.

UPnP is enabled under Windows 7 default settings. Unless you have previously changed these settings, no setup is required.

Windows XP
1. From the Control Panel, select “Network Connections” -> from the toolbar, select “Advanced” -> then select “Optional Networking Components…”

2. Select “Network Services” -> choose “Details.”

3. Check the “UPnP User Interface” box and select OK.

Windows Vista
1. From the Control Panel, select “View network status and tasks” -> in the “Sharing and Discovery” box change the “Network Discovery” setting to “Turn on network discovery” and select “Apply”.

2. From the Control Panel, select “Additional Options” -> then choose “Security” from the left tab. Select “Allow a program through Windows Firewall”

3. Select the “Exceptions” tab, and in the “Program or port” box, check the “Network Discovery” box. Finally, select “Apply” and then “OK.”

If you are not getting Remote Connections when you download client patches, you need to manually configure Port Forwarding. This is done by accessing your router. Note that sometimes your internet modem also has a built in router. Without Remote Connections, downloading patches is going to be a very, very slow and painful process.
Click here to get instructions on port forwarding based on your router's model number.

Port Forwarding Info:
UDP - 55296 - 55551
TCP - 54992 - 55551

Edited, Sep 14th 2010 11:39am by Osarion
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#5 Aug 29 2010 at 2:05 AM Rating: Excellent

Edited, Feb 21st 2011 1:23pm by Osarion
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#6 Aug 29 2010 at 2:05 AM Rating: Excellent
reserved for possible future info.

Also, If there is any information you would like to see here (topic related), please feel free to suggest so.

Edited, Aug 29th 2010 1:23am by Osarion
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#7 Aug 29 2010 at 2:32 AM Rating: Excellent
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+6 great post.
#8 Aug 29 2010 at 4:51 AM Rating: Excellent
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My thanks for this post - cleared up a lot of things regarding virus and DoS's etc.

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#9 Aug 29 2010 at 5:27 AM Rating: Good
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Thank you so much for this! It is clear, concise, very helpful and answers quite a few question.

*trundles off to read some of the explanitory threads*

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#10 Aug 29 2010 at 5:57 AM Rating: Good
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Sticky sticky sticky
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#11 Aug 29 2010 at 6:06 AM Rating: Good
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Definite Sticky.
Also thanks heaps for some info I wasn't aware of.
Maybe suggest certain internet speeds required?
As well as maybe class/race info?

You've gotten me so excited! 22nd hurry up lol
Green Arrow if this helps :P
#12 Aug 29 2010 at 6:26 AM Rating: Excellent
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1) Excellent concise post. ^^
2) Let's just hope that they remove the disaster that was VbV/securecard
3) They're actually going to continue to USE that P2P system? I thought that was a last second patchwork update system
for the beta O.O

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#13 Aug 29 2010 at 6:30 AM Rating: Excellent
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Good job Osarion, Mikhalia, Wint and Olorinius. This will help a lot of people.
#14 Aug 29 2010 at 6:54 AM Rating: Excellent
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Heres a link to my macro thread, if you want to include it under game mechanics.

#15 Aug 29 2010 at 8:04 AM Rating: Good
For surfing online with the same computer i highly suggest using Firefox with Noscript and Adblock.

Firefox (fastest browser there is)

Noscript is prolly the best browser extension (firefox only) ive even seen/used.
After you have Firefox then get Noscript immediately by clicking on Download then "Add to Firefox" button.
If you don't see the"Add to Firefox" button at then you are not running Firefox.

Next is AdBlock at:
Removes annoying banners, frames and kills unnecessary pop ups.

What does all this do?

This will allow only the site your browsing to display content from that very site.
So lets say your at and things look kinda blocked out. It is just showing basic HTML code from
If you trust a site like then you would set Noscript to allow so then the site's flash, javascript etc etc would be allowed to run on your browser.

How is this any good?
When you browse some sites they are most likely not serving content just from that url that you are viewing.
Example without Noscript:
Your browsing your allowing cross site scripting, frames, AD cookies and so many other ridiculous things that fill your PC with useless junk.
You also could be at along with 4 to sometimes 20 different URLs all crammed into one page all serving ADs and who knows what else type of small programs.
Dangerous open browser to malicious ADs, cookies, malware and viruses.
Noscript would reduce all that considerably.

Now for long boring ads that sometimes even use cross site frames you could use AdBlock to block the AD, frame and urls server altogether (
This is great if you have a favorite site that has many banners in it and possibly has cross site ad which is dangerous. AdBlock also blocks unnecessary pop ups.

Firefox also has many other cool addons and extensons like Download Status bar (makes downloading more compact and neat), themes, personas etc etc.
This is one of my favorites:
FFXI Helper - FFXI information at your finger tips. Vana'diel clock window is the best.
One day maybe:
#16 Aug 29 2010 at 8:39 AM Rating: Good
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Great post and thanks to everyone to helped make it so.
So I rated you up for no good reason, big deal. Wanna fight about it?
#17 Aug 29 2010 at 8:44 AM Rating: Good
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Awesome info as always. I really have to say how great the zam community is. There are just so many people who want to help out others and give as much info as possible. It's the reason I've made Zam my home for the past 6 years, and why I will probably bump back up to premium when I get paid again. Best fansite on the net! ^^
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#18 Aug 29 2010 at 1:14 PM Rating: Good
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Sticky please~! Don't want this excellent thread get drowned out by other less useful ones *cough*surplus*cough*.
Smilies for premium users only? Bah, I'll just...oh wait.
へ へ
の の
#19 Aug 29 2010 at 1:21 PM Rating: Good
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Osarion, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
Also, If there is any information you would like to see here (topic related), please feel free to suggest so.

Any chance I can persuade you to add my LS recruitment thread to the Community & Roleplaying section? Link

EDIT: I see you've done so. Thank you. :)

Edited, Aug 29th 2010 3:56pm by Ralrra
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#20 Aug 29 2010 at 8:18 PM Rating: Good
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this definitely needs a sticky, don't want it going to waste.
#21 Aug 29 2010 at 8:20 PM Rating: Good
I'll add my voice to the chorus of those calling for a sticky.
lolgaxe wrote:
When it comes to sitting around not doing anything for long periods of time, only being active for short windows, and marginal changes and sidegrades I'd say FFXI players were the perfect choice for politicians.

#22 Aug 29 2010 at 8:56 PM Rating: Excellent
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SolidMack wrote:
this definitely needs a sticky, don't want it going to waste.

Grand Master Scribe Olorinus wrote:
I'll add my voice to the chorus of those calling for a sticky.

I made a request in the feedback forum. It's up to the admins now.
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#23 Aug 29 2010 at 9:32 PM Rating: Excellent
Thank you all for the awesome comments! I hope to keep this thread evolving as much as possible over XIV's history.
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#24 Aug 30 2010 at 6:14 AM Rating: Good
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Kao's reply in the feedback forum:

Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
There are already 3 stickies. Have them make a combo sticky with one of the others and I'll sticky it. Otherwise no. Yes, I know the FFXI forum has more than 3. No, it isn't supposed to.

Link. You may want to go there & discuss it with him.
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#25 Aug 30 2010 at 6:55 AM Rating: Decent
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Under Adware removal, you may want to add Malwarebytes. It works really well for me.
#26 Aug 30 2010 at 7:32 PM Rating: Excellent
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Stuck. Sorry it took a while Smiley: smile
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#27 Aug 30 2010 at 9:55 PM Rating: Decent
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Nice thanks for sticky! appreciate it.
#28 Aug 30 2010 at 10:25 PM Rating: Excellent
NoScript is awesome, thanks for the heads up Smiley: grin
#29 Aug 30 2010 at 10:59 PM Rating: Good
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Awesome sticky, this is what led me to get adblock plus the other day which I'm loving...
Went ahead and got NoScript as well, pretty sweet...

Edited, Aug 31st 2010 3:05am by TwistedOwl

#30 Aug 31 2010 at 1:54 AM Rating: Excellent
Wint wrote:
Stuck. Sorry it took a while Smiley: smile

Why thank you, sir! Smiley: grin
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#31 Sep 01 2010 at 2:32 AM Rating: Decent
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Many thanks for putting this excellent piece of reference material together. It has helped improve upon my limited knowledge no end.

I do however have a question.

Before this thread was put together I made (what I thought to be) quite an important upgrade to my rig by purchasing a new graphics card. It turns out that my purchase matches your recommendation of an NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460 with 768MB VRAM.

So what's the problem you ask?.... well, I was initially planning to wait until PS3 release thinking that my rig would have no chance at running the game. Curiosity got the better of me and I ran the benchmark anyway. Here was my set up:

OS: Windows Vista 32 bit
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0ghz /
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GT

Now notice the graphics card falls below the minimum requirements. The above setup gave me a benchmark of approx 2600 on low settings. I install my new graphics card expecting some **** results and bam, I cant break 2500.

What the ****? I know my setup isn't optimum. More RAM and and a better processor would help but i expected better results from such a large graphics card upgrade. Any theories/advice?

#32 Sep 01 2010 at 4:01 AM Rating: Decent
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It's because your CPU is the bottleneck. It doesn't matter what uber video card you put in because your CPU is holding you back.

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#33 Sep 01 2010 at 6:30 AM Rating: Decent
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It's because your CPU is the bottleneck. It doesn't matter what uber video card you put in because your CPU is holding you back.

I see. Thanks for the quick response. It would appear I have made a rather pointless investment.
#34 Sep 02 2010 at 9:35 AM Rating: Decent
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Has anyone else tried that benchmark program recently? I keep getting error reports, tried the fileplanet and nvidia version so far, not sure if I want to wait a day for the Square Enix version to download.

I'm not really doubting that my computer will be able to play the game, it's not even two years old, but would be fun to see what the program says about it.

Other than that, great posts!

#35 Sep 03 2010 at 2:38 PM Rating: Decent
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Thank you OSA.
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#36 Sep 05 2010 at 9:36 AM Rating: Decent
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What do the Chocobo symbols mean when selecting a World?
#37 Sep 05 2010 at 11:16 AM Rating: Good
4Paws wrote:
What do the Chocobo symbols mean when selecting a World?

It's a gauge that shows you how congested that particular world is.
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#38 Sep 05 2010 at 11:50 AM Rating: Decent
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Thank you very much!
I'm confused at how laggy it is to play though. My laptop can play anything, I've cleared and optimised it yet even with the graphics at their lowest it's still too laggy to do anything. ):

I guess I have to uninstall. What a shame.

Edited, Sep 5th 2010 2:32pm by 4Paws
#39 Sep 05 2010 at 1:38 PM Rating: Good
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It's because your CPU is the bottleneck. It doesn't matter what uber video card you put in because your CPU is holding you back.

I see. Thanks for the quick response. It would appear I have made a rather pointless investment.

Two thoughts here. Win 7 is more stable than Vista and is less a resource hog. Might want to upgrade. You probably can't install a powerhouse CPU on your mobo, but may be able to find something that will help.
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#40 Sep 06 2010 at 1:56 PM Rating: Decent
When the retail comes out will we be able to transfer our characters over or is it just character names?
#41 Sep 06 2010 at 3:23 PM Rating: Good
Only names.
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#42 Sep 23 2010 at 11:36 PM Rating: Decent
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im trying to update xiv and it just wont download been going at it for 2 days now an its still 21%. i use pda net from my verizon phone for internet and i was wondering if anyone knew what i could do to get this game running. I run and play ffxi fine with pda net so im sure xiv should be the same
#43 Sep 24 2010 at 1:40 AM Rating: Decent
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Tons of great info, thank you!
#44 Oct 04 2010 at 10:39 AM Rating: Decent
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sorry if this question is in the wrong thread...

Can anyone please clear this for me:

I have setup a Sqare-Enix acount in my region country wich is Latin America / Ecuador, i am reading that you have to have an account in the region you are adquiring the game, as far as i know there are only two versions of the game aviable, the US edition and the EU edition, if i buy the us edition with its key would i be able to play it with my account set in the latin american region????
#45 Oct 04 2010 at 9:18 PM Rating: Excellent
jcarbo wrote:

sorry if this question is in the wrong thread...

Can anyone please clear this for me:

I have setup a Sqare-Enix acount in my region country wich is Latin America / Ecuador, i am reading that you have to have an account in the region you are adquiring the game, as far as i know there are only two versions of the game aviable, the US edition and the EU edition, if i buy the us edition with its key would i be able to play it with my account set in the latin american region????

You should be able to. You may need to pay with Crysta Currency vs a card, but I don't see why it shouldn't work.
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#46 Dec 28 2010 at 4:44 AM Rating: Decent
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Does anyone find this whole process entirely too confusing and complicated?

I guess its fine for those that live in the states but I don't, I live in the Southeast Asia region so do I still buy the US version? What about the country to select do I still choose the United States as well?

Then there are SE accounts and SE members and a ton of confirmation before actually getting to the part where you can add in your registration key. Not to mention if you are paying via Crysta it is yet adding a couple more procedures into the mix before you can actually login to the game.

Is the common theme "complexity" here? From purchasing to registering to playing the game it seems like everything is over complicated. Complexity is a good thing when it can contribute to the gaming experience but I don't think that is whats happening here...
#47 Jan 25 2011 at 9:52 AM Rating: Decent
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My FF14 keeps crashing on startup. This is the error log in the event viewer:

Faulting application name: ffxivgame.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x4d347d34
Faulting module name: msvcrt.dll, version: 7.0.7600.16385, time stamp: 0x4a5bda6f
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x00009b60
Faulting process id: 0xdbc
Faulting application start time: 0x01cbbca5d2a0362c
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY XIV\ffxivgame.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\syswow64\msvcrt.dll
Report Id: 19453de5-2899-11e0-ba41-90e6ba874d43

Any ideas?
#48 Jan 26 2011 at 2:30 AM Rating: Decent
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maybe download patch could resolve this problem.
#49 Nov 03 2012 at 9:09 PM Rating: Decent
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