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March 11, 2014 5:37:00 PM

I am a student living in a university residence. I get a 403 error upon trying to connect to any game server. Namely, I send a connection, but I can't get a connection back.
My old computer had no problems with connection, nor do any of my friend's current computers.
This computer CAN connect to game servers on other ISP's, just not the university's ISP.
I have no problem connecting to the internet, and I've already tried disabling the firewall.

Is there any solutions to something like this? I am running a Dell inspiron 1420, with vista.

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March 11, 2014 5:41:08 PM

I may be wrong, but the connection may be blocked by the school. If that may be the case I recommend using spotflux, freegate, or hotspot shield (each with their own unique properties). Otherwise it could be that the game has a corrupted file, and will not connect for that reason. What game is this?
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March 11, 2014 9:33:33 PM

CRITICALThinker said:
I may be wrong, but the connection may be blocked by the school. If that may be the case I recommend using spotflux, freegate, or hotspot shield (each with their own unique properties). Otherwise it could be that the game has a corrupted file, and will not connect for that reason. What game is this?


I cannot play most games that require network action. I tried spotflux, and it IS working. However, the school should not be blocking anything like that, and they're not blocking anything on other people's computers, so it's a weird situation.
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April 9, 2014 12:58:18 PM

Portforward and firewall. This is the issue for 900.9% of multiplayer connection problems.
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July 4, 2014 8:14:00 PM

canadianvice said:
Portforward and firewall. This is the issue for 900.9% of multiplayer connection problems.


exactly how do you do this?
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July 5, 2014 11:27:29 PM

Paul Desjardins said:
canadianvice said:
Portforward and firewall. This is the issue for 900.9% of multiplayer connection problems.


exactly how do you do this?


2 parts:
#1: Go to Windows/Third-Party Firewall and open up the relevant ports for the server/service/game you want. These are either ones you chose or the support site for the game should have them listed, as well as if they're TCP/UDP.

#2: Find your router model, and follow the relevant instructions on http://www.portforward.com
This contains detailed instructions for most makes and models.

Sometimes your ISP or other IT providers will block ports or not allow you access to sufficient infrastructure to change these. In which case, you can try Hamachi to simulate a LAN with the other computers, but otherwise you're out of luck.
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