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I'm no rookie to forums and not a newb with NIS either. I have no idea why, but Sunday I was able to host games, my buds could see my server name and IP through GameSpy. Then Monday, someting in Norton kicked in and I can no longer bradcast such information. They can still join if I provide an IP so it's not that. I have narrowed it down to UDP and GameSpy. I have NIS 2K3 running on my other system, it can host. But my main machine running XP Pro can't.

Has anyone else experienced this problem and hopefully have a solution. I play Rally Trohpy that can only be played online through gamespy. It's a Friday night ritual.

And yes, think about, where would you have posted this. It appears to be more an NIS issue than a gaming issue though one can't work without the other which is how it ended up here.

My friends call me Hoggy
 

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are you behind a firewall? Dose your norton have a firewall? Have to checked to see what TCP and UDP ports are required? You can also goto the command prompt and run a netstat. The netstat will tell you what active ports are running and any connections. If you are on cable your provider may have blocked these ports. The netstat will help eliminate if its actually running though. Aslo if your norton has a firewall running try dissabling that or uninstall norton complatley. If it then works then you know you need to reconfigure norton.
 

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Norton Internet Security consists of a firewall, add-blocker, AV, etc. The fact it worked for almost a month without issue is the problem. Last Sunday, I hosted a pit, everyone could see my server and joined. Monday night, went to host a pit, and it was invisible. I am on Cable, but they do not block me from hosting games as I do not run 24/7 game servers. AS mentioned in my original post, I can still host off my other machine. And I have no router, just a switching hub. I have uninstalled, then reinstalled, still the same problem. Have scnaned the rules. etc. Could this have sometng to do with say a referal address, or a certificate. The rules on my NIS 2k3 and NIS 2k4 match by the way. I have gone through everything that I can think of.

I'm a programmer, I play games to unwind, and this is stressing me out as I have the best connection amongst my buds which is why I host.

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Well it's fixed, and in case anybody else has a similar problem. Rules are applied in oder of precedent. So if there is a rule to block a certain connection, then a similar rule lower in the list allowing that connection, the block takes precedent.

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