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Thread: How can I solve my online-gaming problems exactly? [ This thread is 35 pages long: (1) 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 ]
angelito
angelito

Hero of Order
proud father of a princess
posted May 15, 2004 04:52 PM bonus applied.
Edited by angelito at 14:08, 16 May 2009.

How can I solve my online-gaming problems exactly?

Whole thread edited today due to the fact, Zone doesn't support Heroes 3 anymore.
The only ways to play Heroes 3 online will either be through TCP/IP connection (explained later) or through servers like Gamespy or Gameranger.
To be able to play on Gamespy, u have to go here and download "Basic ad-supported", which is for free and enough to play H3 online. Just create an account and enter the lobby.
Same counts for Gameranger gameranger.com

Some problems could occur while trying to play online. Here are some of them listed and the way to solve them.


Here we go:


BASIC PROBLEMS

1. What version do I need to be able to play on Gamespy?
---> For Restoration of Erathia you will need version 1.4, for Armageddon's Blade you will need version 2.2, for Shadow of Death you will need version 3.2. If you have Heroes Complete, your version is 4.0 and this will be compatible to all upgraded versions.


2. How can I figure out what my current heroes version is?
---> Look for your heroes3.exe file. Normaly it should be located in c:/programs/3DO/Heroes...  Rightclick it, chose properties and then version


3. Where can I download the patch to upgrade my version?
---> The most known site to download the patches is: WCL


4. Which patch do I have to download and what should I do with it after the download?

---> You only have to download the patch which shows YOUR current version and the version you want to have.
For example: You have version 1.1 and you want to upgrade to version 1.4. If so, you have to downlad the patch "Heroes3 11to14.zip".
As you can see, the patch comes as a zip file. When you click on the link, you have to chose "save" on the next appearing window. It doesn't matter where on your computer you will save this zip file. Be sure to be able to find it again after finishing the download..
When the download is finished, you have to unzip this file. In normal cases, the needed program (winzip) will start automatically when u doubleclick on the zip file.
Extract the file and save it in the same folder where your heroes.exe file is located. Although it isn't important where to save this file, because it will find your current heroes.exe file automatically, I have made the experience in the last weeks, sometimes the heroes.exe file didn't show the upgraded version after patching it. Mostly because Heroes wasn't installed in the given path.
You can prevent this "mishap" by running the patch from the same folder where your current heroes.exe is located.


5. When I want to join a game, it fails, and it says something like:"...check if the game is properly installed"

---> The reason for this message is most of the times because Heroes was not installed in the expected (default) path.
The solution is easy, you only have to download the file setupreg.exe.  Save it in the same folder where your heroes.exe file is located. When you doubleclick it, a black DOS window will occur for about 1 or 2 seconds. This is how it is meant to be...  You don't have to be afraid about this file, it will only "refresh" some datas in your windows registry.
Reboot your computer after this and join gamespy again.


6. When I tried to launch a game, a message occured saying  something like "There was an error trying to connect to this session...."

---> This message mostly occurs because you have an enabled firewall and/or you are playing through a router.
First of all, you can add Gamespy and Heroes in the "exceptions" list of your Windows Firewall and your Anti-Virus program.
For Windows XP users, it works like this:
Click "start", "control panel", "Windows Firewall". The middle tab there says "Exceptions". Add Gamespy and Heroes3 there, and u will be fine.
How to do that with your Anti-Virus program should be mentioned in its description.
The second way of solving this problem has something to do with your open and closed ports.


Here is the way for XP-users to change port settings:
Click on your "network-connections", there u can find a symbol for your LAN-connection. Rightclick on it, "properties". In the appearing window u can see 3 symbols in a row, the 3rd one should be called "TCP/IP-protocol". Click on it ONE time, so it is marked. Then click on "properties", on the next window on "advanced". Next window has 4 tabs, click on "options", there u can see "TCP/IP-filtering". Click on "properties" again here. Now u are in the menue for editing your port settings.

These are the ports "heroes3" needs:
2300 to 2400 TCP & UDP (trigger port = 6073), 28800 to 29100 TCP & UDP (trigger port = 6667) and 47624 TCP and UDP


There is a great helping site about Router problems and how to configure them.
Look here: How To Forward or Open Ports

If you still have problems to connect to others, or if you don't have access to your router, there is another solution for you to be able to play online games with others: HAMACHI
Hamachi is a small program (can be downloaded here for free) which creates a virtual LAN (local area network). Everybody who knows your network name and password can join this network, and no router will do any harm. Important: download version 1.0.1.5 (currently the only bug-free version refering to H3)


7. When I tried to launch the game, after 2 seconds an error message occured "Game launching failed...".

---> This happens, when the heroes game has been started already and runs in the background before clicking the "launch" button. Close the Heroes game and then press the launch button again.


8. How can I host / join a game via TCP/IP?

---> If you want to host a game, you have to know your internet IP adress. Most of the sessions failed, because the host gave the joiner the WRONG IP adress.
When the host starts his Heroes game, then clicks on "New", "Multiplayer", "TCP/IP", "Host", a blue window appears, which has your IP adress on the top. This is most of the times the WRONG IP adress, because this is the IP adress of your LOCAL network and not for the internet-network. Most of the times, this local IP starts with 192.....
If you want to figure out your current IP adress, the easiest way is to go to this site: IP-Check
It will instantly show your current internet IP.
But have in mind, this internet IP will change everytime you connect new to the internet, if u don't use a server.
Now you have figured out your IP adress, you can start the IP session like mentioned above (Start Heroes, New, Multiplayer, TCP/IP, Host). You don't have to give it a different name nor put in a password. When you have done this correctly, the scenario window of heroes will appear, where you can chose your scenario and the advanced options.
Now give the IP adress to your opponent. He has to make nearly the same steps as the host, except one: After clicking the "TCP/IP" button, he has to click the 3rd button on the right row, which is named "Search". In the appearing window he has to write the IP adress of the host and then press "ok". When everything works fine, he will occur on the players list in the scenario window.


9. How can I speed up the connection between my opponent and me?

---> The most important thing you can do, is to empty your map folder (--> You have to keep at least ONE map though!!). The whole information of your both map folders is given to your comps while sending data. Make sure you only have about 5 maps in this folder at max. You can create a new folder like "mymaps" and put all the maps you have downloaded there. You only need to copy the needed maps in the original folder.


10. Where can I download some of these "fixed" maps?

---> ToH


GAMESPY QUESTIONS

1. Why is every room locked with a pass?

---> Does the door of your house stand open all the day?
90% of the players do play for tournaments. There are running 2 tournaments right now:
WCL
ToH

They play for points, gold or rankings. So THEY want to decide with whom they play and with whom not.
If you want to join a room, first of all, read the Info-line on the top of the room. This infoline shows the rule the room-owner sets for his games. If you fulfill the requirements given in the Info-line and like to play with the given rules, look for the name of the room-owner on the playerslist to the right of the chatroom.
Rightclick on the name and chose "open private message tab". Now you can write him/her a message and ask him/her if he/she wants to play with you.


2. Is it possible to chat in the gamespy lobby while playing a game at the same time?

---> Yes it is. On the opponent's turn, you can change from your heroes game to your game room by pressing alt+tab. Click the button "resume" and now you can write and read in your room and in the gamespy chat.


Any more suggestions to this "First Aid" are welcomed and can be implemented quickly. Just send me a HCM or an email.



08/08/09 Info about Hamachi added (point 6.)
04/04/2009 LRH is down, deleted /replaced all links
05/16/09 revised point 6.) refering to Anti-Virus programs
05/16/09 Gameranger added in the opening part of the thread as alternative place for meeting H3 players.

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Vesuvius
Vesuvius

Hero of Order
Honor Above all Else
posted May 16, 2004 03:20 PM

Also Visit http://www.theoldcurmudgeon.com for even more info.

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dEth8
dEth8


Promising
Known Hero
posted May 22, 2004 03:35 PM

Nice thread Angelito!

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wanderer
wanderer


Known Hero
Mercenary on Azure's Kingdom
posted May 31, 2004 09:40 PM

and also, last but not least, if you can't find a game, look for Oo_TEL_oO or tewilligar and ask them on which pokertable they are located at,that might give you a nice evening playing something online
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amethyst
amethyst

Tavern Dweller
posted June 06, 2004 11:10 PM

Ok here's a question re: a game problem i've never encountered before..

i recently bought a new Dell and it came with Windows XP.. when i tried to start up Heroes earlier the game window wouldn't show up. i could hear the music and see the Heroes icon when pressing alt+tab but the actual game window wouldn't close. So i logged offline and booted the game back after XP loaded and everything worked fine..

Is there a reason i can't run the game while being online? when i had Heroes 3 i played online ALL the time and never had a problem..

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SapphireRavyn
SapphireRavyn


Promising
Famous Hero
Bird of Extreme Patience
posted June 07, 2004 08:18 AM
Edited By: SapphireRavyn on 6 Dec 2004

I would guess just a glitch of some sort, or something in your software. It's not because you have Windows XP though. I just went to XP and Heroes runs just fine, on and offline. I would suggest trying it again and see if it works now. Maybe it just needed to run offline a time or two first.

EDIT: First page bump
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amethyst
amethyst

Tavern Dweller
posted June 07, 2004 11:19 AM

It's been run offline a few times i've actually played.. i just tried it again and the same thing happens.. i hear the game running and loading up but the screen stays on XP or in the browser if i have one open. When i try to alt+tab into the game the screen goes black for a few seconds then back to the normal XP or browser screen. i can't even close the game down without going into the task mgr.

Any other suggestions?
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tw1zt3dkl0wn
tw1zt3dkl0wn

Tavern Dweller
posted June 16, 2004 06:04 AM

uh

for some reason i can never connect to any game wiether im hosting or not im always waiting for the game to pop up or the players to get into the game i end up waiting like 20 miniuts and still...NOTHING can some1 here please help me
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angelito
angelito

Hero of Order
proud father of a princess
posted June 16, 2004 12:13 PM

Come to the zone, then we can help you.....when we could see a specific error message, we could locate the possible problem better....

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tw1zt3dkl0wn
tw1zt3dkl0wn

Tavern Dweller
posted June 16, 2004 01:28 PM

musta just had bad connections then its working fine now
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Lavron
Lavron

Tavern Dweller
posted June 23, 2004 01:24 PM

please help...

got a question too:
I'd like to be able to play a session of hmm3 with my girlfriend from time to time. Now, the problem is, that  both me and her are behind a hardware router including a firewall. I've read some threads concerning this and it wouldn't be a problem to forward the necessary ports on my side. Now, she is using her university's network and she simply can't forward any ports. Now my question is: does anyone know if it is possible to tunnel a hmm3 session using a standart port like 80 or something? It's just about a direct connection, no gaming zone stuff involved...it should be possible, shouldn't it?
Any hints?
Thx, Bjoern

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dEth8
dEth8


Promising
Known Hero
posted June 25, 2004 07:16 AM

I have never tried tunnelling for a game, but that seems like it should work to me.  Please post here if it works.  I assume you have a good tunnelling system or proxy that you use.

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the_teacher
the_teacher


Supreme Hero
Talk to the hand!
posted June 26, 2004 04:04 PM

go for it!

Quote:
got a question too:
I'd like to be able to play a session of hmm3 with my girlfriend from time to time. Now, the problem is, that  both me and her are behind a hardware router including a firewall. ....
Any hints?
Thx, Bjoern


well, it's always safer to have a protection (like this firewall...) in between, but if you really love her and the feeling is mutual , to hell with any protection, just connect it directly, maybe ask her later, if things go well .
the trust is a key.





have a nice day

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handren
handren

Tavern Dweller
posted June 29, 2004 12:50 PM

Hi.. I have a problem with playing with people.. When we start the game and play and after a while the game closes automaticly. Please tell me how to fix it. i would be thankful for an answer
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the_teacher
the_teacher


Supreme Hero
Talk to the hand!
posted June 29, 2004 02:32 PM

can you give details about how the game closes ( froze in fight, just exits, some error messages before exiting)? or the computer shuts down? what version do you have?

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handren
handren

Tavern Dweller
posted June 30, 2004 05:15 AM

It just like closes only the game down and then i am back to Zone Table View.. i have version 4.0
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the_teacher
the_teacher


Supreme Hero
Talk to the hand!
posted June 30, 2004 06:34 AM

Quote:
It just like closes only the game down and then i am back to Zone Table View.. i have version 4.0


if would have been about heroes 4 i think we could found a solution, but , in this case, a H3 expert is more required to come up with advices.

good luck!

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handren
handren

Tavern Dweller
posted June 30, 2004 06:40 AM

Hmmmm yea.. anyway thx for all your help
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witchjnr
witchjnr

Tavern Dweller
posted June 30, 2004 07:03 AM

how can I slve my online gaimng problems - exactly

Hi there, thanks for all the info, however I am still confused.  My brother and I are trying to conect together to play online using the tcp/ip settings.  (HOMM4 the gathering storm) We have trieed everything and checked the ip settings as suggested but there is still no love.  What am I missing!?! oh yeah and where is this zone I keep reading about?

Cheers - Witch
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the_teacher
the_teacher


Supreme Hero
Talk to the hand!
posted June 30, 2004 07:15 AM

Quote:
Hi there, thanks for all the info, however I am still confused.  My brother and I are trying to conect together to play online using the tcp/ip settings.  (HOMM4 the gathering storm) We have trieed everything and checked the ip settings as suggested but there is still no love.  What am I missing!?! oh yeah and where is this zone I keep reading about?

Cheers - Witch



for h4 you can come to gamespy, in heroes room, and , like a miracle , all your problems will be solved, there you can find all the answers and support, with directions to all patches you need to be updated anbd be able to find more players to play with, when your brother is busy . all you need is either to download the gamespyarcade program, or run it within your game pack . easy to create an account , people's waiting for you, so make haste



have a nice day


P.S. could be still a witch there, some of us have strange tastes and desires

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