C2 LAN gaming on XP
LAN=Local Area Network. And therefor NOT similar to Internet Online gaming!
Most people nowadays can't get C2 network games to work on XP. The reason is simple:
C2 uses the IPX protocol to transfer data through the network. Back in the time it was ok as this protocol was still installed by default and well supported.
But with the rise of the TCP/IP protocol for Internet, Microsoft decided to get rid of the IPX driver from the default Windows XP setup! And even when installing it, it isn't directly compatible with C2!
Let's see what we have to do..? Click on Continue reading:
So as I just said the first thing to do is installing the IPX protocol. Next I'll tell you the simple configuration of this protocol to make it work with C2.
Let's install IPX.
In Control Panel, open up Network
Right click on Local Area Connection, and click on
Properties, and this dialog results:
Click on the Install... button, and this dialog
Click on Protocol, and click Add.... After
a few seconds, a dialog similar to this will appear:
Click on the NWLink IPX/SPX... protocol, and click
OK. The protocol will be installed.
Once you're done, you'll return to the Properties dialog, only this time the new protocol will be listed:
You can uncheck the NWLink NetBIOS protocol as C2 won't use it. Click on Close, and it's likely you'll then need to reboot your machine for the installation to complete.
Now select the NWLink IPX/SPX protocol and hit Properties.
Don't change the first network number (or at least make it look like in the next screencap). Then select the 802.3 frame type and enter as network number 00000001:
You'll ofcourse have to do this on every computer you're planning to use in your C2 LAN gaming!
But that's not all... The most important point is most certainly the C2 installs you'll be using. They'll all have to be the same. Same cars/add-on cars and same tracks/add-on network tracks. And have the V2 patch installed! So your best move would be to create a clean install of C2 apart from your modded C2 and use that clean install for network gaming!
Don't forget you can still use glide/d3d/ddraw wrappers with network games. I think that's all.