Have also just tried allocating a smaller range of the 2300-2400 (one 2300-2350, the other 2351-2400) and now the machines can interchange but not connect at the same time. Maybe an even smaller range?
I'm beginning to suspect that this is down to having more than one computer behind a router i.e. same public IP and S3 doesn't like that... Help.
Hmm, finally did a translate on ramfun.de and found a little tool for DxPort mapping. I think I'm on the right track although having downloaded this tool and tried it - it's still not working. I have restricted the port map using this new tool but perhaps I need to re-open the complete range in the router instead of splitting it? Lets give it a go...
I'm fed up I'm going to bed.
I think I still need to point the ports from NAT on the router to local machine - from a limited range for DXport. My head hurts...
Having more than one computer on a router is basically the whole idea of having a router, but attempting to connect two Settlers clients to the lobby using the same ports is not something i'm familiar with or have ever tried.
But in principle, even a game as old as Settlers III should be able to understand that "This port is taken, use the next port", hence the 2300-2400 port range.
I'm also familiar with that router as I've had one; What happens when you forward all the ports listed to both internal IP addresses so they look indentical in your router?
If I forward identical ports (as per your post) only one machine is able to chat / host / join.
The other will connect to the lobby and thats it...
Unfortunately, in short I don't know how to fix your problem as I can't understand why one machine would take presedence over the other?
Not to worry Ian,
I've resigned myself to the fact that I can't establish two connections to the Bluebyte server through a router. I've tried three different routers (Linksys, 3Com and Netgear) with all ports correctly forwarded etc.
Basically I've gone back to having just one machine connect, and my brother (Vortex) connects from his home.
Maybe in patch 1.70 the problem will be fixed...?! All the best!
Hey, I just bought Settlers 3 Gold Edition off ebay and got it today (brand new, unopened case). I have Settlers 2 10th edition, Settlers 4 and Rise of an Empire, but I never played S3... ANYWAYS, I had the same problem as some people on this board with that "kernel.dll/ virus or incompatible system analyser" problem. I got the patch and it booted up perfectly. However, when I started playing a campaign it mysteriously froze up. I closed it and tried again, and after about 10 minutes of playing, it froze on me again! I'm not sure what's causing this, any advice?
When I get a quiet spell at work, I'll bring my 2 x Settlers III in to work and set it up on a test network to test some things.
Currently testing Settlers III with Windows 7 Beta 7000
Probably graphics related. Check your graphics card isn't overheating/cpu overheating (ie. the fans are spinning), and update the drivers.
You'll also find that the kernel.dll/ virus or incompatible system analyser problem and your freezing issue are infact, not related.
Thanks for the reply. I updated my display drivers and I went about 30 minutes this time with no lock up... Unfortunately, it did eventually lock up again... Everything with my video card seems fine... Any other ideas? What should the game display options be set to?