Hi, Kurd'ich! I'm Flible. I know some minor things about computers and I can at least try to help you out!
Firstly, it is important for me and future readers of this thread that we have all the information necessary to help in the diagnostic process.
Press and hold the windows flag key and press R. This will open the "run" menu. Type dxdiag and press enter.
This will provide you with some information as to your computer, including:
-Operating System (Windows X with 32/64 bit, i.e.)
Furthermore, some basics as to your internet connection are a welcome addition:
-Cable? ADSL? Other?
-Any sudden point of occurence? i.e., could you play normally X days/weeks ago and nowadays have a high ping, or already had it since installation?
-Have you tried reinstalling ET?
-Have you tried checking if your ping is also extremely high in different servers?
-How "Near" is your friend playing a different game? Would he be able to play ET (for diagnostic purposes)? Is he actually connected to the same physical internet connection that you use?
-Have you tried speedtest.net?
Please check if there is a packet loss between your router and your PC (Have you got a router?). Here's how.
Lastly, there are some basic-shit-that-covers-a-hugeass-amount-of-bugs-and-errors procedures one can go through. I usually do this to speed up people's computer:
-checkdisks. To do this, hold the windows flag key and press R. Type cmd and press enter. If your main harddrive is C:, type this: /chkdsk C: /r /x
Note that your checkdisk is started next time you turn your computer on. With /r and /x added, this may be a process of several hours!
-Download and install the following programs:
- AVG Free (unless you use mcafee and/or kaspersky as anti virusscanner. These programs fudge each other up.)
- Eusing Registry Cleaner
After having downloaded and installed these programs, start your computer in Safe Mode. Safe Mode should disengage drivers and cut you off from external networks. It also allows certain places of your computer to be reached by things such as a virusscanner, normally unreachable. Compare it to a flying airplane - it's pretty difficult to enter it while it's flying.
To start in Safe Mode, you'll have to google how to start in Safe Mode for your computer model (see dxdiag). Generally, you have to repetitively mash one of the F buttons (F8 for most, I think) as your computer is starting up to the login screen. It'll prompt a list of options including starting in safe mode.
Once in Safe Mode, launch Ad-Aware. Scan and fix whatever Ad-Aware finds. Then close Ad-Aware again. Next, Malwarebytes. Scan, fix. AVG (or your own virusscanner). Scan, fix. Ccleaner. Scan, fix. Then eusing registry cleaner. Scan, fix.
Turn off your computer and turn it on again. If it has not fixed the ping, at least you have a very clean computer now. As if it was given a pedicure!
Looking forward to your next piece of this puzzle,