Ok, folks. I have this strange problem that I can't shake and I need some help. DirectX will not properly install directplay (as you can see in my dxdiag). I've tried installing and reinstalling severall versions/different sources, just to see if I could get it through. I can't. Effect: Even when setting up a dedicated server (any given game that uses DirectPlay) on my own computer and running game on same, game is unable to find server. Homeworld 2 even registers "Network unavailable" (LAN and Internet both) which I have confirmed is usually due to inproperly installed DirectX (Forum at their hompage). Firewalls are killed and AntiVirals are disabled, during atempts. Related specs: WinXP MB/LAN: ASUS P4P800-E Deluxe w/Marvell Yukon Gigabit Ethernet (appears to be working fine) Onboard sound is disabled. Onboard 1394 is Enabled in BIOS, but manually disabled in Windows. LAN setup: Two PC's through twist. PC1: Gigabit LAN - IP: 192.168.66.1 / 255.255.255.0 - PROBLEMS w/DirectX PC2: 1 run of the mill PCI Ethernet card 100mb IP: 192.168.66.2 / 255.2 etc - FINE I would guess DirectX is the problem, so how do I get it in there? About DXdiag.txt Video and Sound checks out fine, just didn't bother clicking through tests when I made this report.