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# 1Kimmey Mar 25 2020, 12:40 PM
I have a problem using GameRanger to start BFME/BFME2/ROTWK...when I try to use GameRanger to play these games online I can join rooms and connect to users without problems but when a host starts a game GameRanger just can't start BFME/BFME2/ROTWK...simply just nothing happens even though GameRanger says it started the game but clearly it didn't...I use GameRanger to play other games and it works perfectly...I have this problem only with BFME/BFME2/ROTWK....please help

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# 2Earendil Mar 25 2020, 15:44 PM
is there any message popping up when this happens?


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# 3Kimmey Mar 25 2020, 16:58 PM
No, there is no message, only a popup window from GameRanger saying the game is started, even though it's not

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# 4Kimmey Mar 25 2020, 17:23 PM
This is how the processes look when I try starting a game with GameRanger


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# 5Kimmey Mar 25 2020, 17:25 PM
And this is how it looks when I try starting a game with GameRanger


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# 6Earendil Mar 26 2020, 08:05 AM
but is the game closed before you start a game with gameranger? Or is BFME/Rotwk running already?


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# 7Kimmey Mar 26 2020, 11:26 AM
Yes, it is. I know that I should have the game closed when trying to start it through GameRanger

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# 8Earendil Mar 26 2020, 11:45 AM
mhm okay. Does Gameranger also has the authorization to start it? Maybe a firewall or router blocks it... but I don't think so actually.


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# 9Kimmey Mar 26 2020, 12:15 PM
Well I'm not sure, it should have authorization, I didn't mess with that stuff at all. Is there any way I could check whether this is what causes the problem?
P.S. Like I said I can connect to other players within GameRanger and play other games, this problem only occurs with BFME/BFME2/ROTWK, all 3 games

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# 10Ab3r` Mar 26 2020, 14:25 PM
Have you recently done the windows 10 update? If so that reset the windows defender firewall.

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# 11Kimmey Mar 27 2020, 17:17 PM
I haven't updated Windows 10 recently but Windows Defender shouldn't cause a problem because I don't use it...I use ZoneAlarm Antivirus+Firewall and I enabled/allowed internet access to all of the games

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# 12Leikeze Mar 28 2020, 00:39 AM
Have you tried using a VPN?

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# 13Kimmey Mar 31 2020, 16:05 PM
I am able to play with my friends using Hamachi if that's what you mean...now if I understand correctly, GameRanger uses the same principle as Hamachi because it also creates a virtual LAN to play multiplayer games...which confuses me even more whilst understanding the GameRanger problem

P.S. tried reinstalling the games, didn't help at all

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