• Forwarded ports suddenly doesn't work
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All right Facepunch, here's the situation. I used to be able to host Source games with no problem, I forwarded my ports, friends type in my IP, done. However, a few months ago my PC had a blue screen. I restarted and everything seemed normal, that is until I tried hosting a Garry's Mod game and my friends are unable to join. I thought this was only a Gmod problem until I tried other games, CS:S;Synergy;Obsidian Conflict; even Sven-Coop no longer works. It's not only games too, uTorrent now has problems with ports too when it usually works fine. I have ruled out that the source of the problem is not from my modem/router as I tried hosting a game with a laptop and my friends are able to join them. Another strange thing is my friends can still join me if I play Source games/mods that makes use of "lobbies" (alien swarm/left 4 dead 2/hypovolemia). Also, even laptops that are connected to the same network as me is unable to connect to me for some reason (yes I used the local IP, not external) Here's a speccy screenshot of my network: [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/dWlTh.jpg[/IMG] And here's a screenshot of my ports [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/0UdVU.jpg[/IMG]
Did you try re-installing your LAN driver? May have gotten corrupted or something.
I'm using a wi-fi adapter to connect to my router, should I check the LAN driver anyway?
Well if you can get everything working with other computers, you know your router is fine, and you can host games fine on your other machine... then it has to do with that machine in general. Either something fried on your card, which is unlikely after just a simple blue screen (would help if I knew the codes for it). What would be more common would be either the services or the driver has been corrupted. Does your computer work fine when you use a LAN cable instead of WiFi?
Sometimes IPS's can block ports at their end if they don't want public traffic down a residential line. You should read your terms and conditions for your internet contract.
Ok, I tried plugging in the LAN cable to my router and.... my PC froze, restarted it then got BSoD (the dump file didn't get written unfortunately). Restarted it again and it refused to boot up until I unplugged the LAN cable, it booted up fine but my USB mouse wasn't working so I unplugged it and plugged it back again and... my PC froze again. This time it kept re-booting for a while then it finally boots up without a problem. I'm starting to think this problem is related to my PC's [URL="http://www.ccsllc.net/support/computer_back1.jpg"]"back plugs"[/URL] since both my LAN cable and mouse port goes there, although I was able to host games using my wi-fi adapter fine (until now)
Nah it sounds like you may have fried your card somehow. What error codes are being displayed in the BSOD?
[QUOTE=SeveredSkull;36736924]Nah it sounds like you may have fried your card somehow. What error codes are being displayed in the BSOD?[/QUOTE] The dumps didn't get written :(. Although the BSoD is probably caused by too many dust on in my computer (particularly at the back plugs) and after I cleaned them it seems to be fine. Update: I just realized my Windows Firewall is kinda fucked up, it can't be turned on and when I try to use recommended settings it displays an error [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/70uHu.jpg[/IMG] Turns out the Windows Firewall service is turned off and when I start it, it gives me an error too [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/yEF4q.jpg[/IMG]
That's a first for me. Rebuild time? :dance:
[QUOTE=SeveredSkull;36776217]That's a first for me. Rebuild time? :dance:[/QUOTE] Fuck does this mean I have to reinstall Windows?
Well if we are assuming that this is not a hardware issue (Which we have yet to confirm...), then it is certainly a surefire way to fix all the issues on your PC. Plus it is always good to do it every once in a while to clear up your registries (Registry cleaners don't ALWAYs get everything), and remove all the pointless data in logs and userdata that will probably be clogging down your PC. But basically, yes. Rebuild = Reinstall OS. [editline]14th July 2012[/editline] Not to mention if your services are fucked up, there's not really a way just to "reinstall" those without some sort of OS repair disk. And I wouldn't even know where to BEGIN on how to do something like that manually.
Cleaning your registry is as pointless as defragmenting a SSD. In fact, it does more harm than good (like break things like firewalls etc). Reinstall your PC and get a virus scanner like Avast!.
Is there a way to reinstall my OS without losing my data? (other than backing them up to an external HDD)
[QUOTE=Impulse101;36780171]Is there a way to reinstall my OS without losing my data? (other than backing them up to an external HDD)[/QUOTE] No. Before you reinstall a golden tip: If you have 1 HDD, divide it into 2 partitions and store all your personal files on the second one. You can change the default location of your personal folders (Documents, My Music, Desktop, My Pictures etc). If you use steam, install it on the second partition as well. This way all your files should remain untouched every time you reinstall your PC, and only have to change the personal folders location. After each reinstall, you only have to reinstall steam on the second partition and all your games will be usable again without the need of re-downloading them.
[QUOTE=Drumdevil;36780342]No. Before you reinstall a golden tip: If you have 1 HDD, divide it into 2 partitions and store all your personal files on the second one. You can change the default location of your personal folders (Documents, My Music, Desktop, My Pictures etc). If you use steam, install it on the second partition as well. This way all your files should remain untouched every time you reinstall your PC, and only have to change the personal folders location. After each reinstall, you only have to reinstall steam on the second partition and all your games will be usable again without the need of re-downloading them.[/QUOTE] Just make SURE you re-install the OS on the right partition.
Just remember the partition size. You need only like 100 to 200 GB on your C for Win7 and some programs.
Your other option is you can turn it off through the registry. The key is below or you can copy the lines below and paste them into a file that ends in .reg. You then double click it to update the registry. The one caution about this is what else may be corrupt. #start here Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\StandardProfile] "EnableFirewall"=dword:00000000 #end here
[QUOTE=tina the baker;36782894]Your other option is you can turn it off through the registry. The key is below or you can copy the lines below and paste them into a file that ends in .reg. You then double click it to update the registry. The one caution about this is what else may be corrupt. #start here Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\StandardProfile] "EnableFirewall"=dword:00000000 #end here[/QUOTE] Well the error code is stating that the directory to the service for firewall was not found. Turning it off really serves no purpose, as it is already off since it cant be loaded.
If the Firewall service is not running, Windows automatically blocks all ports but a few (like 80). This prevents baddies to kill the service remotely and gaining acces to your computer.
Can't see that being true, as the first thing the common person does is disable the firewall in order to host games. Another issue is the intent of the firewall is to close ports, if this is not running then how can something block the ports when the key thing that closes ports is broken? Doesn't seem logical to me. Looking into it before I sit here and tell you you are wrong...
[QUOTE=SeveredSkull;36794032]Can't see that being true, as the first thing the common person does is disable the firewall in order to host games. Another issue is the intent of the firewall is to close ports, if this is not running then how can something block the ports when the key thing that closes ports is broken? Doesn't seem logical to me. Looking into it before I sit here and tell you you are wrong...[/QUOTE] If you disable the firewall, the service is still running. If you disable the service, ports will be blocked. it's a security measure to prevent baddies gaining acces to your computer by shutting down the service remotely. I discovered this after installing SP1. Since SP1 is just a collection of updates, I don't know which one is responsible.
I do believe you are wrong... [IMG]http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc171/severedskullz/firewall.png[/IMG] Good to know though. [editline]16th July 2012[/editline] [url]http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc171/severedskullz/firewall.png[/url] Direct link. Came out too small to read.
Apparently it is not widely known: [url]http://www.winvistatips.com/windows-firewall-disabled-service-blocking-all-t774151.html[/url] [url]http://forum.emule-project.net/index.php?showtopic=154205[/url] yet again there is no reason for the general user to disable it. Now I'm curious, I'm gonna contact Microsoft support.
First of all.. That states Windows Server 2008. Second, All my shit is still up and running. Server appears to work (Invalid test if I connect to it on the same machine), Skype works, Microsoft Lync works, MSN works. HEAT works (The program we use to do service tickets. You can see it in the back right of the screenshot above) Sorry. I am still not convinced.
That is strange, I will investigate further. [editline]16th July 2012[/editline] Stuff that doesn't work when service disabled: Being host RDP Telnet Host Ventrilo server FTP Host SRCDS (gmod server) Stuff that works: Connect to RDP Connect to ventrilo server Connect to FTP server Connect to a SRCDS server This was in Win7*
All right, I searched for more solutions yesterday and no dice so I guess I have to re-build :( I need one last advice though, since I'm gonna bring my PC to a PC repair service store to fix this (to make things easier, I don't think I can make new partitions or re-installing the OS + drivers by myself without having problems) should I buy new parts for my PC while I'm at it? Or my current specs is good enough to last a few more years? My current specs: [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/Vwnrc.jpg[/IMG] (Graphics card is a 5750 HD and the RAM are Kingston's HyperX)
What do you use your PC for? It's is a couple a years old, but the Core 2 Quad still runs pretty well. I wouldn't advise investing too much in it though. You can replace parts like the GFX card and buy an SSD to speed up loading times. These are parts you could transfer to a new PC. Other than that you would have to replace the motherboard, RAM and CPU, and that basically makes a new PC. it all depends on what you use the PC for and what your budget is.
I'd say add on a SSD if you have the money to for your OS only. And upgrade your ram. You can always use more :) but I'd say that you shouldnt need more then 6GB and 8GB is more than enough. Unless youre making movies which you should get 16GB ram x) Other than that stuff, your computer is quite good and should be for some time. a tip though, if you're gunna be replacing stuff, since you have to undo things from your motherboard anyway, it'd be a good time to blow out any and all dust that you can, and get some thermal paste and take your heatsink off and replace it with fresh paste. because unless you have done it before, it only has the factory paste which usually isn't that great.
Maybe your IP changed and the ports are forwarded to your old one. [url]http://www.whatismyip.com/[/url] If so, just reforward to the proper IP.
[QUOTE=Impulse101;36805255]All right, I searched for more solutions yesterday and no dice so I guess I have to re-build :( I need one last advice though, since I'm gonna bring my PC to a PC repair service store to fix this (to make things easier, I don't think I can make new partitions or re-installing the OS + drivers by myself without having problems) should I buy new parts for my PC while I'm at it? Or my current specs is good enough to last a few more years? My current specs: [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/Vwnrc.jpg[/IMG] (Graphics card is a 5750 HD and the RAM are Kingston's HyperX)[/QUOTE] Dude... Don't bring in your PC to a repair place... They charge you an arm and a leg, and most of the time they tack on extra hour's labor for time they don't even touch it. (Trust me... I work for one) I will GLADLY make you a video tutorial on how to repartition your hard drive when you re-install the OS, as well as keep everything working nice and clean. The only issue is that you can only create partitions to store your data AFTER YOU START THE REBUILD. If you re-partition your HDD while it has data on it, shit will get corrupted. You will still need to back up your data onto an external HDD or other sort of external media. Also, without knowing your motherboard model, the only possible specs that I could see being the limiting factor is going to be the CPU. The graphics card you have can always be upgraded with no issue of incompatibility, but the CPU is a different story as the socket sets have to match as well as be compatible. If you are looking to upgrade, I would recommend just doing a complete overhaul and build a new machine, as your motherboard can only upgrade to a certain point in today's technology. [editline]17th July 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=FrankPetrov;36809336]I'd say add on a SSD if you have the money to for your OS only. And upgrade your ram. You can always use more :) but I'd say that you shouldnt need more then 6GB and 8GB is more than enough. Unless youre making movies which you should get 16GB ram x) Other than that stuff, your computer is quite good and should be for some time. a tip though, if you're gunna be replacing stuff, since you have to undo things from your motherboard anyway, it'd be a good time to blow out any and all dust that you can, and get some thermal paste and take your heatsink off and replace it with fresh paste. because unless you have done it before, it only has the factory paste which usually isn't that great.[/QUOTE] Technology in that area has improved, but I still do not trust those fuckers. Back in the early models, the chips on the circuit boards would actually get used up after about 100k write cycles, and the SSD would be locked into a "Read-Only" state in which writing data to the SSD was literally impossible unless you replaced the entire circuit board (Which is bascially buying a new SSD.) As for the factory paste: What gives you the impression that it is not as good? How do you know what type of paste they use? Please back up your assumptions with actual facts. [editline]17th July 2012[/editline] Oh Derp. Motherboard model sitting right there... Goin' to look up some info on it.
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