serial connection problems (direct x direct play)

  jono_2003 17:27 12 Jul 2003

I have two old pc's one running win98 and the other 95 I set them up a while ago with a serial cable to transfer files using laplink however i soon became bored and started playing multiplayer games on them like age of empires, flight sim98 etc.., however i am now unable to connect to the other pc on any game that uses direct play to connect (laplink still works and dos games such as doom work fine) Basically i can set up the two machines exactly host a game on one and when i try to connect with the other it efuses to detect the game.

the pc running 95 has direct x 8.oa and the pc running 98 has ver 8.1.
what made me realize that it was probably direct x was that on the network tab in dxdiag you can test direct play, on the 98 machine my only connection options are "direct play 8 modem service provider" and "direct play 8 serial service provider," whereas on 95 i don't get any of these i get "serial connection for direct play," "Modem connection for direct play," and ipx and tcp/ip protocols.

Does anyone have any ideas?

  matt5705 18:22 14 Jul 2003

serial just is not fast enough

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