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lan problem while trying to run sfc orion pirates

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Hi all, I've recently had to upgrade my laptop do to a crashing of the mob on my old laptop. The new laptop is running windows vista. My friends and i get together and run games like orion pirates thru a router. When i tried to do that with the new laptop I could see the games but i could not join. So I'm wondering if I need something (ie a patch/adapter) to be able to connect to other pc's not running windows vista.

The setup we use is 3-4 pc's hooked to a stand alone router. The router is not connected to the internet, as we are just looking at doing lan type play. They are all running windows xp/2000, and i'm now running vista. When they host the game i can see it but it won't let me join to play. When i host it they can not see the game at all. We even tried doing a straight link between my laptop and one of the other ones, and received the exact same problem.

When i look at the connection, it says low or no connectivity, but shows active with 100mps. and since i can actually see the games when they host them, it does look like the computers are communicating with each other. I thought maybe my firewall was causing a problem, so since we were on just the lan router with no internet, I turned off the firewall. Once again achieving the same results.

Is there a patch or adapter i need to install to get windows vista to fully communicate with pc's running lower versions of windows? Or is there a setting on the network that i need to change?

Note: i did actually have the wireless internet turned on, so there was some level of connectivity to the internet.

Thanks for any help/ideas you can provide.
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try updating the drivers for the nic. Other users in the Vista forums have had similiar issues due to outdated or faulty drivers.
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