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You know how every time Borderlands 2 launches it tells you to press any key? ...and how, after you press the any key, it decides to spend a few seconds too many checking for downloadable content?

Searching for downloadable content

...and then it fails to find any anyway? Yeah, I would love to know how to skip this check too.

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It's always been instantaneous for me (on PC). I assume you're on PC as well for this game. Do you have the game installed on an SSD? I wonder if that makes a difference. – Jeff Mercado Dec 29 '12 at 21:08
Do you have any aggressive firewall or blocking software that won't let you connect to the servers? Does MP work fine for you? Can you watch Process Monitor to see what connections the game is trying to make at the time and if they're succeeding? – Mufasa Dec 30 '12 at 4:15
@Jeff no I do not have the game installed on an ssd. Multiplayer works just fine. I wouldn't call Windows Firewall aggressive by any stretch of the word. – badp Dec 30 '12 at 5:55
Getting worse for me since the last DLC... really wish there was a solution to this. – Gibron Kury Jul 23 '13 at 18:34
@Cronos: I have all of the major DLCs (minus the skin packs). Playing the game now, it isn't quite as zippy as it was when I first commented but I wouldn't call it slow. Then again, I haven't really been playing much since the Mr. Torgue DLC came out. – Jeff Mercado Jul 23 '13 at 20:53

Have you tried modifying the willowengine.ini file?

I do not recommend doing this because it can seriously affect your game, but the following lines of code might have something to do with the download checks:


You can comment out code in this file by opening it in a text editor (Such as Notepad) and place a comma (,) at the beginning of each line. Again, I don't recommend doing this except as a last possible effort to speed up your dlc check. Make sure you have a backup of the .ini file before you make any changes and replace the edited version with the backup if anything goes wrong when you next start the game.

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Anyone tried this? Does it work? – Conrad Meyer Dec 1 '15 at 2:57
I tried it - no it doesn't. The check for DLC take ages, even if it's already checked that day, and even if there's no internet connection. – GeoffAtkins Feb 7 at 14:43

For 360 I disconnect from Internet, it works right away, then when I'm through to where I can see my characters I reconnect. If you don't have Xbox, then try doing a similar thing on your system, hope this helps.

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How are you disconnecting from Xbox live; logout of profile or remove network cable/wifi ? – Gibron Kury Jul 23 '13 at 23:32

I would just remove the internet connection. That would be the only way to prevent a check, as the game has to check for updates at the same time.

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