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Windows 7: Red Alert 2

17 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 64bit
Red Alert 2

I know there have been several threads about RA2 and LAN/Internet play but after following all the advice that came up from a search within the forums I still have one problem.

All I wish to do is play a multiplayer game over LAN between two PC's running Red Alert 2 updated to v.1006.

Under the network area both PC's can see each other but when I try to create a new game I am always prompted with "you must select a game". Nothing happens as I am unable to select a game.

Can anyone tell me under multiplayer over LAN why I am unable to select a game, yet both PC's can see one another. I would dearly love to play this with my son who is now old enough to play such an iconic game from the past.



For the record I have:
Two PC's - one laptop Win7 64Bit and one desktop Win7 32Bit
Wirelss LAN ( UK BT HomeHub 3 )
RA2 LAN Patch from another thread here, placed into RA2 game directory ( C:\Westwood\RA2 )
Firewall on but allowing for RA2 game.exe to pass through

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22 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64

Whenever I wanted to make LAN connections like this you had to either go through a Peer to Peer network or use a program. The program I used most often was Hamachi that was lightweight and worked great.
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23 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Just for testing, try disabling the firewall completely and see if you can see each other game. Look for antiviruses that might include a firewall too if you're using one. On LAN there is no need for anything extra, since peer to peer works directly having no routers in the middle.
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24 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 64bit

Hi all,

Thanks for your replies. I have somehow got it to work but only to host on one of the two PC's
All exe's ( RA2 and game ) including shortcuts are run as admin and win98 ( XP didn't work ). But both exe's needed to be done.
The screen has overlay which means no matter what resolution I select the network options screen has overlaid boxes and graphics.
I have read somewhere about directx, ddraw, problems and a few other issues.
Both pc's had RA2 uninstalled and re-installed. Both installations were run as admin under win98 compatibility.

Anyway unless you are aware of why there is screen overlay I can at least host it from one PC on multiplayer. Don't understand why the other PC can't host it but hey ho.


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