For a few months now I have been unable to get the launcher to work on this computer. I double click on the EQ icon to start it (or even if I try to run as administrator) and all i get is a big black box with the SOE logo in the middle. It then gets stuck at that point and never progresses - the only way to get rid of it is to ctrl alt delete and end task it. Up until today I had been able to unplug my external hardrive, patch just fine on my laptop, and then play like normal by skipping the launcher (using the K:\EverQuest\eqgame.exe patchme) to bypass. I get to the server select screen just fine, when I try to get to my characters, it starts to load and then kicks me back to the server screen with the following message in a box "Error1017: Cannot login to the EverQuest Server. You may need to re-run the update patch. Repeatedly seeing this message indicates a loss of connectivity to the Patch Server. This is usually temporary." I have tried re-patching onto my external hard drive now 3-4 times, and each time I switch it back to the other computer I continue to get that message. I do not understand why I can use my external hard-drive and run EQ just fine (including the launcher) on a laptop, but by using the same exact files/etc cannot run it on my PC. Some assistance would be amazing. Thank you!