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LAN problem

Hi

My friend and I have setup a small LAN between our PCs, the config is something like this

Internet -----1st network card
                  2nd network card -------switch-------- 1st network card
                    (Friends PC)                                        (My PC)

We can normally see each other in windows explorer/network neighbourhood (file & print sharing), we can chat in dxdiag (Networking/test DirectPlay), I can use his internet connection (ICS)... but whatever we try we can't see each other in ANY game (tried dozens)

We both have win xp sp2, tcp/ip, ipx and netbeui protocols installed...we tried with firewall on, off, on with exeptions... with ICS disabled, enabled, without ICS... manually configured IPs 192.168.x.x, automatically configured IPs... clean install after formatting... can't remember what else we tried in the past 2 weeks but nothing worked

What are we doing wrong?

BTW for people that would suggest removing the switch and using direct cable connection: we'll be adding more PCs to the LAN once we get it running
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TJworldCommented:
When you write "but whatever we try we can't see each other in ANY game " can you be more precise?

Local network games? Internet game servers?

What network settings are the games using?

Try focusing on one game in particular and give us some information about the attempts and results you've made.
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OnsiteComputerMedicsCommented:
You will not be able to see eachother if you using a service such as gamespy to play a netoworked game to go to the internet and then come back, see what happens though if you add another machine to the switch.  I'm not sure of ICS's limitations.
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JohnCarlMorganCommented:
Check the lights on your switch to ensure that both computers are physically connected. Disable all firewalls whilst testing.

You may as well enable ICS on the IP of your friends 2 NIC'd PC (on the internet NIC obviously).  This will automatically assign it the IP 192.168.0.1 on the Local NIC and install a DHCP server which will assign the other one an IP, so set your other machine to obtain it's IP address automatically (in TCP/IP properties).  

From a command prompt of your non-ICS machine type: PING 192.168.0.1.  This will tell you if there is a connection between the PC's and infinitely more reliable than checking if you can see the other computer in network neighbourhood.
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cwkhangCommented:
i think ur network is fine. juz similar to this one
"I can play TCP/IP LAN games just fine but when it comes to a game that supports only IPX/SPX protocol (Like red alert 2) I can't seem to get the 2 pc's to talk to each other."
bcos  file/printer sharing and Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) are OK.

go to your network connection, right-click Local Area Connection, then select Properties. Click Install, select Protocol from the network component list, then click Add. Select IPX from the Network Protocol list, then click OK. (Make sure you have a system disk on hand: You'll need it to load protocols.) Note that if you're running IPX, you need to keep everyone in the same workgroup.
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snerkelCommented:
The reason it doesn't work through Internet based gaming sites is that the site will list users by IP address, since you are sharing an internet connection you are also sharing the same IP address.

Only real fix is to purchase multiple IP addresses from your ISP and rework your physical connection to the internet, possibly with additional hardware to provide better security than just using a hub/switch
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InterghostAuthor Commented:
I'm not talking about Internet gaming... just LAN gaming (Multiplayer/LAN in most of the games)
and there you mostly have Join, Create/Host and Refresh options and we both try Creating/Hosting but the other PC doesn't see the created game so it can't Join

cwkhang...  like I said in my first post we already have TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, NetBIOS protocols installed
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OnsiteComputerMedicsCommented:
Try disabling your friends internet nic and just have you 2 plug into the switch.
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TJworldCommented:
Post the results of

C:\>ipconfig /all

done on both PCs here for us to see.

What specific game are you using to test this, and what protocol and options are you selecting when trying to connect to each other.

What switch do you have?

You have to be precise and clear in your information for us to have a chance of helping you.

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InterghostAuthor Commented:
@OnsiteComputerMEdics ... we did this before and no difference, tried disabling internet connection, disabling second NIC from windows device manager and even completely removing the 2nd card from the PC

@TJworld

here are my results of ipconfig...I'll post my friends later, he isn't home right now
Windows IP Configuration

        Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : interghost
        Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
        Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Mixed
        IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
        WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0F-EA-38-A7-F3
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::20f:eaff:fe38:a7f3%4
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1
                                            fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1
                                            fec0:0:0:ffff::3%1

Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::5445:5245:444f%5
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
        NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

Tunnel adapter Automatic Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Automatic Tunneling Pseudo-Interface

        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : C0-A8-00-01
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::5efe:192.168.0.1%2
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1
                                            fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1
                                            fec0:0:0:ffff::3%1
        NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

re: what games are we using... recently tried on far cry
as for options...there really is no options in a big majority of new games (except the ones game related like no of players etc) you just have create, join and refresh.. no protocol picking or anything

re: switch... Level ONE 5port, don't know exactly which one
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TJworldCommented:
First thing that springs to my attention is you have IPv6 installed too - thats the "Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface" so get rid of it!

In Network Properties, for you LAN adapter, remove it from the protocols and services list.

"Microsoft TCP/IP version 6"

If it's present on both PCs uninstall it from both. You'll have to restart.

Now try your game connections again.

If you still have problems remove all protocols but "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" - that means IPX/SPX and Netbeui.

Make sure you've got "Client for Microsoft Networks" and "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" installed and enabled on your LAN adapters.

Make sure your friend's PC has ICS installed and enabled. He'll have the IP address 192.168.0.1. Allow yours to use DHCP ("Obtain an IP address automatically") and get its DNS server setting from the DHCP server (built into ICS) by selecting "Obtain DNS server address automatically".

Once thats done when you do ipconfig /all on your PC you should see something like:

IP Address: 192.168.0.2 (anything but 192.168.0.1)
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
DHCP enabled
Default Gateway: 192.168.0.1 (your friends PC)
DHCP Server: 192.168.0.1
DNS Server: 192.168.0.1 (or your ISPs public DNS server IP)

He should enable the firewall on the NIC connected to the Internet and also install and enable the Universal Plug and Play (uPnP) service for optimum services such as access to MSN Messenger voice and video services.

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InterghostAuthor Commented:
I've installed TCP/IPv6 protocol yesterday... all of the testing done was without it so thats not the problem

and about ICS... I don't need internet access on that PC so I would like it to be configured without ICS
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TJworldCommented:
ICS should be on your friends PC if its used.

What you need to do is get back to a basic working configuration and then add the other services one by one and test after each addition.

once you've got things back to basics do

C:\>route print

on each PC and let me see the results.

On yours you will something that includes

0.0.0.0. mask 0.0.0.0 gatway 192.168.0.1 interface 192.168.0.2
192.168.0.0 mask 255.255.255.0 gateway 192.168.0.2 interface 192.168.0.2
192.168.0.2 mask 255.255.255.255 gateway 127.0.0.1 interface 127.0.0.1

Default Gateway: 192.168.0.1

On his you'll see something like

0.0.0.0 mask 0.0.0.0 gateway a.b.c.1 interface a.b.c.X
a.b.c.X mask 255.255.255.255 gateway a.b.c.1 interface a.b.c.X
192.168.0.0 mask 255.255.255.0 gateway 192.168.0.1 interface 192.168.0.2
192.168.0.1 mask 255.255.255.255 gateway 127.0.0.1 interface 127.0.0.1
 
Default Gateway: a.b.c.1

You might also want to try this now, see if it gives you any leads

C:\>netsh diag gui

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InterghostAuthor Commented:
You misunderstood me... I explicitly don't want ICS... there should be no ICS whatsoever in our LAN.
Thats why my PC is/can be manually configured @ 192.168.0.1 (so for the future please use that as my IP) while my friends is @ 192.168.0.2

...and also a new problem poped out yesterday, my friend was messing around with stuff, running that "home or small office setup" in windows and now we can't see each other at all... not even ping, nothing..and in the network connection status window I have under packets sent: xxxx number while under packets received: 0 ... do I have to re-run the setup now or what?

BTW thnx for being patient and trying to help :) I'll increase the point value if we get things completely working
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cwkhangCommented:
can u try the architecture as stated in this tutorial?
page 1 : http://www.homenethelp.com/ics/ics-install-arch.asp 
page 2 : http://www.homenethelp.com/ics/ics-install-netxp.asp

my home network is setup as above and LAN gaming is not a problem
good luck ;-D
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TJworldCommented:
In your first post, in the paragraph beginnning "We can normally..." you went on to say "... I can use his internet connection (ICS)..." so I assumed you wanted that scenario.

Even if you don't want it now I'd still strongly recommend leaving his PC at 192.168.0.1 so that if in the future you do want to you don't have to change things around.

It's convention to have the gateway PC on the x.x.x.1 address.

It sounds to me like you guys are doing a lot of messing about with bits you don't fully understand the ramifications of.

Like I said before, get back to a basic set-up with no firewalls running (XPs or 3rd party). Start off with your friends PC, make sure he can get to the Internet, then move on to yours.

Uninstall all the services from the LAN adapters then go into Device Manager and Uninstall the network adapter for the LAN. Restart the PC and let it discover the network adapter again and then configure it for TCP/IP with Client for Microsoft Networks, and File and Printer Sharing.

Give his LAN adapter the gateway address 192.168.0.1/24 (just in case he ever wants to enable ICS) and then give yours 192.168.0.2/24. "/24" means enter a network mask of 255.255.255.0.

You'll need to ensure NETBIOS over TCP/IP is enabled because without ICS you don't have a DNS server to resolve names on the network.
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InterghostAuthor Commented:
We completely removed the network card from device manager and after restart managed to setup a connection.

We tested:
ping ... ok
net send ... ok
file sharing ... ok
dxdiag / test direct play (both IPX and TCP) ... can't see sessions
ground control 2 ... can't see sessions

this is unbelievable...it took me 5mins to setup a 4 PC LAN on win98 that worked flawlessly for 4 years, and now with XP that makes everything "better and easier" after 3 weeks still nothin

here are our results for all of the above command u said:
                        route print
my:
===========================================================================
Interface List
0x1 ........................... MS TCP Loopback interface
0x2 ...00 0f ea 38 a7 f3 ...... NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller - Packet Sch
eduler Miniport
===========================================================================
===========================================================================
Active Routes:
Network Destination        Netmask          Gateway       Interface  Metric
        127.0.0.0        255.0.0.0        127.0.0.1       127.0.0.1       1
      192.168.0.0    255.255.255.0      192.168.0.2     192.168.0.2       20
      192.168.0.2  255.255.255.255        127.0.0.1       127.0.0.1       20
    192.168.0.255  255.255.255.255      192.168.0.2     192.168.0.2       20
        224.0.0.0        240.0.0.0      192.168.0.2     192.168.0.2       20
  255.255.255.255  255.255.255.255      192.168.0.2     192.168.0.2       1
===========================================================================
Persistent Routes:
  None

his:
===========================================================================
Interface List
0x1 ........................... MS TCP Loopback interface
0x2 ...00 0a cd 08 19 b5 ...... Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC - P
acket Scheduler Miniport
0x3 ...00 e0 18 e8 6c 7f ...... NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller #3 - Packet
Scheduler Miniport
0x20005 ...00 53 45 00 00 00 ...... WAN (PPP/SLIP) Interface
===========================================================================
===========================================================================
Active Routes:
Network Destination        Netmask          Gateway       Interface  Metric
          0.0.0.0          0.0.0.0   194.152.209.58  194.152.209.58       1
        127.0.0.0        255.0.0.0        127.0.0.1       127.0.0.1       1
      169.254.0.0      255.255.0.0    169.254.31.66   169.254.31.66       30
    169.254.31.66  255.255.255.255        127.0.0.1       127.0.0.1       30
  169.254.255.255  255.255.255.255    169.254.31.66   169.254.31.66       30
      192.168.0.0    255.255.255.0      192.168.0.1     192.168.0.1       20
      192.168.0.1  255.255.255.255        127.0.0.1       127.0.0.1       20
    192.168.0.255  255.255.255.255      192.168.0.1     192.168.0.1       20
   194.152.209.58  255.255.255.255        127.0.0.1       127.0.0.1       50
  194.152.209.255  255.255.255.255   194.152.209.58  194.152.209.58       50
   195.29.254.186  255.255.255.255   194.152.209.58  194.152.209.58       1
        224.0.0.0        240.0.0.0    169.254.31.66   169.254.31.66       30
        224.0.0.0        240.0.0.0      192.168.0.1     192.168.0.1       20
        224.0.0.0        240.0.0.0   194.152.209.58  194.152.209.58       1
  255.255.255.255  255.255.255.255    169.254.31.66   169.254.31.66       1
  255.255.255.255  255.255.255.255      192.168.0.1     192.168.0.1       1
  255.255.255.255  255.255.255.255   194.152.209.58  194.152.209.58       1
Default Gateway:    194.152.209.58
===========================================================================


                              ipconfig /all
my:
Windows IP Configuration

        Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : interghost
        Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
        Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Mixed
        IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
        WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0F-EA-38-A7-F3
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.2
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

his:
Windows IP Configuration

        Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : GRAVEDIGGER
        Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
        Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
        IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
        WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 6:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethe
rnet NIC
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0A-CD-08-19-B5
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
        Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
        Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . : 169.254.31.66
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 7:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller
#3
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-E0-18-E8-6C-7F
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

PPP adapter T-com:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : WAN (PPP/SLIP) Interface
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-53-45-00-00-00
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 194.152.209.58
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 194.152.209.58
        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 195.29.150.3
                                            195.29.150.4
        NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled


                                    netsh diag gui
my:
- Network Adapters PASSED
- [00000009] NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller (PASSED)
  Caption = [00000009] NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller
  DatabasePath = %SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc
  Description = NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller - Packet Scheduler Miniport
  DHCPEnabled = FALSE
  DNSEnabledForWINSResolution = FALSE
  DNSHostName = interghost
  DomainDNSRegistrationEnabled = FALSE
  FullDNSRegistrationEnabled = TRUE
  Index = 9
+ IPAddress = 192.168.0.2 (PASSED)
Pinging 192.168.0.2 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 192.168.0.2: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=0
Reply from 192.168.0.2: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=0
Reply from 192.168.0.2: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=0
Reply from 192.168.0.2: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=0
Ping statistics for 192.168.0.2:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss)
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms
  IPConnectionMetric = 20
  IPEnabled = TRUE
  IPFilterSecurityEnabled = FALSE
  IPSecPermitIPProtocols = 0
  IPSecPermitTCPPorts = 0
  IPSecPermitUDPPorts = 0
  IPSubnet = 255.255.255.0
  IPXAddress = 00000000:000FEA38A7F3
  IPXEnabled = TRUE
  IPXFrameType = 255
  IPXVirtualNetNumber = 00000000
  MACAddress = 00:0F:EA:38:A7:F3
  ServiceName = NVENETFD
  SettingID = {3CDAE7E4-B96A-4DC5-9175-079F9E97AEFB}
  TcpipNetbiosOptions = 1
  WINSEnableLMHostsLookup = TRUE
+ [00000011] Microsoft TV/Video Connection (PASSED)

BTW whats this Microsoft TV/Video Connection??

his:
- Network Adapters FAILED
- [00000001] NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller (PASSED)
  Caption = [00000001] NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller
  DatabasePath = %SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc
  Description = NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller #3 - Packet Scheduler Miniport
  DHCPEnabled = FALSE
  DNSEnabledForWINSResolution = FALSE
  DNSHostName = GRAVEDIGGER
  DomainDNSRegistrationEnabled = FALSE
  FullDNSRegistrationEnabled = TRUE
  Index = 1
+ IPAddress = 192.168.0.1 (PASSED)
Pinging 192.168.0.1 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=0
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=0
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=0
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=0
Ping statistics for 192.168.0.1:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss)
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms
  IPConnectionMetric = 20
  IPEnabled = TRUE
  IPFilterSecurityEnabled = FALSE
  IPSecPermitIPProtocols = 0
  IPSecPermitTCPPorts = 0
  IPSecPermitUDPPorts = 0
  IPSubnet = 255.255.255.0
  IPXAddress = 00000000:00E018E86C7F
  IPXEnabled = TRUE
  IPXFrameType = 255
  IPXVirtualNetNumber = 00000000
  MACAddress = 00:E0:18:E8:6C:7F
  ServiceName = NVENET
  SettingID = {4AD7A12F-5A47-4386-8121-8148C8478D2C}
  TcpipNetbiosOptions = 1
  WINSEnableLMHostsLookup = TRUE
+ [00524291] WAN Miniport (IP) (FAILED)
+ [00000011] Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC (PASSED)
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OnsiteComputerMedicsCommented:
Just for a test, make the nic attached to the internet the gateway address on the other machines/nic
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OnsiteComputerMedicsCommented:
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 6:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethe
rnet NIC
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0A-CD-08-19-B5
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
        Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
        Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . : 169.254.31.66
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :


Is anything attached to the nic listed above?  
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InterghostAuthor Commented:
that's the Internet nic...  in the "home or small office setup" we selected that our network doesn't have internet access as we don't want ICS
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InterghostAuthor Commented:
Internet ------ Realtek
                     Nvidia ------------------ switch ----------------- Nvidia

thats the NIC config
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InterghostAuthor Commented:
And let me say again, the "blueprint" above looks like the network has/wants to have ICS, but we DON'T want ICS (at least not now) I've included the internet and Realtek NIC in my posts from the beginning cause I thought that it had some relevance to the problem/solution
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TJworldCommented:
I think its the DirectPlay network player that has a problem. What version of DirectX/DirectPlay is it?

Take a look at this MS article "How to troubleshoot multiplayer issues in Microsoft games"

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;819836
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TJworldCommented:
For "player" I did of course mean "layer" - weird how the typos always seem to hit the most important words and totally change the meaning of the sentence!
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InterghostAuthor Commented:
We "found" something yesterday that may be of importance... when using net send if we use it like net send computername/username  than everything is ok, we can both send/recieve, however when trying net send IP than I can normally send a message to my friend (for example  "net send 192.168.0.1 ello") but he can't. When he tries "net send 192.168.0.2 ello" it hangs for a minute or so and than says "network alias could not be found"

so the conclusion would be that he can't send IP packets to me....is he not resolving my IP correctly? or?

the above actually makes some sence when we test DirectPlay using TCP... when he tries to host I don't see the session, but when I try to host he can see the session but can't connect (it just says connecting forever)

but on the other hand when he tries ping 192.168.0.2 it works.... really don't understand it (and we also triplechecked our firewall settings to be off)

dx version 9.0c   ....everything installed (dx, drivers, bios...) is the latest available version
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InterghostAuthor Commented:
and lol almost forgot... another weird thing

if the config is
Internet ------ Realtek
                     Nvidia  ---------- switch ---------- Nvidia

than we can share files, ping and netsend (with the exeption mentioned above) but dxdiag tests don't work at all (we both don't see anything on both ipx/tcp)

and if the config is
Internet ------ Nvidia
                     Realtek  ---------- switch ---------- Nvidia

than we can share files, ping and netsend (with the exeption mentioned above) and also complete all dxdiag tests successfully  (but it still doesn't work in games)

in both cases the card connected to the switch was manually assigned a 192.168.0.1 IP
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TJworldCommented:
For the purposes of my peace of mind, have you got a crossover cable you can use in place of that switch?

I'd like to rule it ought for certain as the cause of the issue!
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InterghostAuthor Commented:
nope... but I'll try taking my PC to another friend on friday and connecting, then I'll at least see if my PC is the troublemaker or not
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InterghostAuthor Commented:
Just to let everyone know I've resolved the issue.

After connecting with another friend I got exactly the same results as with the first one which led mi to the conclusion something is wrong with my PC. Since the "original" friend has 2 cards and the onboard card didn't work in dxdiag tests(nvidia, couple of posts up) on my way back home I bought a <10$ pci card, pluged it in and everything works perfectly...

Interesting thing... theres 3 of us that are connected currently, we all have onboard nvidia nforce ethernet cards (I have nforce 3, the other two nforce 2 chipsets) and none of the cards work. I acctually have 2 onboard cards but lol the other one won't even install, what is it with nvidia and their onboard solutions


For Admin: please assign 50pts to TJworld, refund the rest
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