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Hi,
I've set up a network between my two computers - both of which run Windows XP, primarily for gaming. It seems to be TCP/IP (it uses a crosslink cable, that's right, isn't it?). I set it up ok, and some games work fine (Doom series, Unreal Tournament, Quake 2, Half-Life), but some do not work at all (Seven Kingdoms, Grand Theft Auto). The difference seems to be that these games ask for the "computer name or IP address of the session host" (while the others find the server automatically). I've tried giving the IP address, that didn't work. Neither did the computer name. This is becoming really frustrating. Any ideas?
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so these computers are directly connected with a crossover cable? from nic card to nic card with nothing inbetween? if this is the case then you need to make sure that the ip addresses of both machines are in the same range. do this by doing run >cmd > ipconfig /all on both machines...then compare the ip addresses...if the first three sets of numbers are the same on both computers then you should be ok.
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from nic card to nic card with nothing inbetween?

I guess so... I don't really know what that means but I'll assume so.
Yes, all of the first three numbers are equal.
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from network (ethernet ) card to network card....or are y ou hooked through a switch or a hub
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yeah, direct from the ethernet cards, one end of the wire is in one PC, and the other end is in the other one.
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and you're sure it's a crossover cable?
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Yeah! I mean, it says "X-over" on it!
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ok just making sure...can you ping from one machine to the other
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Strangely enough, no.
The request times out.
But the computers definitely know of each other's existance, as some games work.
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do they both have the same default gateway?
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Well, in a way - they're both blank.
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hehehe....are either computers connected to the internet? how are they getting their ip addresses? static or dhcp?
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No, they are not connected to the internet. I typed the IP addresses manually.
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ok...set the default gateway on both machines to 127.0.0.1 and see if that makes a difference
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It won't allow - it says that '127' is reserved for loopback addresses.
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