Welcome back man! I don't know if I know you or not (i'm on starsider as Kioet' Csuhen) not sure what the problem is with your game, did you try launching it from the main swg folder?
also it almost sounds like a firewall problem, only when i get the thing that flashes i am screwed because it freezes at the black screen, so check your firewall. (usually happenes every time game is updated i have to taskswitch out until it gives me that message that pops and goes away and i gotta say 'allow' it's so annoying)
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