Hello. My name is [FTN] Phoenix. I'm trying to set up a dedicated server, and I have about pulled all of my hairs out of my head.
Before you say it:
-I have already searched the forums.
-I have already read Vadakill's guide.
SO, here's what's happening:
I download the HLDSUpdateTool. Everything OK. I run it to download a "valve" server [hl1 deathmatch] per Vadakill's guide.
I can run a HL1 deathmatch server fine. I can connect to it, run around, shoot, etc.
I download the NS 3.2 dedicated server files from the links on this site. I can run a Natural Selection server that starts OK.
When I add the IP address of the server to my favorites, the server, with the name I gave it, and the map I chose, shows up. When I try to connect, I get:
|IP address: [Blank box]
|Valve Anti-Cheat: [Blank]
|Player Name |Score | Time
|Server is not responding.
Server is not responding. Every single time I try to connect, I get this message. I talked to Rico Suave for a few minutes, he told me to check that sv_lan was set to 0, which it is. He told me to try changing the port the server uses from 27015 to something like 27018 so the server and the client don't use the same port. I did that. He also told me to check the ports I had forwarded. I have the following ports forwarded:
TCP & UDP 1200
TCP & UDP 6003
TCP & UDP 7002
TCP & UDP 27005
TCP & UDP 27010
TCP & UDP 27011
TCP & UDP 27015
TCP & UDP 27040
Also, because Rico told me to use 27018, I opened:
TCP & UDP 27018
Also, I read somewhere else to open [and I did]
TCP & UDP 27020
I have deleted all the server files. Downloaded new HLDSUpdateTool and NS 3.2 dedicated server files from different sites, and still get the same problem. I have tried running the hlds.exe from the command prompt, from the GUI, and from a .bat file (like Vadakill says), and none of them work. I have added "ip externaliphere" to the server.cfg. I have tried "ip xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx" to the server.cfg file.
I have tried everything I can think of, and it just works for HL1 Deathmatch and just does __NOT__ work for NS. I am at a loss. Please help me, but please do _NOT_ send me to:
-Vadakill's guide. It's bookmarked. I've read every page 10 times.
-Search the forums. I've read every post I thought was applicable here and on other forums.
-Google. I've read every page the search results turned up.
-#nsserver on gamesurge.net. The people on that channel are idle, afk, blind, comatose, or otherwise preoccupied/unresponsive. A chat is no help if there is nobody to chat with.
Please help me.