The Blizzard Tech Support representative, Datth, announced tomorrow the Battle.net service will undergo maintenance to deploy Diablo 2 patch 1.13 into Live realms along with a Diablo II Ladder Reset. The realms will be down for approximately six hours. Datth listed different issues you might experience tomorrow and how to troubleshoot. He provided a step by step tutorial on how to backup your single player characters.
In addition, he reveals Diablo II can now be played in Windowed mode (4:3) and a Sound/Music in the Background option.
If you have the CD-Key Changer or other third-party programs, get rid of them tonight, because once you install patch 1.13 and these are detected, Blizzard will issue 2-week Temp Bans. Very bad if you plan to be at the top of the ladder.
Update: The Diablo II realms will be brought down at approximately 9:00 AM PDT, March 23 to reset the ladder and release the 1.13 patch. We anticipate this maintenance could take as long as six hours from the time the realms are brought down. We’ll provide more information if that estimate changes.
There are two parts to note here:
1. The realms will be down for 6 hours when the ladder reset starts. We don’t know when the time is but expect to not be able to connect for a while. If we have a time, it’ll be announced on the Diablo II General forums
2. There will be a patch on Battle.net when you attempt to log on after the patch is released. The game will try to download and apply it when you click the Battle.net button. If it doesn’t do anything or you get the Unable to Connect message, it may be due to the realms being down.
The following is a list of issues you may encounter during patching.
ERROR: unable to get write permission on file ‘***************’
Access is denied.
This may happen if you’re running on Windows Vista or 7. To get around this error, right-click Diablo II and click on “Run as administrator”
Backing up your single player characters
If you need to reinstall the game or back up your older offline characters, you will want to make a copy of the Diablo IISave folder to another location. If you have Windows Vista or 7, you may have copies of this folder inside your VirtualStore folder if it is installed in either the Program Files or Program Files (x86) folders. You will want to copy the latest save folder that has all of your character files. In most cases, it can be found here: C:Users%username%AppDataLocalVirtualStoreProgram FilesDiablo II
In addition to the older commands, there are now a few newer options that you may enjoy. All of the ones you may want to use to enhance your game can be found below:
-w | Windowed mode – runs the game in a window. 1.13 now allows you to maximize the game window. It’ll be constrained to the 4:3 mode by default.
-skiptobnet | Skip to Battle.net to your default realm selection
-sndbkg | Sound in Background (new) – allows the game to play sound and/or music while it is not focused.
-nofixaspect | Disables the fixed aspect of the window and stretches the screen. Needs -w to work.
These commands are arguments. To add them, right-click a Diablo II shortcut and click on Properties. At the end of the target line, add a space and one of the above commands. Hit OK and launch the game and it will start up with the settings applied. To apply multiple ones, add a space after the last thing you added and add the others.
Example: “D:GamesDiablo IIDiablo II.exe” -w -skiptobnet -sndbkg -nofixaspect
Just a pro-tip for some people: don’t use CD-Key changers or third party programs. These things net you a 2-week ban from Battle.net. You won’t like that if you’re trying to head to the top. When in doubt, reinstall the game from a clean set of files and use the CD-Key you want to use.