When the boot loader appears, attempts to connect, then immediately disconnects and closes, a common cause is that the client files are too far out of date. Be sure to open up PlayOnline Viewer and verify that your client files are at least as new as those used by the server. You can see the current server version here.
Other potential causes:
If you’re coming from the Nasomi player community or have ever used their installer, you can also get this error. There’s a process to patch your installation to work with “retail” Final Fantasy XI. You can see the full instructions here: https://nasomi.com/wiki/index.php?title=Config:Installing#Retail.2FNasomi_swap.
This error can be caused during a new installation when using the default
-1 registry values in Ashita.
Updating the values for Window Size, Background Size, Menu Size, and Startup Position can resolve this.
For example, if your playing full screen at 1920x1080, try the following options for a full-screen, windowed (can tab out/multi-monitor)
If you don’t have the Visual C++ Redistributable Packages installed, you’ll need to install them (this isn’t very common since almost all games use these).
There are many different versions of these packages. Final Fantasy XI, Ashita, and Windower require the MSVC 2015 version.
You can download them from Microsoft at https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/download/details.aspx?id=48145.
In Windows 8 (?) or higher, you’ll need to enable DirectPlay in the Windows Features dialog. For new players/installations of FFXI, this setting almost always needs set as the default installation of Windows doesn’t include this legacy feature.
You will need to restart your computer after the installation.
Unfortunately, FFXI doesn’t handle dualboxing on DSP very well.
This is, strangely enough, a rather common DSP bug–especially for those who play on the same IP and/or multiboxers. Players cannot actually ACCESS those characters (they’ll receive a POL-0001 error). To fix this, simply close the game and attempt to reconnect.
If you’re running an EU version of the client, this can be caused by Ashita or Windower not properly detecting your PlayOnline Viewer locale.
In Ashita, add the following:
--lang euto the very end of your
In Windower, change the following settings by editing your
<args>key to include
--lang euto the very end of your
When connecting via the bootloader (xiloader for Windower or Ashita), if players appear to log in and are immediately sent back to the login screen, it’s likely that they have exceeded their IP-based connection limit. The server supports 3 concurrent connections by IP at a time via our Server Guidelines.
Verify that the resolution you’ve specified in Ashita or Windower’s configurations align with those of your monitor.
It’s recommended to play in Windowed (with Show Border enabled) or Borderless Windowed mode.
Verify that your
/data directory has been copied from the
PlayOnlineViewer folder into the
FINAL FANTASY XI folder. See step 10 here.
The FFXI-3322 is a client-side error that you can receive at signup. This is caused by a character name violation. Unfortunately, the naming rules are handled by the local client, not by the servers and we do not have any control over this.
We’ve found that romanji letter combos that translate to swear words in Japanese tend to be caught by this frequently, even though they’re harnless in other languages.
There are two potential causes for a POL-0001.
First, a POL-0001 can be caused by a core DSP bug (that’s existed since 2014) that pops up when you have more than 4 characters on a single account. Please keep it to 4 characters per account (you can create as many accounts as you like on Nocturnal Souls). If you receive this error, please contact a GM for assistance.
Bug details at https://github.com/DarkstarProject/darkstar/issues/497.
Second, players who have multiple accounts on the same IP will sometimes receive a POL-0001 if they’ve tried to log in more accounts than they have allowances for and forced a disconnect in one of their characters. DSP does a poor job managing which character belongs to which session when players multibox. To resolve this, log out all characters and log them in one at at time up without exceeding the maximum character limit.
This error is caused by a few different errors:
connect.nocturnalsouls.netin your Ashita or Windower settings.
A POL-0033 is caused by the system thinking your account is still logged in. You can wait a few minutes, or use the Members Portal to “unstuck character.”
A FFXI-3305 is caused by a player trying to log in a character that is already actively logged in and has not timed out. You can wait a few minutes, or use the Members Portal to “unstuck character.”
Verify that you don’t have any plugins that could be causing a glitch. The following plugins are known to cause this issue for some players.
If you receive this while moving zone to zone (and into a known working zone), it’s possible that you’re also having internet connection issues and have lost your connection to the login server (corrupting your session’s account key). The following may solve your problem:
--hairpinto the end of your connection string in Ashita or Windower.