hi, i'm having the same problem. was trying to connect 2 pc's for the game: command and conquer red alert 2. i have tcp/ip, ipx/spx, clien for microsoft network, file and printer sharing, nwlink netbios box ticked under LAN properties window. i have also tried disabling/enabling the firewall, configured an ip address for both computers... say pc1: 126.96.36.199 and pc2: 188.8.131.52, and a subnet mask... say 184.108.40.206 for both computers as well as a default gateway... say 220.127.116.11 for both pc's. I have also ran the network setup wizard for both pc's. ran cmd and ipconfig/all in dos mode then took note of the physical addresses therein which i matched with each pc. i've also tested the network on pc1 (since both pc's show they are connected over LAN) through dxdiag-network-test direct play-create session and I was able to chat with my nephew(pc2) and then i went to check my network places and clicked on the 'view workgroup computers' under the network tasks and was surprised to see only 1 pc there(my pc which is pc1). i also tried the help and support center but there isn't something that comes exactly close to my problem. .....and also, can someone please advise on the info needed for the 'socket number and destination network' boxes in the network page of the options menu of the command and conquer red alert 2 game. I was able to come up with a dynamic ip address for pc 1 and a static ip address for pc2 as well as matched the physical addresses for both pc's which i obtained from ipconfig/all. ....one more thing, i am now using 2 different C&C RA2 game installer cd's with 2 different cd keys. went through it all to no avail. it sucks to be me. pls help!!!!!!!!!