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What I go by are the number of friends showing up on my Social page (where you can gift 5). I have 87 friends and it loads 30 at a time. If it's not showing all 87 then I click on the search emblem and it will load more - hopefully. If it just stays at 30 or 60 then I know nothing's going to work in the Private Rooms except for mine and John's. And if I go check the Santa Sack in my room is empty ... just as you said.
Last night and earlier today I tried several times. I got the magic number - 87 - and went to the Private Rooms. However, each time after doing 1 or 2 HOS I got "Please wait". Sometimes I'll get lucky and be able to do more but not this time. I finally gave up after doing 5 Private Rooms and said the heck with it. It's not worth the frustration.
My game freezes for approx 10 seconds when trying to enter the event HOS's. Every single time and sometimes upon coming out. Occasionally I get the "please wait" and have to ctrl alt del out and sometimes..........I don't have to do anything, it just boots me out of the game entirely lol. I haven't played as much this event due to the constant freezing. I just timed how long it took me to clear 7 friends rooms and it was 18mins and 20 secs. That's almost a minute per HOS. It's just too time consuming when I can usually do that many rooms in half or just over half that amount of time!
I'm curious. Are you using a wireless or ethernet connection? What is your download speed? When I am on a wireless connection with a download speed of 5 MBPS or lower, I get the please wait message. When I'm playing with a download speed of 100 MBPS or better, I very rarely get the please wait message.
Hey there mdpetdoc. My wireless connection is usually somewhere around 20-25 MBPS. Back when I started having this problem (right after the Fall Event update) I took the laptop into my office and used the ethernet connection. That gave me right around 100 MBPS. I tried it for a couple of days but I was still having the "Please wait" problem. Right after the Winter Event started I tried it again but it just doesn't help.
Thanks for the suggestion.
Have you purged your inactive friends?
I hear ya, P1tbull! Lately I've only been able to do 2 or 3 HOS in the Private Rooms before I get "Please wait". Every once in a while - maybe every 2 or 3 days - I'll be shocked because maybe I can get through 3 or 4 Private Rooms (that's 9-12 HOS) before I get it.
Somewhere in another thread i posted how many times I got the "Please Wait" during an hour. It was crazy. I'm just not playing much because it's not worth the frustration.
I have noticed a direct correlation with PC updates...it seems almost everyday my computer is telling me I need updates...this seems to be a relatively new thing. With the winter event I had 2 different days, one lasting 4 days and another lasting 3 days with no "Please Wait"...I am also ready to take my computer in for a check-up because I have been getting a lot of "blue screen" shut downs, the last one not auto restarting...and my computer has been dropping my internet for no apparent reason causing me to restart...I never get a please wait with the regular HOS, but do with receiving or giving gifts....
Katijay (Katijay46) said:
I never get a please wait with the regular HOS, but do with receiving or giving gifts....
No, I don't get the "Please wait" during the regular HOS, but after doing some (the number will vary) I notice that I'm the only one showing in the top 5 at the end of the HOS. And that means I'm no longer completely connected to their server. I used to get out as soon as I noticed that for fear of losing what I've done. But lately I've noticed that I'm not losing any progress even if I keep going.
So sorry you're having all those problems with your PC. Fortunately, I'm not having those kind of problems. Good luck!
I have been having trouble with my ATT phone and PC. Am on the internet/WI FI as well. Bundled. I have unlimited calls, messages. Have been informed by ATT that when I go above a certain level they will slow down the service or if there is high mobile usage in your area they will slow down because of congestion. So maybe that is the problem. %#@&%. They get you any way they can. Will have a phone call to ATT tomorrow and think about changing plans if I can find anything better.